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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
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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
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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 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 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!

 

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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Phoenix newborn photographer

Phoenix newborn photographer

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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Phoenix newborn photographer 

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 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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Phoenix Maternity Photographer

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

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!

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