A New Kind of Newborn

I have to start by saying, I can’t take credit for this. I was taught a variation of this process from another newborn photographer and although it took me awhile to figure out how it could work for my business, I finally realized that it was exactly what my clients and I needed!

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My newborn packages are structured for you to start with the session length that suits your needs. There are options for the minimalists, the budgeters, the gallery wall makers, and yes, even the ones who want to go all out. Let’s say you want 8-12 images. That’s a good amount for a birth announcement, a small gallery wall in the nursery and a wide variety of your sweet, new baby. I’m only going to take the time to get those 8-12 images just right for you. No more, no less. No wasted time, no images that you have to say “no” to because they’re out of your expected budget.

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After you choose which session length you want, you have two package options. Each of them comes with all of the beautifully edited digital images from your session and some kind of printed product(s). I love having both. Digitals are great for sharing online, and for saving in multiple places for security. But hard drives fail sometimes too and printed products are what make your home and life beautiful. They are memories always in your line of sight and within reach - a box to hand to a visiting friend over coffee, a canvas hanging above baby’s crib as you tuck them in at night (for the third time), a stunning print displayed in your entryway. Present and visual reminders that time is passing so quickly and to slow down and enjoy today.

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To further make sure that you are getting what you want out of your session, before baby is born, you get to see the different colors I have available, the poses that we can work towards, and more. All in a beautiful guide that helps us plan your session together. The result? A simple experience to give you beautiful images and products that fit your life.

I created this process to feel like an entirely new experience that honors your time, style and budget. Because if it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

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See all of the available Newborn packages here.

Model Call

I recently posted a model call on Facebook looking for newborn models to fill my portfolio and client guide. It was such an amazing experience! Working with each of my sweet new buddies really solidified my decision to add posed newborn photography to my more documentary style Fresh 48 sessions.

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I made the choice to travel to my client’s homes. No need to stress about getting somewhere on time or pack up the diaper bag and hope 3 spare outfits is enough. This means that I have the opportunity to meet and serve families all over my area in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale and all the places near and in between.

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Coming out of this model phase, I’m looking forward to booking with new clients all around and celebrating new life in my Puget Sound home.

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Baby Fox | Fresh 48

I was welcomed into a lovely Bremerton home less than 48 hours after a healing home birth. The walls still filled with affirmations - some endearing and home made, some edgy and motivating from a local Kitsap County doula - but no other trace aside from the fresh, darling "Baby Fox."

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Momma is a postpartum doula and family chef with her business, Nourish PNW, though now on maternity leave ;) She found me through the Kitsap VBAC and Cesarean Support Facebook group which I've been a part of for a few years now. It was so neat to find so many connections to the local birth community I'm growing to know and love.

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The family was so warm and kind. Doing this Fresh 48 session at their home was such a blessing. I love being able to showcase the beauty, comfort and normalcy of home births and postpartum. 

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Fresh 48?

Fresh 48’s are documentary style newborn sessions usually done at the birth location (hospital, birth center or home) within 48 hours of birth.
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Fresh babies, less than 48 hours old. It's easy to say that these are my favorite sessions right now! So what is a Fresh 48 session and why do you want one?

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Babies change
Obvious, yes; but true. Now depending on a lot of variables (but mostly the amount of sleep you're getting) your baby's time as a newborn may pass too quickly, or a little too slowly for you. But either way, the changes are quick and drastic. These first hours of life are unlike any other time. Their face still has that sweet squishiness. Their limbs tucked in close. Their eyes preferring to be closed. Their head perfectly molded. Their need to be near you. Their soft, fuzzy head. All Fresh 48 goodness. 

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#mombrain
Have you heard of it? It's real. Guys, I'm a photographer and when my second baby was born, I pulled out my camera and... not much happened. I got a couple of shots but not what I really wanted or knew I could've done for someone else. Oh, and I hate to say that those moments we feel we'll remember forever, they get buried under piles of other lovely moments and become harder to recall. 

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Insta-Quality
I have to start this one by saying, "A professional camera does not make a professional photographer." Okay, that said, a professional photographer with a professional camera is quality unmatched. No matter how dark or slightly blurred, we all love seeing photos parents use to announce their baby's birth. No one can argue their sweetness. But it's so nice to have lovely, bright images to show the world the beautiful new life you were just given. 

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You're there too!
How many of us are in photos with our new babes? I know it's hard to think about being in front of the camera after an ordeal like birth. It can feel daunting. But all you need is a little prep and to adore looking at your baby. You can trust a pro to take care of the rest. Take a few moments to soak in your new family and have the photos to remember how you felt for years to come.

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First Meetings
Whether you bring in older children to meet their new sibling, or invite grandparents to hold their newest grandbaby, or are picking up your adopted newborn - first greetings are precious and priceless. The smiles, the tears, the counting of the toes. Be in the moment and let a photographer capture the reactions.

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Celebrate new life with a Fresh 48 session. Contact to book now.

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The Stuff of Dreams

Have you ever had a dream so specific that you doubted your chances of ever seeing it realized? 

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On a crisp, fall morning, we waited outside the hospital for a phone call - a phone call that would change the lives of this family forever. I know Will and Hannah from church. They're the kind of couple that anyone would want to be friends with and the parents of 4 wild and sweet boys...

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...now 5 boys! I heard a few months back that they were in the process of adopting. Listening to Hannah explain why, after already having 4 children, they were choosing to adopt, she put into words a feeling that started in my own heart many years ago: the ability to extend the unwavering love that God has for us to another; to show the acceptance of one who does not belong into a forever home. 

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For most people, religious or not, adoption is an incredibly admired and important aspect of our society. A chance for a child to live a life of being chosen to love. To me, it goes beyond that to being one of the most beautiful pictures of God's love for the world. A few years ago on Facebook, there was a photo series of a couple meeting their adopted newborn in the hospital. My love for adoption and photography combined to create a new dream... to photograph a story of chosen love. The opportunity that I had to witness Will and Hannah meeting their new son for the first time is the stuff of dreams and something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. 

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Like Hannah prayed for her Samuel in the Bible, this Samuel was prayed for by his Hannah, his mom. Of course, he was also prayed for by his dad, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, church... That is one loved child. 

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