| 301.325.8290 | serving the MD|DC Metro Area

Thank you for your interest I am currently on maternity leave until March of 2010. If you would like to book a session please send an email to or book using the link at the bottom of the blog. I will only be taking 4-6 sessions for the first few months so space is very limited! If you have previously sent an email and have not received a response as of Friday January 22nd please resend your question. Having been on bed rest for so long some communications have been lost in the shuffle! I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your families!

~ Christine Lillard | | 301.325.8290


toes | Frederick County Newborn Photographer

I love her kissable toes, and that sweet little belly button.

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tiny | Maryland Newborn Photographer

She was so tiny when we brought her home at a whopping 4lbs 7oz, she seems so big now at only 6lbs 7oz!



lashes | Maryland Newborn Photographer

Seeing that sweet Miss Madi Grace will be our last baby I want to remember everything about every moment. I'm amazed at her long dark lashes. They're so long sometimes it seems as though they curl right back onto themselves. Perfection.



I'm Baaaack | Maryland Newborn Photographer

Well not technically back(until March...already booking sessions only 3 slots left, book yours at the bottom of the page!) but I did want to let everyone know I'm still amongst the living! It's been a crazy few months and I'm going to try to sum it all up in one big beautiful blog post for you. :)


This happened in May...

We were excited and surprisingly ready for our third child. It was very planned no question we were ready to have one more. Due to my history of miscarriage we held our breath through those first few months. Until we saw a tiny flicking heart beat and saw sweet peas' tiny profile.


Having previously had a preemie I was monitored constantly with appointments every 3 weeks to monitor for any worrisome changes(I won't bore you with the countless ultrasounds)At around 12 weeks I was told that I needed to rest a bit more my cervix was ok but on the short side. So for four hours every day I hung out on the couch on my left side. At 16 weeks I started a shot called 17p to help keep me pregnant. It made me sick as a DOG for the first few weeks. Thankfully by 20 weeks or so my body had adjusted to the added hormone. At 29 weeks I had my first big scare had some very light spotting and decided to head to the hospital to be checked out. My cervix was dilating and thinning more than they had previously seen so I was given steriod shots and sent home on strict bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I made it a week at home. My water broke one afternoon when I stood up to walk to the bathroom. We headed to the hospital where I was put on antibiotics and monitored.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I started having labor pains around 8pm by 3 am I was convinced that I was having a baby and called my husband to stay near home just in case. They hooked me up to some fluids and by 5 am the contractions were gone. Wednesday several lovely friends came by to visit with the first one coming around 10:00 in the morning and the last one leaving at 9:00 at night. Around 11pm the contractions started up again about every 30 mins. They were mild. I slept until around 5:00 am Thanksgiving morning when a harder contraction woke me up. It was around 10:00 that my doctor decided they needed to watch me in labor and delivery so they could keep a closer eye on me. When your water breaks early they don't do anything to stop labor nor to start it, your body is on its own to do it's own thing...kind of nice that they let nature work itself out. When so often the OB field is full of interventions. At 10:30 I was in labor and delivery and not entirely convinced I was having a baby that day. At 11:00 I called my husband and told him he should come just in case. He had the girls and had to get them to his parents. He made it to the hospital around 11:45. By then I was convinced I was having sweet pea. I was 31 weeks 6 days. We had talked to the Neonatologist earlier in the week we knew the risks that our little pea faced. We were worried but surprisingly calm. Things went fairly quickly after that around 12:40 his grandmother (bless her) stopped by to bring me lunch, shrimp and apple strudel. It was amusing even to me in the heat of a contraction.

At 1:12pm on Thanksgiving Day Madigan Grace made her appearance with the sweetest little cry. The Neonatologist was in the room and quickly swept her off to evaluate her and get her to the NICU. My nurse asked her if Jack(dh) could come over and get some pictures and she said no, our hearts broke, but then we saw her bringing Madi Grace over to us in a sweet little bundle. She was breathing room air on her own...she was just perfect. I don't think I've ever cried so hard. It was such a relief to have her here after the long months of bedrest and copious doctors appointments, the worry of that chapter washed away. (My mom will tell you they were saying grace at that exact moment...she really wants us to call her 'Gracie' :)) I got to hold her for a few minutes before they took her back to the NICU.

About an hour later I got to go visit her in the nicu and was happily greeted by Dr Miller who told me she required no oxygen and he was doing wonderfully. I got to hold her the next morning, she was taking her feeds by mouth that evening. She did amazingly well her doctors were shocked at her progress. She came home just 14 days later weighing 4lbs 7oz She never had any alarms or issues.

We are blessed with a strong beautiful girl who looks a lot like her daddy with a head full of dark hair. My husband was able to be home with us for the first 6 weeks...she still had to eat every two hours until this past week. She generally makes it around 2.5 hours on her own during the day and about 3 at night. She has survived one cold brought home by my 5 yr old.. ahh the joys of pre school..and is trying to avoid a second one. It almost makes me want to keep us all in a bubble until spring! I have yet to be able t6o do a proper session with her...she is 8 weeks old on Thursday. Had I the forethought I totally would have commissioned another photographer to capture this's hard to feed a baby every 2 hours (for 30minutes at a minimum) and find time in between to do a session! I have gotten a few pictures though.

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family | Maryland Family Photographer

pink | Maryland Child Photographer

This little sweet heart and her family were a blast to work with. I love mommy, daddy, and baby pictures, but it's always special when you get to see the grandparents with the little one too!

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bits | Maryland Child Photographer

To say that I'm behind is such an understatement...

I am SOOO behind and I promise over the next few days I'll get all caught up... and bring you all up to date with the latest happenings in the Lillard house. I don't have any appointments or sessions scheduled until late tomorrow and my wonderful mother in law will have my girls so there should be many sneak peeks tomorrow..but for now I promised mom I'd get this one up :)


beautiful girls | Maryland Child Photographer

Meet niece she is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! My girls are in love with her :) I can not wait to share some more with everyone but I'm going to let mom and dad see first! :)


Bith Photography | Maryland Birth Photographer

I had the awesome opportunity to photograph my first birth. I can truly say it was one of the most awe inspiring moments in my life...well other than when my own kiddos were born. Thank you guys for sharing this time with me, I'm so excited for you and can not wait to watch Miss M grow! Click on the image below to view a quick slide show of images.


If you think you may be interested in having your birth documented. Please contact Eyes of a Child Photography to set up your session. Space for birth imagery is very limited.


family | Maryland Family Photographer

I've worked with this family a few times in the past it's always fun getting to watch kiddos grow up!

Beautiful Baby Luke | Maryland Newborn Photographer

I had the pleasure of working with this family on their maternity session and was all too excited when we got the message that baby Luke had arrived! He was an absolute doll baby to work with never fussed a bit!


The Odd Couple

...from the Eyes of Echo...

I always find it amazing when I get along so well with people that are the opposite of me.

I guess the old adage "opposites attract" is true in my life. Chrissi and I would not be two people that logic dictates would be friends. We are basically the opposite in about every way you can think of... she's tall, I'm short, I have two boys, she has two girls, I have curly hair, her hair is straight. She's artistic, I'm.. well... more of a logical person who strives to be artistic. I think that's why we get along so well. When she's quiet, I talk. And every once in a while, when she pipes up, I try to listen because I know it must be important, as she's a more quiet individual. While we were working on packing and shipping yesterday it was more than evident of our differences. Chrissi has a quiet confidence to her that I really admire. I tend to be a bit more frantic, a little unsure of myself when it's something that I don't have 100 percent control over.

I think it's a funny thing that we are friends. I'm so glad I have her in my life. And even more so, I'm happy I work with her. And that's what it is.. I never feel I work for her, but with her, helping her dreams of photographic ideas come true. It's a good place to be, and I'm glad.

Echo, Chrissi's friend and assistant


Just an update

No pictures for now but I promise I'll get a few up I have sessions to put up peeks for, a beautiful niece to introduce, and a TON of orders to process. There's been a lot happening around here and I'll be sharing soon enough but for now just wanted to let you all know that I may be a bit MIA this week as I catch up!

My gorgeous niece Mya was born on Wednesday and spent some time in the NICU but I'm happy to say she came home today. Incidentally today would have also been my brothers 35th birthday, he passed away Feb of 2006, it was nice to have something to celebrate today! :) On another note my mother fell on Friday and broke her collar bone :( So if you miss me this week you know why lol As always if you need anything you can always shoot me an email and I'll be happy to respond in the evening when I get some down time.

Hug your family let them know how much you love them!


Together | Maryland Family Photographer

I met this mom through a wonderful moms group a few years ago when both of our babies were still babies! She worked with me when I first started out my journey as a photographer. I can't believe how much all of our kiddos have grown, and feel lucky to have worked with such wonderful families!