Milo’s 6mo Chickadee Session {Part 1} // Port Orchard, WA

Oh how wonderful it is to watch a little one grow up! Sometimes it can be a little bittersweet to see it happen so quickly, but that’s what these Chickadee Sessions are all about: celebrating and remembering every little phase of that first year of growth. And Milo is growing so much and so well! What a joy to see his little face light up my frame as well as his parents, who are more in love than ever! We had a fun time grabbing some sweet portraits out in his grammy’s backyard before heading inside for a special photo shoot for part two! (Stay tuned!)

Mariah’s Birth Story // Port Orchard/Tacoma, WA Birth Photography

What an honor to help support this family through their birth story! I spent 22 hours with them from the time I arrived at their home, anticipating their home birth, then when complications arose joining them at the hospital to deliver there, through delivery and then into the recovery room to meet sister! It was a long one but I loved every minute–being a source of support for families during their birth is one of my favorite parts of this job.

When it became obvious that this little one needed to be born through a cesarean birth, Mama got her wish and the surgical team allowed me to follow them into the OR to capture that magical birth moments! I remember her talking to her medical team before the surgery saying “Please let my photographer come it–it’s the only thing left that can go right for me: to have birth photos.”  Such a profound moment for me to remember that birth photography has value in that it is something mothers and families can count on through all the many variables of birth. It was such a wonderful experience to stand alongside this family and help support this amazing, powerful birth story!

Brittany’s Birth Story

From the very first time we met, working with Brittany and Nick has been an absolute honor and pleasure. I was so proud to meet a new mom and dad who knew just how special this time of their life would be–who despite their own reservations went ahead and just did a maternity session because it really is a unique experience and a time you just don’t get back.

I loved how clear they were with their birth plan, and how calmly they processed every twist and turn of their birth story. My heart filled with awe when after three days of laboring at the hospital, Brittany knew the right way to give birth to her baby was through surgery, and embraced her birth-day with pride and with joy, and the complete support and adoration of her beloved husband. 

And so of course when I arrived for their newborn session a week later I was just a puddle on the floor seeing just how much love had blossomed in that home. The love these two have for their new son only magnifies and strengthens the love they have for each other.  And it doesn’t get more beautiful than that, does it?

Here is their birth story slide show:

Kelsey’s Maternity Session

A little mist couldn’t keep us down! With just a week left until her due date, we had to work quickly and with whatever weather to get these maternity images done before baby’s arrival! 
I love the way these two are with each other, their love for each other and their little one is so evident! Makes for great photos too! 😉 Enjoy

Maternity Session // Poulsbo Photographer

While we were in the book store, the shopkeeper told us he has a place out back that would be good for photos…so we followed him out back and sure enough! He was right! Even though it was a little strange getting there through the back door ally, once we stepped into the space it was so secluded, peaceful, and private.  Just what our downtown session needed.  I melted as these two shared kisses and secrets, and then embraced each other closed their eyes and took a deep breath together.  It was pure magic.  Real life love. 
This is why I love my job.

Bookshop Stop… // Poulsbo Maternity Photographer

We popped into a obliging book shop in Poulsbo to take a few themed shots…Harry Potter fans will really appreciate these ones!  They said that even though they are from different, nay, opposing houses, their love proves that these things can be overcome, transforming obstacles into assets; bringing peace and not strife. 
(or something like that…it was just the sweetest ever! and she even looks like a major character from the books, no?:)