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Breathtaking Photography offers on-location, natural light photography in Alton, Illinois and the surrounding St. Louis Metro area. Offering birth photography and portraiture.

Photography that will literally take your breath away.


Monday, December 22, 2008

An Unexpected Birth {Wichita Birth Photographer}


One of my best friends gave birth to her third baby and I just happened to be in town for a visit. I had the honor of attending a very intense, emotional baby welcoming.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Water Birth {Wichita Birth Photographer}

Well, K didn't make it to her final on Wednesday! I was called to her home at around 4am this morning and she gave birth to her first son, H, at 6:41am. He was born in the water surrounded by loving family and some wonderful midwives. Here are a few of my most favorite shots, enjoy!

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fun With Friends!

I'm on call for my December client who is due tomorrow but really, REALLY needs to hold off until Thursday because her big final is on Tuesday! You can do it K! Hold that baby in! ;-)

My back up photographer Elizabeth is not just a fabulous photographer she's also one of my best friends. Tonight I met her gorgeous family at the park and we played and had fun and got some fabulous shots. I thought I'd share one. :-)

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

January Special!

I turned away a couple of potential clients in January because I was planning a vacation. Now it's been canceled and I have nothing to do that month! So what do I do? I run a special!!!! :D

Contact me for the information!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

FBP Goes Wedding!

Since my November client gave birth in October and my December client is happily still baking, November was wide open for me! So I agreed to take on a very small, intimate wedding. It was a beautiful beginning to a new family. Here's a sneak peek for T and R. Congratulations you two! I was honored to be a part of your special day.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

So, it's not a birth.....

But I just couldn't help but share this one!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

A Mama in Waiting

I don't normally do maternity sessions but I'm open to the idea for birth clients. This is K and her daughter M. They are just beautiful, beautiful girls. I cannot wait for the birth in early December! These are a few sneak peeks for her with my old editing style. I'm taking a sort of seminar this coming week and I'm very excited to be learning some new tricks before editing her full session.




Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A BUSY Day Here at First Breath!

I got called to a birth this morning at 7am. Second time Mom, wonderful labor, and after a very smooth delivery she and her husband welcomed a chubby 9.5 pounder into the world.

Shortly thereafter another one of my clients arrived in heavy labor at the birth center! You could have knocked me over with a feather! But if you're going to have two clients due 2 weeks apart in labor at the same time having them choose the same birth center is ideal! ;-)

Here's some of the action from Meredith:

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Once Babe was born, Meredith only had eyes for her husband and this photographer who rarely sheds a tear at births was wiping them away....
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And his reaction to her...
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Baby Girl's "First Breath"
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And a few more for her friends and family...

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Thank you for allowing me to share in this moment!

And on to Paula! What an amazing and awe inspiring birth this was. Her poise and grace under intense, fast progressing first time labor blew us all away. She didn't feel like she was coping well but I promise you she was a goddess. Smiling even in the throws of pushing! Amazing.

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I hope everyone is settling in to their new families tonight.

I love my job. It seriously rocks.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Booking Up!

I still have one slot available for January if your due date is after the 15th of the month. I will be out of town until the 5th shooting a birth and visiting friends in Wichita, Kansas.

I am also still open in March and April. If you're interested, please send an email to

I'm so excited to announce that my website will be coming live some time in November! Look for more information as we get closer. The web URL will be and I'm very eager to launch!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Slide Show

When you book with FBBP, your package includes a hosted DVD slide show of your birth set to music. This will be available to share with family and friends. This is a sample of what you can expect!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Home Birth Goes Hospital


This sweet friend of mine had one of the wildest rides I've ever been on in the birth world. It ended up in a hospital transport from home but she still managed to pull off an unmedicated, vaginal birth. It was beautiful.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Born at Home


Beautiful home birth of 7 pound 7 ounce baby boy! My first birth after a long hiatus and I was feeling a touch rusty. Overall though, I feel good about the finished product. Mom is a fellow birth photographer and it was such an honor to be in attendance.

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