I don't know where to start because this all feels so surreal. I cannot believe that ONE WHOLE YEAR has passed since I started this project. That was such a fast year! If you're just now tuning in to this project of mine, I'll fill you in real quick. Back in the first week of January of this year I decided to challenge myself and start a weekly self-portrait project. So each week during the year I'd have to create at least one new self-portrait. Seems easy enough, right?
Well, me deciding to start a personal photography project is nothing new. Over the course of my photography career I've started many personal projects and they have all gone unfinished. But this year I was determined to complete a photography project. And you wanna know what, it was so dang worth it to see it through. I have learned sooooo much about myself over the past year. I have also found that creating for myself each week is a very healing and for the most part a very meditative process. I now find myself craving to create self-portraits.
I've put my heart and soul into creating these and I truly hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them. I'll be starting a new weekly self-portrait project come this new year, so you'll still see my face around. Happy New Year! Cheers to 2020!
P.S. If you ever find yourself in a creative rut or you need inspiration, start a personal project. Create for yourself, you won't regret it!
Trace's Fresh 48 Session || Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital || Manistee, MI || Elizabeth Marie Photography
Wishing sweet Mister Trace the happiest of birthdays! I cannot believe that one whole year has passed since he was born! I remember walking the hospital halls to meet him just like it was yesterday. ❤
In honor of his first birthday, I'm sharing some of my favorite images from his Fresh 48 session.
Exactly one year ago today I had the pleasure of photographing these amazingly strong parents, Anna-Marie and Ben. Anna-Marie is pregnant with their rainbow baby here. ❤️ (If you have never heard of the term "rainbow baby" before, it means a baby after a loss.)
On this chilly November day there happened to be a snow storm in sight, but they made the trip to Manistee from Kentwood anyways. And I'm so glad they did too because we had the most amazing session together!
Keep scrolling to see some of my favorites.
P.S. I wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!
Harvey's Birth Story || Transitions Women's Wellness Center Manistee, MI || Elizabeth Marie Photography
Happy first birthday sweet Harvey! I cannot believe it's been one whole year since I got to witness his birth!
The day was July 3, 2018 and it also happened to be my 30th birthday. I woke up to a text from Ariel (Harvey's mama) at 8:15am. She first wished me a happy birthday, then informed me that she had been experiencing labor for a few hours. I called her shortly after so I could hear her experience a contraction, and sure enough, she was in labor. She could barely talk through the contraction, so I knew it was time. EEEEK I was soooo excited!
We got off the phone and left it at she'd give me updates throughout the day to let me know how things were moving along.
Around 5:45pm I decided to finally take a shower and what do you think happened? As soon as I got in the shower, my phone started ringing. It was Steve, Ariel's fiance. Him and Ariel were at Transitions Women's Wellness Center and I needed to come there ASAP. I took the fastest shower I possibly could and was out the door a little after 6.
I arrived at Transitions and started photographing around 6:15pm. Harvey was born just over 4 hours later, as the Manistee Forest Festival Fireworks were going off.
Being able to witness and photograph his birth was the most amazing experience ever! See below to witness his birth, his rockstar mama, and amazing birth team.