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Somehow it has already been a couple of months since I did this session for Crystal and Ivan. How that time passed so quickly I’m not sure. And now here I am writing this from their couch in Hawaii waiting on baby Zoe to make her debut. I know, I know…tough life, huh?  :)

Here are some images from their maternity session…can’t wait to share pictures of Zoe soon!

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I have so loved watching Caroline and Brad’s life over the years…documenting the time before Brad’s deployment, his coming home, announcing their pregnancy, the birth of Grace, Grace as a newborn, and her 6 month session! They have become dear friends of mine throughout the process and I’m always so thrilled to see them and get updated pictures of their family.

Since today is Veterans Day, I thought it would be the perfect day to blog these images. Brad serves in the Navy and at the end of this session Caroline planned to get a few of him in his uniform with Grace in an adorable sailor dress.

Here’s a few of my favorites from our session…

And a big, big thank you to all of the men and women who have served this country…I am forever grateful!

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(ps. look how big Grace has gotten over the last 6 months! Here is her birth story and newborn session)

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When I was first getting into birth photography I had no idea what I was doing.

I remember seeing a birth article with gorgeous birth images in it and knew that it was something I had to try. I would research birth photography on the internet from time to time only to find blog posts of birth stories. Which, was great since it kept that little spark of interest lit…but it didn’t help provide me with any information on what to do or how to get into birth photography. There was no book, or guide. No workshop to take. Birth photography was still such a new niche at the time and, for the most part, all of us birth photographers were left figuring it out on our own.

Over the next couple of years I began to learn from experience and good old trial & error.

As I gained experience as a birth photographer, not only did my passion for birth stories grow, but my love and dedication for mothers and the overall birth experience flourished. The two quickly became one in my eyes. Being there to document mom’s journey meant (and continue to means) so much more than the beautiful images I am able to capture as a photographer. While understanding all of the details and how to shoot a birth is necessary to being a birth photographer, being compassionate for mom and adding to her over all birth experience is just as important.

At the beginning of this year, Erin and Lisa (the fabulous women behind The Milky Way) had the idea to create a Birth Photography Guide to help photographers who are looking to get into birth photography. Excited about the idea, I teamed up with them and began brainstorming about how I could help photographers on their journey to documenting births.

After months of hard work I am THRILLED to say that the Birth Photography Guide is ready!

In this e-guide I open up about everything I know as a birth photographer.

Here’s a look at what’s included:

  • The Why
  • The Process of Birth
  • My complete “A-Z” of birth stories
    – from booking a session to final delivery of images
  • Challenges of Birth Photography
    • Being on Call
    • Working with a Back-up Photographer
    • Tough Lighting Situations
    • Caesarean Births
    • When the Unplanned Happens
  • Recommended Gear
  • Shooting Tips
  • My Editing Workflow (Lightroom) + Slideshow Tips
  • Contract Considerations
  • Pricing tips (+ Mistakes to Avoid!)


  • an interactive “Birth Story Inspiration Guide”
  • My shot list ‘cheat sheet’
  • Client Questionnaire (what you should ask during your consult)
  • a customizable Client Welcome guide (.psd files supplied so you can tailor to your branding and session options)

    To celebrate the two newest arrivals at The Milk Way – Erin’s sweet baby boy Kye & the Birth Photography Guide – the e-guide has been on sale! There are only two days left to get it at it’s sale price (sale ends October 24th 11:59 pm – PST).

    Birth Photography Guide -“Birthday” Sale: $129
    (use discount code: Kye2014 at check-out)


    Get your Birth Photography e-guide before midnight October 24th and you’ll also get access to TWO great bonuses!


    I will be sharing a bit more on how I got into birth photography, Lisa will be talking about her experience shooting her ‘first birth’, and Erin will weigh in with her perspective as a mama having a birth photographed (how she felt, before, during and after the experience)

    (If you can’t make it live, we’ll be sure to send you a recording!  *note: scheduled for October 28th at 6PM PST*)


    Get feedback, ask questions as well as connect with other photographers on this journey in our private Facebook group hosted by myself  :) (group will be open Oct 27th – Nov 9th)

    Have more questions about this e-guide? Head on over to The Milk Way to review the FAQs!

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When I first heard from Chelsea it was over voicemail saying that they were interested in birth photography and she over 40 weeks. I quickly called her back knowing that at that point baby could decide to come whenever. It just so happened that I wasn’t on-call for a birth, so it worked out perfectly for me to be there for the birth of her first little one. Chelsea did such a great job and had the help of her awesome hubby and sweet mom. Not to forget the wonderful team at Del Mar Birth Center, too!

Here’s the birth story of baby Veda!

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