Dreamer, Encourager, Inspirer...
I always dread writing this section- the "about me" section. Basically these are sections designed to try and sell you on how "amazing I am" or "this is why you should hire me", but that's not what I want you to focus on when visiting my website. What I want you to focus on is who the artist is (besides the sweet babies of course). Who I am.
First and foremost, I am a daughter of the One True King. Ephesians 2:10 says - For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. These words fuel me. Colossians 3:23 says - Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. My work ethic stems from this verse. I am not a photographer because I want fame and fortune. I am an artist, a photographer because I want to touch the hearts of my clients by capturing a moment so special in their lives, that they will always remember that day with a smile on their faces. I want my clients to have a peaceful experience with me, be it from a birth session or an intimate maternity session or capturing a newborn baby in it's littleness.
I am a Motherhood Photographer, specializing in Birth, Maternity and Newborn Photography, based out of Puyallup, WA (Puyallup is tucked in between Seattle and Olympia). Besides being a photographer, I am a Business Coach to Creatives- I coach creatives how to run their businesses with purpose. You can visit my coaching website at
I have two amazingly fun, silly and creative children. My son and daughter are joyful kids to be around. They bring light and laughter to all those who meet them. Besides being a mom & photographer and business coach, I am active in serving my local community and serving at my church. I love to sing, relax at the beach or in the local rivers, explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, read an eclectic variety of books and writing blogs (currently attempting to write a book!), LOVE good espresso (I have become a bit of a coffee snob since moving up to the PNW. The huge coffee company's don't cut it for me anymore), and most of all- I love making authentic connections with people around me.
Authenticity is so important in today's fast paced life. Which is one of the reasons why I find capturing birth, newborns and maternity so appealing.
Birth is so raw. Newborns are so fresh and new. Maternity tends to evoke a different kind of emotion... and I love capturing it all.
Capturing it all, in it's perfect imperfections.
Capturing God's beauty in life.
I hope you have gotten a glimpse into who I am, who I strive to be and most of all... a glimpse into the artist behind the lens.
It’s a simple process.
Your investment for MATERNITY or NEWBORN sessions begin at $700
This includes a $350 print credit to be applied to the collection or a la carte items of your choice during your reveal appointment.
Book a Maternity & Newborn Session together for $900. Includes $475 print credit.
Your investment for your BIRTH STORY will begin at $1600
Includes Birth Album and web files.
All sessions include:
- a pre consultation in person or via Facetime/Skype
- welcome packet, including details and a prep guide for your upcoming session
- in person viewing & ordering session at my studio, usually within 2-3 weeks from session date.
The Newborn Artist has carefully curated collections for you to choose from, as well as beautiful a la carte items.
A $300 deposit and a signed contract is required to book your session.
All items purchased are subject to WA state sales tax of 9.4%
-How soon should I book my newborn session with you?
I tend to book about 3-5 months in advance, and I only take a limited amount of clients a month. So I would recommend getting that deposit and contract signed as soon as you can to ensure I will be available for your session.
-How long do the sessions take?
Each baby is on their own little perfect schedule (although we may not think its perfect when little one decides to cluster feed at 2am). Since each baby is on their own schedule, I like to roll with the punches. My average session is 2 1/2 hours, but I’ve had sessions take up to 4. It just depends on your baby and how he/she feels that day.
-What happens if my baby is super fussy and we cant complete a session?
Like I said before- babies are on their own schedule. If for some reason my assistant (who seriously has the magic touch) or myself can’t get your baby to sleep/work with us- we can talk about that when it happens. I usually can reschedule, but if its close to that 14 day mark, things might get a little tricky. Here’s my opinion- Don't worry about it. IF it happens- we can deal with it at that time. But for now, don’t stress. I’ve had 2 reschedules since 2008. 2. You have good odds for not having to reschedule.
-I feel like I look fat and bloated... why would I want a maternity session?
First of all, ask yourself this question- Would my unborn child want to see photographs of me when I was carrying them? Most likely, one day, yes. My children want to see pictures of them growing in my belly ALL THE TIME. And I don’t have many photographs because I thought I was a huge cow. And I regret it. I wish I had found someone to capture the essence of ME before my babies were born. Don’t live with regrets. Just do it.
What areas do you serve for birth photography?
I am located in Puyallup, so my main areas include Puyallup, Tacoma, Seattle, and the Olympia areas. Pretty much as long as its within a few hours- I’m available! I am also available for travel.
Why should I hire a birth photographer/videographer?
First of all, ask yourself this question… do you really want your significant others face behind a camera during your labor and birth? Or do you want them to be holding your hand, rubbing your back and kissing your forehead while a professional in the birthing photography industry takes care of all those details (such as first breath, 10 little fingers and 10 little toes, first cry, you and your partner’s first looks and emotions)?
When do you arrive for the birth and when do you leave?
Since early labor can take quite some time, I usually arrive when mama is between 6-7 cm dilated. I’ll stay for an hour or so after baby has been born so we can get some special bonding photos with mama and dad.
What happens if you don’t make it in time for the birth?
I only take a few birth story sessions a month, to ensure I will be able to dedicate my time to you for your birth story. If for some reason (illness, unforeseen emergency, or I’m photographing another birth) my back up photographer will attend your birth. If she can not make it, I will offer a refund or you can choose a Fresh Baby & Newborn Session combination instead. If I don’t make it to the birth due to lack of communication on your part (eg. I am not notified when labor begins and kept up to date, or the baby came fast), then no refund will be given but you may opt to choose a Newborn Session in my studio.
The Newborn Artist is currently accepting new Maternity, Birth and Newborn clients!
We look forward chatting with you soon!