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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A Playground Maternity Session | Jacksonville Maternity Photographer

When Tiffany and Chris said that they wanted to do their maternity session on a playground, I was SO PUMPED! I must have driven around Jacksonville three times trying to find a colorful public playground where they could bring out their inner kid. And I found one! This fun, laid-back session shows that maternity sessions don’t have to be in a beautiful flowing gown on the beach. You can choose the location and style that works best for you and your family!

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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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The Beauty of Laboring at Home | Part 2 of 2 | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

This is part 2 of a two part blog post, welcoming a sweet baby boy into the world! We pick up as the family drives from home, where she labored for almost 12 hours, and arrives at St. Vincent's to have her baby. This mama rocked a 30 hour labor and leaned heavily on her birth team. It was an honor to be included in their big day!

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A 107 Minute Birth | UF Birth Center | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Taylor told me that she hadn't had any contractions yet, when she suddenly had one while we were on the phone. I asked her to stay with me on the phone so that I could hear her through it, and her deep groan quickly told me that this was happening, and fast. I made a cup of coffee, grabbed my bags, and headed out into the night.

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A Just Born Story | St. Vincent's Riverside | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

When I first met this special family, I was a mess. Emotionally and literally. Our home had flooded 6 feet during hurricane Irma, and we were in the midst of dragging everything out of the muck and into the backyard to inventory for insurance. As I was bagging all of our clothes and bedding into garbage bags, the thought crossed my mind...if only there was some way to get all of this fabric into the wash today...we might be able to save it.

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Eclipsed by Motherhood | Personal Post | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

In the last two years, being pregnant and raising my first baby, motherhood has eclipsed my life. It’s been a cosmic event. Each new experience has been like watching the moon move a little further across the sun, slowly changing its shape. Her birth was my “totality.” My everything. The moment I’d waited for, for as long as I could imagine, and every bit as breathtaking as I’d dreamed. 

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A Hypnobirthing Story | Flagler Hospital | St. Augustine Birth Photography

In the birth world, third babies are known to be "wild cards." They can take their sweet time, or they can quickly  rush their way into the world. This darling little boy is so lucky to have one patient mama, because she weathered two long days of contractions at home before he was born!

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