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  • The birth of Edward {Bellingham Birth Photographer}

    Saturday, April 12 | Comments

    This post is late, but I still wanted to blog it. This was probably the best thing I’ve ever shot in my life, as far as the experience goes. My friend Megan and I talked about me photographing her home birth and I was so SO excited. She was due mid January but baby Edward had other plans. She called me on Christmas eve with a casual “hey.. I don’t expect you to come or anything, but just so you know, I’m in labor”.. WHAT!! Of course I’m coming! I was frantic, trying to get a hold of Grayson who had taken Finley for a walk in the woods and for the first time ever, left his phone at home. “How far are you?” I asked “10cm, just waiting now”. Oh man, panic city on my half. I ran up the street looking for Grayson, no where to be found. I couldn’t go far because Myles was asleep in the house. I ran across the street to our good friends “you have to go find Grayson!! I need to leave now!”. So he gets in his car and drives to the base of the woods, jumps out and somehow finds him there in the woods and brings him home. I was full of nerves and excitement on my {speeding} drive over there. Praying so hard that the baby wouldn’t come out until I get there.

    I walk in, no labor sounds, no baby crying, just calm. I find her in the bathtub just relaxing, as if she wasn’t in labor at all, let alone fully dilated. I was blown away.. how is this possible that you can’t even tell she’s having a baby right now?  haha. This woman was meant to make babies. We joked about that “does this mean I have to have a bunch more babies?”.. haha, yep! Edward was her third, their two little girls were downstairs watching a movie! We just chatted, relaxed. Her contractions picked up in about an hour and I kept a cool cloth on her back because she was getting too hot, sat with her, took a few photos as she calmly labored in the tub. It was such an amazing experience getting to be with a woman in labor. I’ve only ever been part of my own! The assistant midwife walks in who happened to be my doula who was at both of my births. It was so so nice to see her. As most women know, if someone is with you when you have a baby you just have a huge attachment to them. I LOVE seeing my doula and midwife! So it was nice to be able to experience this with her.

    It was such a calm evening. The sun started to set and their family {they were hosting Christmas Eve dinner! haha} started to arrive. They were casually told that Megan was upstairs having a baby. No one seemed all that shocked. Labor picked up even more and she was clearly in labor at this point, but was such a champ! Soon Edward was born into the hands of her nervous husband, Seth. It was the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever witnessed. To watch a baby come out of his mothers body and breath air for the first time. The pure joy on her face when she finally held her son… it was just perfect. From that second on I was hooked. I stayed a while then had to pry myself away to get back to my own families festivities. I was just elated, talking to my family about it all night. At the end of the night we came home and I told Grayson I have to do this again, and again and again. I’ve been booking women left and right to shoot their home births and build up a portfolio. Photographing births is combining 2 of my passions: photography and natural childbirth.  I’m excited for this coming year with all the births I’ll get to be at! This is going to be awesome.

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    Farewell March

    Tuesday, April 8 | Comments

    It is truly astonishing how fast this year has been going. With both of my pregnancies the main thing strangers would stop us to say is how fast it will go. They would tell us how old their kids are now, usually in their 20s. They would say it all the time when Myles was a baby, stopping to get a smile out of him or to comment on his big blue eyes. I had to disagree though. So far it hadn’t gone fast. I thought it would be different for us because we are both home everyday, we get to really be present for every moment, not taking any of them for granted. Then we had a second baby… now I understand. With each additional year of life the pace seems to pick up. It baffles me that Finley is 5 months old today, that Myles is nearly 2 1/2, that is April of 2014… TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN! I so vividly remember New Years Eve 1999, when the 2000′s seemed so distant and futuristic, so new and adventurous. Now it’s just a year, it’s what we know. But somehow it constantly catches me by surprise that a new year is starting and before we know it, nearly half of it has passed. Time is one of those things that scares me. It can’t be stopped, or slowed down, it just keeps moving whether you want it to or not. Our kids keep getting older, WE keep getting older. In August I will be 30 years old. That is mind blowing to me. I will never be in my 20s again.

    Just last night we were talking with some close friends about our 20s. SO MUCH happens in your 20s. You move out of your family’s home, you graduate college {maybe}, you probably get married… you buy a house, you have children, you truly become adults. It’s an amazing time of life. Really, I am actually excited for my 30′s, to watch my children grow, to meet the ones who’ve yet to be born, to get to know who they will be. To get to know who Grayson and I will become. But I’m enjoying the last few months of my 20′s for now :] 30 is so…. final, haha.

    Well, here is a little recap of a month that went too quickly. I’m so thankful to be a photographer and to hold a great importance on documenting our little lives. I’m so, so thankful that I have so many memories printed in my home and filling up file after file on my computer. I wouldn’t change what I do for a living for anything in the world. I love that every seemingly tiny moment is caught on “film” {for lack of a better expression} in our home. See you next year March!

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    Snowfall in Bellingham

    Thursday, March 27 | Comments

    There are few things more beautiful and peaceful than snow falling, especially to a little child who sees everything as brand new. This was one of those rare, quiet mornings where we were able to just sit outside all bundled up and enjoy the falling snow. It didn’t last long but it was long enough to make the rest of our day better. I never thought I would enjoy photographing children until I had one {now two} of my own and really understood them. Before I had kids, kids seemed irrational, obnoxious, tiring.. a huge challenge.. the way I think they do to a lot of single people. After spending 2 years with my son I now understand why kids are the way they are, and it’s just amazing. There’s nothing I love shooting more than little lives growing up before our eyes. I got into photography because I was an obsessive documented due to some things in my life that I realized I had no record of. I wanted every memory to be remembered and held on to. I am still very much that way and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have hundreds of files of photos of my family and there is no material object that holds more value to me than those endless photos.

    I feel like it’s really easy to let your days pass you by in a blur, hurrying to move to the next, more exciting thing. Counting down the hours until their nap so you can have a break…Being anxious for the “next phase” when your kids are “easier”. When they can think more logically, or when they can help themselves more and not be as dependent on you. I see it as quite the opposite. I crave and soak in every second of my kids being little and loving us endlessly. Even when he’s kicking and screaming because he can’t have a marshmallow, or doesn’t understand that he can’t go outside naked at night when it’s 30 degrees, or pees on me, or refuses to get out of the bath and makes me miss an appointment! Those are all the good parts too.

     

    Anyway, I just felt that I needed to say that for the mama’s and dad’s out there who are having a really rough day with their kids and just want to scream. Enjoy it, it won’t be forever that they want to hold your hand, or need you to help them put on their jammies. It’s going to go by so much faster than any of us are prepared for.

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    There’s a new baby in town {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

    Tuesday, March 25 | Comments

    So Instagram is really a wonderful thing. I say that in all seriousness. It’s the only social media network that I’ve actually made real life friends on, haha. Sawyer’s mama, Jennifer, was following me on Instagram and through comments left on photos and friends of friends I found out that she has a little boy the same age as Myles and lives pretty close to me! So I suggested we get together and go on a walk before she has this baby! She was 2 weeks away from her due date. We did, it was great, no awkward “getting to know each other” feeling, just chatting and being relaxed.. I love when I meet people that don’t make me feel like we’re on a first date. It just felt easy! We planned to get together again with the boys the following Tuesday but that night I got a text asking for a raincheck because she’s in labor with little Miss Sawyer! WHAT!!! That’s awesome!

    A few days later she booked a newborn session with me and I was SO EXCITED! Newborn sessions are just so much fun. They’re a challenge like no other but I really do love them. It’s not really in my nature to love newborn shoots because they require so much patience and waiting, but something about them just makes me so happy! I love the brand new babies and mamas. Another funny thing about this family is that we have the exact same taste in names. Their girl name before they found out their first child was a boy was Finley, and our boy name before we knew Finley was a girl was Sawyer! Even some of our back up names were the same, so weird! So thank you Instagram for introducing me to this awesome family!

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    Joel + Lena- Bellingham {Bellingham Wedding Photographers}

    Saturday, March 15 | Comments

     

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