Birth & 48-Fresh: Baby E

This birth story was supposed to have a completely different beginning; but as most mamas can relate to, birth can unfold in unexpected ways. Mariah had midwife care for her pregnancy, and expected to give birth at home as she did with their first child. When she woke up the morning baby E was born, some concerns arose that led to being checked into the local hospital birthing center and delivering there. For any mama that has had her birth plans tossed out the window, this is a really hard experience and very emotional. I was so impressed with how my friend handled the change of plans, and thanks to the amazing care and presence of her birth team that included her midwives and a local masseuse/childbirth educator, the birth was smooth and faster than I could have imagined. This was actually the first daytime birth I have attended, which made my photographer heart delighted (great lighting - you know, things photographers love). Baby E was born so quickly that the OB on staff didn't even make it to catch him - he came out into the capable and loving hands of the midwife (who will be catching my baby in September). The next day I went back to the hospital for 48-fresh photos, which we planned out so I was there when big brother Q met his new brother for the first time! It was so so sweet to see!

This is baby E's birth & 48 Fresh Story <3

*While I am sharing most of the images from this birth and 48-fresh, I have omitted images that contain full nudity/graphic content, for mama's privacy. This may not be the case for every birth I share, and when there are graphic images included I will also post a warning (not everyone is visually prepared to scroll and see blood/crowning)*

The Traveling Dress Project: Heidi & Israel

The Traveling Dress project I participated in earlier this year was so much fun, that when I bought this dress from the online boutique Three Bird Nest, I knew it was time to do another round of the traveling dress. This time I organized it myself, with a few photographers I know, and some new faces all across the states. As I type this post, the dress is currently in Michigan and going to a self-portrait session. EEEEEEK! I can't wait to see what all the other photographers do with it! Its such a functional dress (with pockets! Holla!), and easy to style. 

When it came to choosing models, I knew immediately that this dress was meant for Heidi to wear. With her gorgeous red hair and skin tones, it was a match made in heaven. Luckily for me, she also has a very photogenic boyfriend who happily agreed to come along for the session. Together they were dream models - it helps that they are both in the acting business and comfortable taking direction. I will say this though: when a couple also has amazing chemistry, direction is so minimal and barely necessary! 

  • Models: Heidi Gerlach & Israel Bloodgood
  • Dress: Three Bird Nest
  • Location: Morgan Lake, OR

Adventure Session: Brittnee & Autumn

When I met up with Brittnee and Autumn, these two were completely up for anything in regards to location - but I'm not sure they expected the wild sunset & rainbow chasing that ensued! We had so much fun driving around the valley, utilizing spaces that just looked "right". From the pathway at Riverside Park, to a random field behind Walmart, these ladies rolled with it and were absolutely awesome to hang out with. *Huge shout out to their roomie Lauren for keeping up with my crazy driving tactics*

The less time you spend worrying about how to get it right in the camera, or being perfect in front of the camera and just focus on having fun, the more that magic can happen organically... and when magic happens, well... that is the best type of session. 



The Traveling Dress in Oregon: Morgan Lake

I have long loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; the idea of one item of clothing fitting so magically on women of different shapes and sizes is amazing! But that doesn't happen in real life, right?

Or does it?

When a group of female photographers came together to share a dress for the Traveling Dress Project, I was excited and also a little skeptical of the dress living up to that magical idea. As it turns out, the dress couldn't be more perfect. Thus far on its journey, it has not only fit several women of varying heights and sizes, but has looked absolutely incredible on each individual. 

Want to see where the dress was before this session? See it here!

Dress: Fahrenheit Tanning Tolleson, Tolleson AZ

Necklace: Premier Designs

Kimono: Lularoe

Model: Abby Stonebreaker