Baby Reich

I WILL BE BLOGGING THIS YEAR. Seriously. I’ve decided that it’s something that needs to be a priority. I find myself looking through photo blogs pretty often in my spare time, and I ALWAYS check out the blog when I know the family in the post. I want my clients to be able to share their blogged sessions with their loved ones.

With that being said…

I’m excited to show off Baby Reich! It’s always pretty amazing getting to see my co-workers in another element. This shoot did NOT feel like work. I felt like I was just catching up with a friend, aaaand I just so happened to snap pictures of her adorable baby. Needless to say, Amanda had the perfect playlist (I wouldn’t expect anything less from a music teacher! Hehe) and Baby Reich slept great for her shoot! Dream baby! I must say that Amanda and Bob are naturals with parenting. It was hard to tell that Baby Reich is their first! She’s one fortunate little baby girl because it’s already so apparent that she’s got awesome parents!

I couldn’t leave without having grandma & grandpa get in a couple of shots with their new granddaughter. She is so loved! 🙂


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The Blog is Baaaack…with The Barnetts!

I’m SOOO excited to be back on my dear old blog. It’s been over a year, and I have photographed so many beautiful families and sweet little babies. As many of you know, I was a full time third grade teacher last year (still teaching – second grade teacher this year ). Something had to give in order for me to keep my sanity…and that something ended up being my blog.

Last school year, I also decided to only accept shoots that I was comfortable with and that happened to be maternity, families, and children. I still found myself reading wedding blogs…….and sobbing. That love for documentation paired with me being a big ball of emotions is what drives me when it comes to photography. I decided to take a class on engagement shoots and weddings this summer. I wanted to challenge myself and really grow as a photographer. For my class, I had an assignment that required me to simply capture the happiness and love between two people. Soooo…I posted a model call. I was so happy with the response to the model call, but ONE response in particular left me soooo excited!

If you’ve ever asked me what drew me to photography or what inspired me to start a business..with no formal training – I probably mentioned The Barnetts. In fact, I wrote about them in my “meet the artist” page on this website (I should probably update that because it’s been a few years now – Hehe!). Christan was a classmate my freshmen year at ASU, and I always admired her. At the time, she was a single mom, and she was always so bubbly and encouraging. I literally didn’t think there was anything she couldn’t do with a smile and style. I watched her become engaged to a guy that she always spoke so highly of, married, and then pregnant with her second baby. Someone posted black and white photos of her newborn  in the hospital, and I just sat at my computer crying my eyes out. I felt a bit silly after a while because we were juuuust classmates, but I felt so moved and so encouraged by her story and her faith. I thought about what a blessing and privilege it would be to freeze/document these MAJOR moments for beautiful families. I reached out to her photographer, and to my surprise she responded with a very detailed email suggesting lenses and several other starter tips. She also suggested shadowing with a photographer and that’s what made me reach out to Craig (the wedding photographer that I used to second shoot with).

Anyway, fast forward 8 or so years – Christan and David have been happily married, and they now have three beautiful children. Prior to their shoot, they had no idea how they inspired my business. Working with them made this shoot so special. It became much more than just an assignment – after all of these years – still in love, still inspiring… and in front of MY camera…finally. It was just what I needed to get back on this blog.

Enjoy! XO.

God bless the couple that dances on demand and looks this good doing it. 

This is them giving me…SERIOUS. Haha! 

Needless to say, I enjoyed this shoot, and I’m ecstatic about expanding my brand and welcoming couples!

Thanks for looking! 😉

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August 4, 2015 - 10:43 pm

Marcia Burns - BEAUTIFUL!!!

The Polack Family – Take 3

There are many things that I love more than repeat clients, especially when they’re old friends! Laura and Jeremy are cool, but the excitement stems from knowing I’ll be working with their little Cady…sorry guys! Lol! We’ve done a birth, a newborn, and now a family/8 month old shoot together. It’s been great watching little Cady grow and also watchingLaura improve with her own pictures. If it’s one thing I know about Laura, it’s that she’s ambitious so it’s only a matter of time before she’s an amazing mom-tog. 😉  I love that Laura is just as into keeping these memories in the form of pictures as I am. I’m actually trying to persuade her to start “memory keeping” via Project Life now. LOL! I don’t want to go on a tangent so that’ll have to be in another post. Enjoy The Polack’s most recent shoot.

I think Cady was going with the serious look here. Lol!

You’d probably give the same expression if you saw the ridiculousness that myself and parents reduce to in an effort to get those smiles from time to time. LOL!


I think the hat was for laughs, but I ended up thinking it was soooo adorable.

I’m not quite sure that she agreed with the whole hat thing. Lol!

So adorable!

Thanks for looking!

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April 15, 2014 - 1:29 am

Laurie Wirsu - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

3 Month Old Baby-Man

This little guy is just soooo cute! We were supposed to meet up for a newborn shoot, but we ended up waiting until he was about 3 months or so, and I am sooo glad that it worked out that way. Some photographers genuinely fear the 3 month age because they are past the bendy-sleepy phase, and they not quiiite able to sit up alone, but the more I do this age, the more I truly love it. I mean he tried to carry on a conversation with me THE ENTIRE shoot. He gave me so much emotion that it didn’t take us too long to wrap up the shoot. It’s always a great shoot when it ends before the little one is sick and tired of the lady with the black box in their face. LOL!

Loved his little bow tie onesie, hence me calling him a little baby-man! *melts*

A signature 3-month pose/shot that pics all parents love.

Just sitting here, enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

He was talking to me here. Lol!

Yay for convincing his mommy to jump in at least a shot or two with him. 😉

Thanks for looking!

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May 3, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Shauntel Begley Allen - Awesome!

Baby Epstein is home!

It’s pretty interesting how this year worked out. Jessica happens to be the teacher who’s second grade class I ended up taking over. All I’d heard prior to getting the position was that she was an amazing teacher, and that she would soon be an amazing mother. Of course, none of us knew just how soon it would all come to be. I think  KNOW that everyone was right, and I have SO much respect for her because in spite of welcoming a baby earlier than expected, she managed to find the time to help me settle into the classroom.

After a 3 month stay in the hospital, I was sooo excited to get the text that this sweet little one was home and ready for her newborn shoot! I knew Jessica from the elementary school, and hearing that she had her baby girl early broke my heart, but working at the school kept me in the loop of things. The Epstein parents are so fortunate and blessed to have such a little fighter, but she’s also blessed to have such supportive, faithful, and dedicated parents. Even during her  shoot they were working hard to make sure she had exactly what she needed, when she needed it. I’ve seen first hand how hard it is to care for a newborn baby, and these parents are doing an amazing job! I hope that this will  be the first of many family shoots with you all! 🙂

I almost melted when Baby P gave me this smile.

She’s a natural.

Resting in her daddy’s arms.

I just love this one.

Beautiful family!

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June 10, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Carol Cohen Benator - Beautiful family!

May 28, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Andi Rosen Lay - Absolutely beautiful pictures!!!

May 28, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Andi - Gorgeous! !

April 8, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Clara Spears - This is so beautiful- a true miracle! I am so happy you are all together at home! She looks like a beautiful little angel.

April 8, 2014 - 3:04 am

Julie Hill Strauss - Love the photos!!! What a beautiful little girl- can’t wait to meet her in person! She is so lucky to have the two of the best parents I know.

April 8, 2014 - 2:01 am

Amy Smith - Love love love!

April 8, 2014 - 1:45 am

Varda Cheskis-Sauer - Absolutely beautiful photos!!

April 8, 2014 - 1:32 am

Peggy Klug - Mazel tov! So happy to hear that she is doing so well and finally home. She is just beautiful and these pics are amazing!!!

April 7, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Nita Levin - Great pictures!!!

April 7, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Elinor Eder Epstein - Amazing pictures!!!