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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.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Breathtaking's Last Birth

I'm so sad to write this post. Yes, it's true. Breathtaking won't be offering birth photography in the 2011 year. If you're here looking for someone to photograph your birth in the Dallas metroplex I have several wonderful colleagues that I recommend so drop me a line and I'll hook you up.

As far as last births go, this one with my friend Kristin was the way to do it. Her last birth was one of the first I photographed as a portfolio builder and the first one where I really felt all of my skills come together at once and I got what I'd long been striving to get out of my camera. This time around things were so eerily familiar! Different house but same exact chain of events culminating in a fast, wonderful water birth of a sweet baby boy.



That's the amniotic sac she's slipping over his head there-he was born in it which is said to be good luck. :)








Home birth.... the joy of snuggling into your own bed after you've done the hardest work of your life.


Thank you to all my past clients. It's been an HONOR to serve as the witness to so many wonderful babies coming into the world. This is not good-bye but merely "see you in while". Birth is in my blood and I'll be coming back to it eventually. :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NICU Wonder Baby| Dallas Newborn Photographer

You can find the images from Tyler's birth here. His birth was a little rougher than most and he wound up in the NICU on oxygen for a few days. He was discharged to his mother's regular room on Thanksgiving of all days! What a thing to be thankful for, huh? Despite his rough beginning, he has had no long term effects and is home making life interesting for his parents who are now the proud owners of four boys ages five and under! I can relate to that type of crazy....

Here he is straight from my lens into your heart:






Monday, December 20, 2010

A Shift in Plans

I'm a little behind on blogging (again-what was it I said about procrastination....) so I'll be playing catch up again this week.

I was so excited to be hired for Jonna's birth back in the spring. She became a dear friend after we shared our twin pregnancies a couple years ago. Her boys are just a few weeks older than my dynamic duo. Her life often mirrors mine (I'm forever "liking" her Facebook status updates and laughing because similar things are going on here). So when she wanted me to come to her last birth, another beautiful boy to round out her family of four little boys, I was thrilled. Baby Tyler had different plans on how his birth should go from what Mama had in mind. I was in awe of how Jonna just rolled with it as we went from planned VBAC at 9cm to c-section with barely a moment to register what happened.Tyler spent his first few days in NICU getting better but he's home now and has no long lasting effects from a rougher-than-normal start. Here it is, in beautiful detail. :)










And the link to the slide show (turn up your speakers for the full effect!):

The Birth of Tyler