Longview Texas Birth Photographer : The birth of Baby S

G_001rI first met this couple when that precious little girl below was just a baby bump.  They contacted me to do maternity pictures and they have called on me time and time again since then.  They are regulars of mine and have become friends.  When she told me she was expecting I was so, so excited for them.  And when we discussed me being there for the birth I was even more excited.  These are truly incredible people.  Nicer and more genuine people you will never meet.

 The birth of their second child and first son was filled with love and support.  I am so happy to share it with you.

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She had such great support from family and friends who were with her the whole time.

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I had a wonderful opportunity to talk one on one with this soon to be dad of 2.  He was so calm and so excited to be welcoming their son.

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Mom was gorgeous and strong.  She was so in control and made it all look so easy.

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Big sister was so comfortable and happy to be surrounded by all of the family she loves and who love her.

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I loved watching the quiet, yet supportive interaction between the mama and her mama.  They clearly have a very special bond.

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When it was time to begin pushing everyone sprang into action like they do this all the time.  I was so impressed.  Dad knew exactly what to do.

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And her anticipation and emotion spilled over onto me.  I had a hard time seeing through my tears.

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Dad was there to catch his son.  It was such an incredible moment.

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I can’t get over those little fingers holding so tightly to his mama.

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There was so much love in this room.  This little boy will never wonder if he is loved.  Of that I am certain!

Thank you, thank you to O and D for letting me be a of your lives and allowing me into this life changing day.  Love you guys!

Tyler Texas Birth Photographer : The birth of baby C

I have known this totally cool mama since our husbands were in law school together.  We met one Sunday at church and then later that week as I sat with my first born on the balcony of my apartment,  I saw her walking her dog down the sidewalk.  Having only met her once I hesitated, unsure she would remember me, but I called out to her anyway.  She did remember me and a friendship sparked.

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We began walking together, she walking her dog and I pushing my first kiddo in a stroller.  She was pregnant with her first child so we bonded over the newness of motherhood.   My husband graduated and we moved out here to East Texas.  When her husband graduated he took a job about 45 minutes from us.  We’ve kept in touch over the years, celebrating in each other’s joys, accomplishments, and everyday triumphs.

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Since that first meeting she and her husband have welcomed two gorgeous children into their family.  I was thrilled to find out she was expecting a third and even more thrilled when I received a message from her asking if I would be interested in being there to document the birth.  I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

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I had been wanting to jump into the world of birth photography but was a little unsure how to begin.  I would often see pregnant women out and about and think, “Maybe I should just give her a business card and ask if she’s interested in a birth photographer?”  In the end, I felt that was just a wee bit (or a lot bit) creepy mccreeperson.  So thank you, sweet friend, for keeping me from having to harass pregnant ladies in public.

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The day finally came for the baby to arrive.  She kept in touch with me and told me when it was time to make my way.  I was so excited the whole 45 minute drive and hopeful that I wouldn’t miss anything.

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When I arrived and walked into her hospital room, it was so peaceful.  She was there with her sweet husband and mother and the vibe was so relaxed that I immediately felt at ease.  I told her my goal was to just stay quiet and out of the way, but being that we are friends and hadn’t seen each other in a while, I found myself wanting to catch up.  I kept having to remind myself to be quiet.

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The nurses came in to check her and it was time to start pushing.  I took my place at the side of her bed with her husband and her mother and got myself ready to document a miracle.  I am so happy and honored to share with you The Birth of Baby C.

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 The tenderness between these two through the whole process of bringing a life into the world was just so sweet to watch.  Her husband stayed quietly by her side stroking her hair and holding her hand.  His silent support spoke louder than any boisterous cheerleading could.  It was a beautiful thing to witness.

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Longview Texas lifestyle Photographer: Sharing milk

I have never been much of a milk drinker. As a child I was the one left at the table with an empty plate, but a full glass of milk. I think it goes back to spending time on my grandparent’s dairy farm. Seeing where it came from and practically drinking it from the source was a little too much for me.
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A while back I came across a picture of myself as a child sitting with my cousins at the dinner table at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We all had plates and cups in front of us. My cousins had emptied their milk glasses, while little Lacey’s was still full. I had to chuckle at that sight.

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If I ever do pour a glass to drink, it has to be in a GLASS glass and must be consumed within seconds of being poured. There cannot be any chance of it becoming warmer than it was in the jug. Don’t even mention adding ice. That’s just insane. And it goes without saying that I would never, not ever share anyone else’s milk.

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When I have a bowl of cereal, the amount of milk poured over it is minimal and what is left at the end of the cereal eating goes down the drain. It is never drunk. Ever. Well, not by me.

My children do not share in my rules of milk consumption. This was demonstrated this morning as William slyly pulled my cereal bowl over in front of him and proceeded to drink the remaining milk. My stomach turned a little, but he’s so cute I got over it.

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I’ve come to terms with my relationship with milk. We may never be friends, but I’m happy to look the other way as my children make their own milk rules or lack thereof.

Longview Texas Photographer: A Styled Shootout

This was such an amazing opportunity for me to do something completely new and different from my norm. I was able to participate in a styled wedding shootout put on by Pursuing Eden Vintage Sales and Rentals. The ladies there are amazing at what they do and they styled this event with no detail forgotten. Everything from the model’s hair and makeup down to the invitations was perfect. So many wonderful local vendors donated their time and talents to make this shootout the perfect event it was.

 

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Now to give a shout out to all those amazing vendors –
Styling and Rentals by Pursuing Eden Vintage Sales and Rentals
Florals by La Tee Da Flowers on the Square
Cake by Calavera Cakery 
Hair and Makeup by Dollface Makeup Artistry
Dresses and Jewelry by Emily Rae’s Bridal, Prom, and Tux Boutique
Invitations and paper goods by Ellie Bee’s
Models: Danielle Westbrook, Sydney Posey, and Zoe Rothluebber
Featured Photographer: Lindsay Steele Photography