This joyous little family join me in the studio to document their newborn session. Big Brother tagged along and provided the most amazing comic relief for us. He was a doll, but had zero interest in his new brother. What that meant is a lot of time spent "tricking" him into a photo. Towards the end, he stopped and said, "I know what you are doing... you are TRICKING ME!!!" We lost it. He was proof that toddlers/preschoolers know so much more than we think they do! We ended up with some of the most beautiful and authentic family, sibling, and individual portraits. I loved it.
This was the first time I had met sweet Chloie and her family and we had so much fun! We ended up at the Arboretum on a very warm day and despite the crazy humidity, little Chloie was amazing. I loved the colors they chose and how beautiful Chloie looked in her dress. Six months is such a fun and interactive age... the perfect time for a session. Enjoy a few of their images!
I love this family! I have photographed these sweet kiddos for births, newborn, birthdays and more. Little Garrick turned two so we did his two year old portraits as well as family portraits just in time for the holidays. We enjoyed a beautiful day at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. I love that we have warm Texas weather even in winter.
Sweet Ella is so much fun to photograph! She came in for a studio photography session in our natural light Dallas studio. She is fun and playful, but does a great job of interacting with the camera as well. I have loved photographing her at her newborn session and she was just as beautiful in these portraits.
Gabryella and her parents came into the studio for her four year old session. It was a gorgeous Texas day so after spending some time playing in the studio (and modeling A LOT of Matilda Jane clothing) we went to the Bishop Arts district for a fun lunch at a local diner. This family is so full of love and play and so this worked perfectly for them. I love being able to photograph in a variety of places that perfectly capture the personality of a family.
I was thrilled to be a part of this sweet couple's birth. They were expecting a "surprise" and were so excited when they met their son for the first time! Mom and dad were a fabulous team during labor. I especially love it when a couple has a ton of family waiting on the arrival of the baby. This was no exception! Everyone, grandparent's, aunts, uncles, friends, etc were all waiting for this baby to arrive. The excitement was contagious! It was an honor to be there to welcome this sweet baby.
While I usually just blog images from a birth and let them tell the story, this birth needs a little narration! I attended the birth of this family's first baby two years ago. Her birth was a typical first birth... she took her sweet time, but mom did beautifully staying relaxed and calm and had a gorgeous natural birth.
Fast forward two years. They were planning another natural hospital birth. I woke at 4:07am to a phone call from mom saying she was in labor! She sounded so calm, but when a contraction kicked in, she was working. Dad said they were coming less than a minute apart. The biggest thing I can say as a birth worker is to listen to your gut. Seriously. So my gut was screaming "RUN!!!" I literally threw on my clothes, grabbed my equipment and hoped in the car. I was on the road by 4:20. At 4:23 I get a text saying "Water broke. Moving fast. Meet us at the hospital" I am ZOOMING along the tollway as fast as I safely can, knowing that I still have 25 minutes to get there. Not more than a few minutes pass before I get a call from Mom saying, slightly panicked that she needs to push. After a quick check with Dad, he says he can't see head and really wants to try and get to the hospital. I tell them to go right NOW. I drive a little faster.
So I pull into the hospital and head straight for the ER entrance. Being an experienced birth photographer and doula, I know that we always enter the ER at night. Plus we had discussed prenatally the plan if we needed to meet at the hospital. I am so glad we did! So I pull up to the ER and see their car parked in front. I pull into the first spot, grab my gear and run to their car. I see staff coming from the front door and mom in the back seat. A quick update reveals that mom is pushing in the back seat.
So we start to open the doors and allow the hospital staff room to do their thing. There is some discussion about whether they have time to get mom inside the hospital or not. Meanwhile, dad is telling mom she is doing an amazing job and she was! She was so calm and collected and truly in touch with her baby and body. Loved it!
So the decide that there is no way this baby is going to wait. As another contraction begins, the doc gloves up in preparation for a baby to arrive! He was so calm and did a beautiful job just letting mom have a baby.
Adrian Jacob arrives perfectly! He cries, pinks up and is just beautiful. They clamp and cut the cord right there since mom won't be able to get out of the car otherwise. Even in all the chaos, the staff thought enough to ask dad if he wanted to cut the cord. I was very impressed with their attentiveness to those little details that matter to parents.
They hand Adrian off to the other staff and I could have cried right there as dad whips off his shirt in the middle of the parking lot so that me can do skin to skin with his son immediately after birth. Dad of the year. Seriously.
Adrian reaches out for dad and says hello!
After getting mom settled on the gurney, they ask that Adrian ride on mom. They immediately state that they need to be skin to skin to keep baby nice and warm. More points for the staff on that one. So we load everyone up and head for labor and delivery.
Mom has a moment or two to bond with him while we wait on an elevator.
Traffic jam in the hallway (busy night, apparently) and dad joins in the bonding moment.
Finally getting settled into the room and feeling a little less chaotic. Mom is on cloud nine on how easy and beautiful that was. She is amazing! Adrian takes a moment to get to know his mama...
And his photographer and her camera...
Wait... I wasn't really sleeping!
As we were sitting there enjoying this sweet babe, mom's iphone reminder her that he was due tomorrow. We all had a good laugh!
Mom felt so great that she even got up to watch Adrian get his bath. She kept commenting on how amazing she felt!
Grandma and big sister arrived shortly after! They were so excited to meet the new arrival...
Finally had everyone together in bed again just in time for the morning news. When your labor is only 1 hours and 40 minutes total, you can go about your day as regularly scheduled. What a beautiful family... I am soooo excited for you guys and honored (and grateful) that I was able to document this time for you!
I have had the honor of photographing every birth of this sweet family and was so excited to be there to welcome baby number three. It was a beautiful birth and while I never do images in color, I just couldn't help myself on a few of these. I just love how they turned out. Such a beautiful family!
These three boys joined me in Highland Park for an outdoor session. You wouldn't expect three boys to be so cooperative, but they were! And their mama came up with some fun ideas that we had a blast fulfilling. Those balloons were wild! And no worries, that image of Aiden flying away was totally photoshop magic. He was safely being held by his parents while we photographed him. But it was still a bunch of fun. I love outdoor sessions in the spring when the kiddos can be free to play and be themselves.
I was so excited when I found out this sweet family was expecting again. I had photographed the birth of William a few years back and couldn't wait to meet the newest edition. I was out the door in the middle of the night only to walk into the birth 20 seconds after sweet Samantha was born. Everyone was shocked to see how quickly Miss Samantha wanted to be in this world! I am just so glad I made it when I did to capture these precious moments.
So this sweet family has had to wait very patiently to see their birth sneak peeks since the server transfer managed to take down the blog! We are back up and running and I am so excited to share the arrival of Spencer. What a sweet and CHUNKY little man he is and I am honored to have been there for his speedy arrival. Mom and Dad were an amazing team and mom was able to acheive her desired birth. Welcome, Spencer! You are a lucky boy to have such a beautiful family!
I was so excited to have a client go into labor on Turkey day and even more excited that it happened in the wee hours of the morning so I didn't have to miss the feast! I was honored to attend this peaceful and beautiful birth and see a mom so calm and relaxed bring her sweet son into the world. It was the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving. Mr. Samuel arrived weighing 2 lbs bigger than his sister and oh was he cute! I can't wait to get my hands on him again for our newborn session! Enjoy!