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    A Birth Story | Baby Jima | Yucaipa Birth Photographer

    Some births happen in the darkness of the night. They are quiet, almost still in nature. The stars cheer mom on as she labors and the stars witness new life. This is not one of those birth stories. Baby Jima was ushered into the world under the fullness of sun, to the song of the birds and the rustle of the tress. And I could not imagine anything more fitting for his parents. From my first in-person consultation meeting with Danielle and Jima I knew they would be an amazing family to work with. They had an easy and relaxed report with one another, punctuated by witty banter that had…

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    A Birth Story | Baby Zayden | Redlands Birth Photographer

    They met when she walked into a Los Angeles area Harley Davidson store. He was smitten and she kept finding reasons to go back. Soon they were riding motorcycles together up and down the coast of California and beyond. With a love story beginning like that it is easy anticipate all the adventures these two will share. Yet, their biggest adventure just may come in the form of the birth of their 8 lb. bundle of boy. I instantly fell in love with Jacob and Brittany when we met over dinner at Downtown Disney for their birth session pre-consultation. Their adoration for one another was almost palpable. They both spoke…

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    Breastfeeding is Beautiful | Yucaipa Birth Photographer

    It is World Breast Feeding Week! In the short 5 months since my daughter’s birth I have logged more hours in a rocking chair, nursing pillow on my lap, with her attached to my breast, than I ever thought possible. Breastfeeding is a strange collision of doing nothing and doing everything all at once. It is to know the touch of a tiny hand and to reach your daily touch quotient, sometimes before 9 am. It is to produce life giving liquid and wake up covered in it. Breastfeeding is hard. Breastfeeding is beautiful. Breastfeeding is bonding in a way I’ve ever know. It is messy. It is all consuming…

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    Birth Is Raw and Beautiful

    This week marked the launch of the International Association of Birth Photographers’ annual birth photography competition. The goal of this is to highlight and recognize excellence in birth photography. Let me tell you, there is a lot of excellence out there! This year I decided to put myself out there and enter an image. While scary it was also such a great way to look back at the beauty of the births I got to document last year. You can see all the awe inspiring entries here. Can you guess which images is mine? Hint, I entered the postpartum category. Going through these images reminded me of just how raw, vulnerable,…

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    A Birth Story | Baby Audreay

    “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou On a crisp and clear evening she walked into the delivery room full of joy and anticipation. Chatting with each of the nurses and doctors it was clear that she was ready to brave barriers and hurdles to birth her baby girl. That she is a military wife is no surprise, she was ready for the fight. Armed with mementos picked out by her husband and a bear with daddy’s voice recorded, Jeannette faced labor without her husband by her side. She thought of him stationed oversees as she brought forth…

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    A Birth Story | Baby James

    “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something aboslutely new”. -Osho This quote has always fascinated me with its simple yet profound truth. In every birth we rightfuly celebrate the wonder that is a brand new life. The wrinkles, the squinty eyes, the fuzzy shoulders, the pink skin, all signs and signals of a tiny, new human in a big world. Yet there is a equally new creature on the planet and that is the mother now in existance. With the birth of her first child a woman enters a new realm,…

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    A Birth Story | Baby Charlotte

    With every birth story I tell I fall more and more in love with the women behind my lens. To watch a woman labor and struggle to bring forth life is to stand in awe of sacrifice and love. I walk away in amazement of the strength God endowed us with and the capacity to give our bodies up to pain that will result in the ultimate joy. Then to watch a woman do all this with grace and dignity, surrounded by her family at home is truly a privilege. The birth story of precious baby Charlotte begins and ends at home surrounded by her family. Her momma prayed for…

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    A Birth Story | Baby Isaac

    “A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing.” Jennie Finch I struggle to put words to these images. As a woman I am in awe of how our bodies grow and nourish a new life. How they adapt and change to bring the future into the world. I watch the love and strength of a woman as she labors and know she is already a mother. Then there are the men who stand faithfully by and lend a strong…