This July, Marisa and Nate welcomed their beautiful baby boy Ethan into the world, and into their newly built home in Champlin, MN. I had the pleasure of visiting shortly after Ethan was born to take some MN newborn portraits. The proud parents were relaxed and welcoming, despite having moved into their new home just one week before Marisa went into labor! Their house was so beautiful and well kept that I thought these two must be superheroes. Ethan was very calm for his photo shoot, but he didn’t go to sleep like we were hoping… so a lot of his newborn photographs feature him squirming around and squinting up at us.
Marisa and Nate’s adorably tiny yorkie pup, Charles, joined us for a few of the family pictures. He doesn’t quite know what to make of Ethan yet… but he was sure glad we put a little peanut butter on the baby’s cheek for him to lick off so we could get some “doggy kisses” pictures. At the end of the portrait session, Marissa and Nate mentioned that they wanted a picture taken “downstairs” for their parents. I assumed they wanted to showcase their beautifully finished basement, but they led me right through it, over to a plain white door, and when they opened it I was amazed to see… a basketball court! It was complete with a giant Minnesota Gophers logo on the floor, and a Gophers blanket for Ethan to snuggle up in for more pictures – pictures inside a room in which he will be spending lots and lots and lots of time in the future. Congratulations Marisa and Nate!