Keturah emailed me months prior, asking if I would be available to photograph and film her son's first birthday. After a few quick emails, we decided on an in home lifestyle session followed by a "where the wild things are" cake smash at Happy Hollow on Fort Leonard Wood. Mom and dad were super chill and trusted my documentary work. They just followed a typical afternoon, reading and playing with Gianni Jr and allowing him to be boss of the house. Keturah is stationed here during Captains Career Course and her husband is prior military. You can really tell how much love they have for each other and their sweet little boy. After our cake smash session, we ended the evening with a bath and some nursing photos in mom's bed where they love to snuggle. With my own nursing baby these photos are always so close to my own heart.
You read that right! I do love to travel, and I've never been to the great state of Kansas so when I was offered the SWEET GIG of filming a wedding I jumped on it (though, mostly because the brides are even more amazing).
So, friends, if you've been wanting to book a session or grab some tacos, I'll be in town Friday, April 20th. I'll even bring Maddie, since she's 1000x cooler than me.
I'll be offering 3-4 mini sessions that evening at the gorgeous Pawnee Prairie Park. $150 for a sixty second photograph (mini movie!) or $75 for a mini photography session (5 high resolution digital photographs, 20 minute session). Hit me up if you'd like more information, and I look forward to meeting some new faces.
In 2016 when I was first starting my journey into video, I did a short fusion video with my children dying eggs and being silly. I didn't get to do it last year because Madeline was a very needy newborn, but this year I thought it would be fun to do something similar and compare the two, and have the memories of how much they've grown. I didn't take the time to watch the original before shooting so I only vaguely remembered what it contained, and was mostly focused (in my head) with it's technical flaws.Read More
By now I'm sure ya'll know I'm pretty obsessed with birth.. and when Lexi asked me to be her birth photographer I JUMPED. It's been forever since I got my dose of oxytocin, and I adore her and her little family.
As she predicted, her labor was very similar to her first child's. Fast and furious! I was notified around lunchtime that she was going to be induced due to elevated blood pressure (she was just about 40 weeks) and to be ready to go in that evening. I paced a bit and packed what I needed, trying not to be overly anxious. Around 8:30 PM or so I got the notification they had checked in and were preparing to break her water, but not to rush.Read More
I met Terina technically BEFORE we even arrived in Missouri. When I found out we were finally pregnant (in Hawaii) I quickly switched to Tricare Standard so I could deliver with Dr. Foley, a very well known and lovable OB in Hawaii. While he wasn't going to provide me with a homebirth, I had shot three births where he was the physician and had developed a working relationship with him. I knew he would gladly honor my crunchy requests while making sure we had a healthy, happy delivery and he would be the attending, not whoever was on rotation. With my first a doctor I had never met before delivered her, and while I enjoyed his kind demeanor later on, it was a surprise to be told Dr. Hannibal would be delivering your baby :P
Upon arriving at Fort Leonard Wood, I had reached out to Terina as my other option would be Army hospital, and I had heard amazing things about her and homebirth in the area. We instantly hit it off and I consider her a friend and family member as well as a FNP and CNM.Read More
Piper is a rainbow baby, which meant I HAD to deliver an awesome gallery to her parents. I've never personally suffered a miscarriage, but I can only imagine the pain parents feel. Mom Rachel bought a sweet headband and we coordinated rainbow cheesecloth wraps to tie in the theme. Sweet baby "Pips" was SO GOOD during our session, sleeping peacefully almost the entire time. I can't get over her sweet little eyelashes and tiny nose.
I've been working on finding the perfect album for over two years now. I wanted not just a typical layflat option, but also an unbound box to chose from. Something that the kids and family could all enjoy while sitting around the living room, passing photos back and forth. It had to be aesthetically pleasing, so it could sit in plain sight on a shelf or entertainment stand without becoming an eyesore. Something people might inquire about, but also able to blend into each family's décor.Read More
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Do you recall seeing my most recent birth, Eloise Quinn: An Educated Unassisted Freebirth? I convinced Dannielle to bring baby Eloise by after a few days so I could do some newborn photos for her. Of course, she is an amazing photographer as well but I wanted to gift her some studio ones, since I know how hard it is to try to work right after having a baby. I tried that with Madeline's newborn photos and man, the combination of her smelling me and being frustrated and tired and all the hormones- I'm happy with what we got but I should have hired someone. PLEASE HIRE SOMEONE AND DON'T DO IT YOURSELF (lol)
Eloise is such a sweetie! It did take us two sessions to get these shots- the first attempt this usually sleepy baby refused to nap. We realized it's because she's a tummy sleeper on the second attempt and she didn't stir one bit!
With my newborn sessions, my goal is to focus on your sweet little baby and not use a ton of props, outfits or set ups. We typically will do two-three bean bag poses and one bucket set up. I don't make baby do anything that they wouldn't naturally do, because while the froggy pose is adorable, it's not possible for every baby to bend that way and requires two sets of hands. Baby safety is my number one concern, and no matter who you hire make sure they're well versed and experienced.
Most of these items were purchased from small shops on Etsy, and I hand wash each used item between shoots.
You can find the bear hat and swaddle set at: Tiny Blessings Botuqu
Headband and lace wrap: Alliballibotuique
This was my third time working with Keturah and her family, and I hope it won't be the last! She recently received orders after killing it at her school here at fort leonard wood, and I'll be so sad to see them leave, but I am excited to see what the future holds for them!Read More