. . . a waiting for baby story

After Laney was born, Kayla wasn’t sure if it was in the cards to have another baby. But she knew for sure, she wanted to be in better shape, than she was when she was pregnant for Laney.

Bike, dumbell, squats, walking….Kayla does it all! She also keeps close eye on her nutrition. As a rep for Advocare, a nurse at Bluffton hospital, and her mom owning the gym, Fit For Life, Kayla has been successful in having a healthy pregnancy. Baby Brooks is due in early June.


. . . a tea & crumpets story

When you give a little one permission to play with the fancy dishes, she will want to get every since dish out. Laney was certain, her tea party would not be complete until she had nearly every cup and saucer on the table.DSC_8042


Mommy, Daddy, and Dolly joined the party. And as Laney  pretended to poured each of them a cup of tea, she made ‘sssshhh’ sounds. Too cute!



Laney was the perfect tea and crumpets party host!


Finding Back My Zing

 As the photography laid quiet for a long time, I had grown scared of being overwhelmed by it. I also grew scared to go it alone as Jennifer had become one kick ass partner in crime. And although I hate not having her by my side, I have accomplished two session this week without her.

I am working hard to find back my creativity. I am relying on staring at image after image I find online and in magazines. I am looking at things that had inspired me prior to Jen getting sick. And for new ideas that will unleash my brain.

Monday, it was my surroundings, an adorable little lady who wore clothes to die for. Yesterday, the wind, hair, and a skirt on a new mommy who looks fantastic having given birth so recently. As i watch the weather, hoping for a light rain to work in, I hope for even more creativity. Kids splashing in puddles and someone willing to play in the rain is not out of the question for me and my camera.

I have stories to tell through my camera again. And I am hoping to find many who will allow me to get my business launched again and tell their story. Hopefully in time, Jen can join me again. … but until then it is just me, my camera, and hopefully some creativity. I need you to hire me. Not only for financial reasons, but for my love of camera and my need to be creative again.


 I am finding back my zing!

…..an Avery story

The last time I took Avery’s pictures was February 2017.


And boy has she grown a ton.

She loves to sing with her mommy “Let It Go” and “Girl On Fire.” And she keeps herself moving so much, I find I have a hard time keeping up.


Thank you Beining Nursery & Landscaping for allowing us to taking pictures at your beautiful location. And Bailey’s Blossoms  for the flowered skirt and red and black plaid dress.

Why Hire A Birth Photographer

When I first heard of birth photography, I imagined pictures of images I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with anyone. I had imagined it was images filled with blood, lots of other fluids, and a vaginal canal. And then after a quick Google  and Pinterest search, I discovered the most beautiful images I have ever set my eyes on.

Birth photography, one of the newest trends in photography, captures more than those last moments when baby is born. But also the moments when baby is born, it is presented in such a beautiful way, you will want to frame and hang on the wall of your nursery. But why hire a birth photographer with everyone today carrying a cell phone to capture the first moments with mom, dad, and baby?

1. The Details

You have thought out this day, probably nearly every detail. Just like your wedding day, you imagined what he or she would look like, how big your baby will be, who will be waiting patiently, or not so patiently, in the waiting room, the tender moment with your partner and baby, and so much more. There are so many details of that day, that often go left uncaptured and then forgotten. You may forget how your partner held your hand while you pushed your little one out. Or may not even see, as they measure the length of your baby. These details, tell the story of your babies birth. dsc_8606 2. So Your Partner Can Be Present & In Pictures

The last thing you want is your partner to be hiding behind a camera in those moments you need him to be at your side. This day is important to the both of you, so why would you want it recorded with your partner not in any of the images. You wouldn’t want your wedding day capture by your groom, so why would you have your partner photograph this important day?


3.  Quality

Often during a birth, the rooms are poorly lit. This makes pictures hard to get for most cameras and cell phones. Professional photographers have the equipment to photograph in dark rooms without the use of distracting flash. And you can be assured, the images will be of much better quality in general than if you had your partner or the nurse take the pictures for you.

4.  How Quickly Your Baby Changes

The “newborn” look of a baby does not last very long. Babies grown and change by the minute. Even in those first moments. 164

5. The Birth of Your Baby is Like a Wedding

Yes, a wedding.! This day is a big one. And you wouldn’t get married without a photographer. . From experience, it will be one of the most unforgettable momentous events you will experience and it only makes sense to have a professional there to photograph it from beginning to end.

After A Long 9 Months

On November 13, 2016, I made my last post on my blog. Two days prior, my daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and she spent much of the rest of 2016 and several weeks of 2017 in the hospital. In March, she had a bone marrow transplant. It has been a long process but slowly she is getting better.  And as she gets stronger, I will be able to work more hours again. For now, I am being selective in how many jobs I take each month so I can continue to care for her and keep up. Hopefully by January, I will be back full time once again.

I am currently however accepting weddings for Summer/Fall 2018. I also am accepting lifestyle and birth sessions. Contact me for more information.