Baby Emmie | Wichita Newborn Photographer

Most of the time after a Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep session I never hear again from parents–which I don’t expect to.  But this story right here cements everything.  I met this sweet family late one evening after their son Eli was rushed to Wesley from another hospital and passed shortly after.  He was born full-term and this was the last thing anyone expected.  To see his family weep over him and his sweet mama slowly bathe him and comb his hair was one of those moments where your heart just leaves so, so heavy.

Fast-forward a of couple days, and I see them again at the mall!  Strange I thought, and I didn’t have a clue whether to say hello or just walk by.  Come to find out they had seen me too and the same thoughts crossed their minds.

Fast-forward a couple of months to the sweetest email from his mama just thanking me for her photos and sharing her blog with me.

Fast-forward a couple more months, and I’m mentoring her with her photography and helping her get her business rolling so she can stay home with her rainbow baby.

A few months later we’re taking maternity photos then newborn photos and WOAH has this couple just blessed me more than they can even understand.

To see this terrible situation have an opportunity for a happy(ier) next stage is just what my heart needed.  Now she has a thriving photography business (https://www.upliftedjoy.com/) in honor of her son AND a beautiful little girl that is a spitting image of her big brother.

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I have so many words for this day that are difficult to put together.  I didn’t cry at our wedding or either of my births but this dayyyyyy woah.  When you see God all over something and He chooses YOU to be a part it’s a little overwhelming.  This was a dream day and still feels unreal.  What really, really gets me is all of these people who celebrated with us.  Very few of our blood family showed up but over HALF are birth photography clients.  THAT is overwhelming.  The other half is our new family and that’s a whole other pile of tears.  Thankful.  We are just so thankful.

2 years of respite/foster care we can now share their sweet faces.  Meet Breyanna Nichole (9) and Blayne Lee (4).

And super special thanks to Allie Burns for the beautiful memories through photos, Rebecca for the yummy cupcakes, sweet Bekah for making our matching skirts (Bree’s idea), aunt Jess and Tara for the amazing party and all the planning that went into it, and for all the super thoughtful gifts everyone blessed us with along with the constant prayer and positivity!  Your friendships mean the world to us!

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A Gestational Carrier Story | Wichita Birth Photographer

I had been looking forward to this birth for months and even had my “Team Campos” shirt on (they’re seriously the sweetest!), and of course the birthing mother went faaaasssstttt and even speeding I walked (ran) in just after delivery.  Even so it was a beautiful story of sacrifice of a gestational carrier.  I have dreams of being that mother one day—giving something to a family that means the world.  Thankful for all these involved and seeing them all interact together was just FULL of joy.  Welcome to the world sweet Lawson Krue, you are so loved!

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Cordelia is One! | Wichita Birth Photographer

Thankful this family resides in Wichita now and had to switch photographers (thanks Kendra 😉 ), but really they have the most kind souls and are willing to do anything for anyone anytime.  I was able to capture their first son’s first year and this time around I got to see his little sister for an entire year too!  I may have missed the birth but ran in with the cord still attached… in fact, daddy barely made it!  You’ll notice she never got hooked up to anything and the board was empty.  I’m sure that was quite the sight! 😉  She’s an amazing mama and I will probably just have to camp out in their living room next baby. 🙂  Happy first birthday sweet Cordelia!  Enjoy some from her maternity, birth, newborn, 6mo, and 1 year sessions!

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Baby Gemma | Wichita Newborn Photographer

This sweet girl was born at 33 weeks at 5 pounds (big girl!).  Her lungs weren’t quite developed so she had to spend some time in the NICU and is still on oxygen most of the day.  She’s been prayed for, hoped for, and dreamed of and she’s here dressed in allll the girlie things.  She’ll probably never be allowed to date but boys are overrated anyway. 😉  It’s been an honor to snuggle her and capture her sweet family.

Wichita Newborn Photographer

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