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One of my dear friends is headed to Hawaii next week for a little vaca and as we chatted about me taking her to the airport I couldn’t help but wish I was going along with her. Which, feels a bit bratty to admit since I just got home from traveling in the UK.

To my defense, I was in jeans and layers the entire time…so the idea of spending a few days in a bathing suit and swimming in the warm ocean waters sounds quite amazing!

As I’ve been daydreaming of Hawaii since our phone conversation, I realized I never shared these images from my last trip out there!

While I was in Hawaii for Crystal’s birth and newborn session, I was able to spend the day (Thanksgiving Day, no less) with these sweet friends of mine. It sounds a little funny to say that since Jon has been someone I’ve looked up to for years, turned teacher/mentor…turned friend.

He’s a rad guy and an amazing photographer…but what makes me respect and look up to him even more is this crew who stands beside him. I might argue that his wife Callie is even cooler than he is (to which, I’m sure Jon would agree). She is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. She is always so welcoming to everyone, and has this beautiful gift of bringing people together with her delicious food (my mouth waters at the thought of her yummy food!!). Not to mention she is this incredibly strong woman who holds down the fort of 6 kiddos…and makes it look easy.

Six kids makes for a crazy, rambunctious house; one that oozes with noise full of life, and love. I’m so glad I was able to make my way to their side of the island to spend the day splashing around in the ocean, and catching up over yummy food and hot chocolate!

Here’s some of my day with the Canlas family…

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While my newborn sessions typically include the whole family (at least for parts of the session), I had such a great morning celebrating this mama and her 4th little babe. It was so fun to be able to get her all gussied up and away to spend some time just her, baby Michael, and I.

At the time we didn’t put too much thought into shooting at the Arroyo Seco Trail (other than it is pretty and close to home), but thinking about it now it was such a perfect location given Michael was born at home just a couple of miles away. Now that they have moved to the East Coast, it will be a fun little detail to look back on when Michael is all grown up!:)

Here’s a few from our morning together…

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In my career as a birth photographer 99% of my mamas have their babies in the middle of the night. That’s exaggerating a bit, but you can imagine my excitement when I received a text shortly before noon letting me know that a baby was on the way!

Only a few moments after arriving at Lina’s home her contractions started to pick up quite a bit. Yet, she was still so calm, walking around the house getting little things done in between contractions. Since her husband, Brian, was still making his way home, I grabbed a few books and cuddled up on the couch with the kiddos and read through a few of them.

When Brian got home things began ramping up quite quickly. Brian, Nancy (Lina’s doula), and I worked together to get the birth tub filled. Lina gladly hopped in and before we knew it Michael made his entrance shortly after 2 pm!

I would like to think of Michael’s birth as my unicorn birth…because wonderfully lit daytime births don’t exist in the birth world…or at least haven’t existed in mine until now 😉

Thank you Lina for allowing me to be apart of such a beautiful and special moment in your family’s life!

Here is a look at Michael’s birth story…
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  • danielle - absolutely one of the most beautiful home births i’ve seen captured. love this so much. makes me want it this way for numero dosReplyCancel

Lina is my girl. My girl! And sadly, she has moved to the opposite coast with her adorable tribe.

Looking at these pictures I can hear their sweet voices. The boys asking me to come play with them. Rita climbing up me and giving me big hugs. I’ve been grateful to have friends that feel like family living so close to me for the last couple of years.

I’m even more grateful that I got to document the stages for Lina’s 4th little one. And man am I happy I was there for Michael’s wonderful daytime birth (more on that another day)!

For now, here are a few from their family/maternity session:)

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There is a first for everything, and Wolfgang’s birth certainly proved that! From the initial text from Carly to his arrival was a short and quick couple of hours.

What started with a heads up that things were moving along, quickly became he’s coming right now! Meanwhile, the midwife and myself were both still on the way!

One of the things I love about home births is that in a lot of ways it becomes a family affair (that is…if you want it to be that way). Since little Wolfy decided to speed things up and come before the midwife was there, his papa ended up being the one to catch him. Then, when it was time, his big sister was the one to cut the cord. How neat is that?

It was so special to arrive (although bummed to have just missed his arrival), into such a calm and loving setting as Carly sat in the birth tub surrounded by her family oohing and awing over Wolfy.

Here’s a look at [part] of his birth story…:)

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