A very special experience.

Several months ago I had an experience that moved me in a way that I had never felt before. I was booked to shoot a maternity session for a woman who had gone into labor that morning. She expressed how she really wanted to do the session despite her pain and situation since the photos were really important to her. I came to her house and we did our best to shoot the photos through her contractions and pain (looking at the photos you would never know she was in labor!!) We did not do a lot of talking since she was intensely laboring at that point, so I shot between contractions and took breaks frequently.

About half way into the shoot, midwives arrived to the home to set up for a home birth delivery. At that point I did not know she was planning to do a home birth. They asked if they could take her in the other room to check her progress and see if the baby was coming. A few minutes later, her husband approached me and said that the baby would be arriving any minute and would I mind sticking around and taking a few pictures of her delivery. This was something that caught me off guard and I was really unsure. I agreed to stay but told him that this would be a first for me (especially since I had a c-section with my daughter and had never seen a birth before). It was a blur from that point on. Everything happened so quickly and I snapped pictures as much as possible while experiencing the miracle of life. As I watched a baby come into the world, I cried and snapped pictures and couldn’t believe what I had just been a part of. I took photos for several minutes after the baby was born and then I left the family to enjoy their newest little bundle of joy. A week later I was invited back to do newborn pictures and photograph the family.

This journey touched my heart in a special and life changing way. I am pregnant with my second and due any day now and it was this experience that is making me hopeful to have a v-bac with my own delivery so I can have this incredible journey with my own family. Here are the photos we took: maternity, delivery and then newborn pictures:

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pregnancy glow.

This maternity session was held at the Santa Monica Pier on a warm weekend day. We started the shoot on the pier and worked our way down to the sand. The couple were really excited to meet their little one and they decided not to find out the baby’s sex until the birth. I always admire people who can wait to find out because it must be a great test of patience! Such a lovely couple, and I love the photos we took. Here are my favorites:

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I photographed this beautiful couple as they awaited their baby’s arrival. They had a stunning and visually interesting home near the beach which was a great setting for the shoot. We started the shoot at home and then went down by the water for the late afternoon light. It was a great shoot and here are a few of the photos we took:

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my pregnancy pictures….baby #2!

Last weekend my husband and daughter Jaelyn joined me in a maternity session at the beach. These beautiful photographs were taken by my dad, Ron Underwood, who also shot my first maternity session. Our family has a love for the beach so I thought it would be the perfect setting for our photos. We had a great time playing with Jaelyn and taking photos. It was my first time of bribing her (with m&m’s….worked like a charm!) and we were able to get lots of smiles for the images. Here are my favorite photos!

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elegant beauty.

It was such a joy to photograph this couple who are just a few weeks away from meeting their bundle of joy. We did a late afternoon session at their home by the beach and on the sand. The home was a photographers dream with its simplicity and all-white palate. This mom-to-be was glowing and simply radiant. We then went to the beach and it was a magical time of day. I really enjoyed this photo session and I love the pictures we created. Here are a handful of my favorites:

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Almost a big sister.

Ruby was a sweet 16 month old who was getting ready to welcome a baby into their family. We did the photo session at the family’s home late in the afternoon. She was full of energy and wanted to run around and play, but we were able to get some great photos of her with her parents and the baby bump. Here are some of the photos we took:

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from belly to baby.

Awhile ago I had the pleasure of photographing a couple who were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their precious baby girl. We did the maternity session in their home and the photos came out beautifully. A few weeks later they were blessed with an adorable daughter named Ryan. She was simply perfect in every way and these parents were truly in love. It was such a pleasure to do belly and baby photos for this loving family, here are some of the photos we took:

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beautiful mom-to-be

I recently photographed a darling family who is excited to welcome their newest family member. Their daughter Lily was 2 1/2 and was a sweetheart. The family is expecting a baby boy next and I can’t wait to come back and do their newborn photos! Here are my favorite photos from the day:

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a breathtaking beauty.

I recently did a maternity shoot for a couple that were not only warm and kind, they were a beautiful couple inside and out. This mama-to-be was glowing as she talked about becoming a mom. In the short time I was with this darling couple, I got a wonderful sense of their love and I know they will make great parents. Here are some of the photos we took!

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simply radiant.

My dear friends are expecting their first baby and I was thrilled to do their maternity portraits. Their excitement was compelling and I know they are going to be incredible parents. We shot in their new home which was a picture perfect setting for the photographs. We did a variety of outfits and poses and even took some pictures with their sweet kitty Muffin. Here are some of the photos we took. It was so hard to narrow it down, they are some of my favorites to date!

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