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rider easton williams

14 Sep

He is here!! Rider Easton Williams made his arrival on September 10th, 2010 at 9:15 in the morning. He weighed 8 lbs 6 ozs and was 20 in long. AND- his hair is DARK! Ha! It’s so awesome. I’ve been meaning to blog this post since well, Friday. But as you can imagine, life has been a little hectic since then. I did go ahead and opt for the c-section, so the weekend has been full of adjusting and recovering from surgery. But I have been dying to post a few pictures of him and his arrival. I will be posting several more posts about the details of his arrival and other things I am learning through this process. But for now, it’s kind of late. I gotta feed Rider soon and I need to try to get some sleep tonight while I can. In the meantime, we are pleased and proud to introduce you to our newest little boy…

Rider Easton Williams!!


nine months pregnant

20 Aug

Today I am exactly nine months pregnant. 36 weeks. Almost done.

You know, they should REALLY rewrite all the school books and educate our young women so that they know that most women are ACTUALLY PREGNANT TEN MONTHS. NOT NINE. I still have 3-4 weeks to go and that’s if Rider doesn’t decide to come early! Which, let’s face it. This is MY child we are talking about here. He won’t come early on his own. I’ll be shocked if he does. I have no expectations for an unplanned surprise such as my water breaking or going into labor at 37 or 38 weeks. Do I want it to happen? Um, YES. Am I expecting it? Um, NO. My pregnancy with Cruz was 10.5 months, as he was almost 2 weeks late.

Remember how I keep saying that there’s SO MUCH STUFF that people don’t tell you before you get pregnant? Yes. That’s one of them. Most women are actually pregnant for more than nine months and usually more than ten.

I had my 36 week appointment yesterday and everything looks great! He’s healthy, happy and I’m not dilated at all. This wasn’t a surprise to me, but it’s good to know where I’m at right? I’m going to the doctor every week now. I’m super uncomfortable, dealing with joint pain and hungry ALL THE TIME. Kind of like how I was in my first trimester. So I’ve stocked up on carrots and hummus because you can only eat crap for so long before you start feeling like, well… crap. I’m not swollen at all, which is different than my pregnancy with Cruz. When I was pregnant with Cruz I couldn’t wear my wedding ring starting my 8th month. This time around I actually still have my ring on! I didn’t gain any weight this week, which was surprising, bringing my weight gain to just over 30 lbs. Also refreshing from the 54 lbs I gained with Cruz.

So things look good! I’m starting to pack our hospital bags because before you know it, we’ll be there and we’ll be holding our little Rider man! It’s pretty nuts how fast this pregnancy went. I’m SO anxious to be a mamma of two babies and the adjustment that’s going to take place. I pray every day that it won’t be as hard as I’m anticipating it to be. But if it is, I know that God won’t give me more than we can handle and that it will all be ok.

You might have to remind me that I said that on some days. Or maybe not. Who knows.

Thanks for journeying with me these past nine months. They have been full of so much change for us. It’s been a whirlwind that’s for sure! And I can’t believe in a couple short weeks I’ll have my second little guy in my arms. A mom of two boys.

How’d I get so lucky?

Linnea Alley

7 Jan

I recently had the honor of photographing another birth. It’s always amazing to me that people are asking and allowing me in for such a huge occasion. It’s not something I take lightly, and to be honest, while I love photographing everything we’ve done so far a part of me would be perfectly fine if I only photographed births ever again. The entire process is amazing. Life… is amazing. To capture someone’s first breath is something that I feel privileged to be able to do.

And I cry every single time.

One of my best friends, Andrea, asked me to photograph the birth of her daughter which wasn’t supposed to be until sometime in January. Well, you know how that can go. They never ever come on time. You can read her birth story here. It’s a hilarious read and Andrea leaves no detail out! Andrea and Cody are very special people to us. They are amazing friends, and people that we have known for a very long time. They are those people that once we move (and we will move) we will always still be in touch with them.

Well, that and I already have dibbs on an arranged marriage between Cruz and their little girl. So we will be in laws someday, mark my words!

Their little girl is probably one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen to date. We did her newborn pictures yesterday, so those will be posted soon. But she is simply breath taking. So stay tuned for those because they are pretty darn cute! They named her Linnea Joelle Alley. And she was born on December 23rd, 2009 at 3:50 am weighting 6 pounds even and 19 inches long. And she’s gorgeous. I wanted to post a few of the pictures here. They are on our Session Nine site as well, but I had to make sure to share them with you as well.

These are very special people to me and Jason. And not to mention, Cruz’s future wife!

baby wine’s birth day

22 Oct

I have just been so overwhelmed with how amazing Jeff and Joy Wine are. They asked me to photograph the birth of their first born daughter, Hadley, on the day when it was much anticipated. I am always deeply moved, touched and honored that someone would ask me to be apart of something that is so huge and so special for them. It was completely my honor.

Jeff and Joy were just so sweet to one another in the delivery room. It was a really special time for them and the anticipation for this very loved little girl was building and building until her arrival. I was able to witness something that was so, so special and you could even tell just by the way that Jeff and Joy were looking at one another through the whole process. True love. I have been deeply touched by their obvious love for one another and for their little Hadley.

And what a beauty!! She arrived perfectly into this world on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. Everything went flawlessly. The staff at Banner Gateway was phenomenal. And Joy was in such great spirits! She was such a trooper and never even complained! She was her sweet loving self to every staff person that came in and out of her hospital room, polite to everyone even though she had to be so uncomfortable.

These are only a few of the pictures that will be given to these proud parents. And I am doing their newborn shoot this week, so be on the lookout for that! Hadley has been brought into this world to a family who was so excited to meet her and who love her, and each other, so very much. When you can ’see’ a love that big, it’s truly miraculous to be apart of. I am deeply grateful to have been apart of this.

Welcome to the world Hadley! You have some of the best parents ever!

* To view more pictures of the Wine Delivery, please visit our official website at www.sessionninephotography.com.

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birth day

16 Sep

This was one of the greatest things I have ever watched someone else experience. I had the absolute honor of being asked to photograph the birth of Chris and Fallon Lile’s newest addition to their family. What a true privilege. I got the phone call from Chris at about midnight of September 9th. They were already at the hospital, Fallon was already admitted and things were progressing wonderfully. I was on standby until about 3:00 am and then I headed down to the hospital- not knowing exactly when this little joy would actually arrive. That’s the tricky thing about photographing births- it’s very unpredictable and can move very quickly or very, very slowly. It’s so hard to know!

Fortunately, I made it to the hospital just in time! I was there for no more than 5 minutes when the doctor announced that it was time to start pushing. And what a moment!! Fallon and Chris did not know if they were having a boy or girl, so when the doctor announced “It’s a boy!” it was such a great surprise for them!

I am truly amazed that these two would ask me to be apart of something so special, so important, so huge in their lives. I can only hope that I captured the amount of love and joy that was in the room that night.

Chris & Fallon- thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of this moment that you will remember for the rest of your lives. Ashur is beautiful. Your family is beautiful.

* These pictures are currently not on our Session Nine Photography site, but will be shortly!

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the kitchen fairy

19 Aug

You have to check this out!

My best friend, Samantha is starting her own business as The Kitchen Fairy! When she told me about this idea, I nearly fell out of my chair because I thought it was brilliant!

We are all so incredibly super busy. And I know that I have such a hard time finding time to do it all (see this post) and that includes making dinner. It’s so much easier to resort to grabbing a bite to eat out. But grabbing take out usually means that you are eating fattening food and that you are probably spending quite a bit of money. It adds up. And let’s face it- we could all probably eat a little healthier and save some money at the same time.

Kitchen Fairy is a dinner delivery service for busy families and professional singles living in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Kitchen Fairy provides 4 pre-made, healthy dinners per week for you to easily heat and serve on your table in minutes! It’s amazing! If you hire The Kitchen Fairy, all of the work will be done for you at an amazing price. All that’s left for you to do is pop it into the oven once your home and ENJOY.

And let me tell you- you will love every bite!

I had the privilege of taking all her pictures for her entire website. So that means that I was able to taste all of her food! Every single thing I tasted was to die for. Sam is  brilliant cook and really knows what she’s doing. She’s created a menu of gourmet food choices that simply leave you hungry for more!

You need to check her out. But hurry- space is limited!!

The Kitchen Fairy. I promise you’ll love it!

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