Baby Henry’s Birth

I first met Kristyn and Joshua when they were looking for a photographer for their wedding. They were so warm and kind, and I just knew I wanted to have them as clients, so I was thrilled when they booked me.

About a month and a half ago, Kristyn contacted me letting me know that she was expecting and wanted me to do newborn photos of their baby when he arrived. I talked her into letting me document his birth as well. Though I did find some creative ways to take pictures of my daughter’s birth (hello timer and birth high hormones), I hadn’t ever photographed a birth before. To say I was stoked would be an understatement. I packed my photographer’s version of a hospital bag (cameras and lenses I thought I would need) and had it waiting in the car. I swear, I was more organized for photographing a birth than I was for delivering either of my babies.

The baby’s due date came and went, but Kristyn stayed in contact with me and let me know that she was being induced on Friday afternoon. They started the induction with a foley bulb. She was delivering at a hospital about an hour from where I live, so I spent the afternoon and evening with family. After no news, I headed home Friday night. Her labor was picking up on Saturday morning, so I drove towards the hospital, planning to sit in my car and knit until I got word to go ahead in. So, knit I did, and after two rows of knitting (just before 3:00 p.m.) I got a text from Joshua saying to come on up.

When I arrived everyone was in good spirits. Kristyn was handling each contraction like a champ. I even asked Kristyn’s doula (her sister, Katie) if Kristyn had practiced hypnobirthing techniques (she hadn’t). She was smiling and joking between contractions, and she didn’t even seem to have broken a sweat.

But even though the contractions kept coming every few minutes or so, and even though they lasted about a minute each time, the labor wasn’t progressing. After palpating Kristyn’s belly, the midwife indicated that the baby’s head was off to the side, causing Kristyn some intense pain in the front of her belly. Kristyn had wanted to birth her baby as naturally as possible, but of course wanted a healthy baby even more. Clearly exhausted and frustrated, she decided to have an epidural in hopes of letting her body and baby do what they needed to do if she could get some much-needed rest. At around 9:00 that night, while Kristyn was waiting for the anesthesiologist, I headed home.

I headed back up the next morning as early as I could after getting my own two kids up and ready. While I was on the road, Joshua texted me that they had determined that a C-section would be best. I got to the hospital just after 8:00 a.m. When I got to the birthing room, Joshua was shirtless, which I assumed was so that he could do skin-to-skin with the baby. But then I saw that both he and Katie had tears in their eyes, and that they weren’t happy tears. Katie informed me that she and Joshua were all garbed up but then quickly ushered out when the spinal didn’t take; Kristyn was to be fully sedated for the birth and that no one was allowed in the operating room with her. After hugging Katie, and asking Joshua if it was OK if I stayed and documented the morning, I continued on. There was lots of hand-wringing as we all waited for news of how Kristyn and the baby were doing. The doctor came out and told Joshua and Katie that both Kristyn and the baby were doing fine, and both let out a huge sigh of relief and happy tears.

Joshua waited just outside the pair of doors where his son – Henry – would come through. He walked alongside the entourage of doctors and nurses down the hall to the nursery, where Henry would spend his next couple of hours. Only Joshua was allowed in the nursery. I stood outside, catching snippets of words exchanged behind the closed doors. Joshua cheered Henry on while the medical team performed tests on him (standard tests, since he was born via C-section). “Good job, Henry! Look at you lift your head, such a strong neck you’ve got. You’ve got this. You’ve worked so hard this whole time.”

Katie wandered the halls, wanting to be near Kristyn but not yet having any news about her. The doctor finally came to update Katie, saying, “I know… you’re ready to stop being a doula and just be an aunt.” She told Katie that once Kristyn was more lucid she would head back to the birthing room, which she promptly did as soon as she was able. I was about to head to the birthing room too, when Joshua came out and grabbed me to take some photos. “Kristyn would kill me if we didn’t get any.” I was able to be there while Joshua cut the cord, and soon after that I headed to the birthing room to show Kristyn photos of her precious boy, which she was happy to see but I imagine (after having two children of my own) that those pictures made her ache for her baby even more than she already was.

One of the nurses suggested that Kristyn and Joshua could do FaceTime, so I ran down the hall to give Joshua the word. Joshua got to do skin-to-skin during FaceTime, and Henry showed how ready he was to nurse by practice nursing on his daddy’s shoulder. Katie asked if it would be possible for Kristyn to be wheeled to the nursery to see Henry. Instead, they suggested that if the pediatrician cleared it, Henry could come to her to meet his mama and nurse for a bit.

Henry was finally wheeled to the birthing room, united with the woman who had carried him all those months and labored with him all those hours. He took to nursing immediately, and Kristyn and Joshua were finally able to bask in all that sweet, newborn love. Katie faded back, allowing Kristyn and Joshua to savor the moment. And after Henry was brought back to the nursery for more vital sign observation, I bowed out to let everyone get some rest and spend time together as a family.




A Work in Progress

I know it’s been many months since I’ve posted. I know it’s best to blog at least once a week. And about onece a week I make a resolution to blog more. 

But like life, this blog is a work in progress. And I have been working, and progressing.

Some things I hope to share soon are pictures of my own kids (because – let’s be honest – they are my biggest work), a couple of weddings, some portraits (including sports photography), and a birth session. 

And some things I have lined up are some commercial photography, more weddings, and more of my family (of course). 

For now, I leave you with this single image of my first lace knitting project. Because it, like this blog, has yet to be finished and will reveal many things in time. 

Much love,



Little Livi

Little Livi was seven weeks old when we did her newborn pictures. She was just starting to smile and coo. As my daughter is now nearly 4 months old, it was hard not to think about how much my little girl has grown in just a “few” weeks.

Livi is the first girl for the family, who has two older boys that ADORE her. And with those big, dark eyes, who wouldn’t?

Welcome to the world, little Livi!

Spring Family Session at Doris Ranch

I first met this mama at a New Year’s gathering. She had a beautiful little girl who was just a few months old at the time, but who had already shown that she was a feisty one. This little firecracker and my son shared their first kiss together when they were about a year old at a pool party beside the infant pool in my back yard. (Gosh, they grow up fast, don’t they?) Now, this curly-haired, wide-eyed girl is going to be a big sister to another little girl. How could I resist doing portraits for this adorable family?

Best wishes to you and your growing family, beautiful friend!

Poppies and Vintage Lace

When I found this vintage Priscilla of Boston gown for $20 and St. Vinnie’s, I just KNEW I had to do a session with it. A year and a half later, the session finally became a reality. I found the perfect couple (I was so thrilled the dress fit!), and the perfect place off a logging road, had the perfect bouquet made by Passionflower Design (they are seriously amazing!!), and happened to shoot on the only non-rainy day in late February.

Isn’t it wonderful when all the stars align so perfectly??

Thanks so much Annie and Geoff for being my perfect couple!

Valley River Inn Bridal Show

You guys!! I’m so excited to be a part of the Bridal Show at Valley River Inn in Eugene this weekend! The show includes a fashion show, ceremony giveaway, mock ceremony & reception, and… a number of the area’s wedding vendors.

I’ll be setting up shop with samples of my work, including a hand-designed wedding album (more details to come about these) and heirloom prints.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

A New Look for a New Year

Last year I photographed some of my favorite weddings to date. The couples and venues were all amazing, and I can’t help but showcase these beautiful people and details on my site (which is also sporting a brand-new logo!). So excited to see what 2017 brings!


“May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
D. Simone

Featured images taken at Shadow Hills Country Club, Valley River Inn, a family-owned tree farm, Washington, D.C., and a quiet little spot off the Umpqua River just West of Oakland, OR.

High School Senior Jenny


Senior high portraits have come a long way from the stiff, cookie cutter images that used to dominate the yearbooks. I remember that for my high school portraits, we chose one of three days to go to the school where the photographer had set up the “standard blue” background. Girls got their choice between a blue or black boa, and had to wear a red velvet drape for the actual yearbook photo. Guys got to wear a fake tux. The result was a uniform (can you say boring?) set of images that all sort of blended together.
Today, many high school seniors get to choose who they go to for photos, and some even get to pick any kind of image they want to use for their actual yearbook photo. Which if you ask me is pretty dang cool.

Jenny is the daughter of a close family friend, who also happens to be very into photography. When she told me that she wanted to have me take her senior portraits and that she wanted to do some photos with a gun (Jenny hunts for sport and for food), my reaction was “Heck yes!” But she also wanted some girly, pretty shots, so we got a little bit of everything for her pictures. The photos were done on her family’s property, near Roseburg, Oregon.

I’m so thrilled and honored that Jenny chose me for her photos. She was such a natural, and I had so much fun!



Jenny spends much of her non-school time helping around the family “farm,” and is very much a jeans and cowgirl boots kind of girl. But I have learned that even a jeans and cowgirl boots kind of girl likes to get dolled up every now and then.



By far, one of my favorite images of the day:





A girl and a gun (this beauty of a rifle was lent to Jenny by a good friend, though she does have her own):


Loved this!






Good luck to you in your Senior year, Jenny! I know you’ll do great.

Teaser: High School Senior Jenny

A pretty girl. A gun. A beautiful day. What more could you ask for on a portrait day?

Stay tuned for more soon…


Nicole and Tom’s Meredith Manor Wedding

20121018-092426.jpgEarly in the year in 2011, Nicole wrote me about photographing her wedding in Pennsylvania in September of 2012. At that time, Josh was deployed and we had about zero clue that we would be moving to Oregon. So of course I said yes.

As soon as Josh and I knew we were going to be moving to Oregon, I changed the plane ticket that was supposed to be for my return trip (to Maryland after our own wedding in Portland) to a ticket to Philly. Aside from the obvious reason of getting to Nicole and Tom’s wedding, it was one last chance to see some of my Pennsylvania family for a while. Aside from photographing the wedding, I got to see my brother and his family, and my best friend and her new little girl (stay tuned for pics of her).

The wedding was held at the gorgeous Meredith Manor in Pottstown. I had never been to the site, and to be honest there weren’t a lot of images showing the grounds around the Manor online, so I was just in awe when I arrived. There is a winding road that leads up to the Manor. One side is lined with trees and the other side is one big open field. All around are these wonderful, old growth trees, and the manor itself is a stunning old stone structure. Really a beautiful place for a wedding. See for yourself!

20121018-092454.jpg20121018-092500.jpgWhat better setting could there be for an evening ceremony, with golden September light coming over the hills and through the trees just as the couple say their vows and kiss for the first time as husband and wife… Magical!


Ah, yes. The traditional men-with-no-pants shot. Wait… what? The story is that someone mooned someone while the group shots were taking place. (Who mooned whom and where this took place I could not say.) One of the groomsmen approached me with the idea of all the guys mooning the camera. I insisted that the only way this would happen is if all of them had boxers on, but the concept was modified to this version. Which I think is just hilarious.

20121018-092612.jpg20121018-092617.jpg20121018-092625.jpgCheck out this cake! The detail work was amazing. And come on… who wouldn’t appreciate the zombie bride going after her as-yet human groom?

20121018-092633.jpgI loved the décor: it was a mix of Old Hollywood Glam and Fairytale Whimsy.




A couple of parting shots for the night.

20121018-092709.jpg20121018-092714.jpgNicole and Tom, I wish you all the best!!