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Eight years later: Annie and Shane

So here’s the scoop on today’s super adorable duo: they’ve been married eight years and have never had their photos taken professionally! I find this incredible for so many reasons, especially in the day and age of digital photography. Either way, I’m glad I was able to play a part in their First Photos:

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Just Because: Madeline and Coby

You can probably tell due to their palpable chemistry, but just in case — Madeline and Coby have been married for three years already! Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the original photographers at the wedding, but I’m so glad I was part of this session… these two are completely swoon-worthy.

Madeline’s grandparents weren’t able to make it to the wedding, so they came to this follow-up session (along with her parents) to shoot a few extra photos. After shooting those, we roamed around the most adorable vintage-inspired little town.. and total magic unfolded. This session was a dream!


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Wedding: Ame and Vijay

My husband and I spent three weeks in India a few months after we eloped in 2007. I’ve always had a love for the country and various cultures that make it up, so whenever an opportunity to shoot a Hindu ceremony comes around I get extra excited. I’m pretty excited about wedding days, so this is definitely saying something!

Vijay and his family are Indian and Hindu, and Ame and her family are Mexican and Christian, so their wedding day was a hybrid of the two. The ceremony itself was Hindu and held at a local temple, but the reception was very traditional as far as receptions go — except that the band played songs in Hindi and Spanish, two languages that they definitely don’t speak. I’m not sure what I loved more — the punk rendition of “Om Shanti Om” or the cover of Hector LaVoe and Willie Colon’s “La Murga de Panama.”

Traditional Hindu ceremonies can be long — there are many steps involved. I tried to accurately represent each step, so I hope I didn’t miss anything. Anyway! I could go on and on, but I like to think the photos speak for themselves:

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The birth of Gabrielle Marie | Birth Photography

I recently shot the birth of Gabrielle Marie, who also happens to be the daughter of a friend of mine. This entire experience was incredible for me: for starters, it’s kind of amazing that I was even there, since Jennifer (my friend/Gabrielle’s mom) and I have known one another for nearly five years and are friends, but aren’t super close in a deep friendship kind of way. Luckily she was open to me going along for the ride, and I’m so thankful she was!

Gabrielle’s birth was my first real-life experience with Cesarean birth — I’ve edited numerous posts on Offbeat Mama about these births, but never been in an actual operating room while one was happening (or ever, actually). While I couldn’t shoot the actual surgery (and I did ask! Enthusiasm!), they did lower the screen a bit for me, and I was able to take a few shots of Gabrielle as she made her entrance into the world.


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