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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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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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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

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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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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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 Newborn Photographer - Mommy & Me Mini Sessions 2017

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Mommy & Me Mini Sessions 2017

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Mommy and Me Mini Sessions 2017 - What started out as a styled shoot with my idea of a mom and her sweet baby, quickly turned into meeting requests of women who wanted a magical session with their children in that field. Which then made me think, why not do mini sessions here?? And that's what happened....I plan to offer family sessions here in the fall! Keep your eyes open for session details and rates!

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Welcome Baby Aurora

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Welcome Baby Aurora

I was so blessed to photograph this sweet girl a few weeks ago. I've known her family for years! I photographed her adorable cousin Claire a couple years ago. Little Aurora was so angelic for her newborn session....

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Scottsdale Newborn Photographer - Baby Easton

Scottsdale Newborn Photographer

Baby Easton

A couple weeks ago one of the sweetest babies came in to visit me in the studio.

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Sweet Baby Easton was my first baby of 2017 and he knocked his session out of the park.  At four weeks old this sweet little bub did amazing at his newborn session. His parents were excited for their session in my studio.

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I love seeing the new bond between first-time parents. Their excitement over their newest addition, how they fascinated by their baby's tiny features and my favorite is how parents still sit in awe over how that tiny human was something that they made. The gift of life is amazing. Easton had his mom and dad wrapped around his little finger.

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scottsdale newborn photographer

I used lots of warm tones in Easton's session, his parent's decorated their house using warm neutrals. Easton's nursery had one of the most fun and creative themes I have heard to date. His nursery is monsters. At Easton's reveal session I was able to see his room up close and personal and I have to say it is one of the cutest nurseries I have ever seen. Monsters would seem like something so scary but these are his mom's own creation (think Monster's Inc. adorable) The splashes orange, green and blue really bring this room together.

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Congrats again Kinsey and Brian! Easton is perfect!

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Scottsdale newborn photographer

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Newborn Photographer Phoenix - Baby Girl Jae Lynn

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This beautiful little girl came to see me a few Sundays ago. Her parents were given a gift certificate for a session with me! I love when I hear that loved ones want to give the gift of memories to their family. In my opinion, it is one of the best gifts to give. These are images that this family will have a lifetime.

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We turned on some worship music and had a lovely session together. Jae Lynn's creamy porcelain-like skin was to die for. And those chubby cheeks, I just wanted to snuggle her all day! Mom and Dad came camera ready. I love when parents want to be present in their newborn session. This is such a special time in life, and it is so important to be a part of it.

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newborn photographer phoenix

Jae Lynn's momma was a natural in front of the camera. Jae Lynn was so relaxed and happy in her mama's arms. The way Jae Lynn's daddy looked at her melted my heart. You could tell that he was mesmerized by all of her little movements and sweet newborn sounds.

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Of course, since this sweet little girl was born in fall we had to do a fall set up. This little pumpkin was as cute as could be! I mean those lips, aren't they adorable?!  The knot basket is one of my favorite props to use and Jae Lynn was perfect for it!  After a couple different basket set ups, I brought Jae Lynn over for some simpler shots. Her soft skin and luscious rolls were the highlights of these poses.

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newborn photographer phoenix

Jae Lynn is so beautifully dainty. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing this sweet little girl! I can't wait to see her again.

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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.

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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!