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Freeze Frames

Hello Baby Photography knows that life slows down for no one, and they intentionally stand in the gap to catch all of the life-changing moments babies and children bring.

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Tiffany Duncan
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Posted
March 29, 2017

The average human life span is 79 years, which rounds out to just about 42 million minutes. That may sound like a lot, but the big moments — the ones that forever divide your life into “before” and “after”— are all over in just a few seconds. Incredibly, these split-second events like a first kiss, tossing a graduation cap high in the air, a surprise proposal, and saying ‘I do’ altogether take up less than five minutes of one’s entire life. 

But in many ways, one particular moment stands out as more defining than all the rest: the last second before becoming a parent, and the first second after. 

When you hear your baby cry for the first time, it’s clear there’s suddenly been a seismic shift in the universe, one from which you will never be the same. And if you aren’t ready, those two seconds are done and over with, lost forever to the haphazardness of memory. 

Luckily, however, a shutter click is instantaneous and has the power to freeze time. 

Hello Baby Photography knows that life slows down for no one, and they intentionally stand in the gap to catch all of the life-changing moments babies and children bring. 

Two passionate mothers themselves, Kelli Greer and Lacie Hudgins began Hello Baby after meeting many years ago as individual newborn photographers. Both Greer and Hudgins each have four children. They know from personal experience how quickly tiny hands and feet turn into big ones, and how much regret can come from missing precious milestones. 

‍Each session done in Hello Baby’s Owasso studio is completely unique and personal, unlike a canned corporate portrait experience.
‍Each session done in Hello Baby’s Owasso studio is completely unique and personal, unlike a canned corporate portrait experience.

With Hello Baby, Greer and Hudgins have made it possible for parents to document every step — from maternity to actual birth, and newborn, toddler and beyond. 

“We are both moms and know just how fast children grow up,” says Greer. “It seems like you give birth one day and the next they are teenagers. So we understand how important it is to preserve the early year memories with photos. Whether it’s within a few days of life for a newborn session, or when they get to smash their first birthday cake, or when they grow into little toddlers running around — they’re all special moments we love capturing for parents and families.” 

Each session done in Hello Baby’s Owasso studio is completely unique and personal, unlike a canned corporate portrait experience. Greer and Hudgins conduct their business with warmth and welcome, cherishing the privilege of getting to share in the joy of the families they photograph. As a result, many of their photography sessions create long-lasting relationships with many of the families. 

Kelli Greer and Lacie Hudgins
Kelli Greer and Lacie Hudgins

“We really do feel blessed to do what we do every day. We get to watch so many babies grow from newborns to toddlers who eventually learn to call us by our names, learning my name as ‘Kaka’ and Lacie as ‘Lala.’ We become good friends with some clients. It’s almost like we are family in some regards,” Greer says. 

If you need to plan a portrait session for your little one(s), Hello Baby provides a completely comprehensive approach, taking the pressure off families as much as they can. If parents have a certain style in mind or specific theme they’d like for the shoot, Hello Baby can usually make it happen. But if parents don’t know or feel overwhelmed, there’s no need to worry; Greer and Hudgins provide everything from outfits and props to banners and bunting. Literally the only thing you will need to bring is your baby or toddler. 

“I think parents like the idea of not having to worry about shopping the night before for outfits and bows. We have it all. It makes it much less stressful for them,” explains Greer. 

She and Hudgins keep a constant rotation going of all things adorable to style your baby’s photo shoot. Whole prop walls are hung with tiny baby clothing like tutus and rompers, knitted caps and outfits, bloomers, and wraps for newborns. Other props include items like child-size antique furniture and prams, colorful chairs, buckets, crates, banners, and patterned backgrounds. For first birthday smash cake sessions, they provide the custom cake and setup. 

Throughout the year, Hello Baby does various themed mini-shoots both in-studio and outdoors. Everything from the big holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, to back to school, mommy-and-me sessions, and family photos at rustic locations. 

They also offer lifestyle sessions where Hello Baby will come to your home if you prefer something a little more personal. But there’s one style of photo shoot that is quickly rising in demand: live labor and delivery sessions. 

If you need to plan a portrait session for your little one(s), Hello Baby provides a completely comprehensive approach, taking the pressure off families as much as they can.
If you need to plan a portrait session for your little one(s), Hello Baby provides a completely comprehensive approach, taking the pressure off families as much as they can.

“Sometimes we get to capture little ones as they come into this world,” says Greer. “It’s such a precious moment that goes by so quickly, and with all that goes on at that time, you either miss or forget half of it. We knew when we started the business that photographing live births was something we were going to do — we were just too passionate about it not to. It’s such an honor to be part of something so incredible as a new life being born!” 

Booking a live birth session can be tricky, because sometimes little ones decide to make their big debut at inconvenient times. But for Greer and Hudgins that’s just part of it, and they’ve flown out of bed countless times at 3 a.m. to get to the hospital and capture it all. 

“We document everything, from the first time a mother sees her new baby to things she’d never be able to see, like family in the waiting room,” says Greer. “And it doesn’t matter how long it takes. Sometimes we are in the hospital for up to 48 hours, but it’s all just part of it and we love every single second. We edit the footage and set it to music in a live video format. This way, families will always have that special day memorialized on film.”

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8555 N. 117th E. Ave. | Owasso
918-376-4445
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