You guys. I thought Joshua’s birth was filled with love but then came his Welcome Home session. It was such a special thing to witness the adoration his sisters and brother showered him with when he came home. As a Bothell newborn photographer, I love documenting families bringing their baby home. It’s such a chaotic time but also a slow time. Time slows down in those first couple of weeks even though your baby seems to change every time you look his way. I have two more sessions with this family during Joshua’s first year and I cannot wait to see how much this little man grows in that time!
We met by chance only a few weeks before Bethany’s due date and I’m so glad we did because Joshua’s birth was one of the sweetest I’ve ever witnessed. Joshua was born early on a Saturday morning in April and mom and dad worked so wonderfully together, with the help of their fantastic doula, to bring him earthside. I know I’ve said it a whole lot but I love being a Seattle birth photographer. It never gets old and every birth is so beautifully different. It’s a great privilege to be welcomed into such a sacred space.
Wayne and Bethany, thank you so much for sharing this special time with me.
I know I’ve said it before but I *love* maternity sessions. This one is no exception- how gorgeous does this mama look?! Answer: seriously gorgeous. And for anyone taking notes, the answer to that question is always seriously gorgeous. Love love love these images.
Who says family sessions always have to include human kiddos?
Our best friends got news that their sweet boy, Cole, had cancer and was going to lose a leg. Before that happened, they asked me if I would take pictures of their family and of course I said yes! Deb and Mike love their dogs more than anyone I’ve ever met. They really are like their children. When we planned their shoot, snow wasn’t anywhere in the forecast but it was such a nice addition to the day and the puppies loved it! Thank goodness for mugs of coffee and cinnamon rolls waiting for us when we got home!
Sadly, Cole passed away in August, seven months after these pictures were taken. Those seven months were filled with enough love to fill up a lifetime. He was the happiest, oafiest, biggest, sweetest dog I’ve ever met and we all miss him so much. I’m so glad I was able to give this gift to our friends; now he has a place on their walls in addition to a place in their hearts, forever.
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” -Unknown
Coolidge was born late on a Thursday in November. The best part? It was his dad’s birthday *and* his due date. How crazy awesome is that?? Mama started laboring at home, intending on a home birth but a couple of things came up that required a trip to the hospital. She handled the change of plan with great composure, way better than I would have. She packed a bag and we headed out. She labored throughout the day and it was finally decided the best option would be a c-section. I absolutely love that I was there to document the time after she was brought in from recovery. Having my own kiddos via c-section, I know that the moments after can be a bit fuzzy. Being there to show her all of the love and support she and Coolidge were getting while she was recovering was a great privilege.
Thank you, Tyler and Reama, for sharing your day with me!