WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 12:42 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019

THIS!!! THIS MOMENT!!!

Watching Missy bring this sweet girl into the world was one of the most impactful moments of my life so far!

I’ve walked the past 7 years with her. There has been so much pain and heartache – followed with so much joy and grace – and now – GRACE! It was overwhelming!!

Those are my favorite shots!!

Birth tricks you – you have your baby and it’s AMAZING – but then you remember that it’s not over!

THIS PHOTO – SO MUCH in this photo!!

LOOK AT THOSE FAT LITTLE FEET!!

AND – AND I GOT TO CUT HER CORD!!! SERIOUSLY – such a beautiful moment!!

OH BABY GIRL!!! I just can’t even deal with how much you are loved!!

SO CLOSE TO 8 POUNDS!!! WHAT!!!

Cody – holding his baby girl!! After she was born – I turned around and hugged him while we both SOBBED – SO MUCH GRACE in this picture!!

CODY & MISSY – I know I’ve written it so many times – I know I’ve told you SO MANY times – but thank you!!

THANK YOU for letting me walk so closely with you. Thank you for asking me to be there for her first breath on Earth!!

You guys – I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

I spent 18 hours in the life of Missy & Cody – 18 of some of the most intense hours in anyone’s life – and we still love each other – AND – AND – I didn’t miss it!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:27 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019

Missy was able to rest (as best as you can while in labor) for a small chunk of the evening into the early morning.

Cody, Missy’s mom, and I were able to drift on and off in the hospital chairs as best as you can imagine …

But then it started!

And she says baby … it’s 3 AM and I don’t want to push out this baby!

December 27th – 3 AM – let’s start pushing. I say us like it’s a group effort!

So tired – so very very tired – and so close to meeting her little girl – but it still seems so far!

There’s not much I feel like I can do to help. She’s going to be in pain no matter what. That pain WILL end.

BUT until then – I CAN get cold washcloths!

And it REALLY starts!

These photos – this part was hard for me.

I don’t have much sympathy and empathy in general – but watching my dearest friend be so close to meeting her daughter and feeling the contraction come and knowing that she has to push but doesn’t really want to … ooooh – that was hard to watch!!

AND THERE SHE IS!!!

AND I very seriously got so wrapped up in the emotion of the moment – that I forgot I was taking pictures!

The focus isn’t where I would love for it to be – but I think you can still feel the emotion in this moment!! In fact – I KNOW you can!

OH MY HEART!!! She’s here – after 2 hours & 18 minutes of pushing – about 33 hours of labor all together – and 9 years (yes – years) of waiting for this little girl – SHE IS HERE!!

That tiny tear – that FRESH baby – that beautiful MIRACLE!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:14 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019

You’ve seen me post about Missy. And her husband Cody. And their kiddos.

When their youngest when born – Missy and I were just starting our friendship. I had planned on photographing his birth but he came early and I wasn’t in town.

I could have made it. I could have rearranged my schedule. But – I didn’t. And they’ve never let me live it down!

Missy and I have grown so very close over the past seven years – and when they found out that Grace would be here – the big joke was that I would miss it.

Missy & Johna are my dearest friends. Missy was due December 30th and Johna’s adoption ceremony was December 21st. I couldn’t possibly miss either. Johna was there when my boys were born. My two dearest friends were laboring and I HAD to be there for them. I told Missy that she could go into labor anytime – Christmas Eve – Christmas morning – just NOT on the 21st!!

Thankfully – she didn’t!! WHEW!!

And I was able to be there for Johna’s “birth” and make it to Missy’s!

She was induced on December 26th and I came up after my morning session!

Missy labors loooooooooooong. I got there at 11 am. And we waited. And waited. And waited.

And played some UNO to pass the time.

And face-timed with Aiden.

I LOVE THAT PICTURE!!! Women are AMAZING!

We help create life. We carry that life. We bring that life into this world. And we nourish is. But man oh man – or woman oh woman – does it HURT!!

Missy’s mom and I thought that we might have a baby by 8 pm. Surely she’ll have a December 26th birthday …

WELCOMING BABY *G*

I was anxiously waiting for news from Mary about her little bundle! He arrived right before Thanksgiving!!

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE FACE!!! SO DARLING!!

ISN’T HE GORGEOUS!!

Mary & Lance – I am SO very happy for you!!

THANK YOU for letting me capture this AMAZING time in your lives!!

JAKE & AMANDA

My cousin Jake messaged me about some announcements he needed to make – and was hoping I would photograph their happy news!

SURPRISE!!

There was a mistake in ordering the t-shirts – but nothing a sharpie can’t fix!!

A baby – a marriage – a new big brother! SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!

Jake & Amanda – I am SO happy for you both!!

WAITING ON BABY GRACE

This guy – and his crazy hair!!

THOSE EYES!!

He LOVES his baby sister!!

I mean – I know I’m biased because she’s my bestest – BUT – SO BEAUTIFUL!!

It was a chilly afternoon – BUT – the pictures MUST GO ON!!

SERIOUSLY!! GORGEOUS!!

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!

GORGEOUS!!

PERFECTION!!

THAT FANTASTIC LIGHT!!

Missy & Cody – I know you know how much I LOVE YOU GUYS – but I’ll say it again – I LOVE YOU GUYS!!

I cannot WAIT to meet this little girl!!

WAITING ON BABY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,family,just because,portraits — admin at 11:57 am on Thursday, November 29, 2018

I met Mary Love when I started working at Phoenix! She’s a massage therapist and one of the kindest people I know!

AND SHE’S HAVING A BABY – a this point she’s HAD the baby!! She was BORN to be a momma!!

ISN’T SHE LOVELY!!

I was pretty sure we wouldn’t find a GORGEOUS spot to take photos – that still had leaves – but I was WRONG!

Do you SEE THOSE SMILES! I am so excited about this baby!! They are too!!

SO BEAUTIFUL!!

MARY LOVE – I am SO VERY HAPPY for you!!

You are absolutely GLOWING!! I cannot WAIT to meet this sweet baby!!

CELEBRATING GRACE ELIZABETH

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,expecting,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 12:08 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Have I mentioned that my dearest best friend is having a baby!? I think I might have!

Aiden couldn’t WAIT to help open ALL the presents!!

HOMEMADE BABY BLANKETS – THE BEST!!

That guy – he kept everybody laughing the entire time!

I am NOT a party planner. It’s NOT my thing! Turns out – it’s NOT Sierra’s thing either!

BUT – WE DID IT!!

MISSY – I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE IS GOING TO BE HERE SOON!!

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,family,farmlife,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 12:16 pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

This is the THIRD year I’ve taken photos for Becca & Macy & their family!

If you haven’t noticed – it’s been a VERY VERY rainy season! The day we scheduled photos – after rearranging the farm chores – it called for LOTS of rain. It rained all morning – BUT – miraculously – in the early afternoon – it stopped!!

We still made sure to get some in the barn – because that’s their life!

COUSINS – I LOVED growing up with cousins!!

The last time I saw this sweetie – she was BRAND NEW!!

Growing up on a farm – they will have the BEST childhood!!

Aren’t they so sweet!!

SWEET SWET SISTERS!!

THANK YOU for asking me to come photograph your ever-growing family! See you in a few months to capture all THREE of your babies!!

WAITING ON A MIRACLE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:50 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

6 years ago I met Jessica & Chris to take their engagement photos – and 5 years ago – their wedding photos!

I recently met with them again – in the same place as their engagement & wedding photos – to capture their pregnancy!

Jessica wasn’t sure about keeping our session scheduled. It rained WAY TOO MUCH the second half of the summer and into fall – and the place where we wanted to do pictures was very very soppy & muddy.

We kept the session scheduled and prayed for the rain to stop and a GREAT sky. And I brought my mud boots!

I’M SO HAPPY WE KEPT THE DATE!!

SWOON!!

THAT TREE!!

When you’re waiting to be a momma – time NEVER moves fast enough.

THAT REFLECTION!!

THOSE SHOTS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE!!

THE PERFECT SKY!!

Jessica & Chris – thank you SO MUCH for asking me back into your lives to capture this MIRACULOUS time!

I’m so excited for you both! I can’t wait to see you with your baby in your arms!

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