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When Brianne contacted me about photographing the birth of their daughter via surrogate, she shared a bit of their story with me. From that moment, I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I absolutely wanted to be a part of. Brianne and her husband, Scott, have waited seven years for this moment. Madie, their surrogate, was pregnant with their last embryo. I got to meet all of them for maternity photos, and it was clear that they had all become good friends through this process and were overjoyed that Baby Elle was getting close to making her debut.

After a false alarm during some nasty weather, an induction date that got bumped a day at the last minute (can you imagine getting the call that your induction has been moved just 4 short hours before you were slated to check in?!)…I arrived at 2:45 in the morning just in time for them to break Madie’s water. Madie labored on her side with a “peanut” exercise ball to help get Baby Elle into place. Madie’s husband was by her side the whole time, sporting a shirt Scott and Brianne had gotten him that said “Its Not Mine” – hilarious!

While we waited for things to get going, each of the couples exchanged gifts. Madie and her family had gotten Elle an ADORABLE book called “Elle’s ABC’s” and a baby book that will soon be full of photos! Brianne and Scott gave Madie and a scrapbook that documented everything from their first meeting together to the photographs of Madie’s growing belly with Baby Elle month by month.

Shortly after that, Madie got her epidural,which provided some much needed relaxation. And a much needed nap. 🙂 Everyone thought for sure the baby would be here by 6:30, instead 8:12am was when she arrived! She was absolutely perfect and has the sweetest cheeks. She was placed right into Brianne’s arms.

Even though I’ve seen them over a dozen times at this point, I still cry when I see the series of photos where Scott and Brianne lay eyes on their baby girl. Being in the room when Elle was born was nothing short of magical. Welcome to the world, baby Elle. You are SO loved!


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How beautiful is my cousin Elizabeth?!   Oh, and Ryan is handsome, too, of course!  🙂 They came to Lawrence on a snowy day and I was honestly thrilled at the idea of being able to use the big snow flakes for a winter maternity session.  Some highlights from our time together:

  • I think the snow accentuates Elizabeth’s pregnancy glow!
  • The chair we used for portraits is actually from our Grandpa’s veterinary clinic waiting area back in the day.  My Grandma kept them and used them as extra patio seating.  You know how you keep something long enough it comes back into style?  That is exactly what happened with these chairs (thanks, Ikea, for making them popular again)! 🙂

Elizabeth and Ryan – thank you for being such good sports in the snow! I am so happy with how the turned out and cannot WAIT to meet Baby Luke when he arrives in February.

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Its no secret that I think its worthwhile to invest in professional headshots (if you want to know more about that, I wrote a whole blog post about it you can read here).  They can be used professionally to spruce up your LinkedIn page, your personal website, Facebook profil, etc. Lindsay and I thankfully found a warm day (in JANUARY) to take hers and I love how they turned out!

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Happy 2018!  First, I have all of you to thank for making my 2017 the best year for my business to date.  THANK YOU!  One of my commitments for 2018 is to give back to the community that has given me so much support.  With the recent passage of the Federal Tax Bill, it is estimated these changes will reduce charitable giving by up to $20 billion a year.  Yes, you read that correctly (and if you want to dig in more, here is a link).  Over the course of the next year, I will be running promotions that will help support local causes I believe in.  So….It is time to announce the first one!  For the months of January – March, book a pet portrait session for – $75 (normally $150 – that is HALF PRICE) and I will make a donation in your pets name to the Lawrence Humane Society.  Pet portraits are a fun and easy way to capture your pets personality and also the gift that keeps on giving.  Need a gift for your spouse?  How about a mug with your pets photo on it.  Need some new wall art? PERFECT!  I have many clients who have told me after their pets have passed away, the photos I took have served as happy reminders of all the happiness their pet brought them.  Book yours today – and help support the Humane Society.  Win. WIN!  

 

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