Have I told you yet how much I adore newborn sessions?! The love that surrounds the home of a brand new family of three is beautiful. Seriously. I can not get over it! Amidst the exhaustion, there is a glow on the faces of these amazing new parents. This glow is hope. It is the excitement of who this little one will become; when they will first smile, giggle, walk, talk! There is hope for bedtime stories, prayers, laughter and maybe, just maybe, somewhere down the road, there is hope for sleep. A full night of sleep. There is a closet full of carefully washed and neatly hung tiny clothes. The diapers are properly stacked in their place, along with the burp clothes, wipes, lotions, swaddle blankets. You name it, everything has been carefully and lovingly put in its place. And then there is the nursery. There is so much love, thought, care (and endless hours on Pinterest) that have gone into the nursery. Everything has been carefully thought out and made perfect for this little one’s arrival. Maybe this is why I love newborn sessions so much, because I see so much love in all the details.
I was graciously invited into Andy, Amanda and Elliot’s home on beautifully rainy afternoon, exactly 1 week after Elliot’s BIRTHday. This little man was beyond adorable and while he will most likely grow up to be a Packer fan, I still think he’s pretty awesome. (I believe I may have said a time or two that Elliot and my Lucy would make a perfect match). Elliot was welcomed into this world by two parents who are over the moon in love with him. It is written in their eyes and expressed with each smile, snuggle and kiss. This kind of love is inspiring.
Elliot, I have so many hopes for you! I hope that you inherit your mama’s gorgeous smile and sweet demeanor and I hope that someday your daddy will teach you to fly and how to skate. You are going to be an incredible little man!
Thank you again for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives! I hope you enjoy every single second 🙂
Birth photography. People I have told have turned their noses up. They have said that there is no way that it can be beautiful. They have asked why I would want to be on call for 4 weeks. I assure you, it was worth every sleepless, nervous, gorgeous and miraculous second.
We met at Starbucks, in Target, on a cold evening in December. Lauren and Aaron were expecting their first baby on Valentine’s day and they were interested in having their experience photographed. I remember leaving that meeting both terrified and elated. I was about to embark on something that I had never photographed before, but had done myself only 4 months earlier, at the same place and, as it turns out, in the same birthing suite at Health Foundations in St. Paul. (I have to say, the midwives and staff at Health Foundations completely rock my world. They are some of the most loving and selfless women that I have ever come to know. I adored my experience almost as much as I adored working along side these women. I will never have a baby without having these amazing women by my side, ever.)
I got the text on February 16th in the early evening. This dear mama was indeed in labor. I quickly packed my cameras, lenses, and sandwhich, and tried to close my eyes for a bit. By 10pm they were on their way to Health Foundations and I put my contacts in and headed out the door.
As I drove in the cold, blue (half full) moonlight I prayed. I prayed for this mama, I prayed for this dad and I prayed for this baby girl that was about to make her entrance into the world. I prayed for the midwives, for the doulas and I prayed for myself. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I wanted to tell their story, because, in my mind, there is no greater story than the miracle of two people bringing another being into this world. What a gift.
What I found awaiting me at Health Foundations was the most beautiful thing I have ever been able to experience. I saw a husband, a soon to be dad, doing everything that he could to try to make his wife, the love of his life, the mother of his soon to be baby, as comfortable as she could be. I saw two doulas bending over backwards, tirelessly massaging, coaching, encouraging this strong mama. I saw two midwives who had delivered numerous babies already that week, work their knowledge, guidance, patience and love as this incredible mama did her thing.
Cecilia has a beautiful story. She was born at 4.20am on Sunday Feb. 17th in the hands of her Daddy. Aaron, Lauren and sweet Cecelia, you three will forever hold a precious place in my heart. I am so grateful that you asked me to share in this experience with you and Cece will forever hold my heart. I am smitten. PS. I will never listen to Frank Sinatra again without thinking of you and this unforgettable experience. Thank you for blessing me and congratulations on your gorgeous baby girl.
It is a St. Paul landmark. You have probably seen that tall, smoke-stained stack while driving down west 7th street in St. Paul. Born in 1855 and sold to Jacob Schmidt in 1900, Schmidt Brewery has long been a St. Paul icon. You may even have enjoyed their frothy, Pig’s eye brew a time or two (did you know they originally wanted to name St. Paul Pig’s Eye?) –> random fun fact. From beer brewing, to a brief stint in urban ethanol production, Schmidt Brewery sat vacant until construction started earlier this year.
They are transforming this castle like structure into affordable artist’s lofts, all while salvaging the majority of the outer structure, signage, brick etc. It has been in the works for over 5 years and on Tuesday, January 29th, they had their official ground breaking ceremony. I was blessed with the opportunity to capture the day. (I was secretly hoping they would offer me first choice at a complimentary studio for taking these images… but to no avail, I left a little disappointed) 😉
The energy and excitement that engulfed the day was unbelievable. I think I had a smile on my face the entire time. I made myself comfortable between two camera men and snapped away as Chris Coleman, Sandra Pappas and other important St. Paul city members, explained all the energy, dollars and time that will be going into this huge project. It was pretty remarkable…I mean, you don’t get to photograph the mayor everyday.
I am very excited to see this project underway and am so grateful to Dominium, especially Danielle, for allowing me to be a part of this breaking ground project! Congratulations on a job so diligently planned and executed!
In the meantime, I will patiently await the decision as to which loft I will get the key to. Dream big!
They say the future belongs to those who are still willing to get their hands dirty. My question is: does playing with trains, cars and legos constitute as getting one’s hands dirty? If that is the case… these boys have the future at their fingertips.
They are as rambunctious as they are sweet and they win me over… every. single. time. These boys have helped reignite my imagination and because of them, I THANKFULLY know each and every character that rides alongside Lighting McQueen and Thomas the Tank Engine. (If you are confused, please find a 2-5 year old and all will be answered).
These boys taught me to crank up my shutter speed, bring bribes, have a plan, but be prepared with plans B, C, D, E, and F, should any of the previous plans fall by the wayside. There were no tears, no complaints, and we had plenty of laughs (I am certain that the candy bribes had nothing to do with it).
What a beautiful day and what a beautiful family. Looking back on these images makes me excited for those beautiful, warm and refreshing fall days. Oh January… I am over you.
Kel, Drewpy, I and E…. I love you guys, SO MUCH! Thank you for such a fun evening! 🙂