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Newborns at Home | Baby Ava

A week after Ava's amazing birth, I got to come back to her home and hang out with her family. It's my favorite type of photo shoot for babies.     Big Brother showed me all his favorite toys and he was such a good sport! Family photos can be super tough for a two-year-old, right? ;-)     I especially loved some of the photos we took in the bedroom where Ava was born.      When I do photos at home, I always love the flexibility we have to just sit and chat while the baby eats, or has a diaper change, or whatever the family needs. Kids can have snacks and adults can have coffee-breaks. I think it makes a big difference in the photos.  But more importantly than all that, I just think it's really important that Mom and Dad and siblings don't walk away feeling like it was a huge stressful ordeal. We want the photos but we don't want the stress, thanks!     It was a

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Ava

Being present for Baby Ava's birth was a special treat because I had the opportunity to celebrate with her Momma Amanda, who was empowered to choose a home birth for her second baby. Her induced labor and delivery of her son was apparently a very long and grueling experience that she would rather not repeat. I discussed in this post how there are always two stories unfolding in the birth of a baby. One is the child's and one is the mother's. The power of a woman’s body in carrying and delivering another human into this world is a beautiful intersection of pain and triumph… the end and the beginning And how that story plays out can have a huge impact on the way a mother thinks of herself. It can be a very empowering and beautiful experience! (Jessica Aiduk)   Amanda and Art waited patiently as Baby Ava decided that she would extend her stay at Hotel Uterus past her due date. Then they wanted patiently through labor at home. There was soft music playing

Ode to the Market Street Apartment

When my brother was making plans to move out of his apartment, he asked me if I'd help him document it for him with a photo shoot. It's not his first bachelor pad, but it's definitely everyone's favorite. I mean, it's Market Street. You can't get much cooler than that.     One of my favorite things about this apartment (besides the cowboy chic wallpaper) is the dramatic lighting contrasts from those big beautiful windows. So it was a real treat to play around with my camera on a bright sunny Saturday morning.     Plus he made me eggs AND had bought some oatmeal raisin cookies from Soul Full Cup to go with our coffee. He's a gem.      One of my favorite things about my brother is his hospitality.     That and his passion for minimalist living and vintage Corelle coffee cups and saucers.     Also, who owns (and regularly

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Abigail

For anyone who has wondered why someone might choose to deliver their baby at home, I hope that the following story gives you a glimpse into what a home birth can look like. Every baby's birth is unique, just like every baby is unique.  So this is just one of the many beautiful examples of a family welcoming their newest little one. It's always an honor to be a part of the team, no matter where the event takes place!     Lindsay went into labor in the wee hours of the morning. An excited group gathered around her... her husband Russ, her midwifery team of Deb and Deb ;-) and her mom and two sisters. Everyone patiently waited in the calm quiet of their living room as she worked through her contractions.      When the wee small hours of the morning turned into just the normal early morning, Lindsay's three kiddos (and eventually her nephew) woke up to hang out with the crew! I think that's one of the most beautiful

Dear Mom Who Just Had a Baby…

Hey girl! So you just had a baby! CONGRATS! You're amazing! You gave birth! You deserve a thousand gold stars! You deserve a medal, a high-five, a cookie!     You know what you also deserve? Not to have to get out of your comfiest yoga pants for at least two weeks, that's what.  You also deserve not to clean up, cook, or worry about anything during this time. You have every excuse under the sun, but your fresh sweet little one is certainly the only excuse you need ;-) You deserve to enjoy that tiny human in all their tininess... cause we all know how quickly they turn into a toddler. Then a preschooler. Then a college graduate. (Or so I've heard.)     And you know what else you deserve?  You deserve to remember this time. I get it... your brain is scrambled eggs right now. You are dealing with more hormones than a sorority house and the last thing you have time to do is think about anything... least of all

Newborn Photography | Baby Judah

One thing I love about my job is the fascinating client stories I get to share! It's obviously wonderful to walk into a hospital room full of smiling family members who just welcomed their new baby into the world. Or to get to play around with a fresh fresh newborn!       That alone (and the beautiful images that result) would totally be enough to make me love doing what I do.  But then I get to hear the sense of pride in Mom's voice as she tells how Judah's birth was really meaningful and empowering to her.     The story of her first child's birth was one I've heard many times. She was induced and medicated and after a long grueling labor had an emergency c-section.     For her second daughter's birth she wanted to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) She wanted a natural birth and she really wanted to avoid numerous c-sections because she has always hoped to have a large

Giveaway | Share My Promo Video and Get Some Coffee!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK8nd95weQY   The best way to spread the word about anything is through personally telling people you know how EXCITED you are about it! So here's my new promotional video and I'm obviously pumped to have one more way to share my passion for birth photography even more with this area. (You can tell how excited I am by all the shouting and talking with my hands. Classic Jessica.) I really wanted people to have a chance to get to know me, and I think this video does a great job of that!   And I'd like to ask you for help sharing it!    I'm so very grateful for the overwhelming support y'all have given me since my business relaunch in the fall. Your gold stars and high fives have meant so much! I appreciate every comment and share and like. You guys are amazing! I have heard from numerous folks in the social media crowd how much they love just seeing my bright beautiful photography on a regular basis. And besides

I Want to Start a New BIRTHday Tradition

  Wouldn't it be adorable to sing the "Happy Birthday song" to every newborn baby? Mom and Dad and nurses and grandparents and whoever... all gathering around the precious new life and singing a song we usually reserve for the first "real" birthday.     Isn't the first day of our lives worth singing over? "Happy BIRTHday dear BABY! Happy BIRTHday to you!" And seriously, doesn't Mom deserve to eat that cupcake after all her hard work? That's what I thought

More than Just a Headshot

  I had a really amazing experience a couple weeks ago... I went to a local nonprofit organization with the "simple" task of "just" taking headshots for some of the staff and board members. But what ended up happening was so much more rewarding!      I had the privilege of showing these amazing specimens of humanity that they are totally capable of rocking a headshot.  Nothing slams us up against our insecurities like getting our photos taken. And headshots are just the worst, because we KNOW that it's just our face! That's it - that's all we have to tell our story here!  But that's where I get to come in with my ninja skills and teach people how to forget how nervous they feel... to remind them that this is about so much more than their face... that my goal is to pull out the genuine expressions they show the world every single day. Oh and I've only got 15 minutes to do this. But it CAN be done!     Most

Three Reasons You Need a Birth Photographer

  I believe that every baby should have a professional photographer there to capture the first moments of their lives. The birth of a baby is as unique, powerful, and beautiful as a lightning strike.  And the memory of those moments are just as fleeting! Each child's BIRTHday is as unique as the child itself. You and your man have waited a long time for this moment... meeting your newest addition to the family!       If quality photos of your child's most special moments of life are important to you, then you need to hire me to capture their very FIRST special moments!    And here are three reasons why:   1. I am the best cheerleader ever.  You need to hire me because I'm a calming, encouraging presence in your birth space. I'm discerning enough to know what you need, whether it's a ninja-quiet fly-on-the-wall or a hand to hold as you breathe through a contraction. I think birth is a beautiful thing and I can