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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.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Belly+Birth+Baby- Danea | Carrollton Maternity Photographer

Beautiful Danea is expecting her second baby; their first son. I had the pleasure of booking my Belly+Birth+Baby package with her a few months back and recently we met to document her burgeoning belly. I just LOVE these B+B+B bookings, maybe only slightly second to my Breathtaking Baby first year session package. Meeting and connecting with a client during her pregnancy, getting to document all the excitement and joy of labor/birth, and then following up with a sweet-soft newborn baby? Heaven. Hmmm...perhaps I like it just as much as the Breathtaking Baby plan? Best yet, just book the whole thing and I'll stick with your family as the year twirls around and you have a toddler on your hands! ;)

Here she is--the session was so playful I did a bit of unique editing...and I LOVE how it turned out. We met in the heat/humidity of a Texas summer (her 36 weeks pregnant!) and to cool off we eventually climbed into the creek. Fun times, man.


Basking in the sun...I always felt like a cat while pregnant. Give me a sunny window and 20 minutes and I was out like a light.


Oh yeah. That's some belly right there....a little secret is that she's doing a special portfolio session with me this weekend and she's gonna be 39 weeks...LOVE IT!


Hello gorgeous, cold water....ahhhhh....


Lots of love!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What Does Birth Photography Look Like? | Grapevine/Carrollton/Dallas Birth Photography

Would you like to know more about birth photography? Does it sound like something disgusting? I mean, who would want pictures of all that blood, gore, and pain!?

I bet you it doesn't look like what you think it looks like! ;)

Click here to see a sample of what I do when you hire me to photograph your birth.

And shoot me an email to see if your due date is available.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wichita Weekend!

If you are on my Facebook or if you're a past client, you got an early heads up about our trip back to Wichita. Facebook fans always get the early word on what's happening with Breathtaking! I still have TWO spots available on either Sunday the 15th or Monday the 16th. Times available are in the morning. If you or someone you know is interested in booking a session with Breathtaking during this time, please drop me an email or give me a call and I'll be happy to talk details! :)

Chantel 214.434.0807

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Best Friend's Birth | Ft. Worth Birth Photographer

More catching up! Baby J is already knocking on the door of his six month session. Sigh. It goes by so stinkin fast, doesn't it? Seems like yesterday they were telling me I was expecting twins and now my babies are almost two and a half! Love it.

This was my best friend's fourth baby, second home birth. She's an all around amazing human being and I miss her terribly now that we're here and she's in Kansas. I wish she'd just give in to all my badgering and move down here! ;) The birth was quick and B handled it with her usual grace, charm, and peacefulness. I'm so delighted to share these images since I have a personal, emotional connection with them. Enjoy!



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Twins are NINE Months Old! | Ft. Worth-Dallas Baby Photography

Ok, not really. In fact, I'm heading up to Wichita to do their ONE YEAR smash/portrait session in like, oh, ten days. This is a catch up blogging moment-but the images are to die for. We split the session into two parts and with nine month old twins it was just as well. Sit still? Ha! First we did some with Big Sis Heather (who was my babysitter and I love her to bits) at the Botanical Gardens and then we did an in home studio session with Aunt Evy. I have so many faves I couldn't just pick a few...enjoy!



Keep an eye out in a few weeks.....cake smash fun times TWO adorable baby girls....I cannot WAIT! :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Catching Up-Favorite Family! | Ft. Worth Family Photography

This family isn't actually from Ft. Worth, that's how behind I am on blogging sessions! ACK! I have to say, running a huge retreat weekend and moving 350 miles all while single parenting takes it out of a girl. My clients have already seen their sneaks on Facebook (and all of them have their disks, even!) but in the interest of putting my work online like a good girl and updating, here's a fun session I did in May! This family is one I've worked with twice in the past. K and I traded for an hour and a half long body massage and a little bit of money for her newborn session (and it was worth every stinkin minute I was there, check her out here if you're in Wichita) and then I did a shoot specifically for portfolio building images a few weeks later. She wanted to catch me before I moved so she snapped up on a special I ran and we met at the local nature trails.

Now, weather in Wichita in May is iffy (as it can be in DFW as well!) so the day we picked was perfectly lit with overcast skies but COLD and so poor C in her tiny dress was a bit on the chilly side. We did our best to warm her up but I'm afraid I didn't get many smiles! Mama will just have to trade me a massage for her one year session coming up soon. ;) And big brother T was quite the handful/ham! K had her babies 18 months apart (as ALL the best mothers j/k) so she has her hands full. Oh, if only I had a nickle for each time I hear that when I am out in public with my brood of six.....