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First Maternity Session!

It’s 12:45am so this post will be short. I’ll come back to write more tomorrow!



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Mari - October 14, 2008 - 12:06 AM

Thank you Elle! You did a great job! You know I totally didn’t want to do the belly pics, but I’m really glad we did…and we had a lot of fun taking them too! Can’t wait to see more and to take the newborn pics too!
Love ya’!

lennuk - October 16, 2008 - 2:18 PM

I absolutely love this bellybaby+big brohter photo!

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3 Heartbreakers

My photo session with the Fender family was a lot of fun! The boys are so handsome and full of life. They actually have 3 chickens in their suburban backyard! The boys wore themselves out trying to catch the chickens. (Those hens are fast!) During the session, I learned all about “Clone Troopers” (Star Wars) and their clever mom had the boys convinced that a Clone Trooper was inside my camera lens! Thanks to her, I got some great eye contact for a little bit while the boys were on the play gym! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Looking for the “Clone Trooper” in my lens





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Jessica - October 13, 2008 - 8:27 AM

These are ADORABLE!! Great job, Elle!! :)

Julie - October 13, 2008 - 12:39 PM

Wow! You have a gift! Beautiful!

Carolyn - October 13, 2008 - 3:47 PM

darling boys! and I finally made it to your new blog! I love all the photos.

Jessica - October 14, 2008 - 9:13 AM

These photos are fantastic, you are truly talented! I love your little Clone Trooper trick! That’s priceless! I’m going to have to try some tricks like that with my boys.

[...] the best idea I have heard in a long time and it was on photographer Elle Mendenhall’s blog, Elle Bella Photography. It really hit close to home and I am totally going to try it out soon.  The mother of the boys [...]

Hollie - October 14, 2008 - 3:47 PM

I like these photos. The one of the boys with the chicken (or hen) is really neat. Oh, and I love all the feet. Who doesn’t like little feet!

erin {tvp} - October 20, 2008 - 7:02 AM

Gorgeous pics, love the storm trooper idea!

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Hunter’s 2 Year Storyboard

I wanted to finish up Hunter’s 2 yr old portraits before I start proofing and posting sneak peaks of the 2 recent photo sessions I did this past weekend. Check back tomorrow for family of 3 cuuuute little boys!!:-)

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Jo Ann - October 12, 2008 - 4:51 PM

I found you, Elle! Geez – I go a week without checking the blog and you disappear! LOL! The new pics are fantastic. I love them all. I’d bring my kiddos to you in a heartbeat, but it is a bit of a drive from Georgia. :-)

Jessica - October 13, 2008 - 8:28 AM

Yaheee for Hunter & eye contact!! These turned out really cute! :)

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Powder-Washed Denim

While I was setting up the portable “studio” for his 2 yr old photo shoot, Hunter climbed up onto the changing table and dumped half a NEW bottle of baby powder all over himself. Rather than clean it up and change him into something else for his photo shoot, I decided to just leave him like he was – all powdery and sweet smelling. It’s just where he is at this stage of life. Captured perfectly.:-)

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lennuk - October 11, 2008 - 9:08 PM

Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely adore your photos! They are art! Fun and sweet memories!
Good luck with everything!

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Eye Contact

I’m always giddy when I get a decent shot of Hunter with good eye contact! This is a sneak peak of his 2 year old photo session. Wearing one of Daddy’s ties. More pics to come!

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Heather - October 9, 2008 - 10:39 AM

I like your new site Elle! And what wonderful subjects you have to protograph! Your pictures (and boys) are beautiful! Best of Luck!!!

April Benner - October 9, 2008 - 11:18 PM

Elle! I found you…this site is AMAZING….do you wanna fly to Washington for a photo shoot??? :)

Jessica - October 10, 2008 - 8:10 AM

Yaheee for eye contact!! :) Love his eyes in this shot!

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Little Monster


Maybe this post should be titled “Little Teething Monster” because I think Hayden’s 2 bottom teeth are close to appearing. I took upwards of 50 photos of him in this costume and he had his “paws” in his mouth in most of them! I must admit I stole the adorable blue monster costume idea from two other photographers’ babies. I just fell in love with the costume and when I called BRU to see if there was any left, there was just ONE and in Hayden’s size! So I took that as a sign that it was meant to be.:-)You’ll also notice that Hayden is SITTING! My baby is growing up waaaay too fast!

PS. Like the new blog?

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Charlotte - October 7, 2008 - 8:31 PM

What cute pictures!! I still haven’t picked out a costume for Andrew. The Procrastinator to the rescue!

The new blog looks great! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

Michele - October 7, 2008 - 10:31 PM

I love the monster costume!! That has to be the cutest monster I’ve ever seen.

Jessica - October 8, 2008 - 8:26 AM

Love the new blog! :) Fun!!

Crys - October 8, 2008 - 9:22 AM

Love the new blog! :) Looks great! :)

auntie ashley - October 8, 2008 - 10:45 AM

aww.. i love thissssssss.. i need to come visit and have a myspace photo shoot!! LOL!

Karen - October 8, 2008 - 11:44 AM

Elle — I’ve been a long time admirer of your photography! I am a mother of two boys as well (4yrs & 5 months) and have followed your story for quite some time. I just wanted to comment that your photos are beautiful (it helps that you have beautiful children too!). The color, the lighting… just amazing. You’ve inspired me to try and take better pics of my little ones! :)

Tamara - October 8, 2008 - 2:27 PM

You have done an amazing job with the photos

Candace - October 8, 2008 - 2:45 PM

I love the new blog! I found it!

Hollie - October 8, 2008 - 5:18 PM

I found you! I love the new look. Too bad I am all the way over here. Maybe when I get back stateside I can come for a shoot. My MIL lives in the Dallas area, I don’t think it is that far for me to go???? The monster outfit is so cute. I also forgot to mention that I love the story board you did of Hunter (Autumn), I just love that one.

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