BIG news | We Are Moving To…

Ahh!! This blog post has been a LONG time in the making and I have re-written it about 20 times!! But I can finally share our biggest news ever since I announced that I was pregnant (with Bryn)….

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YES! We are moving to TEXAS ya’ll!!! I never imagined that one day we would plant southern roots for our family, but here we are!

As you can see from the photos below, this has been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster! But we are SO excited for the adventure that our family is about to embark on and we are grateful for this opportunity that God has provided for us.

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In order to explain several aspects of the when, the why, and other miscellaneous questions, I thought a Q&A session would be the best way to structure this blog post. So here we go!

Why are you moving? My husband has been working with Master Networks for a few years. They are a nationwide networking and training company dedicated to assisting business professionals with their personal and professional development. He began his journey as the Chapter President of the Blue Bell Chapter, one of the first in the Philadelphia area.Β  He owned a real estate business with Keller Williams during that time but soon began to see the opportunities to help more people through Master Networks. In October of 2016, he accepted a full time role that took him for a tour up and down the east coast.Β  Since then he has worked with all of the regional leaders and members in those areas and across the country to assist in their leadership development.Β  Corey is also a Master Networks Certified Faculty member and trains on a local, regional and national level!

When Corey accepted the full time role last fall, we knew that there was a possibility of a move someday to the Dallas area, home of Master Networks headquarters. We just had no idea when a move could happen but I don’t think either of us expected it to be quite this soon! A couple months ago, Corey told me about an amazing opportunity that he may have but that it would require a move to Texas. We discussed it at length, we prayed about it A LOT, and we came to the conclusion that this is what God has been preparing us for. There have been several ‘signs’ from God that this is the path He wants for us. So more than any other reason, that is why we are moving. But I also could not be more proud of my husband. His hard work and passion for helping business owners has led to his transition into the COO position with Master Networks.Β  I am thrilled for him and happy to support him with this BIG move! I have always said that I didn’t want to live in Pennsylvania my whole life. I knew I didn’t particularly want to move north (not a fan of winter), but I didn’t know just how far south I (we) would end up!

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When are you moving? We are putting our house on the market in just a couple of weeks. AHH! CRaaaziness! But because I have several weddings this Fall, we will not be moving until I am finished shooting them, which is towards the end of October. The move is likely to happen in November, pending the sale of our home. So if you are in the market for a two bedroom townhouse that is in a super convenient location near King of Prussia, with low H.O.A. fees, email me! πŸ™‚ We are doing lots of updates including new carpet and new counter-top among many other things!

Below are just a few photos from when we were in Texas together last month. Was it hot?? HECK YEA! But it was also pretty awesome. The area we will be living in has a lot much to offer and we are so excited for the opportunities our family will have by living there!:)

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Will you still be doing photography? Absolutely!! Well, eventually. πŸ™‚ It is in my blood. It is a big part of who I am. I need that creative outlet and I love connecting with people through photography. But at the same time, my number one goal for this Fall is to prepare for the move, shoot my weddings, edit and deliver those weddings as quickly as I possibly can (asking for a little grace and patience from my couples), spend as much quality time with our family and close friends as possible, and move! So because of this, I will not be taking on any new portrait work beyond August. This means no Fall family sessions this year. SO sorry guys!! πŸ™ My recommendation would be to get them done by my AMAZINGLY talented friend Olivia of Laura Olivia Photography. She is the sweetest gal ever! You will LOVE her!! Also, if you are engaged and looking for a photographer, please still reach out to me!! I have a list of several incredible local wedding photographers that have become dear friends and I would just love to give you their information!

Once we get to Texas, my biggest priority will be adjusting to our new environment and getting Bryn acclimated. It is going to be a life changing event for all of us. But for Bryn being only 3 years old, this will be the biggest change for her. Her little world will be turned upside down. Although we are going to do our best to make this SO much fun for her, she will likely take some time to adjust to all of these changes. But thankfully she is only 3 years old and if we are ever going to pick up and move across the country, I am thankful she is so young. Once we have a routine established and I get the itch to start shooting again, I will begin photographing families and possibly one day shoot weddings again. I am sure Texas throws some incredible weddings!!

I have SO much business stuff to think about over the next few months. For instance, do I keep my website?! AHH all of that hard work designing it and it breaks my heart to disable it! But at this time I think I am going to be shutting it down at the end of this month. πŸ™ However I will keep my Facebook page , Instagram , and this blog active. Be sure to keep following me for updates! I hope to blog about our journey and adventures of moving once I get my life together in our new state!! Also, if I decide to do a mini session day on a trip to PA, I will be posting it on Facebook.

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I have a ZENFOLIO client gallery with you, will that be deactivated? Nope! Your gallery will remain ‘live’ indefinitely. If that will ever be changing, I will be sure to let you know well in advance! No worries!!

Will you do photography in PA when you visit? Occasionally! Our families are supportive of our decision, but they are also definitely very sad to see us leave. So when we visit, we will be spending most of our time with them and our close friends. However, I am open to doing a few mini sessions for a day when we visit if time allows. I have so many clients that have come to me year after year that I would LOVE to be able to capture again when I can!

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Where in Texas will you be moving? While we do not have a house yet, we will likely end up in the McKinney / Prosper area. It is just a bit north of Dallas. Corey will fly down in October to find our home. We actually did a lot of scoping out of the area last month together and have a pretty good idea of where we want to live! The communities down there are INCREDIBLE! Can’t wait!!

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What will you miss most about PA? Oh gosh. I feel like that is hard to answer at this point besides the obvious. We will miss our family and close friends so dearly. I am going to miss my best friend who has become more like a sister to me than I could have ever imagined possible. I will miss seeing Bryn with her wonderful grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. She is such a loving little girl and I know being so far away from them will be quite an adjustment for her (and them). I am SO thankful that we have lived so close to our family for our whole lives together and especially these past 3 years with Bryn. Our family has spent a lot of time with her and established close bonds that I know will stick with her even though we may be far in distance. The great part about moving far away in this day in age is technology. I expect there will be so many face-time and Skype chats with our loved ones.

I will miss Fall a lot. There is something so refreshing about the changing of the air to a cool crisp breeze, pumpkin everything, sweatshirt weather, and the beautiful colored leaves. I am sure I am going to love being able to have more days in flip flops, but I think Fall will be the season that I will miss most of all.

I am sure there are a thousand other things I will miss about PA that I won’t even be able to think of until we move and I miss them. But I know there will be new things that I will love about our new state that I could never do here that I am really excited to experience. However if allllll the tarantulas could stay far far FAR away from me, that would be awesome. Ew. I.Can’t.EVEN.

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Finally (for those of you who are still reading this)……… THANK YOU!! Just. Thank you. I want to conclude this stupidly long blog post by saying a HUGE THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart to each and every one of my clients. Looking back over the last nearly 6 years of being a photographer brings tears to my eyes and joy in my heart. I never dreamed that I would do this for a living, but I am so happy that God has blessed me in the way He has over the last several years. Being a wedding + portrait photographer is a very unique profession. Most people dislike getting their photos taken in general, so to have a complete stranger in front of them with a camera can be somewhat daunting. Trust me, I get it! I am also not the type of photographer that poses you and then asks you to just smile at me. I like to evoke emotion and capture moments of joy and intimate feelings. I have photographed a birth (wow), well over 100 weddings and engagement sessions, hundreds of families, 50+ newborns, and so much more. You didn’t just pay me for a service, you allowed me to capture your joy, your loved ones, and your most precious memories. You have opened up to me within a matter of minutes of meeting me. That is truly amazing and I am SO blessed to have had the chance to work with you and so many incredible people. I am humbled by all of you and your kind words that you have said to me over the years. Thank you. It means the world to me.

So that is it! That is the big news that I have been keeping private for the last couple of months. If you are the praying type, please keep our family in your prayers. We are working hard on getting our house ready to sell, I am heading into a busy wedding season come September, and we are about to move over a thousand miles away from the only home I have ever known. While we are thrilled for the opportunity, it is going to be a roller coaster of emotions for many of us and your prayers would mean the world. Pray we can sell our house and move in the time frame that we are hoping for. Pray that our 21+ hour drive/move to Texas goes as smoothly as possible with two dogs and a toddler. πŸ™‚ We appreciate it SO much!

Please feel free to reach out to me via email with any comments, questions, or concerns! jenniferbaumannphoto@gmail.com !

xoxo!

Jen

What is Lifestyle Photography? {Newborn edition} | Jennifer Baumann Photography

Lately I have done a lot of explaining to potential clients about what ‘lifestyle photography’ is. So, I figured the best and easiest thing to do would be to write a blog post about this topic so that I could share it with everyone!

I started my business just over 5 1/2 years ago. Since then, my photography + editing styles have changed, but my goals have remained the same. At every session (and wedding) I want to accomplish these 3 things…

  1. Create timeless images. I want my clients to look back at their photos and see themselves… I don’t want them to see a trend that was ‘soooo 2015’.
  2. Have F U N!! I want my clients to feel at ease and enjoy their time with me! Over the years I have learned several techniques to help break down the wall that the camera builds between my clients and I.
  3. Document. Document. Document… I strive to capture the moments as they are unfolding as if I was part of the background and not even there at all. This is very important because so often the little ‘in between’ moments are the very best ones.

Most of the lifestyle sessions that I do are for newborns. So today, I am going to focus on that type of session. However, the basic understanding of lifestyle photography would still apply to doing a lifestyle portrait session.

*Disclaimer – Everything that I have written below is from MY perspective. This post does not represent all photographers and the way that they may photograph a lifestyle session.

WHAT is lifestyle photography? It is the art of documenting one’s life. So often as photographers, we work very hard to capture the ‘perfect’ moment. Little does anyone know that there is often complete chaos happening around the picture perfect photo op that we create! If you think about it, it is a lot like social media.

We all so often only share the highlight reel of our lives…

What the world never sees is our real life… the sink filled with dirty dishes more often than not, the toddler glued to the iPad because you need a moment (hours) of peace, the other two children chasing the dog with a magic marker, and the pile of laundry that has been sitting on the couch for the last 5 days because you are too exhausted to put it away. I get it! Now, I am NOT at all saying that I strive to capture your messy home and the ‘imperfections’ of your life. But what I am saying is that I am not scared of it. In fact that is what makes lifestyle photography so freeing and interesting to me as a creative person. Once you take away the stress of creating the perfect moment, that is the precise moment when the magic happens. When you look back at the memories captured from a lifestyle session I would hope that you would have a clearer picture of what your life was actually like in those days than you would if I only gave you a highlight reel of your life.

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Do you still POSE your clients with doing this style of photography? Yes! Let me just say that every newborn session is different from the last. Sometimes the baby is happy, sometimes not so much, sometimes they are wide awake, and occasionally they are asleep.Β  A portion of the shoot is posed and a portion is me capturing those in between moments that are totally out of my control. Now, when I say ‘posed’, I don’t mean that you will look like you went to the local Picture People for these photos. No offense to them! πŸ˜‰Β  I am just simply positioning you in the best light or having you sit or stand in a certain way. But I still want the posed moments to look as natural as possible. My goal with each session is to aim for 60% posed and 40% completely candid moments. It doesn’t always happen this way but I want to make sure that I have a good balance of the two methods.

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Will I still get those ‘picture perfect’ photos of my newborn? I bring blankets and cheese-cloths with me to do a simple newborn photo set up. The difference now is that I am not waiting for the baby to fall asleep anymore in order to capture that ‘perfect moment’. If he or she blinks and looks like they are sleeping in the photo, I’ll take it! If he or she is awake and happy while I have them all set up for the shot, then that is totally fine with me too! No more waiting for ‘perfection’ because let’s be honest, it’s a baby. It doesn’t get more perfect than that and as their parent, I am sure you will think any photo of them is perfect!! πŸ™‚

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Do you take photos of moms breastfeeding? Absolutely, if that is what you want. I have done this several times. However, if you are not comfortable with this then that is totally OK with me. I respect everyone’s personal preferences in regards to the privacy of feeding their baby. You can let me know if this is something you want and I would be happy to document these precious moments for you in a respectful way. These images would not be shared on social media or on my website without your permission. Your privacy of this tender moment is secure and you will be the only one to see it unless you feel the desire to share. I am not saying this because I think it should be ‘private’, I am simply saying this to the mom that might want it captured but not put out there for all to see. πŸ™‚

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How do you handle fussy babies and/or uncooperative siblings? I pack up and go home…. πŸ˜‰ No. I am TOTALLY KIDDING! Fussy babies are the norm and I am so used to it. I am more surprised when a baby isn’t fussy or older sibling actually cooperates! The beauty of lifestyle photography is that I am not sitting around waiting for the everyone to be on their best behavior. If you need to change a diaper, read them a story, rock them in the rocker, or feed them, I am in the background capturing those ‘in between moments’ as I like to call them. Sometimes you may find me photographing the older sibling(s) or your furry baby because while the shoot is mainly about welcoming the baby, it is also about the whole family.

THIS is lifestyle photography. Authentically documenting your life.

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What rooms in the house do you like to use for the shoot and how do I prepare them for the session? I prefer to shoot wherever the best light is at that time of the day. The rooms that I typically shoot in are the nursery, master bedroom, guest room, and/or a living/family room. Now, these rooms do not have to be magazine worthy. Remember what I said in the beginning of this post? Our lives and homes are messy and that doesn’t scare me when it comes to doing lifestyle photography. But, for the posed photos, it does look best to have a clean background. All I ask is that you try to keep clutter to a minimum in a least the part of the room that is closest to the window. We can certainly move things around as needed, but it is helpful to not take a lot of time to do so. It is also a good idea to have a bed freshly made so that we can take some family photos on a bed. This can be in the master bedroom or a guest room, whichever one has the best light.

I do not use artificial light for photos. I only use all natural light from windows and doors. When scheduling your shoot, think about what rooms you would like to shoot in and what time of the day they have sunlight coming in them. One last thing to keep in mind is that colored walls give off a cast of that color on your skin. That being said, I prefer to shoot in white or neutral painted rooms in order to keep your skin tone looking as fresh as possible! If you only have one room in your whole house that fits into any of this criteria, that is totally fine! Part of my job is working with what I have. I am simply giving you things to think about prior to the shoot so that you are better prepared for where I will want to take the photos.

If the weather is nice, I also love to take you outdoors for a few photos as well!

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What do you suggest for WARDROBE for everyone?Β I will go into specifics below. But I just want to say that you should not all be wearing the same exact thing. Don’t have everyone in the same color top and bottoms because that immediately looks very ‘posed’ which is the total opposite of what lifestyle photography is all about.

Check out my newborn Pinterest board HERE, you will see several photos of wardrobe ideas for the whole family! As far as colors go, I love it when the family is dressed in neutral or pastel color tones. I think it just looks so fresh and clean in photos. Dark gray is fine but avoid wearing black. In my personal opinion, it comes off as looking harsh next to the sweet delicate baby skin and I think a neutral or light color is prettiest.

Β Β Β  * Moms – You literally just had a baby 5 minutes ago. You are still going to have a post-baby-baby-bump and that is OK! Nobody expects you to have flat abs moments after giving birth and you shouldn’t either. Don’t be so hard on yourself! It is my job to pose you in the most flattering way possible. I suggest figuring out your outfit for the shoot prior to giving birth. This way you aren’t going through your closet trying on everything that you own the morning of the shoot. I love clothing that is easy on the eyes and soft to the touch. Pants or a dress? This is for you to decide what you feel the best in. I love a maxi dress with a kimono or sweater on top to put you at ease with covering any ‘problem’ areas. I also love a cozy open sweater that you could snuggle the baby up in with you. You could even do cotton robe! You can find some beautiful floral ones at Pretty Plum Sugar that would be so beautiful for your shoot! That company also makes gorgeous tops and dresses as well!

Β Β  * Dads – You guys are super easy. Jeans and a t-shirt or polo is totally fine (preferably without a brand logo on it).

Β Β  * Older siblings – Stay within the same color palate as the rest of the family. No bright flashy neon colors. Their outfit should blend in and coordinate with the rest of the the family’s wardrobe choices. Put them in clothes they will be comfortable in, no need for them to be dressed up as if it is not a normal day at home.

* Newborn – Last but CERTAINLY not least, the itty bitty babe! If you are ordering 7 Etsy outfits for the shoot, I am not the photographer for you. πŸ˜‰ I heart you, but we are not a good fit and that is OK! I would have been the photographer for you 2 years ago when I spent an average of 3 hours at a newborn session. But now I am all about simplicity! Honestly, a white onesie is perfection. I want the focus to be on the baby and the family surrounding them, and not have the clothing choice overtake the ‘moment’ of the photo. As I said, I bring several cheese-cloths with me to wrap the baby up in. So whether it is a boy or girl, they work wonderfully for photos. For girls, you may want to get a headband or two just to make it a little more feminine! But other than that, I don’t want you spending tons of money on newborn outfits on Etsy. If you find one outfit on there that you absolutely have to have, that is totally fine. Or if you have a family keepsake that you want them photographed in, that’s awesome. But basically I am saying don’t stress over it. Less is more. Keep it simple. I mean, I am giving you one less thing to worry about, right?!! Did we just become best friends?! πŸ˜‰

I hope this post was helpful for you and that you have a clear picture of what to anticipate with your shoot! Below are some more photos from recent sessions, enjoy!

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The photo on the left shows you what was happening behind the scenes as I was taking the shot on the right. πŸ™‚

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Rustic Farm Wedding | Nicole + David | Jennifer Baumann Photography

Everything about this day and these people make my heart smile! Nicole and David are two of the most genuine and loving people you will ever meet. They have a love that you can not only see but you can feel when you are around them. So as their wedding photographer, they were a complete dream to work with.

Their wedding was so beautiful and felt like it truly represented who they are. Despite the rain putting a damper some of the outdoor plans, their day was perfect from beginning to end. From their emotional first look to the sparkler exit, it was a magical day. But perhaps my favorite part of it was the ceremony. Their long time friend and the person responsible for setting the two of them up was the efficient. He told personal stories about Nicole and David which had everyone in tears as well as roaring laughter. It isn’t often that the ceremony is my favorite part of a wedding day. I have found that many of them are quick, not personalized, and unemotional. But this one even had me in tears and I barely know these two love birds!! Another thing that was special for me was capturing the bond that Nicole and David have with their parents. I have never really seen a love between a bride and her mom like I did with Nicole and hers. I could tell that these two are the best of friends!

Nicole and David, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the honor of capturing your wedding day. It is one that I will never forget! I hope you enjoy reliving your wedding story and much as I enjoyed telling it… πŸ™‚

 

Venue: Huntingfields Farm in Hampstead, Maryland

Second shooter: Elizabeth Mae Photography

Florist: Steel Cut Flowers

Wedding planner: Union 3 Event Productions (Lindsey Stone)

Hair + Makeup: Behind the Veil

Caterer: Copper Kitchen

Band: Sound Nation

Videographer: In Motion (click on the link to watch their video!)

 

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Independence Seaport Museum Wedding | Liz + Mike | Jennifer Baumann Photography

You guyzzzz! I have been SO bad with blogging… like SOO bad. But with having some downtime this winter, I have gone through and chosen a few weddings that I wanted to share with you from the last two years.

Liz + Mike’s wedding at the Seaport Museum was one of my favorites from 2015. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not at all a city girl. However, the Seaport Museum is easy to get to and is in a pretty area of the Philly, so I didn’t mind one bit! πŸ™‚ I have known Liz for a long time because we went to the same high school. She is an absolute sweetheart and is drop dead gorgeous (obvi)!! So when she contacted me about being her wedding photographer, I was REALLY excited to say the least. As soon as I met Mike, I felt like I had known him for years. The two of them are all kinds of cute together and had me laughing so hard at their engagement session.

Their wedding was super sweet and heartfelt. I definitely teared up at multiple moments during the day. The first of those moments was when Liz’s Dad saw her for the first time. Oh.My.Word. Father /daughter first looks give me allllll the feels.

I hope you enjoy their wedding story! Liz + Mike – I heart you both! Thank you so much for letting me capture your day!

Second shooter – Samantha Hatfield of Samantha Jay Photography

Venue – Independance Seaport Museum

Flowers – Flowers & Co.

Caterer – Catering By Design

Hair + Makeup – Taffeta Design

The Band – The Strangers

 

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Oliver’s birth story | Birth Photography | Jennifer Baumann Photography

Last Tuesday at 6:28 pm, I witnessed and captured a miracle.

A little background… Brown and I went to the same high school. He is a few years older than I am and if you were to tell me in high school that one day I would photograph the birth of his third child, I would have thought you were totally insane. However through the beauty of Facebook, his wife and I connected a few years ago. She is a beautiful mom, model, and photographer! I photographed their family just after their second child, Liam was born a couple of years ago. It is always a ‘someone pinch me’ moment for me when I get the opportunity to photograph a special time in someone’s life that I have known for so long.

Brown asked me a few months ago about doing a maternity session for them. The timing for that didn’t end up working out, but when Stephanie asked me if I had any interest in doing birth photography for their third child, I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. Photographing a birth is something that I have only wanted to do since giving birth to Bryn just over 2 years ago. Before that moment, I was PETRIFIED of birth. I would tell everyone that I was birth-a-phobic! Honestly… I thought I would just die in the hospital bed as I was giving birth, that is how scared I was of it!! So when that didn’t happen (Thank GOD), I could appreciate what an amazing miracle it truly is.

Ever since then, I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along to photograph a birth. I love telling stories through photographs and what better story to tell than this one? The story of a husband supporting his wife in any way that he can as she experiences the pain and the roller coaster of emotions as she delivers their baby. The story of siblings meeting for the first time. There is no more emotional or engaging story than the story of a birth.

I got a text from Stephanie at 2:03pm on Tuesday that said, her ultrasound that morning showed that her fluid was a little low and they wanted her to head to the hospital to have the baby. I arrived at the hospital close to 5:00pm and found Stephanie and Brown walking the halls. I know Stephanie is a model, but Dear Lord this woman looked incredible just an hour and 28 minutes prior to giving birth! Actually who am I kidding, she looked incredible the entire time! πŸ™‚ Soon after I arrived, the doctor came in and broke her water. Ouuucccchhhh! Not gonna lie, I had some sympathy pain happening at this point.. He then told her to walk the halls if she felt up to it. A little after 6:00 she and Brown took to the halls and she was smiling and of course looking amazing in between contractions when she would just hold on to Brown and breath through it. At 6:20 she was texting the sitter. At 6:22, she was screaming for a nurse to help her back to the room, something was happening. As soon as she got back to the room, the nurses could tell that this was not just a bad contraction, this was the real deal. The doctor came in immediately and not even two pushes later, Oliver Price Vincent was born at 6:28pm!! To say that everyone was in shock and that it was totally chaotic would be an understatement! I rememberΒ the look of shock and awe on Brown’s face as he held Stephanie’s hand. He was her rock. I was in a state of shock myself that this was happening so quickly but I think I was in ‘work mode’ and just focused on what I was there to do and that was to capture this little guy’s birth. Oh and I didn’t mention that Steph did not have any drugs… Yea so she is pretty much a rock star and deserves a really amazing push present…Brown… πŸ˜‰

The whole experience was just incredible. It is really something special to witness a birth. One second he is safely inside his mommy’s belly and the next second he is out in the world… Breathing the same air as we are, looking his parent’s faces, hearing their voices, sucking his tiny fingers, and probably wondering what the heck is this lady doing here with this huge camera in his face…

Stephanie and Brown, I cannot thank you enough for trusting me to capture Oliver’s birth. It was an incredible experience for me and one that I will never forget. I hope that you can show him this photos one day and he will understand why he may have the nickname of ‘bullet’. πŸ™‚ You are such incredible parents and Emma, Liam, and Oliver are truly blessed.

 

Here is the visual story of Oliver Price Vincent’s arrival…

 

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