My goal with each and every session is to capture the very heart and soul of the moment. I want each image to bring out emotions and to draw out memories that were hidden away tightly. For each session I strive for simplicity, joy, and a safe environment for people to open up to me so I can capture the real and the raw of their season in life.
The pictures that capture they’re chubby cheeks, their tiny chins, their perfectly shut eye lids as they are fast asleep and their eyes, wide open, as they search for mine, they’re momma. I remember those things because those first few weeks, those first few months threw my world upside down. In only the best of ways. I remember those things because I have images from my phone, from my big camera, and from a professional that I hired. (Yes, I hired someone to take photos for me, postpartum recovery is a real thing). And I don’t know, I don’t know what I would do with out those images. I walk by them daily as they are hung in the hallway of our home. Each time they warm my heart, they bring a perspective of gratitude, they remind me how quickly these tiny should grow and it’s only been three years. I can’t imagine how thankful I will be for them once they are old, God willing, and out of my home, living their own lives. They may break me a little, but in the best of ways. I am so thankful for the priority we have put on capturing these moments.
I offer three different locations for newborn sessions :
Home | Your home is the perfect location for those heart moving newborn photos. I am a natural light photographer so I can take a room with good light, have a basket and some soft blankets and give you portraits of your baby without leaving your home. But the best part about being at home is capturing more then just posed portraits, I get to capture a peek into what those first few weeks were like. All that good cuddling with mom, dad, siblings or pets, all the sleeping in any place imaginable… I get to capture the nursery that you put so much love into and the place that you call home. This my ideal place to capture your new baby.
Studio 202 | in NE Minneapolis has original wood floors, beautiful natural light and a lot of options of walls, furniture and props to choose from. Each photo taken at the studio is posed and set up. I strive to make you feel relaxed so that those same emotions and adoring looks come naturally.
Fresh 48 | A “Fresh 48 Hour” session is taken within the first 48 hours of your new baby’s birth. This can be done in home if you have had a home birth or right at the hospital before you leave. Every Fresh 48 Hour session that I have ever done has always yielded the most beautiful and moving results. The new and raw emotions of this new little life are so easy to capture. This session takes 30-45 minutes and is done in your hospital room using natural light. There are two directions you can take with this session. One, we can do it within an hour or so after birth and we will work with the room lighting and/or outdoor lighting to get beautiful photos that show the first few hours with your new baby. The second option is to do the session the morning of discharge because you are organized, fresh and ready. Then we will take some portraits of your baby and some relaxed portraits with mom, dad, and siblings.
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth and profound beginnings.”
-Anna Christian Buchanan
I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was about 7 months along with our my daughter and was meeting a friend for tea. We had ordered and were in search of a table. In the middle of the café there was a momma sitting with her toddler. She looked up and smiled at me, “Oh, I wish I could go back to that time” she glanced at her toddler, “I’d give anything to put him back.” She looked back up at me and smiled. I laughed, smiled and said something polite back, while internally thinking the lady was nutso.
When you are pregnant there is a beauty that emanates from you that, so very often, you yourself don’t feel. Pregnancy is not an easy thing for me, I would never wish my toddler back into my womb. The portraits of that hard time were not on my top to do list but the photos I have that capture the time of waiting for that first babe of ours are now absolutely priceless. It is not because I want that time back but it is because there is beauty in the waiting. You may not see it or feel it but your soul is making room for that baby in your surroundings. You are being prepared daily for this new little life to entire into your big world. It is truly a miracle. No matter the difficulty or ease of your pregnancy this time of life is so worth capturing. One day my daughter will see the pictures and I will be able to share with her the thrill and excitement we felt while we waited. How I fell more and more in love with her daddy with each day we grew together until the day she came.
So hear me, if you came to this page to read more because you were uncertain I am here to say I think you should. You won’t be disappointed and although you won’t frame them and keep them on your wall forever (I mean, you just may) you will have a day where you need to look at them. A day your soul will need to remember. They will help you, they will heal you, they will bring back the beauty in that time of waiting that was always there but sometimes just so very hard to see.
When I ask you to think of those tiny toes that are kicking inside of you, those chubby cheeks that are getting chubbier by the day for you to smooch, your face will radiate a once in a lifetime beauty that everyone is envious of. A beauty that can only come from you and only during a time where you carry that little life inside of you. Trust me.
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All the information about this session you can find by clicking the link at the top of the page to download pricing! If you have any other questions please shoot me an email!
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“… instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I cherish every moment and realize that the wonderment growing inside me is the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” – Erma Bomback