Expecting Our Baby Girl | Maternity Photo Session | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Beautiful day, beautiful light, beautiful couple. What could be better? This Jacksonville couple, Nicole and Tommy, are excitedly waiting to meet their first baby, a little girl. We walked along the beach, dipped our toes in the ocean, and talked about all the wonderful things that lie ahead.

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Newborn Session | An Interview with a New Mom | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

It has been so special to document this Jacksonville couple from bump, to hospital, to their new baby at home. Becoming a parent for the first time is such a huge change, but they are adjusting beautifully and falling more and more in love with their precious Adaline every day. I asked Joy, Adaline’s mom, to share her thoughts about being a new mom. Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

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A Gentle Cesarean Birth | UF Health North | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

After two previous C-sections, this family was preparing for a different birth experience this time around. They made careful birth plans, doing research and taking classes to make this birth as peaceful as possible. So when pre-eclampsia made for a shift in their plans, they were ready.

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Homebirth to C-Section | A Story of Perseverence | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Like all birth stories, this is a story of love. But it is also a story of perseverance. Their sweet baby's birth looked completely different than what they had envisioned, but it was filled to the brim with emotion. I am honored to have been invited to witness this incredible day.

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Riverside Newborn Session | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

This family. From our first consultation (which ended up with them feeding me dinner and us talking birth and photography into the wee hours of the night), I knew that their birth was going to be special. And after spending 23 long hours with them on the morning that their little guy finally arrived, they were almost like family!

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2018 | UF North | Jacksonville Birth Photography

I was honored to have been asked to photograph a wonderful event, The Great Cloth Diaper Change! Held at UF North Hospital, this year's GCDC drew a crowd of parents, toddlers, babies, and a whole host of pregnancy and parenting related resources. I was excited to photograph the event, as well as man a booth to bring attention to some of the wonderful birth photographers that we have here in town!

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Why I Didn't Hire A Birth Photographer | Jacksonville Birth Photography

I didn’t hire a birth photographer. That's right. Me, a birth photographer myself.

And oh, how deeply I wish I had.

I have very few regrets in my life, and one of them is not adding a talented birth photographer to my birth team to document my hard work of bringing my first baby into the world. But I had my reasons. And before I had my baby, I thought those reasons were pretty good!

They weren’t.

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National Siblings Day 2018 | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Every time a new baby comes into a family, things shift and change. The family as it existed before is frozen in time, and a fuller, more complex, more love-filled family emerges. It is said that a sibling is the longest relationship you'll ever have, and what a blessing that is. 

Enjoy some of my favorite recent sibling images from some very special families!

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A Water Birth Story | UF Birth Center | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

"I felt a contraction and had the urge to push. I could feel baby Jude move in my body, and I knew that he would be out in one large push. I recall thinking that he was coming so fast that neither Dallas nor Angela nor Nigel would know Jude was on his way out!"

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