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Kate’s Birth Story ~ A hospital birth

My dear friend and long-time client, Christina, contacted me a week or so before she was due with their third child, interested in having me document her birth story. She was curious as to what exactly in entailed and rightly so, its not for everyone! She was planning a natural birth, epidural on the side just in case :) I explained everything to her, and why having me there would be such an awesome experience.

When you are in bed laboring, you basically see and hear nothing around you besides the immediate family’s touches and soft words in your ears. You don’t realize whats going on behind the scenes, the preparations taking place, the looks on loved ones faces as they sympathize with your pain and strength. You don’t always see husbands hands clasped so tightly as he wishes you through the contraction quickly, moms and sisters excited faces as they know that with more pain comes more movement towards that baby being in their arms! Once the baby is here, you have one focus, hold her and relax as much as you can, your eyes are either on her or closed, and you don’t see the tears of joy and smiles a mile wide absorbing every detail from afar. When they move the baby to her warmer for measuring, weighing, bathing, swaddling, you don’t get to move with her, hold her tiny hands like daddy does, watch her stretch her sweet toes, struggle to open her eyes in the bright light and peek at who and what is going on around her. You don’t see her yawns or smiles or little wrinkled knees as she learns to kick them and flail her arms open wide. And this is what I am here for, to document every move, every little breath and blink you might not get to see from bed. It all comes together as a story, and one you don’t want to quickly forget.

She decided YES, she wanted me there and I became a slave to my cell phone, on call every second of the day. I LOVE it, its like waiting for something even better than the surprises that wait on Christmas morning! And not too many days later, on her due date to be exact, I got the call.

As I walked into the room, momma laboring at a 7, so dark and quiet, so peaceful with a soft beep of the monitors, and even softer sound of Christinas voice as she lifted her hands and sang and praised the Lord through each contraction. “I give this contraction to you Lord” she would whisper. When I was at a seven in my last childs birth, I was on my hands and knees screaming into a pillow and ripping IV cords and monitors out of my arms and hands. Oh the difference a little Pitocin can make ;) THIS was different. It was amazing and breathtaking. It gave me the chills to feel such a powerful presence in the room. She did awesome. She breathed through it steady and sure. She felt the urge to push, and asked for her epidural. It was given, and lessened the pain but didn’t take it away entirely, which I think is good, because you can feel your bodys needs and strength. We were created for this, and it is a feeling that cannot be described. I think it took two whole pushes to deliver baby Kate into this world, screaming for all she was worth, and once placed on Christinas bosom, she quieted and almost smiled. It was her place. It was beautiful. I cannot get enough of this miracle called birth. The gift we are bestowed upon, of life and love and tiny baby breath. I am honored each time I am allowed to document this day, and if you have never thought about having a birth documented, its something worth investing in. Every time. I hear the words out of a mothers mouth, “I wish I had done this with my other children”. And its so true. Having been in this spot myself, its so worth it. Those memories fade so quickly and time passes in a blink.

This is the story of Kate, her first breath, her first touches, and the love you cannot imagine to know until you become a parent. You may ask yourself, what was life like before Kate? And you will never know the answer to that, because its as if she has always been.

View her birth story slide show HERE. I love the words to the songs Christina chose, without knowing how perfectly they would fit with her images.

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brian and kali // a {texas} wedding in the woods

Brian and Kali are just sweet. Sweet on each other and they LOVE Jesus. They were so united together by their love for the Lord and it really was the foundation to the whole day. Kali has amazing style and taste, and put her own personal touch on every corner of this wedding! I was so honored to be flown to my home state of glorious Texas to shoot their wedding in the woods, and it was such a beautiful day! Just wait till you see her GREEN shoes, they were perfection, and I really loved the white on white of her bouquet and dress. The whole day had a light and joyous feel, Kali was just glowing and the sweetest bride ever. Im one lucky gal to get couples like this! (Not to mention these two are my FAMILY) :) I wish all weddings could be outdoor daytime weddings, but I chose to live in Colorado, not Texas :) So I drink it all in every chance I get! XOXO

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Venue: Texas Old Town/ Redbud Hall

Cake: Homemade!

Flowers: HEB – Floral Dept

Shoes: Nina New York

Brides Dress: Mori Lee

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Grooms/men Attire: Marc Ecko

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Lucy’s Birth Story – Colorado Springs, CO Birth Photographer

This birth story is one of my favorites. {I shot this with my own 3 month old on my chest, in her handmade wrap} This momma {Monet, the amazing baker behind Anecdotes and Applecores} was so strong, no epidural, no pain meds, just pure strength. She had an wonderful support team in the room; Her hubs, Ryan, her own mom, her hubs mom, her sister and her doula. I loved being a part of this amazing day, watching Lucy take her first breath and crying my eyes out!  moments like these overflow my heart with joy! Get ready for some serious baby fever…

Please click HERE to view little Lucy’s birth story slideshow

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Sarah and Jeremiah // A {Foxy} Engagement Story

Come down from the mountain, you have been gone too long
The spring is upon us, follow my ornate song
Settle down with me by the fire of my yearning
You should come back home, back on your own now

The world is alive now, in and outside our home
You run through the forest settled before the sun
Darling, I can barely remember you beside me
You should come back home, back on your own now
You should come back home, back on your own now

In the evening light, when the woman of the woods came by
To give to you the word of the old man
In the morning tide, when the sparrow and the seagull fly
And Jonathan and Evelyn get tired

Lie to me if you will
At the top of Barringer Hill
Tell me anything you want, any old lie will do
Call me back to, back to you

- ragged wood//fleet foxes

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January 30, 2014 - 11:01 am

(Uncle) Larry Ricketts - Love the pictures. I think we need to take you with us on our next vacation. :) What a great talent.

Bonnie and Clyde ~ How it all started {An Engagement Story}

Bonnie (aka Mandy) and Clyde (aka Nate) and I hit it off from the moment we met. I love their spunk and genuine love for each other. This idea was mostly theirs, out of their love for the era and love story that glued Bonnie to Clyde. A little glam, a little dirt, a little fire and a little flirt. This story starts at the beginning, which is where most stories should start… when Bonnie met Clyde, and they fell in love.
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Make me sanguine
Help me genuinely
Kill the doubt that strangles my self worth
Paint the picture that I swore I heard
Spiritless and mean
Ghost that comes between
I will keep my wits about myself
Disregard directions sent from hell
When it brings the gleam
Longer lasting than me
Oh my love but we are bound to die
My heart is broke but you won’t hear me cry
Oh my love but we are bound to die
My heart is broke but you won’t see me cry
~
Avett Brothers
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