Brenleigh Mae {A Birth Story}

"You are going to feel like at some point you cannot do it...THAT is when your baby is coming."

I was so honored when Hannah Shipp and Connor Shipp asked me to be apart of their daughter's birth story. Brenleigh Mae came into this world on February 3rd, 2018 at 5:22 AM weighing 9lbs. Her Mom was nothing short of amazing. 

The week leading up to Brenleigh's birth her mother (Hannah) was having small contractions here and there, which was just her body preparing for what was to come. Friday evening I had received a text around 8:30 PM from Hannah saying that her contractions have been more intense than the last and she was sure this was going to be the day. Of course I couldn't sleep, so I stayed up anxiously awaiting a phone call from Hannah so I could come to their home to start documenting. Around 3:00 AM Saturday Connor texted me to let me know that Hannah's contractions started to pick up quickly and that they were going straight to Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center. Of course I jumped right up and was out the door...I got to the center around 3:30 AM. When I got to the center, I was greeted by Hannah's older sister who showed me up to Hannah's room. Y'all this birthing center was was like being in a studio apartment, and the staff was wonderful! 

Hannah's labor was definitely progressing at a rapid rate and soon she would meet her beautiful little girl!

* This is a video of an actual birth, although done in a modest way, viewer discretion is advised *

Carnahan Family Session

But the most beautiful things in life are not just things. They’re people, and places, memories and pictures. They’re feelings and moments and smiles and laughter.

I was so excited when Barbara asked me to take her family photos this year.  See, Barbara is a fellow photographer and her and her family had just moved to Texas from Nebraska this spring, so she could have chosen anyone in the area, but she asked me! You and your family have been through quite a rollercoaster these passed few months and I can tell your bond is so strong. I just knew how important these photos were going to be.

It's always nerve racking/exciting to work with another photographer because you know their family is used to having their photos taken, but what if you disappoint?!?! Well I hope I did not disappoint Barbara, because I think your family rocked their session!   

 "I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me Mommy"

"I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me Mommy"

Eleanor + Nolan | Twin Newborn Lifestyle

In this life we will never truly be apart, for we grew to the same beat of our mother’s heart.

I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable duo Eleanor + Nolan last month and they stole my heart. Eleanor was full of sweet baby smiles, and Nolan loved being close to his sister. Their nursery was like something out of a Magnolia Market Magazine..they had a full wall of white shiplap (ah-mazing!) and two wrought iron cribs with the sweetest crib sheets.  Mommy and Daddy waited to find out their genders until they were born so the nursery was a perfect combination of neutrals.  

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A Mother's Love...

"And she loved a little boy very very much - Even more than she loved herself"

I strive to capture emotions when shooting.  I want my photos to say something to you, to truly speak to you.  I feel like this session did just that! There is no denying how much this little boy loves his mommy, you can see it in his eyes. I love the way a mother and baby are able to re-connect through nursing after birth; what a woman's body can do is amazing.


Feigel Family | In-Home Lifestyle

"Family...A little bit of crazy, a little bit of loud, & a whole lot of love"

First I want to say this family really knows how to have a good time! When Sarah asked me to come to their home and do an in-home lifestyle session I was all about it.  I love getting those organic/raw moments at family shoots.  Their daughters (Sadie and Scarlett) were so very shy the first time I met them, the girls wouldn't look at my camera and down right didn't want to be around me, I was determined to win them over because hey, every kid loves Stephanie! I quietly walked around the playroom while the kids read books with Mommy and then watched as they played a fun game with the middle of that game they were laughing, running around, and didn't even notice me or the camera in the room! We had fun putting puzzles together, they showed me their favorite books, picked their favorite songs to sing, and they even had fun putting play makeup on one another.  As you can tell in the photos it shows how much love is in their home, and it was such a joy capturing it for them.