Meet the Anderson family – Blake, Cassie, Halie, Addie and baby Cooper. I was in search of a family willing to do a ‘journey’ from maternity, to birth, to newborn – all lifestyle – all very ‘in the moment’. This little adventure turned out to be perfection. Their life is crazy.. busy.. and beautiful, to say the least. Cassie is a stay at home momma (like me, yay!). Her twin, RED-headed girls are 3… and that means they are constantly busy and doing projects and just being 3. I first met them for their lifestyle maternity session at their home. We colored, danced, read books, had a animal hunt and of course, did some light baking. These are their last photos as a family of 4.
A few weeks later I joined them at their scheduled c-section. I had NO idea I was going to be allowed in the actual operating room to capture sweet Cooper taking his first breaths. I was BEYOND thrilled. I had never photographed a c-secion and had no idea what to expect. It was brilliant. The magic that happens in a surgery is like a fined tuned machine – everything went as smooth as can be. Photographing a birth is beyond thrilling for me but it is also insanely emotional and the most in-the-moment type of photography you can do. It is extremely personal and private but so beautiful. I am entirely too proud of these images and so thankful for this great honor.
A week later, it was already time for Cooper’s newborn session. These photos are completely and entirely the true personality and lifestyle of this sweet family. The girls were crazy, Cooper was hungry (like ALL newborns ALL the time) and the attitude was entirely ‘go with the flow’. I can’t begin to describe how different this session, this entire journey, was for me. The sessions were relaxed, un-posed, and just fun. Welcome to the world, Cooper. I am so happy to have a new family to call my friends <3<3 Enjoy.
*Birth photography is a very private choice and I would love to go through my private journey with you and hopefully show you the beauty and emotion that flows through those photos. Capturing the birth on video is also an amazing option, and my good friend Ben of Rewind Documentaries is insanely talented. Every video he makes capture so much raw emotion and is incredibly beautiful.