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Newborn Photographer Phoenix - Baby Norah

Newborn Photographer Phoenix

Baby Norah

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I met the Rivera family two years ago when I photographed their oldest son Peter when he was a newborn. I had just a taken a workshop and did a model call to try out my new techniques and several people referred this family to me. 

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Momma is a teacher and Dad is a local church pastor. These people have hearts of Gold. They have become some of my favorite people to see.

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Fast forward two years, and not only has my skills grown in ability (Thank the Lord!) but Momma is pregnant with baby Norah. Ya'll I think all women are gorgeous but Hannah is stunning when she is pregnant. She literally glows. We got together for their family mini session right before the holidays and I still swoon over this session.

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Finally Norah arrived! I saw her when she was only fourteen days new. She rocked her newborn session like a champ, and her big brother Peter was so excited to have a younger sister. Norah's parents asked for my simple neutral style with a hint of florals....... And the turn out was beautiful.

This makes me want to start using florals at more sessions!

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Little Norah is precious, Congrats again Rivera Family!

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Happy Birthday Tavish

Phoenix Newborn Photographer  

Happy Birthday Tavish

To say that babies have their own agenda would be an understatement. To say that birth almost never goes as planned would also be completely true. 

This mama was one of my last birth mama's before I took a break to go back and finish my nursing degree. And I was so blessed to be a part of her birth team. All women work incredibly hard to bring their babies into the world. But Bethany was one of the hardest working mamas that I have ever seen. It was an adventure but it certainly did not follow anything that she had hoped for. Bethany had dreamed of a beautiful home birth. But a series of unfortunate events changed her birth plans.  

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phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer

A couple days before Tavish was born, mom Bethany was driving to an ultrasound appointment when she was in a small fender bender. Small as in less than eight miles per hour and no vehicle damage. She called her midwife and followed all of her instructions. An ultrasound and non-stress test showed that Tavish and Mom were both fine and she was able to go about her day. Until that evening when mom started having terrible abdominal paid. She called the midwife who advised her to head on into the hospital for an evaluation. While in triage, Tavish's heart rate had a quiet few concerning drops.  She almost had to have a c-section but Tavish decided to stay put. Labs, ultrasounds, and a few more tests determined something was wrong and it was time for an induction. The next two and half days were filled with persistence, frustration, encouragement, exhaustion and pain. Foley Bulbs and THREE IUPCs (A very painful intrauterine contraction monitor) as well as abdominal pain from the car accident that flared up with each contraction, pitocin, drug reactions, nausea, dry heaving, repositioning, slow dilation progression, oxygen. I'd like to say that  was it, but there was so much more. But Bethany kept trekking on. She was persistent and refused to give up, she was going to have this baby damn it!

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phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer

After 36+ hours of slow dilation progression, Bethany was finally at 10cm and allowed to push. She pushed for over three hours. After no progression a tough call was made, Bethany had started to get a fever and the risk of infection was too great. Tavish was showing she was done and the decision for a cesarean was made.  Bethany had never been more disappointed, sad, angry, or ashamed in her life.  But as Bethany said, "it was my pride or my baby, and my baby will always come first." It always amazes me what we as moms will do for our children. 

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phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer

Tavish Georgianne was born 1:10 am on 5/22/17, 7lbs 3oz, 20 3/4 long.  She was sunny side up and turned the wrong way, as well as being wrapped in her cord twice. All was well. When she cried, we call cried. But Bethany's journey didn't end there. After Dad, Tavish and I went to the recovery room Bethany hemorrhaged and lost a lot of blood. Thankfully she had a very talented surgical team who had the skills and worked extremely hard to prevent a hysterectomy. 

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phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer

Because of Bethany's complication she had a five day hospital stay. During that extra five day stay Tavish was re admitted into the hospital because she seemed to be having seizure activity. She was taken immediately to the NICU for tests and monitoring but is doing ok. A shout out to the wonderful staff who kept Mom & Dad informed and allowed them to continue breastfeeding and caring for Tavish as much as possible. Finally Tavish and her momma get to go home! 

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phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer
phoenix newborn photographer

While Bethany had plans of having a natural home birth and she ended up with three different induction methods, three sets of internal monitors, an epidural, and finally a cesarean. She still got the greatest gift of all time. Bethany shared an amazing piece of advice that a wise woman told her, You can grieve the loss of what you had planned, but You will never regret or forget the hard work and reward of the path that followed. Isn't that amazing and wise?! Each time I attend a birth I come away with more knowledge than when I went in. And this birth wasn't any different. Congrats Mainville Family! Sweet little Tavish is so lucky to have you!

 

 

Phoenix Family Photographer - A Journey with the Grier Family

My sweet friends the Grier family have an amazing story to share, I used Mama Grier if she would guest blog for me about her story and experience. What she wrote literally makes me fall in love with what I do even more.  I am truly blessed to have amazing clients in general. But the Grier family touches my heart and soul. 

 

"My husband and I have always wanted children, specifically 2 boys!! After 3 years of trying we were ecstatic to finally be pregnant. I was pregnant for 2 months when I lost our first baby. As sad as I was we decided to keep trying. We became pregnant again shortly after I miscarried and went on to have a beautiful baby boy; but because of my miscarriage I never thought about doing any type of keepsake, especially pictures. When our first son turned 1 we decided to try again, and again we had trouble. After years of not getting pregnant and going to fertility doctors and changing our way of living we became pregnant with our second one. Chyanne was literally  the 3rd person to know!!!!! I knew I wanted her and only her to go on this journey with us no matter what the out come was. She had done some family pictures for us earlier that year and had taken such an interest in us that our pictures came out exactly how I wanted it. Our experience with Chyanne was incredible. She truly loves the people she works with, she puts her whole heart into taking beautiful photographs. She got to know me and my family and all the pictures she took for us was personal from then on.

Chyanne photographed our entire journey with my second pregnancy. She took us to a specific fro-yo place (my pregnancy craving) to take pictures for our announcements. It was perfect, it had plus signs all over the walls!!! Then she came to our home to reveal the gender. She was the only person invited to share such a fun experience with. We cut a cake with the inside color revealing the gender.  Then we did our maternity pictures and they turned out better than I could have imagined. I am not the type of person to show my body off but I did open my mind up to it. Chyanne suggested a beautiful white chiffon dress that exposed my belly. The picture was taken at Lake Pleasant (our favorite hang out spot, and Chyanne's first time on a boat!!!) with me standing a little in the water. It is my favorite picture hands down. Just stunning. And lastly, she took our newborn pictures. Her studio is warm and welcoming. She truly has a way with newborns!! My 4 year old was completely comfortable. She made him feel included as well." - Mama Grier

 

Thanks again Mama Grier for sharing your journey! I look forward to photographing your family again soon!

 

Phoenix Birth Photographer - Happy Birthday Maddy

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.”

-Jane Wiedman

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The first time I met the G family it was in a crowded coffee shop. I usually meet with just mom, but this meeting was different. Dad and two big sisters were there along with mom. It was wonderful to meet the whole family! One of the first things Mom said to me was, “Just so you  know, when my water breaks, my babies come extremely fast.”  KEEP THIS IN MIND. Take note, this is also her third baby….

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Early one night in mid-September I got a text from Jen saying that she was going to the hospital for strong contractions. I loaded up my gear and waited for the go. I was so worried I would miss the whole thing.  I finally got the ok to come down.

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When I got to the hospital she was 80% effaced and 5cm dilated with a bulging bag. In birth world talk, she was halfway to having a baby. We walked the halls, did stretches, breathed through contractions. When I say “we”,  I really mean Jen with the help of her husband.  After all of that, they decided to send Jen home because she was 37 weeks and 3 days and stalled at 5cm.  You are probably thinking WHY? WHY? WHY? Mercy Gilbert was in near-completion of their Baby Friendly Certification. Basically what that means is birth professionals can not help patients progress with labor until they are at least 39 weeks.  To say we were all frustrated would be a bit of an understatement.

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Jen and I became fast friends over the course of her pregnancy and would quite often stay up until 2 am chatting with each other on Facebook.

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phoenix birth photographer

Two nights later while on my way home I received a phone call at 8:30 pm from her.

Jen: “Are you asleep?”

Me: “Jen, it’s 8:30. You of all people should know I’m not asleep.”

Jen: “Good, because either I have lost all control of my bladder or my water just broke.”

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I still to this day do not know how I shaved 15 minutes off of a normal 45-minute drive, but it happened.

Jen and I walked the halls for a while, and even took a selfie!  After much walking, we all took a nap for a bit.

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phoenix birth photographer

Then Jen got in the tub for a short minute. (Literally) When she got out of the tub you could tell the baby had made it’s way to the birth canal. At this point, Jen wanted an epidural. But she wouldn't be able to get one!

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phoenix birth photographer

phoenix birth photographer

The nurse comes in to check and there is Maddy’s head. The nurse runs to the hall and screams for a doctor. A random doctor comes in, barely able to get gloves on.  They didn’t have time to get the bed apart or the “stage” lights on. That is how FAST she came.

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phoenix birth photographer

phoenix birth photographer

 In less than 15 minutes, Maddy was here! From the time Jen got in the tub to the time she delivered was just under 15 minutes. Jen didn’t even push!

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phoenix birth photographer

Ten minutes after Maddy was born, Jen’s  OB/GYN, Dr. Guzman, arrived.  I can’t say enough nice things about this man. He truly cares about his patients and it shows! He stayed and visited with the newest arrival, crying tears of joy with them. He hugged them. He laughed with them. He cared and it showed.

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phoenix birth photographer

Next, the new big sisters came to meet their little sister. To say they were in love would be an understatement. Middle sister wouldn’t stop gently stroking Maddy’s head and kissing it.  Adorable, right?

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phoenix birth photographer

People often ask me why I love birth photography. THIS story is a prime example as to why I do what I do.  I am the fly on the wall.  I am the artist who captures those moments that are often forgotten, the parts of the story that we overlook in the heat of the moment, the tender moments of encouragement showed by husband while his wife is in labor, the sweet gentle kisses of a new big sister, the embrace of a proud doctor. THAT is the reason why I do birth photography.

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phoenix birth photographer

phoenix birth photographer

Congratulations Gunty Family! I love 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.