“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth and profound beginnings”

– Anne Christian Buchanan

Maternity

To feel the flutters, kicks and rolls, to wonder at the tiny miracle that grows inside. What will they look like? Who will they be?

Pregnancy is a time of such wonder, such anticipation. Perhaps you love it, perhaps you are able to joyfully embrace it, or perhaps it’s long and hard and you wish for the day that it’s over and you can finally hold your baby in your arms.

No matter the journey, it is worth capturing, for you are doing something amazing!

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.”

– Osho

Birth

Birth is transformation. Birth is power. Birth requires strength you never knew you had. Birth is unconditional love. Birth is messy and hard and raw and…beautiful. Birth changes you.

As mothers, our memories of birth can be lost in a haze of hormones, exhaustion, going deep inside of ourselves.

Having photographs allows us to piece together our stories, see moments we have already forgotten or didn’t even know had happened, find beauty and strength in the pain, and forever be able to look back on what we did, how we felt, and every precious detail of our brand new babies.

We can relive the firsts – first touch, first breath, first cry, first hold – and that is simply priceless.

“All those cliches, those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood – they’re all true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you’ll ever experience.”

– Penelope Cruz

Fresh48 

 Wow! You’ve had your baby! You’ve probably also had the most amazing shower of your life, and the best food of your life (because there’s nothing like the post-birth shower and meal). Maybe you’ve even be lucky enough to catch up on some sleep between feeds and babygazing.

Day 1 or 2 is the perfect time to document your baby while they are still super new to the world, if you’d rather not capture the birth itself, if you’re on a budget or if you just want to remember EVERYTHING. If it’s not your first baby, it’s also a great way to capture the very exciting moments when big brothers and sisters get to meet their new sibling for the first time.

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities”

 – Eda J. Le Shan

Newborn

The tiny fingers and toes, the perfect little lips and nose, the delicate eyelashes and hair softer than anything else you’ve ever felt.

Babies are a precious gift. Everyone says, “they grow so fast” and we just kind of roll our eyes. Until it’s us, and we know just how true it really is. That one day, we have the startling realization that our baby is not a baby any longer.

They are only this little once.

“Being a family means you are part of something very special. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”

 – Lisa Weed

Family

Gone are the days of “say cheese” (Well, except maybe a few for grandma). Say hello to fun, love, laughter and connection!

Bring your favorite toys. Wear your favorite clothes. Be silly. Blow bubbles. Jump in puddles. Eat ice cream.

Do what you love. Be who you are. Enjoy it.

Capture your life the way you want to remember it. 

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