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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Patiently Waiting for Baby Scott

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Patiently Waiting for Baby Scott

Leah and Bobby had prayed for a baby for a long time. After disappointment, loss and heartache they didn't know that God was going to bless them in a miracoulous way.

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Meet Lillian

Phoenix Newborn Photographer  

Meet Lillian

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Lillian has to be one of the sweetest babies I have ever met. She’s always full of smiles! Almost a year later, I haven’t seen this little girl without a smile on her face. She is always so happy! I can definitely say that is something she got from both of her parents, especially her mom. Regina is never negative, the glass is always half full and she always as a joke or two up her sleeve. Her laughter like Lillian’s is contagious. I met Lillian’s mom when we worked together at a local furniture company designing living rooms! This was before I finally decided to take the plunge and go full time with my business. I remember her looking at me saying “When I finally have a baby you are going to take their pictures”, and it totally happened.

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But life wasn’t always rainbows and sunshine’s for Regina, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with Lillian she had the scare of a lifetime. She suffered from a spontaneous epiderma hematoma in her spine from C4-C7. Surgery was her only option, and with this surgery came risks, not only to Regina but baby Lillian who was still growing inside. Before surgery she was already starting to have trouble with losing feeling and it was starting to spread throughout her body. Regina had a partial laminectomy where a small bone sliver was removed and the hematoma was sucked out. Without this life saving surgery, she would have been paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors think that it was a combination of  her excessive morning sickness causing the blood vessels to weaken with an explosive burst in blood pressure, and then moving the wrong way that caused the blood vessel to pop. There are less than 20 cases of this condition during pregnancy since 1865.

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Today Regina and Lillian are doing amazingly well, they just pulled off some of the best Halloween costumes I have ever seen. The surgery left Regina with a three inch scar from the base of her head to the top of her shoulders. In Lillian’s newborn session she asked if there would be some way to incorporate it into a photo, as a reminder to both of them how strong they were through this process. When we saw the final product both of us had tears! All I have to say is thank goodness for modern day medicine! It saved two lives that day. And I am so grateful to have both of these beautiful girls in my life. 

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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

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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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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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Baby Zoey - Phoenix Newborn Photographer

Baby Zoey came to see me a few weeks ago for her newborn session, she was such a precious little girl to photograph.  I met her parents in a tiny little Starbucks a couple months before her arrival.

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We bonded over website designs and search engine optimization. These two made a website blog about all things Zoey! Isn't that amazing?! Not too many babies can say that they have a website about themselves. Check out Zoey's site here.  

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When it came to Zoey's photo shoot she was already a pro in front of the camera. She was full of smiles and snuggles. During Zoey’s session, her momma shared with me that Zoey's grandma made Zoey a special hat and blanket just for this photo shoot. So that special prop was at the top of the list of priorities for Zoey's prop setup.

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Zoey had everyone wrapped around her little finger, especially her dad. Zoey slept the entire time and flew through her session. Her session was done in just under an hour and a half. Which is unheard of!

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Zoey was so sweet. I consider it a privilege to photograph each baby that comes to our doors. Thank you so much Malone Family; for trusting me in capturing these memories of your sweet baby girl. I was so blessed to capture these peaceful and tender moments for your family. I can’t wait to see Zoey grow! 

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Before I go, one last fact about Zoey's session! In the family portrait above you can see that Mama has two rings on. One her wedding set and the other (on her pinkie) is a ring that they have set aside to give Zoey when she gets older! Isn't that amazing? Zoey will be able to look back at her newborn session and see that ring's presence years before she actually gets to wear it. Special sentimental details like this just warms my heart.

 

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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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

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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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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.