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Amanda's Maternity Session

Amanda contacted me when she was about eight months pregnant to do her maternity photos. I got her in right away, not wanting to risk her going into labor early and missing this opportunity! Luckily, baby stayed put so we could capture some gorgeous belly photos. It was raining that day, but as  told Amanda, cloudy skies make for some great photos! I got Amanda a real floral crown from Fluorescence Flowers, and it turned out amazing!

Amanda has one son already, who is a talkative and sweet toddler. She is expecting her second son at the end of April. Check out her session below, which included a mixture of both outdoor and an indoor/intimate feel. 

 

 

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The DiEnno Family

Cara contacted me to do a mini session for herself, her husband Karl, and their soon to be one year old, Oskar. We picked a weekend in March and were able to catch some gorgeous light as the sun was setting. They were such a fun family to work with, and Oskar did a fabulous job! Babies and children in general burn out pretty quickly, so mini sessions are the best way to capture a mixture of fun and intimate moments. Oskar absolutely loved being thrown up into the air by his dad, and we were also able to get individual portraits and sweet moments with each parent. Check out some images from their session below!

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The Dulin Family

I did a family session for Lindsey, Wes, and their 6 month old, Raeleigh on a chilly March afternoon. They all did wonderfully considering the weather conditions weren't ideal, and we captured some wonderful family moments! Lindsey and Wes met in college at Florida State University, so we spent part of the session doing FSU photos! They were so much fun to work with and Raeleigh was so easy going and sweet! Check out their session below!

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The Aguilar Family

When Sienna contacted me about doing family photos as well as sibling photos, I jumped at the chance! Not only do I love family sessions, but I LOVE sibling photos! No matter what kind of a relationship you have with your sibling(s) growing up, you have a special bond that ties you together for life. I know having a sibling has had such a positive impact on my life, even though we didn't always get along as kids. I am so glad that I am able to provide siblings for my children as well, and it is so special to watch the love and closeness between them. 

Sienna and Peter have 2 year old Alice and 2 month old Sophia. I would like to stop here for a moment and ask, how cute are their names?! Alice was immediately friendly and chatty when I arrived, which makes my job so much easier. She was more than happy to have me take her photo, and one of the first things she wanted to do was read a story to her baby doll (cue the "awww's"). It was so fun and simple to capture her personality, and she did so well with her sister. We started with photos at their home and then moved to a park, and dividing up locations worked so well for this family session. I was able to get lifestyle/documentary photos in addition to posed family photos. I am so excited to share their session with you...enjoy!

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Kingston

It was a gorgeous spring day when I went to do Kingston's newborn photos. He was due at the end of March, but made his debut at the end of February instead. I was actually supposed to do maternity photos for his parents, Crystal and Chad, literally days before he was born! He clearly had other plans! 

Kingston is the first born to these lovely parents, who were clearly head over heels for him. They have a gorgeous home with bright, natural light in several rooms (a natural light photographer's dream!). His nursery was one of the best I've seen, beautifully decorated with his name, a slew of board books, and a cozy rocker.  He is such a lucky and loved baby! I hope you enjoy taking a peek into his new life as much as I enjoyed taking these photos!

 

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Mom Space

If you are a mom that breastfed for any length of time, you'll probably understand what it's like to pump. The dreaded pumping sessions are some of the worst parts of breastfeeding. Taking your top off or using a bra with two holes in it, you are a prisoner to the machine that sucks milk out of your breasts multiple times a day. To say you feel like a cow being milked is probably the most accurate description. Pumping means you are stuck to your chair, prisoner to your car, or even confined to a bathroom stall for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Needless to say, when the pumping journey is over, it is empowering, relieving, and exciting! I was inspired to do this photo shoot because of my pure hatred for my pump. While it served its purpose well, I was tempted to chuck it out the window the second I no longer needed it. 

During one of these moments where I fantasized about the ways in which I could destroy my pump, I remembered the scene in Office Space where they smash the defective copy machine in an open field. Each person has a go at hitting the copier with a bat, kicking it, and getting revenge on a machine that caused them so much agony. That was it! What if I could get a group of women together, all of whom had completed their pumping journeys, to ceremoniously smash a used pump "Office Space style"? It wasn't hard to find more than willing women in my twin mom's club who wanted to take part in this photo project. A breast pump is something that served us all well while we needed it, but when it was no longer needed, we were all ready to destroy it. 

At the end of the session, we decided to have a little "Kumbayah" moment, which felt appropriate. Now we are at peace. 

I'd like to end this by saying, "damn it feels good to be a gangsta"...

And if you have no idea what Office Space is, do the world a favor and watch it. Here's a link to the clip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9wsjroVlu8

Did you pump? If you did, how did you feel about the experience?  Hate it? Tolerate it? Feel indifferent about the experience? Maybe you enjoyed it? Can you relate to these moms who participated in the photo project?

**Disclaimer: According to the FDA, a breast pump is for use by one person only (with the exception of multiple-use pumps). Therefore, the breast pump we used in this photo session had served its purpose. All parts that were destroyed were cleaned up and disposed of after the session was over.  

**I'm honored that this piece was published on Huffington Post Parents, Babble, Cafe Mom, FitPregnancy.com, The Bump, RedBook Magazine (online), Resignation Media/theberry.com, and even a website in Israel called MamaLeidig! There are many moms who thanked me for doing this photo project for various reasons, and much more came out of this experience than I ever could have imagined. The positive feedback definitely outweighed the bad, and I am so glad I was able to make this idea come to life with these incredible women.**

 

Meet the Moms

 

Andrea is a mom of twin girls. She pumped for 4 months during her 14 month breastfeeding journey. 

 

Megan is a mom to four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. She primarily nursed and occasionally pumped for her two eldest children. She nursed her twin girls for 15 months and also pumped for 14 of those months. 

Natalia is a mom of three boys. She nursed her eldest for 16 months and her twins for 17 months. She occasionally pumped for all three. 

Michelle is a mom to three boys. She pumped exclusively for her eldest for 13 months, and also pumped exclusively for her twins for 13 months. 

Sky is a mom to three girls. She nursed and pumped for 22 months with her eldest, and she pumped exclusively for 7 months for her twins. 

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Quinn

Baby girl Quinn was born in February 2017. I was thrilled to be able to capture the images of her and her family during her first weeks of life. She was so calm and sweet the entire time...in fact, I don't think she fussed once! Her parents, Sara and Scott, were over the moon with their new baby girl. Quinn is their first child, so naturally there is some adjustment to be had in their household! Sara's parents were also visiting at the time of the shoot, and they were incredibly nice people and so helpful. I remember never wanting my mom to leave when I had my first baby too! It is all so overwhelming, so having a close family member who has been in your shoes is essential! Even though it's scary to be left alone with your baby for the first time (how am I going to handle this?!), us moms have way more strength than we realize. Here are some of my favorite images from this lifestyle newborn session!

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Bath Time Chronicles

Bath time in my house is chaos, but also magical. I bathe all three girls at the same time whenever possible, so I use the giant tub in the master bathroom. Getting my toddler to take a bath has become quite a chore, but I am able to coax her with more ease when her sisters are already in the tub. The bathtub is right by three large windows, so the natural light streaming in is absolutely gorgeous. On this particular day, I couldn't help but take photos for almost the entirety of bath time. I think you'll soon see why. 

 

Hayes

When Ashley contacted me about doing newborn and family photos, I jumped at the chance. Families and newborns are by far my favorite sessions because of how fun and intimate they are. Ashley's youngest was born on January 4th, and when we did photos in mid-February, he had already grown so much but was still very sleepy! I took photos of Hayes and the family in various rooms of the house, as there were several that offered great natural lighting. Hayes was so calm and happy the whole time, and big brother was SO excited to be part of the photo shoot! This family is relatively new to Colorado, so they are very excited to do family photos in the mountains this summer! Children grow and change so much their first few years of life, so I am excited to see what these boys will be doing in a few months! 

 

Jack

I met 4 month old Jack and his mom, Carolyn on a Saturday afternoon. Jack took some time to warm up to me and eventually his mom was able to get some smiles out of him. He reminded me of my eldest daughter as a baby...so serious! In reality, they are just thinking really hard and assessing every detail of a new situation. Nothing wrong with that! 

Luckily, Jack's mom was my ideal client in that she was willing to try anything and go anywhere! While I did work on some posing with Jack, I mostly went for the documentary style photo shoot (eek, my favorite!). I timidly suggested (I say timidly because I really didn't know how Carolyn would feel about it) giving Jack a bath. Some of my favorite photos of my children are in the bathtub, so I thought we could capture some really sweet moments. I often look back and photos and am surprised at how quickly moments pass where we didn't even notice how magical it was. Call me corny, but I have the privilege of capturing facial expressions and emotions that you probably wouldn't notice otherwise. Lucky for me, Carolyn was on board with the bath idea (yay!)! 

Carolyn and I talked a lot about motherhood in general...how nothing can prepare you for it, and how bittersweet it can be. Bitter in that it rocks your world in terms of marriage, friendships (no more going to the bar with your kid-less friends, on to play dates), and your identity, both personally and professionally. But it is so sweet in that you created this tiny human that you love so much, and you suddenly cannot possibly imagine life without them. One of my favorite parts about photographing newborns or doing lifestyle/documentary sessions is that it gives me the opportunity to form relationships with other parents. I love it even more when the relationship continues outside the session! I am so thankful that I was able to connect with Carolyn and capture some of these fleeting moments with Jack. 

I am so excited to share these sweet moments between mother and son.