A Home Birth Story | Southern Oregon Lifestyle & Documentary Photographer

A Home Birth Story | Southern Oregon Lifestyle & Documentary Photographer

Ophelia's Birth Story

I have had the pleasure of photographing Caitlin and Chenoah's family through different stages in their lives, but this experience was by far the most sacred. I got the call in the early morning of June 9th and quickly made my way to their home. When I arrived Caitlin was in active labor and the birthing tub was being filled. Over the next several hours Caitlin worked through her labor like a warrior and at 6:06 AM their beautiful Ophelia was born. I hope you enjoy these photos that tell her birth story.

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Southern Oregon Wedding Photographer | Klamath Falls Ranch Wedding

Southern Oregon Wedding Photographer | Klamath Falls Ranch Wedding

Becca and Tayvon had a gorgeous summer wedding in Klamath Falls, Oregon at Becca's Grandparent's ranch. Surrounded by their friends and family they exchanged vows, ate great food, and danced the night away. I had such a great time documenting their day and I'm excited to share it with you! Congrats you two!

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING EVERYDAY MOMENTS OF KIDS | SOUTHERN OREGON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING EVERYDAY MOMENTS OF KIDS | SOUTHERN OREGON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

School is back in session, fall is in the air, and families are busy with all of the activities that come along with this time of year. We get fall family photos done and we purchase the obligatory school pictures, but what about all of the real life moments happening in our day to day? Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to pull our phone or cameras out to document those candid moments. Well friends, documentary photography happens to be my jam and I want to share with you some tips to make documenting your own kids a breeze.

Ambrosia Natural Bakery | Southern Oregon Branding Shoot

Ambrosia Natural Bakery | Southern Oregon Branding Shoot

When Sabrina contacted me in need of branding images for her bakery in Southern Oregon I was thrilled, I learned very quickly that Sabrina had a vision that was in line with my own vision and this always makes working on these projects fun. I had the pleasure of shooting along side Traci Buck at Photography by Tracy Buck in her lovely Grants Pass Studio. Traci and I work well together and the whole shoot flowed beautifully with us bouncing ideas back and forth. Also joining us in the studio was Clelia Morgan for hair and makeup, and Sabrina's partner Morgan. 

We alternated between photographing the ingredients used to create their baked goods, and portraits of the girls in their everyday baking attire. There was even a little flour thrown around at the end of the day! I hope you enjoy the photos, and be sure to check out Ambrosia Natural Bakery for delicious gluten free baked goods!

 

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Lauren + Jeff In-Home Newborn Session | Southern Oregon Lifestyle Photographer

Lauren + Jeff In-Home Newborn Session | Southern Oregon Lifestyle Photographer

I had the pleasure of joining Lauren, Jeff and Soleil in their Southern Oregon home, to welcome baby Elijah to the family. These intimate In-Home sessions are a favorite of mine, I find that families are relaxed and comfortable which means many real moments, laughter and even some tears. I will photograph everything, I don't mind tantrums or crying, in fact I love capturing these moments just as much as the happy ones. After all, this is real life, and it's all worth remembering.

The session flowed freely when I arrived, from playing to nursing, snuggling and more nursing, to making smoothies and playing outside. It was a fun and relaxed morning, capturing this sweet family's love for each other. 

 

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 Family smiling on bed
 Toddler being tickled on bed
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 Family on couch together in beautiful light 
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Melissa & Benjamin Fresh 48 Session | Medford Oregon Lifestyle Photography

Melissa & Benjamin Fresh 48 Session | Medford Oregon Lifestyle Photography

What is a Fresh 48 Session, you may be asking? This is a type of session that is gaining popularity across the United States, but here in Southern Oregon it seems to be less known. A Fresh 48 Session takes place within the first 48 hours of a birth and is meant to document the new baby and family in the hospital or place of birth. This is a great option if you are not quite ready to have a photographer at the birth, but still want photographs of your precious new baby in those first hours after being born. Babies change so much, even in the first week, that I believe it is incredibly important to have professional photos that capture all of the tiny details soon forgotten. 

Recently I had the joy of photographing Melissa, Benjamin and baby Ezra while they were still in the hospital recovering. I arrived to their hospital room and immediately felt welcome there, they are a sweet couple and I am so happy for them! Baby Ezra slept soundly for much of the session and when he awoke he was ready to nurse. I always encourage Moms to nurse during our sessions and I am happy to wait or continue photographing, whichever Mom is more comfortable with. I was able to get a variety of shots with Ezra sleeping and awake, and I even captured those precious little wrinkled toes. 

I hope you enjoy the photos from this Fresh 48 session! I would love to hear your thoughts, have you heard of a Fresh 48 before? Leave a comment on Facebook, let's start a conversation!

A Morning In the Life | In-Home Lifestyle & Documentary Session

A Morning In the Life | In-Home Lifestyle & Documentary Session

A few weeks ago Caitlin and Chenoah let me into their home to document and photograph a regular Sunday morning with their family. Although these kind of sessions are a little non-traditional, I believe that they are a beautiful keepsake that can be passed down to generations. Imagine when your children are grown, they now have  kids of their own and you are all sitting together talking of past times. You pull out a large album, it is 20 years old but the linen cover is still in beautiful condition. As you flip through the pages of the album, and little faces lean over your shoulder to see, you are taken back through time. And you begin to tell your grandchildren the story of that day, with the photographs before them they can see what you saw. They see Dad as a toddler playing with his toys, they see you laughing and playing, cooking, sitting on the front porch together, they see your life, as it really was. This is invaluable, and it's the reason why I have a passion for Documentary Photography.

This family is always a joy to photograph, they exude love and playfulness! I hung out with them for a couple of hours that morning and we had a relaxed session. They got to be themselves and I did minimal instructing for much of the session. Towards the end of our time together I incorporated some Lifestyle shots by guiding them into a few simple poses while still encouraging them to just have fun. I love how this session went and I hope you enjoy it too! 

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Willow | Senior Session Downtown Ashland

Willow | Senior Session Downtown Ashland

This session was a favorite, we started above Lithia Park at a little treasure called the Fairy Ponds. Willow wore a whimsical white dress and I love this natural look with her Henna art (that she did herself!) Next we drove down to the Plaza in Downtown Ashland and Willow changed into a more urban look. We finished the shoot at this adorably hip coffee and treat shop called Mix Bakeshop, and enjoyed a coffee together before parting ways. I had a blast hanging with Willow and her Mom Phoebe!