“Everything has Changed, yet I am more me than I ever have been.” – Iain Thomas
Motherhood is a beautiful thing and it begins even before your newborn baby even arrives. Capturing your maternity session at my Sumner photography studio is a priceless experience. I offer pregnancy photos in addition to my newborn photography sessions, for moms-to-be in Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and beyond. As a Puyallup Newborn Photographer I have the unique opportunity capture that beautiful pregnancy glow; I may not be able to bottle it up for later, but these pictures are as close as it gets.
Maternity sessions in studio are very relaxed. You can choose to focus on mom only, or add in your partner and other children to include the whole family. To make things even easier, I also have a studio wardrobe with some beautiful organic style gowns that you can borrow. Just take a peek HERE for some examples. If you prefer, you can bring your own outfit. I just love the beautiful flowy dresses available from Fillyboo and Free People. I have a wonderful dress buyback program and I am happy to help you with wardrobe selection. If you are looking for a Puyallup maternity photographer for beautiful organic photos to celebrate your pregnancy glow, I would love to hear from you HERE.
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If you are expecting please take a look at the newborn gallery and get in touch to check availability for your session. Together we can create something a little magical just for you!
Butterfly Kiss Photography is located in lovely downtown Sumner, and has easy access from Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. As seen at Tacoma’s St Joseph Hospital and The Birthing Inn.
I am so completely honored and grateful with each family that chooses me to be their Tacoma newborn photographer. This is year has been especially wonderful for my small business. I have had the chance to photograph babies from as far north of Seattle as Kirkland, and as far south of Tacoma as Olympia, and all the places in between like Bonney Lake, Puyallup, and Gig Harbor! I captured newborn photos for several families stationed at JBLM too. I thought it would be fun to put together a little “baby award” post to share some of the highlights for 2017, along with this born in 2017 collage.
Many of these sweet faces were also featured in my artwork display at St Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma…you can take a virtual walk through of that HERE.
This year I photographed 49 Newborn sessions, 55 babies total, with 6 sets of twins! I have photographed babies for same sex couples, single parents, foster babies, adopted babies, and babies resulting from fertility treatments. I have photographed African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Caucasian, and mixed race babies. It was such a joy to celebrate with each of these unique families and capture their precious new arrival. I thought it would be fun to do something besides just share this collage and I came up with these fun “baby awards” to highlights a few newborns in particular.
I am so happy to share one of my favorite newborn baby boy sessions ever with you today. This guy’s mom and dad chose me as their Tacoma newborn photographer during the second trimester. We had plenty of time to work together ahead of time planning the look and feel of his newborn session at my Sumner photography studio. This is a great example of my typical work – filled with wood tones and natural elements, earthy and neutral colors, and beautiful relaxed posing. It is my goal for my poses to showcase all the details of a newborn baby while ensuring baby looks and feels comfortable the entire time. The resulting images are beautifully classic yet modern, give a nod to our PNW environment, and fit with this family’s home decor and color palette. Most importantly, I captured them snuggling with their new little bundle. I know based on personal experience that those pictures are priceless.
So, what did mother Alex feel when she saw her baby for the first time? She was so kind to share her birth story with us so you can find out! Read on to the bottom for this sweet story about “that kind of love that slaps you in the face.”
In the late afternoon, on Thursday July 6th, we were on our way to the hospital. I was to be induced due to high blood pressure and we were ready. The bag had been packed and loaded, the car seat strapped in, we were set. My husband grabbed my hand and said , among many other sweet things that are making me teary just writing this, “We’re going to meet our baby boy. Our lives are going to change in the greatest way and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you.”
Fast forward two days later: Still waiting in the hospital room.. there had been birth after birth.. except for our baby. The hospital was overwhelmed with active labors so we were there… waiting.. patiently (kind of). Games were played, walks were taken and meals were had but no baby. The afternoon of the 8th I was given pitocin. Contractions started right away. I like to think of myself as having a high pain tolerance but holy wow. An epidural was in my future! Once we were far enough along, it was time for the good stuff. My water was broken, I was dilating and contracting often. In came the anesthesiologist.
Fast forward to 9 cm – my body was working faster than the epidural could. I could feel everything. even after the anesthesiologist came BACK to give me a higher dose. Alas, there I was, learning how to push through the pain. With my husband and nurse by my side and working as my cheerleaders, encouraging me through every push.. trying different positions and techniques..successful or not. In came the Dr. and it was game on! After an hour and a half of pushing, talk of a vacuum extractor and a glorious 3rd degree tear, out came our beautiful baby boy. He was laid on my chest with a FULL head of hair (oh, the heartburn was real!).
I am so excited for my first annual Baby’s First Christmas Milestone Photo Sessions this year! These are special edition Watch Me Grow Sessions that include both classic AND holiday set ups! I have been searching far and wide to collect the most special and unique Christmas props that will perfectly compliment your little one ages 6 weeks to One Year just for this event.
VIP registration opens today, November 7th 2017 at 10am for email subscribers….you have less than two hours to join up and snag a spot first! If you are not already receiving emails sign up HERE.
Registration for any remaining spots will open up Wednesday, November 8th 2017 at 10am. To register for your session please send a message via the contact form.
In the meantime here is a peek at what you can expect for these special edition sessions: I have been dreaming of gingerbread and cozy furs, Buffalo check and Christmas plaid, topped with reindeer and polar bears, OH MY!
As a Tacoma newborn photographer, it is always an honor to capture each and every one of my tiny subjects. However, this session felt like such an extra special honor I just had to share. When mom contacted me during her third trimester she explained about their Native American heritage and how important it was to incorporate into their newborn session at my Sumner studio. I was so inspired and happy to create something magical just for them. Every single image I capture was so full of meaning and you can just feel the LOVE that this family has for their traditions and this beautiful baby girl. In fact, I think I even teared up a bit when they arrived and dad shared the beautiful leather hand-beaded dress with matching moccasins that he had stayed up late making just for Kisa after she was born. Take a look at these images we created and read more about the meaning and heart put into them below.
Their family regularly attends pow wows around the state to participate in dance competitions. Their beautiful regalia was a sight to behold in my Tacoma newborn studio. Too bad these pictures don’t have sound, or you could hear the magical tinkle of the jingle dress.
I have never seen a more proud dad than Kisa’s! He gave her this gorgeous Pendleton blanket as a gift the day she was born. (Headband by GoodnightMoon Props)
Baby girl was so comfortable in her dad’s arms and he snuggled right in to her without me even asking.
This is the amazing handmade leather dress with beading and matching leather moccasins – ALL made by dad after his baby girl arrived! Words cannot explain how special this was. He helped dress her and tie the tiny leather strings of her moccasins before I gently posed her on this soft Luneberry wool flokati fur.
Mom wanted to incorporate nature into her session as well as some beautiful pink and I knew this plant in my studio would be just perfect. I always enjoy incorporating natural elements, like plants and flowers, into my Tacoma newborn sessions. I love how the baby the soft pink, green leaves, natural fur and wooden planks all come together to enhance the picture, with Kisa at the center. It looks so cozy!
This amazing little baby wing dress is another special handmade item this native american family brought to celebrate their heritage at their newborn session. It was made by an aunt after she was born and fit her perfectly. The color was so beautiful on her.
Good morning friends! Today I am so excited to share with you a really fun and creative idea for your newborn session: newborn milk bath photos As a Tacoma newborn photographer serving families in the Seattle, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Tacoma and surrounding areas, I am always learning new techniques and keeping my eye on current trends. Milk baths themselves are nothing new. People have known for a long time that bathing in milk can leave your skin soft, as the contains natural exfoliants. Milk baths can even be made with breast milk (see a tutorial here), which is a great alternative to pumping and dumping, or a way to use up expired breast milk from the freezer.
When I photograph a milk bath for a newborn or older baby I use regular powdered milk. In my studio I don’t add any scents or essential oils, although at home this would be a great addition. I do however often add floral elements and greenery. Usually I pick the flowers from my own organic garden. I also collect greenery on nature walks, purchase bouquets from my local farmer’s market, or when they are not in-season I really on the florist or grocery store to find the perfect blooms.
Adding a milk bath to your newborn session with Butterfly Kiss Photography is a beautiful whimsical way to celebrate your new baby. You will not only have the gorgeous photos to keep and admire, but also the bonding experience with your little one to cherish. I also love creating milk bath photos for milestone sessions and first birthdays. They have such a natural organic feel and babies just love the warm soothing water.
Here is a recent floral newborn milk bath session with a beautiful baby girl. She was so calm as soon as she touched the water. She was safe in mama’s hands and just peacefully looked around while I took these sweet pictures.
Are you expecting? I would love to create newborn milk bath photos during your Tacoma newborn photography session at my Sumner studio. Take a look at my portfolio of newborn work and please get in touch to check availability for your due date.
I am really so lucky to meet and photograph so many adorable multiples! If you are looking for a Tacoma newborn twins photographer, I have a lot of experience in this area. In fact, just this summer I have photographed 4 different sets of twins! I truly enjoy working with twins like cute Josephine and Jonathan. Since all my Signature Newborn Sessions already include an experienced professional assistant for baby safety, mom and dad get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience during their session. This is a bonus that parents are always so thankful for. We all know a newborn baby is a lot of work, but two newborns means your hands are always full. It makes me so happy to not only provide beautiful heirloom quality pictures of twins, but also to give new parents what may be their first chance to really look at their babies from a step back and take in every precious detail in the moment.
Working with this family to welcome their newest two family members really was such an honor. I loved their easy going personality and how we talked and connected during their few hours in my Sumner studio. Our ideas meshed so perfectly and I am really happy with the images I created. Here are just a few of my favorites from this amazing newborn twins session!
If you are expecting a baby, or twins, please take a look at my portfolio and see if we look like a good fit. Then get in..
The past few months seem like a blur and I have much catching up to do here on the blog….starting today! This summer baby girl came in for her newborn session at my Sumner photography studio when she was just 9 days old. Being a Tacoma newborn photographer that grew up in the Puget Sound area, I do get a chance to photograph brand new babies for people I know. In high school Ava’s mom and I were on the cheerleading squad together! It was nice to catch up while I taking pictures of her sweet baby girl. I also incorporated a touch of summer into her session with some fresh wildflowers grown in my own garden. So many families that choose me as their Tacoma newborn photographer love nature as much as I do. I am always trying to find creative ways to incorporate fresh flowers and greenery for an extra special touch.
Wooden cradle and cream bucket props from Washington local shop Rozzi Rayne.
Are you expecting? I would love to capture you newborn baby, including a touch of nature and nod to the PNW too! Take a look at my newborn portfolio to see more of my work. Contact me now to check availability based on your estimated due date.
Whether it is a sibling I have also photographed as a newborn baby or a family I am working with for the first time…I just love capturing all the kiddos with the new addition at their newborn session. As a Tacoma newborn photographer siblings photos come with the territory. Let’s be real: sometimes capturing these pictures can be a challenge! However I am an expert at working with siblings of all ages. Young siblings, older siblings from a previous marriage, or big families with multiple siblings, I love them all!! When a family comes to my Sumner photo studio for their newborn session with siblings, I usually will start with these poses. Getting the pictures with baby and big brother or baby and big sister taken care of at the start usually means they are in good spirits. Then they can head out with dad or another family to play at the park, run errands or head home, while I complete the session. This is of course also a good chance for mom to sit back and relax, enjoying a little break.
Here are some recent newborn baby with siblings I have photographed so you can get an idea of the cute pictures and poses I can capture.
Hands down an all time favorite for me! Just look at that proud big sister and cute big brother! When I photograph multiple siblings, I try to get a picture of baby with each big brother or sister. These are such special bonds! I like to try a variety of poses depending on the age of the sibling. As an expert Tacoma newborn photographer siblings poses are some of my favorite to be creative with.Many times I have older siblings welcoming a new baby to the family. I admit, it is a treat to have siblings that listen and cooperate the entire time.I work with a lot of sisters and brothers that are less than two years apart. This age can be challenging to photograph alone, not to mention with a brand new baby they may not be sure of. However, I have lots of tricks up my sleeve and I am up to the challenge.
Beautiful baby Gwendolyn was long awaited for by her parents. As a Tacoma newborn photographer I just love hearing the stories about becoming parents from each family I work with. In fact, you may have noticed that I often share real birth stories here on my blog. When a mom to be is searching for a newborn photographer near Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Tacoma, Seattle or Olympia I want them to know that I don’t just snap pictures of your baby. I help your family to celebrate this new life. I create an experience for you to remember forever. I offer guidance to record these moments from when they first arrive, so that when the fog of newborn parenting wears off you have this treasure to keep.
Here is Gwendolyn’s story in her mother’s own words.
We waited almost a year and a half to find out we’d be parents. Right before we planned to see someone for our fertility, our little bug announced herself. The pregnancy was pretty smooth by all accounts, until around 35/36 weeks. Right before I was 36 weeks, I mentioned to my midwife that I was having some new symptoms. A few days later, my midwife called to tell me that I would need to be induced. I had no idea how long induction would take, but I tried to mentally prepare for several days. After 17 hours without any progress, we realized our little bug was not in any hurry to be born.Thanks to the amazing nurses and midwives at St. Joe’s, Gwen’s debut got started on day 2 of my induction. Unfortunately, things stalled out a little shortly after I received my epidural. After a day and a half of little progress, all of the sudden Gwen was ready to be born. Nobody believed me at first since it had taken so long to get to that point, but there was no doubt Gwen was on her way! Two hours of pushing later and she was here. When Gwen finally came out, everyone was surprised how quickly it happened. My mom had told my husband to look at our daughter, but the next thing he knew she was already laying on my stomach. Those final pushes happened so fast! I could only see the back of her head as she was laying on my tummy, and it wasn’t until I noticed everyone around me was commenting on how cute she was that I realized I hadn’t even seen her face! But I loved her so much already!When I finally got to see Gwen’s sweet face for the first time, I couldn’t help but cry. Then she blew a little spit bubble and cracked my husband and I up (he had also been crying, which NEVER happens). Now it feels like she’s always been here, and we can’t believe we get to raise this sweet girl.
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