Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Two Men and a Little Lady

Phoenix Newborn Photographer

Two Men and a Little Lady

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I'm spending time reminiscing tonight, as I get caught up on blogs. Tonight, I'm sharing with you one of my favorite sessions of all time. Every newborn session is a favorite, but this special girl and her daddies hold a special place in my heart.

It is always a special time when I have a new family in my studio for their newborn session. I love seeing how these new and excited parents react to the cute poses and props. Or when they snap a couple behind the scene photos. And, occasionally you will hear an “awww” when the baby sneezes or grunts.  This session was exactly like I described above but with a little bit  more emotion. Her daddies waited a very long time to meet her. Normally it takes a baby 9 months arrive. It was at least a two-year process before Louise was born. That’s a long time to wait! But good things come to those who wait.

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Louise came to see me at 6 days new with her two daddies that came all they way from Europe to see her born. Louise’s surrogate momma was also in the studio for her session. This was such a joyous occasion!  And it was amazing to be part of it. The friendship that has developed between her surrogate mom, Trista and her two dads is inspirational and heart warming.  

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Phoenix newborn photographer

Phoenix newborn photographer

Phoenix newborn photographer

 

When I met with her daddies before she was born we talked about her nursery which is cream and pale pink. I wanted to integrate those colors in her session so it would match perfectly with her nursery! Her daddies also brought a bonnet that Louise’s great grandma had knitted for her. The bonnet was one of the most beautiful bonnets I had ever seen. And to know it was made with love especially for Louise filled my heart with joy.

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Phoenix newborn photographer

Phoenix newborn photographer

Phoenix newborn photographer

Fun Fact: I am happy to say that this was the second time I was able to spend time with Louise and her daddies. I was blessed to be there to witness sweet Baby Louise being born. Isn’t that amazing?! This is why I love what I do! Want to read her birth story? Click HERE.  I LOVE when families come back to visit me for their newborn sessions! Congratulations to Baby Louise and her two daddies! I hope that I am able to see her grow even though we are far away.

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Phoenix Baby Photographer - Baby Gia Six Months

Phoenix Baby Photographer

Baby Gia SixMonths

I had the sweetest six-month session with this beautiful little girl. It went much different than her newborn session. When I saw Gia for her newborn session she was already six weeks old. Even though the recommended newborn age is six to fourteen days old.

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I love a challenge and took on Baby Gia. To this day, she is still my longest newborn session at a whopping five whole hours. And she was not crying folks! We just had to have lots of snuggles to get her calm and content.  Phoenix baby photographer

Gia's six-month session was a whole different story. Not only was it only an hour long but she was full of smiles. Her dad was also relieved to see that studio did actually have A/C! Because the room is kept warm for newborns, he was expecting a warmer and longer session! I think I made his day when I announced that the session was over at the hour mark.

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Because Gia was so easy spirited we were able to do several outfit changes. Is this cream tutu not the cutest thing you have ever seen?!

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Something I learned about Gia is not only is she a beautiful baby but she is a beautiful rainbow baby. Her mama had saw Brinlee's rainbow baby photo from her newborn session and asked if we could somehow incorporate the beautiful pastel rainbow wrap. Obviously Gia is too big to swaddle so I used it as a textured layer instead. This is one of my favorite set of pictures! Phoenix baby photographer

I am often asked where I found this gorgeous pastel wrap set. It took some hunting but I found this beautiful set from Katie's Props

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 Something I love to do at milestone sessions is to put the baby in a prop we used at their newborn session.  At six weeks old I laid Gia in this beautiful white washed basket. At six months Gia sat up in this basket!

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Gia is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen. I can't wait to see her for her cake smash!

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Scottsdale Newborn Photographer - Sweet Baby Brinlee

Scottsdale Newborn Photographer

Sweet Baby Brinlee

I can not get enough of this sweet little girl. I was tickled to be included in her birth story. But now I'm even more tickled to be a part of her first year. I chuckled to myself when I thought that it wasn’t truly Brinlee’s inaugural time in the studio.
Of course, during the first photo shoot, she was in utero!
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I was lucky enough to take Michelle’s pregnancy photos when she announced she was expecting. She dressed in a rainbow to signify she was carrying a rainbow baby.  I also had the amazing opportunity to photograph Michelle's gorgeous belly again at a beautiful outdoor maternity session. So naturally, when baby Brinlee arrived for her newborn photos, we continued the theme.
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This delicate little princess was such a great model. She slept so soundly nearly the entire session. I was hoping to see her beautiful eyes but we’ll just have to wait for her to be older!
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I wanted to incorporate lots of different rainbow set ups into our photo shoot. Brinlee’s a miracle babe and deserves a magical welcome.
What is more magical than a gorgeous area of colors that magically appear in the sky after a storm?!
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I dressed the sweetie in rainbow bloomers. I also wrapped her up in a rainbow-colored blanket and placed a dainty rainbow headband on her head.
Using the blanket as a starting point, I arranged some beautiful butterflies along the edge, since they can signify hope, new beginnings, and transcendence; a perfect metaphor for this moment.
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Some of the most tender moments I saw through my lens were between Michelle and Brinlee as mom held her daughter, who was wrapped in a rainbow.
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I also couldn’t wait to use different girly scenarios with baby Brinlee. I spent a lot of time surrounding her with just the right amount of lavender, before placing her in an adorable wheelbarrow.
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I took some pictures with Brinlee wearing a custom-made hydrangea headband, and others with her donning a flower-adorned hat while curled up in a garden basket.
And not to outdo the aforementioned cuteness, I also added a pearl headband and a little bunny to the photo session.
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This baby is such a beautiful little girl. She certainly takes after her mama.

Scottsdale Newborn Photographer - Sweet Baby Jameson

Scottsdale Newborn Photographer

Sweet Baby Jameson

Babies like Jameson make me excited to go to work in my studio every day.
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Not only is he totally delicious, but this perfect little cherub also stayed in dreamland the entire photo shoot. This allowed me to work my magic nonstop.

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And as a result, I was able to stage several different set ups. Squee!!! phoenix newborn photographer scottsdale newborn photographer

 

Of course, I always love to take the pictures of mom and dad with their little miracle. I will seriously never tire of watching the way parents look at each other and at their baby.
It’s truly the purest form of love and I am honored to be able to capture that for posterity.
Jameson’s mom and dad dressed in white for their first family portraits. Mama is a nurse and Dad works in finance.
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But don’t let that fool you! Both of them have a wilder side too. They absolutely love Harley Davidson Motorcycles. In fact, their super cool engagement pictures were taken while they were riding their bikes.  If only they made baby motorcycles, am I right?!?!

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And I couldn’t resist photographing their sweetie with their wedding rings too.
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But I also took pictures of the softer side of baby Jameson. Since he remained sleeping, I got to pull out all the stops.
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Mom and Dad brought along an adorable costume change for him as well: a hat with his name printed all over it! I was kind of obsessed with the hat, actually. phoenix newborn photography
Especially after I learned that this is how Jameson's Mom and Dad announced to their family what his name was! What a cool way to announce a little one's name.
Congratulations M Family! Jameson is perfect!

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Phoenix Family Photographer - Holiday Mini Session Fundraiser

Holiday Mini Session Fundraiser

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I have had a lot of people ask me who the proceeds of the holiday minis are going to this year. Please read this wonderful family's story.

Chris and Shelle Harman are the parents of five beautiful children, only two of whom are still living. Married just 11 years they have lived their vows to love in sickness and health more times over than any couple should have to withstand. They lost their first three children to a neuromuscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Their eldest son, Logan, lived to be just four years old. Logan's journey with SMA started Shelle and Chris on their path of advocacy for proper care for their children and others who cannot speak for themselves.  Since the loss of Logan and their twin daughters, Kali & Mikayla , who also had SMA, they have been blessed with the births of two more seemingly healthy sons. Jase is their fourth child and is four years old. Jase is a fantastic big brother to Braxton their fifth (and final) child.

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Braxton Christopher was born  Saturday, February 1st, 2014. Weighing in at 6lbs 9oz, he was a strong little nugget of love and joy. The first 6 months of his life were fairly typical and Braxton seemed to be doing well. At the time of his birth big brother Jase was ruler of the roost and took up a lot of Shelle and Chris' time with multiple ear infections and other delays because of them. At his 6 month check up Shelle mentioned that Braxton seemed to have troubles with feeding. Having experienced a very similar path with Logan, they were, understandably, terrified when Braxton's pediatrician suggested that they have a swallow study done. The feeling of déjà vu was further amplified when the swallow study revealed Shelle's greatest fear; exactly like Logan, Braxton was aspirating (a portion of everything that he swallowed was ending up in his lungs rather than his stomach). Fortunately that is where the Logan and Braxton déjà vu diverge. Braxton was able to continue eating in spite of the aspiration because when the liquids were thickened he was able to keep them going into his stomach better. Unfortunately, after less than a month of thickened liquids he began aspirating those too. At this point even soft and solid foods were difficult for him to eat which made it difficult to maintain his weight, let alone gain any. Braxton's aspiration was leading to issues with breathing (liquids and food can damage lung tissue if it occurs often or for too long) and his weight was continuing to be a problem he underwent a "triple scope" to see if the doctors could find out why he was aspirating.

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The triple scope allowed a pulmonologist (lung doctor), gastroenterologist (doctor who focuses on the stomach and intestines all things digestive), and an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) to all get a look at the interior of the areas in question with a small camera (sometimes referred to as a scope) inserted into his body through his nose. The procedure was done under anesthesia so it was painless but the results were far from what Shelle and Chris were expecting. The reason for Braxton's issues stemmed from a cleft larynx. In simple terms there is a hole in his esophagus that directly leads to his trachea that was supposed to close a birth and didn't. Over the next few months their lives were once again turned upside down as it was determined that hole would likely require surgery to close it but due to his malnutrition and small size the repair could not be done until he was at least three years old. In the meantime it was decided that a feeding tube would be the best option to insure that Braxton was able to get much needed nutrition without risking aspiration. The surgery to place the g-tube (tube placed into the stomach surgically) was successful at first and seemed to be a route to getting him back to the healthy and strong baby he was at birth.

The success was again short lived as the surgery to place the g-tube began Braxton on a still unresolved journey with chronic severe pain. In addition to the extreme pain Braxton has endured numerous infections, slow to crawl, very weak muscles in his core, abscesses, difficulty healing, reoccurring cellulitis (infection of his cells; he has had this eleven times in just one year), several procedures to clear out the infections inside his abdomen; in short more than any two year old should ever have to experience. All of these problems have left not only Shelle and Chris with questions but even the physicians are unable to explain why this is happening. The original problem with the cleft larynx was manageable as was the need for a feeding tube but the resulting pain and infections have not been easy to handle, on a variety of levels. Due to the extreme nature of Braxton's yet to be controlled pain, he has slept very little over more than half of his life. In the past year and a half he has managed to survive on less than three hours of consecutive sleep and generally three hours total is a good night. His pain has yet to be controlled and there are a multitude of possible causes but none have been identified and substantiated. He is on narcotic pain medication and has been for over a year and a half. It is losing its effectiveness.

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In recent weeks it has been determined by the genetics and neurology teams that Braxton should undergo testing in hopes of being able to find a diagnosis that incorporates all of his variety of ailments. The testing is referred to as Whole Exome Sequencing. The blood test would allow for a good look at all of his DNA and any possible abnormalities that could explain at least some if not all of what is currently ailing Braxton.  They are still waiting on results because the first test was done incorrectly. More than anything Shelle and Chris want answers and solutions to allow their baby boy to live a happy life without constant pain and infections. With answers for Braxton he could get a possible treatment, specialists that treat the disorder and give Braxton a better life without or less pain. They are being referred to specialist in Southern California who are very interested in helping find what's going on with Braxton.

This is going to be very costly for Chris, Shelle, Braxton and Jase.  This amazing family are friends of mine.  I will be hosting multiple stylized session days at different locations. Prices will vary from $100 to $250 depending on location and what is included. ALL proceeds earned will be going to The Harman family to support them in their travel to California to help them get Braxton the medical care he needs. Please spread the word! Your support is appreciated!

There is currently a contest being held for two mini session give-a-ways because I do need some models for marketing materials. Click here to visit the facebook page and enter to win! The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced by 9pm MST!

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Phoenix Maternity Photographer - Brewery Gender Reveal

Phoenix Maternity Photographer

Brewery Gender Reveal

I always love it when you find out that your friend is pregnant. I love it even more when friends let you create a unique way for them to capture their baby's gender reveal. I met Sarah and Tim almost two years ago when Zachary was born. (Check out his birth session here)  This little Irish boy was born on St. Patty's Day!

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Phoenix Maternity Photographer

I can't express how much I love this family. Over the years we have become close friends. Our friendship really grew when our husbands connected over their love for homebrewing and craft beer. Which led me to brew the crazy gender reveal idea. With the help from Freak'N Brewing Company, we were able to pull off an amazing way to announce this little one's gender.

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I can't wait to meet this sweet little bub in March. His due date is the day before his big brothers birthday! How cool is that? Mom and Dad have decided to do birth and newborn photography just like they did for Zachary. Not only am I able to witness this new little guy come into the world, but I was able to witness his big brother come into the world. That's a pretty spectacular thing to be able to say. This is one of  the reasons why I love what I do.

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Congratulations Meier Family! I'm over the moon excited for you! Can't wait to capture these new moments for you.

 

Phoenix Newborn Photography - Baby Brielle

Every baby is a fabulous mix of their parents. So I was thrilled to photograph sweet baby Brielle with props that truly show where and who she comes from.

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Both her mom and dad are originally from Washington State. They learned about my studio through Glendale-based OBGYN Dr. Desiree Brotsky. I am honored that I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of Dr. Brotsky’s patients and their little ones. Working with Brielle’s family was so much fun.

This little angel’s Mommy was a photographer in the Evergreen State. She brought along an amazing prop from her old studio to our shoot. Positioning Brielle under a sleeping moon was so easy. That baby was out like a light! She looked so peaceful…as though she were in a story book.
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Brielle’s Daddy is a chef and wanted to bring his love of cooking to the shoot. We had a great time arranging the set to reflect his culinary passions. We used Dad’s first set of cooking instruments and a mixing bowl. And seriously, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a bowl surrounded by ingredients. It’s artistic and delicious!
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Another key part of our photoshoot also had to do with Dad. He is of Native American heritage and chose to include a pink chief blanket in the pictures. It was so special to photograph Brielle while paying homage to part of her lineage.
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This photoshoot was a bit of a departure from The Baby Whisperer studio’s traditional look. I tend not to gravitate toward bright colors, but including them in this set up was extremely important and I believed it warranted an exception.
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Of course, I still got to include my favorite elements!
I adore the family-of-three shots. There’s nothing better than watching a mom and dad gaze into each other’s eyes while they hold their newborn together. It’s as though you can read their minds and what they’re saying — incredulously, of course — is:
We made this.
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Congrats again Mom and Dad! It was a pleasure to photograph you!

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Baby Leo

It’s hard not to fall under Leo’s spell the instant you meet him. Most babes who come to the studio for newborn photos are about a week old.  This little sweetie was already four and a half weeks old and 12 pounds when he came to pose! And pose he did… leo

Mom and Dad are big fans of the Harry Potter series and decorated Leo’s nursery for this adorable little wizard accordingly. Of course, it was only fitting that we incorporated the magic of that into his newborn photo session. This was such a fun photo shoot to plan. I had a vision of doing the potato sack pose along with him “sitting” by himself wrapped in his Hogwart’s scarf with a little wand and glasses. It’s amazing to see it come to life!

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Something that deserves special mention: Leo’s luscious blond locks. Most newborns don’t have the fabulous head of hair that this little boy is sporting. And special mention must go to his rolls! The chubbiness is delish!

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leo-5 For how old Leo was when he came to see me he did a fabulous job at his session. He slept, ate and snuggled. I could have held him for days! He was the best little muggle to snuggle

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Little Leo you put a spell on me! I can’t wait to see you for your six month session!

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Phoenix Birth Photographer - Happy BIRTHday Baby Carlin

I remember sitting in my car and having a feeling that I needed to text the mom I was on call for and see how she was doing. I had been on call for her birth now for two weeks. Her due date was approaching. I literally could not get her out of my mind. I sent her a text only to find out that,  mom was in labor! Talk about a God thing, right?

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I was excited for this photoshoot because I knew it would be more than taking pictures of a beautiful newborn: I would be documenting mom and dad’s journey to becoming parents. Not only would I be documenting their journey into parenthood. But I would also be documenting the moment that they found out the gender of their baby! I love photographing newborns. But birth stories tug at my heart strings. To be able to capture this memory for parents, is always an honor.

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Mom and Dad booked me before mom was even out of her first trimester! She had found me on Instagram and had been following me since. I was over the moon excited for them. I truly felt that not only had I gained another set of amazing clients but I had also gained new friends. It was such an honor to capture these intimate photos and videos. They will forever be reminders of the day their precious baby had blessed the world with their presence.Phoenix birth photographer

I met the parents-to-be at Babymoon Inn, a birth center in Phoenix. At this birth center mom could have a natural water birth. She was tended to by the Babymoon Inn Midwives, who did a fabulous job keeping her calm and focused on the end goal of baby.

Dad was extremely supportive throughout the birthing process. He doted on momma and was so attentive to her needs. Grandma and Grandpa drove all the way from New Mexico to witness the birth. I love how supportive grandma was to Mom! It was amazing to witness this family come together to bring this sweet babe into the world.

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Mom was so inspiring. She breathed through each contraction like a pro. Even though I was there to observe, she was so focused that at times I felt like I was simply a fly on the wall. The moments of pain and then relaxation came and went and I managed to snap pictures of it all.

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When it was finally time to push, I realized I had forgotten my tripod. But our amazing nurse offered to shoot a video to help document the baby's surprise gender reveal. I would not have been able to capture that on video without her help! They say ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words’, I felt that capturing the miracle of life at the moment it’s happening definitely warranted video. Especially when Mom and Dad were going to be the one's announcing what gender their precious baby was. What an amazing moment to capture!

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In what felt like a flash, the baby had emerged from the water. Mom and Dad were elated. Actually all of us in the room were pretty overcome with emotion. A moment after soaking in their fresh new baby they decided to find out baby's gender.

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It's a girl!! Savannah Grace was born in the wee hours of the morning.

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It was such a special day for the Carlin family and I feel honored to have been able to observe it all.

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Congratulations once again Carlin Family! Welcome to Parenthood!

Xoxo,

 Chyanne

Scottsdale Birth Photographer - Happy Birthday Brinlee

Scottsdale Birth Photographer

Happy Birthday Brinlee

July 14th was a perfect day to have a baby.  Michelle had been waiting for this little one’s arrival for a lifetime. The staff at Honor Health Scottsdale Shea was amazing. They were warm and encouraging to not only Michelle but her support team.

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Scottsdale Birth Photographer Baby Brinlee was born via c-section and I was right there with my camera documenting the whole amazing birth. Brinlee Makenna made her appearance at 9:48am. I marveled at how the sweet little baby was only a minute old when she reached her left hand into the air as if she was waving to the world, announcing her arrival.

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Scottsdale Birth Photographer

Scottsdale Birth Photographer

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I took a moment to focus on Michelle's face as she gazed upon her rainbow baby for the first time. I watched as a smile grew from ear to ear and a look of calm washed over her. A rainbow baby, in case you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, is one born to a mother who’s had a prior loss. You can think of the baby as the rainbow after the storm.

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Scottsdale Birth Photographer

In case you missed it, here is Michelle's Journey and Rainbow Baby Announcement.  Michelle's sister was there for every wonderful, miraculous moment. From sharing the joy and excitement of Brinlee's arrival  to making sure her new niece’s adorable little hat was perched perfectly on her little head. She held all 7 pounds and 14 ounces of baby Brinlee as mama was being sewn up.

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Even though Michelle was unable to sit truly pose for the camera, the candid moment in the operating room between her sister and her with Brinlee was so moving. And still is one of my favorite set of photos.

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Scottsdale Birth Photographer

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Very soon, Brinlee was wheeled into the recovery room. And finally had an official meeting with her mama. Michelle held her baby so tightly. She had been waiting for that moment forever.  She just stared at her baby daughter’s facewith such love in her eyes.

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Scottsdale Birth Photographer

moment that tugged on my heart strings: When Michelle held her baby she got to ring the lullabye. This is the lullabye lets everyone in the hospital know that a baby was born. I will never forget the look on Michelle's face when she got to ring that bell. I will say it was hard photographing when your eyes are blurred with tears!

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Congrats again Michelle! Brinlee is so beautiful and I am over the moon happy for you!

 

Scottsdale Maternity Photographer - Michelle Maternity

Scottsdale Maternity Photographer

Michelle Maternity

I met Michelle two years ago when I took bereavement photos for her when she tragically lost her baby Makenzie. We have since become friends. She has also become someone I admire.

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One would think that such heartbreak would dampen someone's outlook on life. And even deter them from wanting another baby again. Not Michelle. She was determined to become a mom.

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Michelle called me on Valentine's day to let me know that she was pregnant. I was over the moon excited for her! We immediately started talking of ways to announce her pregnancy. Learn more about Michelle's Rainbow Baby Announcement here.

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16 weeks later, I photographed this gorgeous woman again. This time in a beautiful oasis located right smack dab in the desert. My fabulous makeup and hair artist Taryn came to Michelle and pampered her before her shoot. From Hair and Makeup we went straight to a wardrobe that I had carefully stylized specifically for Michelle.

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Once we reached our shooting location the sun was setting right on schedule. With perfect lighting and a gorgeous mama. Magic happened.  There are too many favorites  from Michelle's session that I had to sit down and really, really think about which photos to share. It's hard to choose favorites of favorites!

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Congratulations Michelle! It is such a blessing to photograph you! I can't wait to meet Baby B.

Phoenix Surrogate Birth Photographer - Two Men and a Little Baby

Phoenix Surrogate Birth Photographer

Two Men and a Little Baby

Have you ever wondered what a surrogate birth is like? Trista, a local wife and momma decided to give a couple the best gift anyone could ask for. A baby. I asked her to be a guest blogger today to tell the story of the last birth and newborn session that I had in 2015. All I can say is there is not a better way to end the year than with a birth, better yet, a surrogate birth. The time I spent with these people was truly amazing. And I am beyond blessed to have met them all.  Thank you Trista for being a guest blogger! I’m so happy that you are open to sharing this story with others.

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Trista-  “Not everyone is so blessed to have children. And I feel like I should help those who are not blessed to be able to carry a baby. I feel like every person that desires becoming a parent should feel the joys of having children.

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I first learned about surrogacy like many people, celebrities. When I told my husband he thought I was crazy. Although he had his reservations, I knew he’d support me in this journey. So I went online, and I googled surrogacy agencies. The first one I came across had a questionnaire to see if you can be pre qualified for surrogacy. Out of curiosity I filled it out and got pre-approved. Little did I know that was the first step that would lead me on a 2 year journey!

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The agency reached out to me and said that they were interested in me becoming a surrogate.

However, I needed to do to get a final approval to be a surrogate: I needed to turn in my medical records, needed psychological clearance, I needed clearance from my OBGYN,  needed approval from the fertility doctor in Los Angeles, and finally I needed to be matched with potential parents.

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It seemed like so much. But it was worth it.

Carrying a baby for someone else is an emotional endeavor! And it is important to make sure you are mentally prepared for such a task. I passed my psychological evaluation. I submitted all my clearances, had a medical screening in LA, and I was ready to be matched.

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When I first got the intended parents (IPs for short) profile I was nervous because how was I to know if the IPs were my potential match? What things do I look for? What do I ask them? I got their profiles and every piece of identifying detailed is blacked out. Without details I was nervous that I would see just a fake profile to make them look appealing, but I didn’t get that at all. I got the most heartfelt story of their lives, their work, their families, why they want to be parents, and my favorite part: a letter to their surrogate. After reading the letter I knew they were my match.

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We planned a video chat to talk. They were a gay couple from Europe. I got ready for the video chat like I was getting ready for my first date. I changed my clothes a million times. I curled my hair. Did my make-up. To tell you the truth- I was a nervous wreck! Needless to say the video chat went great. The guys (as I’ve come to know them) were amazing. Everything that we talked about, it’s all a blur now. I do  remember them saying that they wanted me to carry their baby. How exciting is that? Wouldn’t it be great if dating was that easy?

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After we established a contract we were able to move to the next step in the process. They found an egg donor and they were going to use one of their sperm. Now we get to start the cycling process. First the IVF Dr. (in vitro fertilization doctor) needed to synch my period cycle with the egg donor’s. This is standard in fresh embryo transfers.

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Transfer day: We head to the fertility clinic in LA. My stomach is in knots. The doctor brings me back and I get on the bed and it feels like I’m going for my yearly exam. My mom is with me. Like most girls, it’s nice to have your mom with you for nerve wracking appointments. The doctor comes in, puts my legs in stirrups and opens me up with that horrific clamp. He flushes my vaginal canal with saline solution. (Just a slight disclaimer, this is not for the faint of heart. There are gross things to be said about the surrogacy journey.) then the nurse brings in a very long tube. It’s a very thin, long catheter. The embryo is inside it. The doctor pushes the catheter through a small opening in my cervix and suddenly I’m pregnant. How easy was that? Now it’s the hard part. The dreaded 2 week wait.

phoenix birth photographerHow will I possibly hold out 2 weeks before knowing if I’m pregnant? Well I couldn’t and after 5 days I took a pregnancy test at home! It was positive!!! How amazing is that! I had to tell the dads so they could relax. We schedule a video chat and on it  “I’m pregnant!” they were so excited and had instant tears!

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Now we wait 5 more days for my blood test to check my hcg levels. I got almost cocky about the whole thing. I’ve never miscarried. Why would I now? That arrogance made this next part that much harder. I miscarried. I feel like I let them down. My hcg levels came back at 90. The doctor wants them at 100. We saw the heartbeat in an ultrasound and things didn’t look good. It was weak. After that I was really discouraged. It turns out the embryo quality was very poor and the doctor knew it, but had no choice because out of the 10 embryos that bad one was the best quality.

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Once we were ready to cycle again I got a call 5 days before the transfer. The transfer canceled and it wouldn’t be rescheduled until the dads found a new egg donor. The guys found an egg donor rather quickly. By January we were ready to go. Only problem was my body was not happy with the sudden changes of being on and off the hormones. I had to take other hormones to stimulate my cycle and then they made me wait another month for a regular period before they would allow me to cycle again. While most women are praying their period doesn’t come I was praying for mine to come. It took another 2 months before we could cycle again and we got our new transfer date: April 7th. The new egg donor is experienced and this is her third time donating. The 2 other times resulted in successful pregnancies. I had every reason to be sure this one would stick, but I was hesitant. The transfer came and went, embryo quality was flawless. I should be excited right? Well I wasn’t! What if I miscarry again? Will they think it’s my fault? phoenix birth photographer

By day 7 everyone was begging for me to take a pregnancy test. At day 10 I got results. Please let them be at least 100! Please don’t be any lower than that! 263?! They’re more than double what they needed to be!!!! I shared the news with the dads and at that point we all felt more at ease. I went for my first ultrasound at 6 weeks and we saw a heartbeat. Everything was amazing. But of course, nothing can go smoothly and we hit a major bump when I started bleeding the next day. Why is this happening? Everything was just fine yesterday! I call my OB and they get me in right away for an ultrasound. I lay down on the bed expecting the worse and they put the wand on my belly and there is the baby her heart is fluttering like a butterfly. I didn’t miscarry. In IVF it’s very common to bleed at 6 weeks for some unknown reason. After 24 hours my bleeding stopped and I was back to normal.

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I continue the pregnancy like normal. At 10 weeks we got a blood test done to determine if the baby had any genetic deformities and at that moment we found out the sex of the baby. I got news on the sex of the baby before the dads did so I asked my OB to keep it a secret and I would reveal to them during our video chat. That week we planned on talking and I would meet 1 of their moms. Perfect time to announce the sex of the baby. We started talking and they announced the pregnancy to his mom. She had no idea they were this far along in the process. She was so excited and she cried. It was beautiful.

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Now I get to share my news. I made a shirt and across my belly I wrote GIRL with a pink bow underneath. I told them the baby had no deformities and the blood results were perfect. Then they asked what it was. I stood up and showed off my expanding belly with GIRL written across. They were so happy they cried tears of joy. At 22 weeks the guys visited. They were so funny and fit in so well with our family. I know I made the right decision to be matched with them.

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The rest of the pregnancy went along normally, no issues and before we knew it she was coming. At 36 weeks I got my first exam done and my Dr. tells me “you are 3cm, 75% effaced. Are the dads in town yet? (No!) When do they get here? (Not for 2 more weeks) They need to get here because you most likely won’t make it till then!” I text the dads and let them know and they changed their flight to come here sooner. They came at separate times. Dad #1 got here at 37 weeks, dad #2 got here at 37.5 weeks (he had to finish out the week at work). Once they got here I felt more at ease. We went and walked at the zoo. I took them shopping for baby stuff. My next appointment at 37 weeks I had no change in my dilation. At 38 weeks there was no change either. What the heck? Looks like I’ll make it to my induction after all!

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phoenix birth photographer

At 39 weeks I’m scheduled to be induced. Everyone’s bags are packed. We’re all ready to go. I need to be to the hospital at 3am for my induction. But again, nothing goes according to plan. I get a call the night before saying “Our beds are full of women coming in with spontaneous labor. Call us at 5 am and see if we have openings.” So I set my alarm, babysitter is scheduled to be at our house by 5. I call the hospital and asked if they had beds open for my induction. They laughed and apologized and told me unless I go into spontaneous labor don’t plan on coming in that day. This sucked. I tell my husband. I said “Let’s walk this baby out! We can walk the girls to school!” So I get up, use the restroom and I come out with my underwear around my knees. I tell my husband my water broke. “Okay babe.” He doesn’t budge from the bed. “No seriously my water broke.”

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phoenix birth photographer

I change, call my mom, text the dads, and we are out the door! I get to the hospital, we get a room, get hooked up to machines and get my IV started. I tell everyone to come to the hospital around 7. This way I have a chance to get everything going. Everyone arrives and a second later the anesthesiologist comes in to administer my epidural. He gets it in and my legs and hips go numb. I still feel every contraction. So I continue to press the button to administer more numbing and my feet are so numb I can’t feel a single thing, yet it’s not touching the pains in my stomach. We call the anesthesiologist back in and he does something and I finally get relief, only problem is my legs are so numb I have zero control over them. phoenix birth photographer

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phoenix birth photographer

The nurse comes in my room to check on us and I ask her to check me.  I wasn’t having any pressure, I just wonder where I’m at. The baby’s head is coming down and I’m ready to push. I’m so numb I couldn’t tell you what was going on down there. Suddenly the doctor is there. The nurses are all there. The dads are anxiously waiting for their daughter to be born. No one expected it to be so sudden. The doctor tells me to push. Did I push? The baby is out! It took 2 pushes. Seriously, I have pictures to prove it. The dads come over to my bed and together they cut the cord.

phoenix birth photographer Everything after that was so quick. We had a lot of papers to fill out. And in the days that followed the dads needed to get her birth certificate, passport and needed to relinquish my rights as birth mother. After all that, the baby was ready to go home to Europe.

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phoenix birth photographer

During the pregnancy I never became attached to the baby. To be honest my youngest is going through so many medical problems right now, I couldn’t Imagine having a newborn to care for. In the last 2 years things were hard, stressful, emotional, but everything we went through was worth it. If it weren’t for the failed transfer, canceled cycle, baby Louise wouldn’t be here. Sometimes to get the rainbow you have to brave the storm.”

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phoenix birth photographer

phoenix birth photographer

Congratulations guys! Baby Louise is Beautiful!!  Each and every one of these people in this story have touched my heart. I am so blessed to have photographed this special day for them!

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Best Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Baby Adalee

Best Phoenix Newborn Photographer

Baby Adalee

This absolutely angelic face belongs to a little peanut named Adalee.
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Her mommy and daddy brought her to our studio for a newborn session when she was three weeks old. Adelee was in the NICU right after birth. She was born with a condition, known as Symbrachydactyly, in which some bones on babies’ limbs don’t fully form or are missing. For Adalee, this means some fingers on her right hand are very small, and that hand is also is slightly smaller than her left. The congenital issue was not discovered until after her birth.
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One of the many things I've learned in my line of work is that what the world sees as the perfect child is completely skewed. Adalee may not look like every other child. But that doesn’t make her any less perfect. Taking pictures of her was such a joy. It’s hard to stop staring at her deliciousness.

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I was happy to get a good number of photos of baby Adalee with dad. At first he seemed a bit shy about the posing. Sometimes it can feel awkward. But then, he warmed right up to it — and even took a chance holding a naked baby!

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Adalee’s mama is the perfect example of someone who exudes this new mommy bliss that I love to catch with my lens. Mom’s bright smile makes the photographs pop. And the way she looks at Adalee’s daddy, it’s almost as if she’s saying We did it, we made this beautiful baby, simply with her eyes. I know when she looks back at these photos, she’ll always be happy she had a starring role in the newborn photos.

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I do love taking family photos too. It’s always such a pleasure to see the new family’s dynamic, knowing that the pictures I’m taking are among their first family photos ever. Adalee’s mom and dad call her their little bumblebee.
While Adalee was in the NICU, her grandma said that she was “just a little bumblebee. Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able fly, but they do. Adalee will be able to do all things and we will watch her fly."
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You may also notice that there are several shots in which Adalee is awake. That’s one of the risks of this job. The awake baby who won’t pose! But Adalee was so sweet and calm. Plus, I got to snap photos of those beautiful eyes and then rock her back to dream land. That’s definitely one of the perks of the gig!

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Newborn Photographer Phoenix - Baby Sofia

Newborn Photographer Phoenix

Baby Sofia

A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing. – Jennie Finch

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Sofia is by all accounts...a miracle baby. Her parents were told they would be unable to have any more children and low and behold, Sofia was conceived. How amazing to receive another little blessing!

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Not only is she a blessing, but she’s a bit stubborn, too! I mean, you have to be a bit stubborn to defy all the doctors, right? Then, she decided she wasn’t ready to appear until she was ready!

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newborn photographer phoenix

So she waited, and then made a dramatic and late entrance, and came to see me six days later, family in tow.

                                                                                          And I’m so glad she did, cause, look at those back rolls! I’m in love.

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Phoenix Birth Photographer - Happy Birthday Zachary

Get your tissues ready! I’ve been saving Zachary’s birth story because it is a real tear jerker.

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When I first met Baby Zachary’s parents I told them that I had a strong feeling that Zachary was going to make a fashionably late appearance into this world. however, I didn’t actually think I would be right.

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Baby Zachary came into the world five days past his due date. After 15 hours of labor and 1 hour of pushing, this bright-eyed little Irish boy was born on the perfect day. St. Patty’s Day has never been so perfect for this family!

Phoenix Birth Photographer

Phoenix Birth Photographer

Phoenix Birth Photographer

When he came earth-side he didn’t cry. He merely opened his eyes and looked around. He was instantly placed upon his momma’s chest where he stayed nuzzling her cheek and with his hand over her lips. This little boy wanted to be with his momma from the start.

 

Phoenix Birth Photographer

Phoenix Birth Photographer

Phoenix Birth Photographer

If that doesn’t overwhelm you with joy, Zachary’s grandmother was there. This woman made my heart so incredibly happy. The pride and the excitement that she showed was amazing. After ten…yes, you read that right TEN grandchildren. She still cries when one is born. In her words, “Each one is a special miracle”.  Truer words have never been spoken. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Yes, I cry when babies are born!

Phoenix Birth Photographer

Phoenix Birth Photographer

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If you are on the fence about birth photography, make an amazing decision that you won’t regret. Hire a birth photographer to capture these moments. Capture the moments that you won’t remember but will want to remember. Hire a birth photographer so your partner can focus on you and your baby. Hire a birth photographer to capture the firsts. I promise you will not regret it.

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Thank you so much M. Family for giving me the privilege of capturing this special moment in your lives. See you for your newborn session soon!

Kaia & Kaden - Baby Snowflakes

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Kaia & Kaden Twin Newborn Session


As a birth and newborn photographer I get to witness many miracles. This year I gave back to the community by photographing a local infertility support group called The Walk Of Hope. What an amazing group of people to be around! Not to mention there are so many miracle babies! I had a permanent smile on my face. I left this walk wanting to do something more.

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One day while in a local mom’s group that I am in I stumbled upon Rachael’s post to the group telling us updates about her infertility process.

After reading her fertility/pregnancy updates to the group, it made me want to reach out to her. I am so glad I did. I’m going to share with you Rachael and Justin’s story. Get out the kleenex because this story will touch your heart. And if you don’t believe in miracles get ready. Because you will be witnessing something amazing.

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” -Job 5:9

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Rachael and Justin, fell in love after meeting as next door neighbors! After dating for two years they got married in February of 2007.  They knew they wanted children right away and began trying. But Rachael had a feeling early on, that something was wrong. After seeing a Reproductive Endocrinologist they found out her fallopian tubes were destroyed from appendicitis that she had when she was 14. Her tubes were inflamed and causing other problems so she had two surgeries to remove them and clean up the scar tissue in hopes to save her ovaries. Her surgery was a success but during surgery the doctor diagnosed her with having endometriosis. Justin and Rachael knew that In Vitro Fertilization or IVF would be their only hope. They tried their first round of IVF in November of 2007. Sadly, that round did not work. After saving the funds and becoming emotionally ready to try again they went in for another cycle on June 2009 which ended in the same negative results. To say they were discouraged at this point would be an understatement. After this cycle they sought a second and third opinion where they found a new doctor with a new perspective. They were willing to IVF a 3rd and final chance, they had hope that this third time would be a charm.  In July of 2012 they did their THIRD IVF cycle and they got pregnant!! But at 8 weeks, Rachael miscarried. Justin and Rachael were extremely heartbroken and discouraged.They didn’t know if they could go through anymore heartache and loss anymore.

scottsdale newborn photographer

scottsdale newborn photographer

One day Rachael saw this quote: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is.” It gave her a friendly reminder of how strong she was and what they were fighting for was the  most beautiful and precious part of life. Thankfully in their third cycle they brought embryos to freeze. They had little snowflakes waiting for them.

            In November of 2012 Rachael and Justin did a frozen embryo transfer and found out a few days after Rachael’s birthday that they were expecting a healthy rainbow baby. Her pregnancy was healthy and normal. On August 6th, of 2013 Justin and Rachael welcomed their first daughter Avery into the world.  

WHAT A BLESSING!

Are you crying yet?

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After Avery turned 18 months old they did another frozen embryo transfer in February 2015. In March Rachael and Justin found out they were pregnant again!! They could not believe how incredibly blessed they were after six and a half years of struggling to build their family. After having points in their life of not knowing if they would ever have children they were thrilled.  Like any other mom, Rachael’s intuition told her that something was very different about this pregnancy. And at their six week ultrasound it was confirmed that the Adam’s family would be expecting twins! They were overjoyed!  It wasn’t the easiest pregnancy, but it was worth every moment for their precious babies. On November 11,2015 Kaia Cassie and Kaden Christopher came into the world!

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Every day Rachael wakes up she is blessed. And is living a dream that came true.

 Congratulations Adam’s family! No words can describe how much I loved spending time with you! So happy that you guys got your three beautiful miracle snowflake babies!

 

Michelle's Rainbow- Rainbow Baby Announcement

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Michelle's Rainbow

Tired but spectacular is how this mama is feeling about being pregnant with her rainbow baby.

If you’re not familiar with the term, it means a baby born to a mom who has had a miscarriage, stillbirth or loss.

It’s the rainbow after the storm.

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Michelle has wanted to be a mama for so long. Her daughter, Makenzie Marie was born in July, 12 weeks premature, weighing only 1 lb 12 oz. In October 2014, Michelle endured every mom-to-be’s nightmare. Makenzie passed away in the hospital. But Michelle’s love for her lives on.

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Makenzie is thought of every time Michelle and her family sees a butterfly. Which is why we incorporated butterflies into her little Sister’s maternity announcement photos.

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And that’s what makes this rainbow photo shoot so remarkable. Michelle decided to take all the love she has to give to a child and have another baby all the while celebrating the time Makenzie had on this earth.

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In these photos, Michelle is about half way through her second trimester, and she hasn’t yet announced the pregnancy to anyone. She’s positively glowing (despite the exhaustion).

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She has since announced her pregnancy and could not have chosen a more perfect day. St. Patty’s Day!

rainbow baby maternity announcement-49 Michelle will be a wonderful mama to her baby girl, due this summer. We can’t wait to see this little one’s precious face!

Phoenix Fresh 48 Photographer - Baby Brooklyn

Meet Brooklyn! This sweet little girl was born on one of the most perfect of days. Spring time in Arizona with a light breeze.phoenix fresh 48 photographer

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Brooklyn was born at Banner Estrella in Phoenix, Arizona. I am absolutely in love with this Fresh 48 session photos of her! I love doing fresh 48 sessions because, as you can see, both parents are still a little shocked by their new bundle and all the love! Not only that, but newborns change so quickly that it’s so great to have photos at 48 hours and then again after a week.  

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Brooklyn’s session was actually gifted to her by a friend at her baby shower! I may be bias, but I think sessions are such great gifts for expecting parents. It takes all the pressure off of them finding a photographer and doing all the planning themselves! phoenix fresh 48 photographer

phoenix fresh 48 photographer

What an amazing gift to give. Brooklyn and her parents will have these precious memories for a lifetime! Brooklyn was one of the most alert babies that I had seen during her First 48 session. Her eyes kept popping open and fluttering back to sleep. It was one of the cutest things I had ever seen. I love this photo down below because Brooklyn is so captivated by her beautiful mama. Such a sweet memory!

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And let’s not forget about the amazing photos we had with daddy! She already has him wrapped around her little finger! Look at that grip that she has while she holds his hand. Putty…my heart was putty. This session definitely gave me a terrible case of baby fever. Thankfully, I get to play with Brooklyn again next week in the studio for her newborn session! I can not wait to see how much she has changed in the next few days.

phoenix fresh 48 photographer Congratulations B Family! Brooklyn is a precious little bundle!

Flagstaff Family Photographer - Garcia Family

Flagstaff Family Photographer

Garcia Family

I was so fortunate to photograph my fellow photographer and friend, Melissa Garcia and her amazing family. We had a relaxed family session in Flagstaff this last week. Melissa owns Oh! MG Photography, check her out. Her engagements and weddings are amazing!  Look at her gorgeous family! Isn’t her daughter just precious?

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She then photographed his newborn, our engagement and our wedding. Needless to say she is OUR family photographer. (Until she moves in July..and even then I think a trip to California is in order) Since then she has become one of my truest and dearest friends. We are past the TMI and my favorite…"beat around the bush” stage. We tell it to each other straight, which is what I like most about us. When we first met bonded over our love of Starbucks, dollar stores, thrift shopping and best of all our antique shopping addictions. Melissa and I get each other.

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We also talk about our crazy husbands and our even crazier kids.  Melissa’s husband serves the great U.S. Of A in the United States Marine Corps. Every three years they move :/ and I have no idea what I will do without her. We swap recipes of our inner fat child cravings. *The gluten free brownies she brought me at my wedding were delicious and very, very sinful.* I almost felt bad for not sharing them…key – word here is almost.

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flagstaff family photographer

I love you guys a more than I could ever imagined. Thank you Garcia Family for your service. Without families who go through what you all go through; we would not have the freedom that this country was founded upon. Thank you for allowing me to photograph these special moments in time for you. It was an honor and a pleasure to do so.