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.
At the beginning of the year I started a new weekly self-portrait project. 14 weeks in and I'm super proud of what I've created so far. It's been no easy task either and I've wanted to give up a few times, but i'm still going strong. Keep scrolling to read and see more!
Double exposure with dried flowers.
Self-portraits in the shower...sure why not. 🙃 (If you’re curious about that eye on the wall, my significant other and I use our kids’ bathtub crayons to leave each other notes in the shower. That eye is a part of an “eye” love you note/drawing.❤)
Being a mama to these three is the greatest thing ever!!! Some days are super tough, others are a piece of delicious chocolate cake. But no matter what kind of day we're having though, I wouldn't trade it for anything. ❤
Polar vortex self-portraits. ❄️
Our washer broke and as I was cleaning the laundry room preparing for the delivery of the new one, I noticed an amazing pocket of light hitting the wall where the dryer normally sits. (I had moved it out of the way to clean behind it...there were soooooo many socks back there!) I jumped on the opportunity to take self-portraits in this spot because I probably won't get to photograph in it again until our ancient dryer inevitably breaks...LOL!
My self-portraits this week were taken in front of our freshly painted kitchen walls and we played around with long exposures. It was so much fun! I'm pretty excited that dad got in the frame as well! ❤
I've been missing the beach like crazy so I did my self-portraits there this week. ❤
When double exposure self-portraits with flowers don't work out and you start to get frustrated, you resort to making a pot of coffee at 5pm, then you use your almost overflowing mug of said freshly brewed coffee to double expose your face onto. 😜😂😄
Not going to lie, this week's self-portrait was super freaken frustrating to create. I wasn't feeling inspired, my kids kept pulling down my background, I was tired, nothing was working out right, and I almost gave up. I even thought to myself quite a few times, "eh, maybe I'll just skip this week..." But I pushed through the frustration, created this, and I could not be happier! It feels so good to not have given up! ❤
"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy."
–Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver
I am a flower in the springtime...I'm only just starting to bloom.🌱
New plant, who dis? My significant other came home from the grocery store with a fern the other day and as soon as I saw it, I knew that it would be joining me in my self-portraits this week. 😜
"We're just a mess of moments
That's adding up to where we are
And you're the frame and focus
That's making sense of it so far
I'm not depressed or hopeless
I'm only walking in a blur
And you're the frame and focus"
-Frame and Focus by Lights
Today is this cutie's first birthday, so I thought it'd be fitting to share some of my favorite images I created during his fresh 48 session.
Fresh 48's are one of my favorite kinds of sessions! Not sure if it's because I get to spend time with a brand new babe or if it's because they remind me of when my children were that new and little...probably a combination of both.
Just a couple days after Bowen's birth, I was warmly welcomed into his home to document his first, fresh moments and to capture the love that his mom, dad, and big brother have for him.
It. Was. The. Best! :)
"Brothers don't necessarily have to say anything to each other- they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other."