A newborns look can change a lot within just a few hours, days, and weeks of birth which is why I absolutely love Fresh48 sessions! I don’t have to be on call quite like I am with a birth, but I’m still able to get those beautiful new baby photos.
April and I connected about a week prior to her due date, I sent her all the forms I needed to be filled out and returned, she sent them back quickly, and that was that. On Monday morning, I woke up to a text I received around 2:30am “Hey, this is April! Baby is here!”. YAY, I love these texts! I replied to April by letting her know I could come by the hospital later that afternoon if they were up for it, or I could let them rest and come the next day. She said they were up for it, so we planned on me being there later that afternoon.
I’m so glad we planed for the afternoon, because the light coming into the room was perfect!!
Congratulations Mom, Dad, and Big Sister!
I was originally contacted by Wyatt’s parents to be their birth photographer, but during our initial meeting, Kristy informed me that she was also looking for a doula. I advised her to interview as many as they could and let her know that I was going to be attending my DONA workshop that weekend if she was interested. They went ahead with their consults, but ultimately decided I’d be the one not only photographing the birth of their son, but be their doula as well! I was so excited, but nervous at the same time as I didn’t know how I was going to juggle being both doula and photographer.
I got “the” call at 4:10am on August 9th, “Jen, my water broke, what do we do?” I asked her if she was having contractions, “No”. I advised her to call her physician to see what they wanted to do. I obviously wasn’t going back to sleep, so I hopped in the shower, made sure my bags were (still – I have little people) packed and ready to go, then I sat. Sat some more… and sat some more. I finally fell asleep on my couch and woke up around 7:00am to my four-year-old wiping my forehead with a paper towel “There you go mama”. I rarely nap let alone sleep on the couch so I think he thought I was sick. I called Kristy for an update, they were at the hospital, but there was no consistency yet so I went ahead with my morning, getting ready for our garage sale the next day, with my phone attached to my hip.
We spoke again around 9:00am and decided I’d come by 11:00am. When I arrived, we tried different things to get labor moving along, shower, ball, squats, backwards-sitting-toilet, walking, etc. But at noon, pitocin was started. At their doula prenatals, we had discussed the difference between natural contractions and pitocin contractions. I told her how I felt any woman that could go through a pitocin induction without an epidural was a hero to me. Well folks, this mama went EIGHT hours with very hard and painful contractions. I will admit, it was hard at times to see her in so much pain, but she did it! Brian, her husband, was an amazing support throughout the entire labor and delivery. They made a perfect team and I can only imagine what wonderful parents they will make. Around 9:00pm, Kristy received an epidural and was finally able to get the rest she needed to deliver her baby. Two hours later at 11:15pm she was at 8cm and she delivered her beautiful baby boy at 11:40pm in just a few short pushes.
I am so grateful that they invited me into such a special time in their lives and trusted me enough to be a part of their birth team. Congratulations!
I recently went through my DONA workshop to become a birth doula and needed images for my new doula site, My Doula Heart. I sent out a notice in my mommy group looking for any pregnant women that wanted to come out to a local park for a 15 minute maternity session. It was a beautiful morning with some beautiful mama’s to be, thanks for coming out!
I was so excited to head over to Sedona for Curt and Vanessa’s engagement photos! We had originally planned on going to Red Rock Crossing, but upon speaking with the park staff, they informed me that they closed the park at 5pm and started asking people to leave at 4:30p. Crazy talk!! So, we had a last minute change to Oak Creek Canyon. It was BEAUTIFUL and I think I enjoyed it much more then i would have Red Rock. Congratulations to you two and I hope you have a fabulous wedding day!!
When I met with Mysti at her booking consultation I knew her and Brent’s wedding was going to be filled with so much love an joy. She wanted simple images captured of her day with friends and family at her small backyard wedding. When I first pulled into the drive way after driving down a bumpy dirt road, I didn’t know exactly where the wedding was going to take place, it looked as if the house backed right up to the hill. As I walked around to the side of the house, a gate was open to the most beautiful set up and I instantly fell in love, it was simple yet elagent at the same time. Brent and Mysti had a beautiful ceremony followed up by an intimate reception filled with amazing smelling food, laughs, and happy tears.
Not only are small intimate wedding ceremonies becoming a big trend, but they are also my next favorite thing to photograph beside a birth! Couples are able to focus on their day instead of the stress of a larger wedding and entertaining their guests. I was so excited when Rick and Julie contacted me to photograph their ceremony at the Prescott Courthouse. They were heading up to Prescott from the Tuscon, AZ area for a softball tournament and had only told a couple of friends that they would also be getting hitched at the beautiful Prescott AZ Courthouse! The weather was perfect and they were so great to work with.
Paul and Janeen were not planning on having a photographer for their small and intimate wedding. They had planned on being married at The Chapel of the Valley in Prescott Valley, AZ with a small desert reception in Prescott, AZ Town Square at ‘Tis Art Gallery. I received an email about two weeks prior to there wedding date from Janeen’s coworkers stating that they wanted to hire me as a gift to the couple. How sweet is that?! The day tured out to be gorgeous and I had a wonderful time photographing their special day. Congratulations!
I love being able to give back and one of the ways I do is by volunteering my time with Operation: Love Reunited or OpLove for short. We provide free photography sessions to military families whom have loved ones overseas. Today I had the pleasure of photographing these two handsome guys. Just like my own two boys, they were very much into exploring and not so much into sitting for me I can’t wait for their daddy to receive the album of their pictures while serving overseas!
I’m officially back from maternity leave and I got to spend my first session with this wonderful family! They traveled all the way up from Phoenix so their session could take place in beautiful Prescott, AZ. It was a little cooler then what they are used to, but by the time we all arrived on-location and started shooting, it was absolutely perfect. The wee one was not into smiling a whole lot, but with silly sounds and smiling back, we were able to capture some good shots of his handsome toothless smile.