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nothing like a middle of the night drive across town to photograph another birth!

a very big perk of being a birth photographer is getting to be there when people you love have babies!

this awesome mama and i have been friends since grade school. she and my sister were the same age and her sister, jessi, and i were the same age, we were all close friends. i was there for the birth of her second baby, a vbac, and i was thrilled to be there for the birth of her 3rd child, another girl!! she achieved the natural birth she wanted and thankfully labored very quickly. jessi was there to cheer her on the whole time and it was so adorable to watch the two of them lean on each other. sweet, chubby tessa wren was born in the early morning hours. i love this sweet family, and i’m so happy for them all!
welcome to the world baby tessa, you are the cutest, chunkiest love!

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remember when i said i was excited to be there to photograph the birth of my friend Tierney’s baby?

well, I was there all right.
for 3 days!

by far one of the more exciting birth stories i’ve witnessed so far in my birth photography career.
tierney was a superstar laborer and she endured 40 something hours of natural labor before,
for several reasons, she was transported to the hospital to get a little help.
she was strong and brave and totally gorgeous while she labored.
she had the same midwife that i had with both my babies, whom i just love.
and after all that hard work, surrounded by loved ones,
ryan and tierney welcomed their tiny daughter into the world!
not a dry eye in the room, i tell you.
what a beautiful miraculous thing to witness.
welcome, elin rose!

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spending a teeny bit of time this tuesday to share another product i love.
and i mean love.
i’m in love and we’re getting married.
me and my lensbaby.
do you have one?
you should. such fun!
there are several versions, and i have almost all of them, because
i just can’t get enough.
it’s been my favorite little camera bag must-have for a couple years now.
my favorite is the Composer Pro with Sweet Optic 50.
it takes photos from ordinary to downright dreamy,
the way i remember moments in my mind.

{my son asleep – a very rare occurrence}

i feel the color and light more strongly with my lensbaby.
the photos are moody and rich and gorgeous
and i want to see the world like that always.

{my daughter picking wildflowers}

lensbaby has a line of products for use with you iphone now,
which is just fantastic.
i’m almost ashamed to admit how many photos i take on my phone,
even tho i own thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment.
it’s just so accesable and easy, i can’t help it!
and now i can have my lensbaby love on my iphone as well.


i’ve even had a few clients that don’t mind going a little outside the box with me on shoots.
generally, a birth takes place in dark, close quarters and not a lot of time to be arranging your shot with a lensbaby.
but every now and then i can squeeze one in during a quiet moment.

{labor partners}

pregnancy is a special, magical time and i think it’s fitting to have photos
that feel dreamy and mystical to commemorate the stage that will be over before you know it.


i’d recommend putting any or all of the lensbaby products on your christmas list this year.

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my sweet friend, Tierney, is about to have her first baby.
any minute now really!
i was so honored to take her maternity photos, and am so excited to
be there for the birth of this baby, too! i cannot wait to
find out if there’s a little girl or boy in there!
what fun to see good friends become parents.


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i just have to say right up front,
i do no think it’s fair to look this good in labor.
this mama rocked a long labor and looked like a goddess the whole time.
this is the 2nd birth i have attended for these parents,
& each time i’ve been amazed at how they work together as a team to meet their babies.
the sweetness!
welcome little ellie! you are so loved!


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