Growing up, I always thought photographers did everything when it came to their work. You know, weddings, seniors, women, newborns, babies, toddlers, families, ect…but when I started this journey a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to be the best at newborns. There was a strong desire in my heart to make sure that parents were able to capture their new baby and be able to have those images to remember and then eventually pass down to their children. I grew up without pictures on the wall. Everything that we did have around the house was taken with a regular point and shoot and if it was printed, it was a 4×6. You’d have to get super close to the frames around the house if you actually wanted to see the pictures. Fast forward to when I decided to have children. It’s been a bumpy road, to say the least. I initially was told that children weren’t even going to be a part of my future because of an infertility condition that I have. I was young, and wasn’t financially in a place to be able to do invitro, so that was it. No children. Two years into thinking that, we were blessed with a pregnancy, which was initially thought to be an empty sac…but that baby was strong, and he grew, and in April of 2006, I officially was a mom. At that time though, I still didn’t value photography the way I do today. We only have a limited amount of images of him as a newborn, but nothing that you could really put on the wall and call art. Nothing to look back at as the miracle that it was.
Every child that we’ve had since then has taken us at least 2 years to conceive. We’ve also known the pain to have two losses. Mamas, I know you don’t feel radiant, and most of the time don’t feel beautiful, but that is my why. It’s why I do this. I want to make sure you have beautiful amazing portraits to look back on of your pregnancy and that sweet baby that comes from it because it’s a miracle. It’s special. It’s a blessing that so many fight to be able to have, and guess what? You still look stunning. You deserve to have these portraits on your walls of you carrying that baby, and then holding that baby, and having that sweet baby to look back at as they grow. Before you know it, the sleepy yawns and stretches turn into wide eyed toddlers who move around and get into everything…and before you know it, that toddler is a child who you’re kissing on the head and sending off to school. You should be able to look around and see those first days in those moments. It’s a cliche to say how fast it goes, but it’s true. You have this moment once, and only once. Let me help you capture it.
(our 4th boy. The first baby of ours that I was able to professionally do portraits of as a newborn)