Over the past year I’ve been working on transitioning from posed photography to a more playful unposed concept. I am in love. Here are some of my favorites from the Olguin’s session. All images… More
In my almost 8 years of business I have never shared a complete session. Just photos here and there on Facebook, Instagram or my website. To be honest it’s terrifying! But, it’s time.
Meet Sadie Marie. Sadie is the niece of one of my best high school friends, Taralyn. I was so happy when Taralyn contacted me about purchasing a gift certificate for her sister, Emily. Then, I suddenly felt very old. How could little sister Em be a mom? Are we really that old? Sadly, yes. We are that old. lol. It never seizes to amaze me how quickly time flies!
Sadie has the sweetest head of sandy blond hair, and looks just like her daddy! We laughed at her sessions how funny it is that mom does all the work for 10 months, goes through the pain of birth and yet baby looks just like dad!
And there ya have it! 🙂
Comments and questions welcome as always.
The Urban Dictionary defines “Rainbow Baby” as a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.
In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colourful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery.
This is Shawn & Kelcie’s story. The storm, the darkness & the rainbow found at the end.
My pregnancy was nothing like I had envisioned it being from conception to delivery. It was challenging in every sense of the word. It all began when we found out the only way we would be able to have children would be through in vitro fertilization. In vitro, artificial insemination, and infertility are words you hear every day but never put much thought into. Until it consumes your entire world. We began our journey to get pregnant through fertility treatments in September 2014.
During our IVF round we collected 23 eggs. We knew I would produce a high number of eggs and in order to avoid getting sick afterwards we had to freeze all of our surviving embryos. We ended up having 7 survive to the stage they needed to in order to be frozen. 7 possible babies. Because of my young age and overall health my doctor advised that we only put one of the embryos back. Being the stubborn person that I am, I wanted to transfer two. Something in my gut told me, despite what everyone around me was saying, that we NEEDED to put two back. So we did. We signed the waiver at the clinic stating that we understood the risk for a pregnancy that resulted in multiples.
After transferring the embryos you have to wait 2 weeks for a blood test to know if it worked. I got a positive home pregnancy test for the first time in my life 4 days after transfer. IT WORKED! We were pregnant. At the 2 week mark, the blood test confirmed it. A few weeks later, it was time for our ultrasound. I will never forget the moment my doctor said “TWO babies!” Holy crap. They both took and we were having twins. Overwhelmed, shocked, and so excited are just some of the emotions you feel at that one moment. When you do fertility treatments they monitor your pregnancy closely in the early weeks. We had ultrasounds every week and every week we got to see our babies growing and their beautiful hearts flickering. Until one day we didn’t.
Twin B lost it’s heartbeat at 8 weeks. Not only had it’s heart stopped, based on growth it stopped the DAY we had our last ultrasound. Baby A was still growing and doing perfect though. Talk about having conflicting emotions. Devastation for the baby we lost, hope, and excitement for the one still growing. Lucky for us the remainder of my pregnancy was fairly uneventful. Today, as I sit here holding my beautiful baby girl I am so thankful that I listened to what my gut told me that day I decided to put two embryos back. We now have another angel in Heaven watching over our family. We also have a great adventure ahead of us in raising our daughter.
We beat infertility. We survived a miscarriage. We have our miracle. Our rainbow at the end of a seemingly endless storm.
I am so grateful to the McCarthy family for allowing me to capture their sweet baby & be a part of their parenthood journey!
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So, I figure it’s time to introduce myself and let all of you get to know me.
I’m Dixie. A coffee loving, God fearing, lineman admiring, laundry conquering, wine drinking, camera carrying, country music adoring, hound chasing, horse riding, make-up wearing, tough mama! Whoa, that’s a lot…and just a tidbit. So, lets start at the beginning.
I’m an Arizona native, born in the small town of Miami to a copper miner & nursing student. At age 9 my dad died in an accident at the mine. A couple years later my mom remarried and we then moved to Higley, which is now Gilbert. I attended and graduated Queen Creek Schools, Go Bulldogs!! Small town growing-up was a pure privilege! As a young teen I spent most of my free time feeding & doctoring cattle with my step-dad Mike. Old timer traditions run deep in our family. Traditions that my own family has carried on. We hunt, fish, raise beef & laying chickens, we say yes ma’am and no sir and always say grace. At 19 I married my high school sweetheart and moved to Arizona City. By 26 I was a mother of three beautiful girls, and living in Coolidge. Flash forward five years and here I am, living back on my childhood street, married for nearly 12 years and chasing our dreams.
So now you’re probably wondering where photography comes in…
I’ve always loved photographs. At about the age of 10, my moms friend Geri took this amazing photo of my mom standing on the edge of some large boulders and I distinctly remember the way I loved that photograph. It inspired me. I would steal my mom’s camera and pose my stuffed animals. As I got older, I moved on to posing my family and friends. During college I took photography as an elective, and then convinced my husband I needed a new point & shoot, haha point & shoot! After our first daughter was born I just couldn’t see leaving my sweet baby with a stranger or at a daycare, so I became a stay at home mom. Thirteen months later we became a family of four! CRAZY, I know! It was about this time that I decided I needed something to do, I mean more than changing diapers & chasing babies. I bought a DSRL crop sensor camera and started begging all my family & friends to let me take pictures of them. Poor peeps. Lol. I never gave up. After our third daughter arrived I took some time off and found that I just couldn’t stop thinking that I could do this, and be great. I started literally at the bottom & worked my way up and I’m still climbing! I saved my money and upgraded to a professional camera, went to workshops & watched YouTube like it was going out of style! I’m proud of my work & the growth I’ve made and will continue to make. I don’t think one can ever stop learning. I’m passionate about babies & families, and love delivering photos that will forever be cherished. Our home has a dedicated studio space, its my mom cave! I work from home 80% of the time and love being able to be with my girls and be at home when my husband comes strolling in from a long day of work. Speaking of my husband…
Say hello to my main squeeze! Ryan is a lineman and houndsmen but most of all an amazing husband & father. He has always been my biggest support & advocate. He is my best friend, and I truly mean that. We aren’t your average couple, instead of date nights we have hunting trips & trail rides.
Our daughters are a perfect little blend of the two of us. They are tough, but kind. They are tomboys, but love to dress-up.
They would rather brush a horse than their own hair! No joke. I don’t know how many times I ask every morning if they have brushed their hair, but it’s definitely more then I can count on one hand. I have big dreams for these kids & sincerely believe they will move mountains.
Here we are!
Fact break down:
Camera- Nikon D800
Favorite Lens- 50mm & 35mm
Lighting- Studio & Natural (Studio lights for work done in studio & natural lighting everywhere else!)
photo credits: Twig & Olive Photography.