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November 29, 2012

Amber and I have been friends for a very long time and when she introduced me to the love of her life, Curt- I knew he was the one.  When they told me the news that they were expecting I was ecstatic + beyond excited for them!  We all thought this journey would be an amazing story to photograph and so begins Penny’s birth story.  Amber called me one day and told me they were going to the doctor’s to hear the baby’s heartbeat.  I met them at the doctor’s office and when I saw Amber see the baby on the monitor for the first time, my heart melted.  I was so happy for my friends and could not wait to see this baby in person.

A few months later it was time to find out if this baby was going to be a Penelope (a name they both loved) or Jack (after both of their grandfathers).  We met in the doctor’s office and anxiously waited.  IT’S A GIRL!  :)  Amber and Curt barely made it outside before spreading the news.

Now we all had to patiently wait till we would see Penny again.  Patiently.

Penny was being a little stubborn and wasn’t going to come anytime soon.  Amber + Curt went ahead and scheduled a C-Section for Monday, November 19th but as life has it’s own plans, Penelope decided she would come earlier. ;)  Friday evening around 6 PM I got a phone call from Amber saying that her water broke and that they were on their way to the hospital.  I had my camera ready and headed over to meet them.

Penny was taking her sweet time so Mommy + Daddy got some rest.

The nurse came in and said it was time!

Everyone was so excited and anxious to see Penny. :)

After 11 hours of labor, Amber + Curt welcomed beautiful Penelope Rose into the world on November 17th at 3:52 a.m. with family and friends by their side.  She weighed 9 lbs 5 oz and was 22 inches long.    Having been given this honor to photograph a baby’s birth and first breath in this world is not only humbling but an incredible experience that I will cherish forever.  I am so thankful you invited me along this amazing journey.  I love you all so much! xoxo Kristie

When Meredith + Tanner first told me they were expecting their first child I was so excited!  I was even more ecstatic when they asked me if I could photograph the experience.  Last summer we photographed the maternity session and in July, Laila made her appearance into the world.  During her newborn session I knew that it wouldn’t be the last time Laila would see my camera :)  After she turned 6 months old, Meredith and I decided it was time to capture some more memories.  We met at the park and later made our way to Laila’s great-grandmother’s house.  Laila was a bundle of pure joy and was so happy for our session.  She loves to play and was “talking” up a storm!  At one point I just had to put my camera down and play- she is so cute!  We all had a fun filled day and shared many laughs. :)




I always have a great time when I see you all!  Laila is such a joy and a precious gift- I can’t wait to see her again :)

Last November we welcomed a new addition to our GPA family.  She was all of 8.6 pounds and 21 inches.  When Mel first told me she was pregnant we both joked that this would be the most photographed baby ever- and it holds to be true :)  Raye documented Izabella Claire’s birthstory  and I had the privilege of photographing her newborn session.  Due to unexpected events we weren’t able to photograph her til she was 2 months old but by then she had her own personality and was able to smile :)  I met with Mel + Mike at their house and was greeted by their gorgeous Husky, Atreyu.  He is Mel’s first baby and happened to get a little jealous for attention during our shoot.  However, he is so protective of Bella and was so gentle around her.  Bella is so beautiful and her little smile just lit up the room.  I’m so grateful we were able to welcome this little joy into our family.

Bella had bath time and Atreyu got play time :)

Mel + Mike- I’m so incredibly happy for you both and can’t wait to see the young lady she becomes.  Thank you for inviting me along to photograph her journey through life.  I love you both!  xoxo

February 07, 2012

there are just certain things in life that are beyond explanation and I could spend paragraphs attempting to convey what it’s like to witness a new life coming into the world. although I am a firm believer in the power of words – there aren’t enough for this experience. twice before I’ve been given the honor of being asked to photograph a birth and I was left exhilarated, thrilled, grateful, wondrous and so much more each time. so when a member of our GPA family first, tells you that she’s pregnant and then says she wants you there every step of the way to document the whole kit and kaboodle… well needless to say, I was humbled and excited. in previous births I hadn’t been there for the first sonogram or the appointment where they found out if it was going to be a boy or a girl but mel and mike invited me to tag along with them and I loved every minute. I swear, I think I was almost as anxious as mel’s mom and sister when we found out it was a girl! so when miss bella decided her time had come to join us, I got the call. once they got to labor and delivery at the hospital, mel’s sister brittany kept me updated to the progress – at first it was right on track but then it slowed WAY down. by the time I got to the hospital, mel wasn’t making the progress that her doctor was hoping for, so a c-section was imminent. mel didn’t even seem nervous! she only had one thing on her mind.. holding little izabella claire in her arms

mike and mel – I can’t tell you what an honor it was to be there as we all met your beautiful daughter. your family here at the studio love you all so much and are SO happy for you! xoxo as for our blog readers, stay tuned for kristie’s beautiful newborn session with miss bella!