Monthly Archives: February 2009

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Time travel: Monique and Penny: Phoenix Newborn Photography

I took a blogging hiatus for many months, so I have a backlog of old sessions that never got posted. I’ve been meaning to wade through them and share with you all, and when a window of time presented itself to me today I decided to get going! So, let’s take a trip back in time, shall we?

Wee Penelope Rose was born in late August, and was one of my favorite sessions ever. She lives in an adorable house filled with family history and memories of travels around the globe, has an incredibly beautiful mama and is utterly and completely surrounded by love. It’s normal, of course, for new families to take a bit of time to adjust. Theres a bit of awkwardness and a learning curve that comes with the territory (goodness knows I had many moments like that with both my girls). But some mothers are just so natural, grounded, and connected that you would swear they’ve been mothering for years already, and not just for a matter of days. That was Monique.

I adore being invited to peek into the lives of new families when they are still in the process of falling head over heels in love with one another. There’s something in the air in a household with a new baby that is so palpable that you can feel the love in the room, see it in their touch, hear it in their voices. After I leave a newborn session I usually ride on a baby-love-high all day long!

I’ve been having fun going back through my photo archives lately (more on that in a later post) and I decided to take a look back at this session, so these are mostly photos that Monique hasn’t even seen yet. Surprise Mama – I hope you like them!

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Janis | Beauty and Grace : Phoenix Maternity Photography

First things first: I am terribly behind on my blog (although I always have the best of intentions, this likely comes as a surprise to nobody)! This should have been a sneak peek of a maternity session, but instead it is a late look at a mama who has already snuggled in at home with a beautiful baby girl.

I love doing pregnancy photos. As a mama and a birth professional, the opportunity to capture a woman during this sacred time is a precious gift. This particular session, however, was meaningful to me on a different level. I have known Janis for several years. A woman of uncommon grace and wisdom, Janis is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered. Her words and insight have helped me along my own parenting journey more times than I could possibly count.

In the summer of 2007 Janis, already the mother of two beautiful girls, was expecting her first son and asked me to take her maternity portraits. I was spending the summer in Canada with my family and was unable to do the session, so my dear friend Kimberly Bee stepped in for me, and (as always) captured some truly amazing images. I was eagerly awaiting news of the birth, but one morning in July I received news that broke my heart and filled me with grief – Janis had lost her dear son, Ferdinand, at full term.

The loss of a baby is almost beyond comprehension. I cannot even begin to fathom the depth of grief and pain that accompanies this loss. Through it all, I have been awed and humbled by the grace and strength with which Janis has lived and continued to reach out to others in need (myself included); gifting them with her words, her heart and her presence. Last spring Janis, and several other mothers who have experienced loss, came together to create glow in the woods ‘for parents of lost babies and potential of all kinds’ a place of refuge in the midst of the storm of grief. Please visit, and forward the link to anyone you know who may benefit from the knowledge and heart contained within.

A few weeks prior to the birth of this baby girl, several of us gathered to bless Janis on her journey. I am blessed to see beauty every single day of my life, but I don’t know if I have ever witnessed anything as beautiful as Janis with her face lifted to the sky following her ceremony – ready to welcome her daughter and honor her son.

Janis, thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your journey. I am forever grateful.

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Please check back soon, I photographed Janis’ precious baby Lyra this past weekend – and will post a sneak peek of her images next week!