I am so excited to be able to share some of this family’s last moments of being a family of three! This last Monday they welcomed little Calvin into the world and I am so excited to document the next year of his little life!
Matt, Jenny, little Sophie and I ventured out to the same park that we shot their last maternity photos almost 2 years earlier to the day! We had the best time and I just love how their photos turned out! Check out all of my favorites below and stay tuned for some fresh newborn photos super soon!
Documenting birth is one of my most favorite things. There is nothing greater than the opportunity to be a witness to new life and when I have the opportunity to take on a birth client I do not hesitate. So when Gloriana was in need of a last minute photographer only a couple of weeks from her due date I was quick to say “yes!”
This birth was so beautiful, Gloriana was a warrior, Silas was a strong and steady partner and their birth team was beyond amazing! When Bennett was born he had a little trouble breathing and I watched as Gloriana and Silas’s midwives helped him to do what we all take for granted. I could take this so much further and say that although I have obviously always been supportive of midwifery care, after watching what Deidre and Jessica did that night to help this little guy along was breathtaking and that I feel even more strongly about how midwives should get far more respect than they often do! I am quite certain that there were tears in all of our eyes when Bennett took that first breath and then let out that first high pitched scream…in fact he cried long after and never did I tire of hearing that sound, what a precious, most perfect sound!
I could talk about this birth and how beautiful it was for hours, but instead I will let you see it for yourself. Make sure to watch the video with all of the photos and that sweet sound of Bennett’s cry that will ring in my ears every time I think of this night.
P.s. You may notice that there are very few photos included in this gallery of Gloriana and Silas during labor/delivery and directly after. I feel it is so important to let my birthing mama’s have a say in what is shared and I will never share anything that makes them even slightly uncomfortable, so this gallery has been edited by Gloriana to keep her most intimate moments sacred and between she and her husband. ❤❤❤
I got to take photos of your beautiful mother while you were still in her belly just 9 days before I got to meet you. I came to the hospital when you were just two days old and still learning a lot about life. You and your mama were working hard at getting the feeding thing figured out and you were not the happiest while I was there, but while watching your mommy and how gracefully and patiently she calmed you, I just know that you two will have it figured out in no time and it will all be a distant memory. This is one of the reasons I love documenting little one’s like you, everything changes so quickly and before you know it you will be doing things on your own!
After my small time with your mommy and daddy I know already that your mama will be the calm one, the one that cuddles you when you’re scared or hurt and wipes away your tears gently when you are upset and you daddy is going to be the funny one, the one that will push the limits of fatherhood while you’re mama nervously laughs at him. You will be so loved by these two beautiful people who are so perfectly paired that you will get the best of both of them, gaining your mother’s grace, strength and beauty while also being gifted with your father’s carefree attitude and humor! You are so blessed in so many ways and I hope you can one day look back at these photos and see that it started from the moment you were born.
Every year we spend the last Saturday in September celebrating the two littlest’s birthdays. I feel like the day gets better with each passing year and yesterday was no exception. We had a bbq, tons of family, bubbles, backyard soccer, cupcakes, presents, AND to top it off we always take those that are willing to the Greater Andover Days carnival. We had a spectacular night and I could not stop editing our memories to put together a short video for Liam and Frankie so that they could always remember the fun that we had!
I have been nearly crawling out of my skin in anticipation to be able to show off this session. I met Bryan and Kaley a little over a week ago at their house for their photo session and everything about it was magical! Their sweet puppy hid from me making the photos with her included so sweet. Then Bryan took us to his grandparents property in Belle Plaine and the magic just kept on coming. These two are so beautiful and obviously so, so in love and it was so amazing to be able to capture this fleeting moment in their lives before two become three.
I had the pleasure of photographing their Fresh 48 today and also got to show them the slideshow below and needless to say poor Kaley was quite emotional. I know that hormones were a bit at play this morning, but I also can’t help but get a little teary as I look at these photos…there is really so much to love; Kaley and Bryan, their beautiful connection, the amazing property that we got to explore, the gorgeous night we had…all of it really was so dreamy! I hope you enjoy their session as much as I loved documenting it and stay tuned for their Fresh 48!
Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about the miracle of birth and loved everything about my birth stories thanks to my amazing midwife and her team. So when I saw a post on a local moms group Facebook page from a mom looking for a birth photographer I had to jump on it. I had not yet professionally photographed a birth but it had been something that I hoped to break into so I reached out and after talking to the poster, Amy, about how passionate I am about birth I was lucky enough that she chose me!
Amy was due on Thanksgiving day but this was her second baby so none of us expected that she would start showing signs of early labor on the Friday before. I cannot begin to tell you the excitement I felt when she reached out to me to let me know that it would probably happen in the next couple of days. I kept my phone next to me for the next 36 hours and checked in multiple times (sorry if I was annoying, Amy!:)). She contacted me on Sunday morning to let me know that she had started contracting at 1:30 am and she would keep me posted as things progressed. I quickly arranged childcare and then waited, and waited…and waited; I am sure the wait was much worse for Amy but I cannot begin to tell you how long those few hours lasted! I got the call just after 1:00 pm to start heading to Kathy Brace’s birth suite.
I arrived at Kathy’s at about 1:25 pm. I have to tell you that although she had to have been exhausted after her long night (she was 12 hours into at this point), Amy could not have been more stunning. Her birth was long, hard, emotional, raw and everything I could have ever imagined in capturing a birth. Kathy and Kyle were beyond wonderful and everything was so peaceful and beautiful that I completely fell in love with everything about birth photography. Colin James was born about 2 hours after my arrival and he is truly perfect.
I invite you on Amy, Jim and Colin’s birth story…I hope that these images below truly capture the beauty of this gift.