It’s 11pm February 19th, 2015, I’m getting ready to go to turn in for the night and I get a text from Geoff letting me know things are speeding up and it’s probably best I head to the hospital. I quickly change out of my pajamas into some sweatpants and a sweatshirt and head over to Memorial Hospital. It’s time for Baby Aria to enter this world!

This was the 1st live birth where I got to be in room and photograph and it was a truly life changing experience. Birth is such a fascinating process and being allowed to be in the room and document such a special moment in new parents Geoff and Hilary was an honor. Hilary was so relaxed the entire time. If she wasn’t laying in a hospital bed, I’d assume she was just sitting on her couch at home. Her and Geoff were smiling and talking about how excited they were to meet their baby girl. But birth is a waiting game, A LONG waiting game. We all did a lot of chatting, pacing, and even a little but of napping during the night. Around 5am the nurse came in, checked Hilary, and told us she was going to call the doctor because it was time! Hilary pushed for about 5o minutes, the doctor came in and Hilary did 4 big pushes and Baby Aria entered the world! It was such an emotional experience. I wasn’t sure if I would cry but when I caught Geoff crying after seeing his baby girl for the 1st time, all bets were off and I shed a few happy tears. I was so honored to be there for this special moment and so glad they’ll have these images to remember that special morning:)Enjoy!

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I’ve been waiting a long time to post this wedding! It was recently featured on Style Me Pretty (a well known wedding blog that if you don’t already know about, you should definitely check out) and I had to wait until the feature came out to post the photos. Lauren and David’s wedding was such a fun wedding to shoot. Lauren handmade all table runners, ceramics, and vases you see.  Lauren also had an amazing team of friends and vendors to create all the other details that made their wedding absolutely dreamy. This wedding was intimate, relaxed, and set at one of the most beautiful venues I’ve shot at  in recent years (Sandrock Farms). HUGE thank you to my 2nd shooter, Nicole, for being the perfect partner for the day. Enjoy!

 

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Well it’s officially a New Year! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off a new year with a newborn blog post! I had the opportunity to photograph Baby Henry, who entered the world this past November. Chelsea (Henry’s mom) has an AMAZING blog that I’ve been following for the past year & she does a TON of awesome DIY projects and has an superb eye for style. So naturally, Chelsea and husband Ryan’s home is an immaculately designed home that was a perfect backdrop for Henry’s 1st portraits. (FYI: Henry’s nursery is adorable). Photographing these 3, but especially Henry was an absolute pleasure and I was so honored to come into their home and photograph this special time for these new parents and their son. Enjoy!

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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing quite a few Assyrian weddings over the last couple of years. I love photographing them because of the energy that surrounds the day. It is a day of pure joy and celebration. Every wedding that happens, the Assyrian community comes together to celebrate the union of not only the couple, but the joining of 2 families. Their joy and excitement is absolutely contagious and makes every moment of the day seem so special for not only the bride and groom, but for everyone at the wedding. I was so honored to photograph Michael and Mary’s wedding this past October. They are not only a STUNNING couple on the outside, but truly some of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this year. They allowed me so much time to photograph them throughout the day, so we really created some spectacular images. Enjoy just a few of the highlights from their special day!

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Last week, I had the AMAZING opportunity to photograph a baby delivery! I don’t get nervous before any of my shoots anymore, but having this be a new challenge, I was a little nervous about photographing such an intimate experience between new parents Jennifer and Spencer. On December 11th, I got the text from Jennifer informing me her water had broke. My 1st reaction was to drop everything I was doing and to rush to the hospital like they do in every sitcom and TV show. But I quickly learned that the birth process, especially a women’s 1st child, is a LONG process. So Jennifer continued to update me with texts throughout the night and I arrived next day in the early afternoon to begin photographing the process. Jennifer chose to have an all natural birth. She did not want to have any pain medications if possible and just let her body do the work. Jennifer also had an amazing Doula, Becky, who helped her through every step of the way. She kept an eye on vitals, helped Jennifer get up and moved around, and spoke encouraging words to Jennifer through the painful moments. It was honestly such an wonderful sight to see someone coach and help someone through such an emotionally and physically draining time. Becky really kept Jennifer focused on each step. Jennifer worked hard all day and into the night working through each contractions calm and collected with the help of Becky and her husband Spencer. As time passed, things weren’t moving along as planned. Ultimately, her midwife informed her that she thought Josiah was going to be a big boy and with Jennifer and Josiah’s well being in mind, they thought it would be best to do a C section. After some discussion between Jennifer, Spencer, and Becky, everyone decided that the C Section was the best option despite it not being part of the birth plan. I was unfortunately not allowed in the Operating room. I waited in the lobby and at 9:45pm I received the text from Spencer saying Baby Josiah was born! I waited until the nurse came out and I was allowed in the recovery room to capture Jennifer and Spencer finally meeting her son for the 1st time. The whole process was very long and I was exhausted (and I wasn’t even the one having a Baby!) but I learned A LOT. I honestly am excited to do this again in the future. Enjoy these special photos!

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