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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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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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Phoenix Birth Photographer - Welcome Riley Ellis

Phoenix Birth Photographer - Welcome Riley Ellis

This year, I wanted to focus more on sharing the stories of the amazing families I photograph. I asked Vanessa to share her beautiful birth story with us. Her story touched me deeply, to say that I am blessed to have her in my life not only as a client but now as a friend is a bit of an understatement. This woman was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the way she loves and lives is truly inspiring. I hope you enjoy her precious story. 

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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 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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