birth

  • Baby Sofia // St Patrick’s Day surprise

    I met Sophia’s mom earlier this winter. I fell in love with their family right away. Dad was deployed at the time, and Christina was desperately looking for a birth photographer to help capture the moments of Sophia’s birth that he was going to miss.

    I mean – you can’t say no to that! My lovely photographer friend Sarah Beth, Christina’s neighbor, was hoping to capture it for her, but already had her own move date and new orders for Vegas. Obviously babies have their own schedules – and with her due date after the Sarah Beth’s move date, I agreed to be her back up! I got all my paperwork in order to get base access and I was ready!

    The morning of St. Patricks day I woke up to a text from Christina. She was ready to head to the hospital! And Sarah Beth was still in town – for I kid you not – one more day!!

    I definitely missed out on what sounded like an amazing birth experience – lots of Irish luck!  But I know it was a beautiful note for Sarah Beth to leave Alaska on, and obviously I wanted to photograph this little girl – so we got them into the studio for a quick little newborn session.

    As a St Patricks day baby I had to showcase some green for her! She is a gorgeous baby girl, with a gorgeous mom and an equally adorable big brother, who I know is completely in love with her!

    It’s always such a fantastic feeling to know you’re capturing memories for a family who has sacrificed so much. I know dad is heartbroken to miss these first moments with his daughter – but he will have the images to always see how tiny she was, and how much she was loved from here first moment of life.

  • First 48 // Alaska newborn and birth photography

    Baby Lincoln has arrived! Perfect and precious and… late. Most moms can relate – the last few weeks of pregnancy are the worst. You are so excited to meet your little one – most of us are super uncomfortable by this point – the constant bathroom breaks, the heartburn, the swelling of feet, legs… and CANKLES! It’s not a pretty picture. And even though Lincoln’s mom looked radiant, I know she was ready to evict! So when your little one refuses to cooperate and settles in for an extra two weeks in the womb. Well. We all get a little impatient!

    But finally – he arrived!

    And I got to create these precious images of him in his first 48 hours of life – at the hospital meeting his brother and just settling in to life outside.

    So precious – so perfect – and so loved.

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  • Birth Photography // Providence Alaska

    Oh how I love birth photography! I’m still very new to this genre but it has stolen my heart and I so look forward to doing more and more in this new year!

    I just adore this mama. Karaina is herself a doula and very in tune with the birthing process. This was her second babe and she very much wanted to capture the experience visually. I think most moms – myself included! often don’t think about or don’t know that birth photography is a ‘thing’! We are so nervous about the whole birth thing that we assume the last thing we will want is someone clicking away in the background distracting us or even worse, getting some raunchy and traumatizing images…

    But I assure you – that is not what birth photography is about. This is about capturing the emotion. And that’s why I love it so much. There aren’t a whole lot of moments more powerful than being present for the arrival of a new little one. Moms are amazing. Babies are amazing – and the process of bringing new babies into the world, well… the images speak for themselves.

    A huge congrats to this beautiful and amazing family, and for their willingness to let me share their images!

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