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Meet my sister, Natalie and her family.

Somethings in life happen and they change you forever, in the best way. Becoming an Aunt was one of those things for me.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do and provide this gift to my family. Its exciting to photograph my friends and family and witness some pretty incredible moments in their life.

I wanted to share their story all in one – maternity, birth, newborn. I love to watch it all unfold.

We did their maternity session at Hoover Reservoir on an unseasonably warm November day, it was beautiful.


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And the birth! Ah. I’ve photographed two other births prior to this and it was two of my best friends. I’ve never done it “professionally” and honestly I’m not sure I could! One because weddings and babies both can’t be rescheduled so that would never work, and two because I still get nervous I am going to fall over. I kept it together half way decently for my BFF’s… But I was worried about my sister. I think I was more worried about the birth than she was! I was at Natalie and Jeremy’s house the night she went into labor. We ordered some pizza and while we waited for it Natalie was complaining of not feeling right, but wasn’t sure if it was labor. By the time the pizza arrived bags were packed and they ran out the door to the hospital. She walked in triage for 30 minutes until her water broke. She dilated to 9cm in what felt like 5 minutes. It all happened really fast! Until it didn’t. She stayed at 9cm for 6 hours. We all pulled an all nighter waiting for this sweet boy to come.

I have to admit I was slightly out of it… I may have done better at my friends births! I was so nervous/excited/worried that I think I forgot to hit the shutter a time or two… (Thankfully I’m her sister and she pays me in sandwiches and baby snuggles) The birth was amazing. Oh my gosh when that 9.2 lbs of perfect popped out I thought I about died of happiness. It was so emotional and beautiful, I will never ever forget it. I am so glad my sister found Jeremy over 17 years ago and that they decided to give me the perfect gift in becoming an Aunt.

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A couple days later we got West home and newborn photos were next! (Yes they named him, West (her maiden name, and still my last name) Nicodemus). My little squishy!

He is the perfect little fishy added to his nautical themed nursery. We are all in baby heaven over here. So glad he was born in my off season so I can spend tons of time snuggling!

Yes his hair is perfect, and yes my first nephew Griffin (pup!) is almost just as cute. I am so happy for my sister and Jeremy and so excited to watch this little guy grow. Babies are true miracles and we are just so glad you found your way into our family, West!

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Loooooved taking a walk down memory lane today and remembering the love that these two share.

Lindsey and Danny found me through friends of theirs whose wedding I had photographed. I met them at Jorgensen Farms and we had such a fun talk during cocktail hour that night. Before I knew it they had booked me for their wedding and we were shooting their adorable flower farm engagement session. (Click here to view!)

I had such a great time getting to know them both over the year of planning. Their bridal party & friends and family were so sweet and so welcoming – I just immediately felt like I belonged!

They had the sweetest outdoor ceremony with their own vows, tears all around! My heart was very full on this day to say the least.

Grateful to have witnessed these moments and such a sweet love story. Congrats again Lindsey and Danny!!

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I shot this session a almost a year ago, but life got in the way of blogging it. I’m so glad I realized I missed it because it is one of my favorites!

Have I mentioned how much I love shooting in home sessions? It’s creeping up there at the top of the list of one of my favorite things to shoot. I just love the sweetness of a new family, how relaxed people feel in their own space. And I know how special my home is to my husband and I… It’s where we build so much of our life, where so many memories are made. In home lifestyle sessions are just beautifully authentic to me! I cherish every single one that I get the opportunity to photograph.

The W family is near to my heart! Angela and I are photo friends and have been for several years. I think so highly of her, and her boys just kill me with their cuteness. I am so very happy for this growing family and truly honored to have been able to capture this time in their life.

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Ohhhhh, Tara & Nick.

Tara and I have some mutual friends, but had never met until our consultation for her wedding. She emailed me the day she got engaged SO EXCITED! Her enthusiasm was so infectious and I knew I’d just love to work for her. I was so flattered that she contacted me before her venue to first check my availability because I was their absolute first choice as a photographer. They booked Via Vecchia on July 2, 2016 and it was just a dream!

When Tara emailed and asked if we could do their engagement session on a family friends farm it was an immediate YES from me. We had the best time getting to know each other and I loved watching these two together. They have this calmness and sureness about them that I found so sweet. And Tara is a lover like me, she loves hard and with her whole heart and I find that just super inspiring. And their puppy was just an added bonus:)View their adorable E session HERE

I had been looking forward to their wedding for awhile – Being Tara’s friend on social media I saw all her fun posts about the upcoming wedding and I could just feel her excitement! The day I assure you did not disappoint. What a beautiful celebration that highlighted a true love story. And any event that Sunny Meadows Flower Farm does the flowers for you can sign me up!

I loved blogging their wedding 6 months later because I got to relive it all over again. THANK YOU Tara and Nick for entrusting me with the memories of one of the biggest days in your life. I wish you all the best in the years to come!

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