In October I travelled back to Tucson Arizona and I met this beautiful family! Their story is beautiful and I am so honored to have been able to document this special time in their life!
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Sweet Cyrus is a big brother now, but in August we had a little fun at the lake before his little brother joined their family! There is something so magical about maternity sessions. There is seriously nothing I love more than an expecting mother. Those last few weeks of waiting and anticipation can be extremely magical.
One thing you learn about birth photography is births are 100% unpredictable. I often get asked the question- "What happens if you miss my birth?" Well there isn't a one size fits all answer here. The most common answer I give is, I will get there as fast as humanly possible and start documenting right when I walk in the door. There is so much more to your baby's birth story than their actual birth and there are so many moments right after the baby is born that often get overlooked. I have never missed a birth because of reasons I could control, I have missed 2 births total and both times those babies didn't want to wait for anyone, let alone their photographer to show up.
Mabel was born 5 minutes before I walked in the room and just minutes after her parents arrived at Baby & Co, she really didn't want to wait for anyone. I normally write out my version of a baby's birth story but Kathryn has already written hers out, you can read it here.
By the time I arrived, mom had already moved from her birthing tub and to the bed. Their midwife was going a quick check up on mabel and reminding mama to eat and replenish fluids.
Dad also surprised Mom with a beautiful ring as her "push present" she now has a series of beautiful unique bands signifying her family.
A few hours after birth Mabel was born, Mom had her CranioSacral Therapist show up to do some gentle adjustments on her and Mabel.
One thing I absolutely love about working with midwives is they usually do the baby's first check up on the foot of the bed or right next to mom and dad. I love this approach because you can see how calm everyone is.
Mom was off taking a bath and relaxing in the tub, so Dad got some special 1 on 1 time with sweet mabel. Skin to skin with dad benefits both Dad and baby!
After the sun came up, sweet big sister came to meet her new baby. To say she was smitten with her would definitely be an understatement.
You can watch Mabel's birth story - including footage from before I arrived below!
There is *almost* nothing more beautiful than documenting your last few weeks before a new little one joins your family. I had really been looking forward to this maternity session with the Roman Family. Kathryn runs an extremely successful business here in Denver Colorado and is an amazing resource for so many families here in the metro area! I was so honored when she contacted me to document her maternity session and her birth. We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of their newest family member here in few days. We all know these last few days can be hard, could you leave this family a few encouraging words in the comments.
One night Lily and Craig were at our house, it was about 7pm and she could barely keep her eyes open. I flat out told her she was pregnant. She didn't believe me at all, but first thing the next day I got a text from her with a positive pregnancy test! Not only are they expecting their little one next February, but this is their "Rainbow Baby" !! A rainbow baby is a baby that is following a miscarriage, or loss. I am so excited to not only help announce their pregnancy but I am thrilled that they want me to photograph their birth also! Congratulations you two! I am so excited for this journey you are on!!
When Monet and I were discussing my vision for her maternity session, the one thing I wanted her to do was get in the water. She had ZERO issues with that and even spent a week looking for the perfect dress to fit my vision. Being in Denver had given me so many new options and ideas for my maternity, motherhood and family sessions. Being in the water is definitely something I have been longing to do for quite some time. We ended up going to a small reservoir in Aurora and found a spot that we almost completely secluded. I am so excited to be offering these Maternity Sessions until the middle of September and I will be offering them again in the spring once it warms up enough to go back out.
Sweet little Lucy wasn't too sure about the water, but as long as Mama was holding her she was all giggles and smiles.
Monet said being in the water was extremely calming and relaxing for her, especially on the waters edge where the water was the warmest.
About a week before out session Monet had her belly adorned with Henna.
This sweet family is welcoming their new little one to their family in the few weeks. They are having their birth documented by another amazing photographer here in Denver and I am so excited to see their birth story.
If you are interested in booking your maternity session or birth story, please send me an email. I would be honored to speak with you about my services
Last year I was able to document the birth story of Ireland. I always love when families continue to return to me for other sessions. I currently only offer a small number of family sessions here in Denver, and those will be announced here in the next few weeks. I wold love to photograph your family this fall in Colorado!
Back in February I was able to take part in a beautiful Maternity Shoot out in Louisville CO. I had never participated in a session quite like this before. I am so glad I was able to go because it was such an awesome learning experience! There were so many beautiful families and mama's. This mama had her sweet baby Thomas in March.
Did you know that all of my Birth Story Collections include a full maternity session? I am now booking births for fall 2016 in the Denver Metro Area! I would love to speak with you!
Back in May I had my first Colorado birth. It was a cold rainy day and I was so glad I still had my big jacket still in my van. This birth story is for some new friends I made right when we moved here, it had been months since I was able to document a birth story and it was so wonderful be allowed into her birthing space.
Mama had such a beautiful birth at University of Colorado Hospital with the midwives from the Center for Midwifery. It was such a dream working with this birth team. They were so patient and compassionate with this family. This was probably the most beautiful hospital birth I had ever attended.
I am so excited to be booking births in the Denver Metro Area for the remainder of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
I have known this sweet family for over a decade now. I was beyond thrilled to capture the birth of sweet little Theo, then about a week later I was able to go into their home and photograph for a few hours for his newborn session AND then I was able to do a full family session with them at a local park. I absolutely love doing in home newborn sessions for my birth story clients.
If you are interested in adding on an in home newborn session to your birth story collection, connect with me so we can make arrangements.
This mama is one of the strongest humans I know. Her sweet son is battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis She recently found out that she is expecting baby number THREE and although timing isn't perfect (is it ever) this baby is so loved already. I was able to document the birth of their sweet Norah last year and this mama and I became amazing friends.
I would be honored to tell your pregnancy story. If you are currently expecting please contact me so we can chat.
Kathryn was such a trooper. She was my last model during our Maternity Shoot Out in February. The sun was setting and it was definitely getting a little bit chilly out. We even had the opportunity to use a smoke bomb. The more I shoot maternity the more I fall in love with it. I can't even put it into words how much I love photographing mothers. I am currently booking births and maternity sessions for 2016. I would be honored to speak with you about photographing your beautiful story!
I am so excited to announce the FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS section of my website! On this part of my website you will find my BRAND NEW Black and White Presets and my BRAND NEW Film Inspired Colored Presets. They are currently on discounted for ONE week! Click HERE for Lightroom Presets!!
I am also so excited to announce that I am offering two different types of mentoring. 1 hour online mentoring and 3 hour in person mentoring for Denver and Tucson! Click HERE for mentoring information!!
A few weeks ago I was so excited to join several other photographers for a 'Maternity Shoot Out' We had several gorgeous pregnant mamas, and some families there for us to photograph. Each photographer styled their own maternity sessions and we all had about 30 minutes with each beautiful mama/family. I have never participated in maternity session like this before and to say it was a BLAST would have been an understatement. I had the opportunity to do a lot of experimenting with these fabulous ladies and I am thrilled with the results. Here is one of my sessions from that day.. the BEAUTIFUL Jamie who is a fabulous Denver photographer and you can check out her stunning work right HERE
I realized last week that I NEVER shared the full birth story of sweet little Rowan. I really love it when mom's write their own birth stories. I will never forget Rowan's delivery. Jonea was so strong and even though her birth plan went into the toilet she handled the changes so amazingly. Sweet Rowan was born with a True Knot in her cord which is extremely rare. Head over and read Jonea's birth story in her own words.. There is swears and complete honesty :) There is nothing more amazing than being allowed into a woman's birth space.
I am now booking a select number of births in the Denver Metro Area. My first two births booked, contract signed and deposit paid, are discounted by 400.00. All birth stories include a full maternity session and full birth coverage. I would be honored to tell your birth story and I am so excited to be offering birth stories in Denver Colorado.
I am honored to finally share the birth of Theodore B. His birth story is actually one of my favorites because literally the day before he was born, his mama and I were joking around about me being able to attend. Cierra never officially 'booked' me for her birth, it was more of a "if I can be there, I'll be there" type situation. Well Cierra messaged me the NEXT day saying she was heading to the birth center because she wasn't sure if she was in true labor or not. I was on standby and I got a text not even 2 hours later saying to head on down. Little did we all know.. Theo would be born shortly after the text. I arrived right as he was crowning and was able to spend a few hours with them documenting his first few hours earth side.
I am booking a small amount of births this year here in Denver and I have a few spots still available. If you're interested in booking your birth story please email me.
I have known Ian for many years. When he told me that he and his girlfriend Katie were expecting, I couldn't be more thrilled. Ian and Katie found out when she was around 18 weeks and little did they know that they would be meeting little Theo just a few short weeks after finding out. Theo is considered a Micro Preemie - Born before 26 weeks or weighing less than 1lb 12oz, Theo fit both of those criteria. He was born at 24 weeks 4 days and weighed 1lb 10oz.
I was able to visit Theo in the NICU with Ian when he was 2 days old. Let me tell you.. it takes a special kind of person to be a NICU nurse. I was in awe of everything that was going on around me. I spent about an hour with Ian and Theo before we headed out to visit Katie who was recovering from her emergency C-Section. I am so honored that they let me into their very personal space during this crazy emotional time.
Theodore James was born at 24 Weeks 4 days weighing 1lb 10oz. Today he is 50 days old and weighs 2lbs 14oz. From all of the updates I have been getting he is such a strong little fighter. I can't wait to visit him again when I am back in Tucson in March.
Photo: Art by Jessica offers free NICU sessions for those families currently in the NICU that would like this time in their lives to be documents. Please email me for more details.
I have known Jessie and Jon for several years. I have documented a lot of major milestones in their adult life together. I was so honored and excited when Jessie asked me to be in the room to photograph the birth of their son Jacob. Their birth was a wonderful reminder how it's so important to have someone at your birth that can be your advocate. Someone that is familiar with your birth plan and your wishes, someone that can be your voice while you are in labor. Although Jessie didn't have her picture perfect labor, she did get the beautiful unmedicated water birth that she so badly wanted.
Wow! It feels like forever since I have blogged! I have had so many sessions recently I need to get caught up so I don't get too behind and just give up!!! Here is a beautiful maternity session with Jon and Jessie. I have been so lucky to document so many of their life events! I had the honor to document their engagement session, their wedding and we've had a couple other sessions here and there. WELL NOW THEY ARE HAVING A BABY!!! I am so excited for their little guy to join the world! Fingers crossed everything falls into place so I can sneak in one last birth story before we move to Denver.
Jessie and Jon have always been troopers with me. I am so honored that they have always trusted my artistic eye! Congratulations you two!! You are going to be amazing parents!!!!
I have a very small preview of Rowan's beautiful birthday. She was born covered in amazing birthday frosting and was the sweetest, quietest, most serene baby I have seen in a long time. I can't wait until I am able to share her whole birth story with the world! She was born with a True Knot in her Umbilical cord! Thank you so much Jonea and Josh for letting me be there with you for this amazing night!