babies

Surprise, AZ| Newborn Lifestyle Session | Welcome Home Elizabeth by Laura Gentry

There are times in our lives that things just don't go as planned. I'm convinced its God's way of telling us we are not in control, he is. It forces us to "lean not on our own understanding" to find peace. 

Elizabeth was 5 weeks early. Her mom didn't really want to be pregnant in August, in Arizona, but she really wanted a healthy baby. Guess what..... She got both. 

Elizabeth is the 4th girl for this family. She is doted on like no baby I have ever seen before. It was such a blessing to witness their love.

Shea Hospital | Scottsdale, AZ | Welcome Quinn by Laura Gentry

I am lucky enough to work with some wonderful  people.  It is honestly one of the only reasons I stay sane as an ED RN.  Analeta and her partner in life, Raul, are two of those people. 

Analeta wasn't sure having a pregnancy of her own was in her cards. When we found out she was expecting Quinn we were beyond excited. We often don't talk about that.... The struggle of getting pregnant and the anxiety that can follow when it actually happens. Wondering if it's too good to be true.  To be able to witness this miracle was beautiful. 

I felt so lucky to be there for her fresh 48.  Seeing the way motherhood made her glow was pure magic. 

Sarah's Birth Story by Laura Gentry

My friend Sarah has been so supportive of me and this adventure.  When she asked if I would come document her birth she was met with an enthusiastic, "Hells YES."  Then the reality of my real job set in.  I work full time night shift as a punching bag....., I mean an ER nurse.  We decided I would come if it was possible and left it up to chance.  God smiled down on us that this actually worked out!

Panic set in when I started to think about  photographing in low light. Although I plan to revolve my craft around natural lighting,  I needed a flash.  I didn't own one and I didn't know how to use one. My husband went to the amazing  Foto Forum with a list of questions.  They were so much help and I plan on bugging them A LOT.  I saved up and bought a 430 EXIII, watched you tube, creative live videos, and practiced. I highly recommend watching the Mastering TTL Flash  class in creative live with Mike Fulton and Cody Clinton.  It was so helpful and I need to watch it 10 more times so that all the info actually sinks in.  

At last, in the wee hours of the night, I got the call.  When I got there Sarah was calmly laboring with John by her side.  Her mom was there too as solid support.  The midwives were watching over her labor and reported that it was coming along nicely.  There were two of them. One, a seasoned veteran who was present at Sarah's previous birth and another in training. While talking with them I considered becoming a midwife... for about 30 seconds.  Sarah was a freaking rock star.  Watching her trust her body to bring her baby into the world was a powerful reminder that our bodies were made to do amazing things. Baby Vayda came into this world calmly and into the hands of her father who handed her over to her mother while announcing that they had" gotten a girl!"

Seriously, such a beautiful moment.