There are people who come into your life that awaken your soul, a connection that goes beyond friendship, a bond that feels more like family. Mariah is the kind of person who makes an impact on everyone she meets. Her commitment to her family, the way she loves and gives, makes me so proud to call her family. I was present to capture her second pregnancy when I was just beginning this chapter of maternity photography. So thankful for her love and support over the years, I am beyond excited to be here with her now for the birth of her third baby.

One of the things I respect and value most about this couple is their bravery. With open hearts they have shared their story of miscarriage and shined a light of hope, love and faith to those who have walked the same path. The journey to motherhood can be everything we’ve dreamed and the most challenging chapter at the same time. Sharing our stories and support for one another makes for a more kind and loving world, where everyone can feel loved and accepted. As a birth, maternity and newborn photographer I am most proud to support and honor all motherhood stories, to showcase the beauty of life and love.

This Maternity session was so special as the light honored their rainbow baby while capturing their sweet baby bump. The excitement and happiness on all our faces while taking these photos could be felt from miles away! Amazing light, gorgeous baby bump and the proudest soon to be daddy, I am in love with these photos. So proud of these two and the love and support they have for one another. I cannot wait to photograph the birth of their baby girl next month!

 

 

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There is nothing quite like those first few days at home with your new baby. Getting to know him while feeling as though you’ve known each other all along. Every stretch, yawn, coo and smile so perfect — full of love. Lifestyle newborn sessions are some of my favorites because of moments like these. At the very start of this session, baby D had me swooning with his instant smile while snuggled in his mommy’s arms. In the comfort of their home, they rocked and swayed, cuddled and kissed their new little boy. I am so thankful for Diana trusting me to venture out into their yard and into the orange blossoms. It is one of my favorite photos from this session, and a special way to remember how the family orange tree was full of blooms when their baby was born. Its unique and personal touches like these that make lifestyle newborn sessions so special.

Sweet baby toes, and big smiles of love and laughter, I am in love with each photo from this family’s newborn session! Congratulations Jack family!

 

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There are no words to describe how sacred and honored I was to take these photographs for my dear soul sister and brother. As a photographer it is always great when you find a beautiful location to take portraits, maternity or family photos, and a big win when the location has your clients favorite tree. The willow tree is one of beauty and grace and has a calling to Elysia’s heart. So when they came into town for their blessing way from Oregon, we knew how special it was going to be to have this symbol as the backdrop to their maternity session.

We had so much fun underneath that willow tree taking these photos. The joy in their hearts as they prepare for the arrival of a new baby boy is clear to see. The love that shines within them inspires me, and gives me so much love and passion for what I do. Every woman deserves to be honored, to feel beautiful and have this magical time in her life captured.

As I edited and processed the images to prepare for delivery to the expecting couple, something truly special and magical was revealed. You see, among the branches of that willow tree, while kneeling down to kiss his sweet babe, the sun shown down ever so brightly onto them. And through that sunlight, a rainbow kisses the shadow of Elysia’s precious belly. A rainbow for their Rainbow Baby. A symbol of hope and love after loss, this rainbow signifies a connection and bond of the spirit and love of their baby lost, but never forgot. As I shared this image with my lovely sister, my heart was at peace and full of gratitude to know that I was able to honor her and journey with photography.

Blessed beyond measure, our family is so thrilled to welcome this new baby into the world who is already so very loved!  To my soul sister, I give thanks and envelope you with light and love for a beautiful birth dance to come!

 

Beneath the willow tree
they dream of you.
Envision that first embrace
Their hearts glow
Beneath the willow tree
~yours truly

 

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Our family has witnessed the love these two have for one another over the years. We all were so excited last year when they committed to one another a life that was already full of so much love. Our eldest daughter was their flower girl and rocked the dance floor hard that night! Oh the photos of that girls face, they get me every time! But even more so, I am so honored they asked me to capture this beautiful time in their lives with photography as they await the arrival of their baby boy!

As a photographer I am always humbled by the opportunity to document sacred and special times for my clients. These are the moments in life where our world is on the verge of transition. At time where wonder radiates and the love in our heart glows in anticipation. This is why I love Maternity Photography. Being able to photograph a woman on her journey to becoming a mother. To photograph a family as they Envision the life and love within, that is why I love what I do.

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Beautiful Birth, Beautiful New life.

This birth story begins in the quite of the night. While big sister and big brother are sleeping in their beds, their mother works to bring new baby brother earthside. Determined, supported, she finds her strength, knowing she will soon meet her baby. One of my favorite moments during this beautiful home birth is just moments before baby emerges. Big sister peeking through the doorway finds comfort in her fathers arms as sounds of her mothers strength echo through the room. What a special memory to forever carry in her heart. Witness to a mother strong and the beauty that is natural birth. A perfect catch by Paula with Birthdance Midwifery in Chico, CA. Their healthy baby boy was surrounded by the love of his family, weighed and snuggled in as the sun peaked in from the morning sky.

Congratulations to this family and blessings as a new family of five.

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