Happy Holidays from Hunter James
Perhaps you could make the argument that Hunter’s brand new parents are just as merry, and these pictures would prove you right.These people right here are the Velascos: Kelly, Rob and baby Hunter James. And man oh man, do they get along just famously.
Kelly and Rob are wonderful people; which translates into being wonderfully loving parents. I swear to you, Kelly was truly made to be a mother. There is nothing unnatural or nervous about her in her new role. She is in her element. She is so in tune with Hunter, it is truly a beautiful bond to witness.The transition into becoming parents for the first time is probably one of the biggest transitions a human undergoes in life. I asked Kelly what it was like the first few days being home with Hunter and she said:
Rob, or “The Baby Whisperer” as I came to call him, is equally as cut out for fatherhood. This little guy is his partner in crime already. When Hunter is with Rob, he is calm and comforted. Hunter loves Rob’s voice, and is instantly soothed by the sound of his father talking.When I first talked to Kelly, she knew her due date was December 3rd, which is now Hunter’s birthdate. We talked about doing a Christmas themed newborn shoot, but Kelly had one other idea as well.
Rob is a fireman in Schiller Park. Kelly wanted to somehow incorporate Rob’s fire fighting gear into a picture with Hunter. **Fun fact: Hunter, in his entirety, can actually fit into the helmet right now. Crazy, right?** Coming from a family of firemen (and a few fire chiefs), I thought that this would be a really awesome photograph that the family would cherish forever. How positively sweet is this photo?Towards the end of the shoot, the doorbell rang. It was Kelly’s grandmother, dad, and great aunt, coming to meet Hunter for the first time. At first, Kelly apologized for the inconvenience, but I saw it as an awesome opportunity to capture an extremely sentimental moment. Hunter is the first grandchild on both sides, which makes him the first great grandchild as well. He’s kind of a big deal.
I cannot wait to spend this next year documenting Hunter’s growth, and I consider it a huge honor to have been invited to capture such a monumental moment in the lives of Kelly and Rob. The holidays really will be joyous as the Velascos celebrate their lives, loves, and family.