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Everyone’s Path to Parenthood Looks Different – A Beautiful Testimony

Everyone’s path to parenthood is different and it’s often not easy to become parents. Sarah had a rough road on her path to creating her family but her testimony is inspirational. I’ll forever be an advocate for those struggling with infertility and miscarriage. It effects more people then you know and I wholeheartedly believe we need to talk about it more. Here is her story…


I never post but feel my testimony may give others hope in knowing He hears your cries. Never give up hope in what you believe to be His plan for your life…


On June 2011, Jason and I got married, excited to start our life having children. In 2013 and three miscarriages later, I was referred to a fertility clinic by the amazing Dr. Sara Pierce. After six IUIs, a doctor at the fertility clinic recommended we go through a very expensive IVF process. After praying many prayers, crying many tears, and saving a LOT of money, we went through the IVF process in 2015. As many people know, it is a very painful and emotional process not only for the women but the men and their relationship. It takes work to get through the struggles together. It was even more emotional and painful when the fertility doctor attempted to extract the eggs and there were none to retrieve. We were devastated, but three months later we felt we needed to do another one. The summer of 2016 we went through our second round of IVF extractions. This time there was only one embryo which could possibly be viable. It was transferred in October of 2016, but two weeks later we found out that it did not “take” and I was not pregnant. We mourned throughout the holidays questioning what to do next.


Over the next few months, there were two instances which led us to feel that maybe we should try another IUI.


In January 2017, a pharmacist I was talking to recommended we become vegetarian before trying again, and a few days later I was reading an article suggesting the same thing. In February of 2017, we decided to do another IUI; however, qualifying exams for my doctorate were set during the week of the planned procedure. It took a lot of convincing from my husband to go through with the IUI. Two weeks later we found out we were pregnant with our son, Hudson. This was a complete shock because we were told the chance of us conceiving were slim. Hudson was born in November of 2017. As soon as we had our son, we knew we wanted to attempt to have another child. In January 2019 we did another IUI, but once again I was hesitant because I was going through the defense portion of the dissertation for my doctorate. To our complete surprise, on the first attempt I got pregnant with our daughter, Hadley, who was born in October. This pregnancy was not easy because at our 28-week appointment we were told that our daughter had ventriculomegaly, which is where the fluid filled ventricles in the brain appear to be too large. Dr. Pierce’s support was a critical reason that I was able to remain calm during this time and trust in His plan. I went to numerous MRIs and ultrasounds to check on our baby girl’s progress during the pregnancy. After she was born, an ultrasound was done on her brain. The ventricle was within normal range! I vividly remember a conversation I had with my parents just weeks after Hadley’s birth when I told them I wanted to try for a third child. Little did I know the emotional roller coaster we would be on over the next eighteen months.


Without telling anyone, we completed three different rounds of IUIs. The third procedure worked! We were excited to tell our family, even though I was taking progesterone oil shots every day. At our last appointment with our fertility doctor after which we would be transferred to regular OBGYN care, the doctor found something he wanted my OBGYN (Sara) to follow. Again, by the grace of God, Dr. Pierce was able to see us just a few days after our visit to the fertility clinic. We walked into the ultrasound room with fear and left with sadness and anger. During that eleven week appointment, we discovered that there was no heartbeat. Once again, devastated and lost, we clung to our faith in Jesus. Two months after the loss of yet another baby, we discussed moving into another IVF conversation with the fertility clinic. Plans were set to start medications and have the extraction in May of 2021. I was optimistic and felt we were doing what we needed to do. The doctors extracted three eggs and NONE of them were viable with life. Pain and grief flooded our hearts, not knowing where else to turn but to God and to our amazing family and friends. We were told the probability of having another child was extremely unlikely. We continued to pray and believe that God’s plan was for us to have a third child.


We contacted another fertility clinic in New York to hopefully find more answers and a solution to our infertility. We met via Zoom with the doctors four different times and did a massive amount of blood work to determine if I was ready for an extraction. My bloodwork came back and the group in New York indicated we should purchase medications in order to begin treatment the following month. I was going to turn 39 in September of 2021, so we knew this IVF procedure would probably be our final attempt to have another child. God had a different plan. We purchased $7500 of medication and ready for use the next month. In September of 2021, while patiently waiting to start the medication and begin the journey, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive with NO Medication! So many signs gave me peace that this was real including the fact that the baby’s due date was on my deceased father-in-law’s birthday, and the day I went in for blood work to determine if I was actually pregnant my Bible app said I would receive positive results.


I introduce to you Holton Christopher Beck born May 16th at 6:37pm weighing 8 lbs 10 ounces.


THIS was His plan for our lives. It didn’t come without many struggles over the past 11 years, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. To this day we are told over and over how shocked doctors are that we were able to get pregnant with Holton, and it all happened without medical intervention but with God’s intervention. We keep the non-returnable medication we purchased sitting in our kitchen as a sign of God’s presence in our lives.


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Such an amazing family! If your family is looking for someone to capture your family’s story (whatever it may be!) I would be honored to do that for you. If you are in the Indy area and are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer please let me know. I would love to see if your due date is available and get it on my calendar.

 

Cake Smash Session with Purple Boho Garden & Butterflies

This sweet girl wasn’t big on smiles. However, her mom said that’s pretty typical for her. She is just a stoic baby band they are used to it. Even though she wasn’t big on ear-to-ear grins we still go some smirks out of her and she did seem to very much enjoy her 1st birthday cake!

The theme for this 1st birthday cake smash session was purple boho garden with butterflies. It sounds like a mouth full but it really wasn’t too much. I’m going to have to say, I’m a fan! The setup had macramé, lots of greenery and purple flowers, twinkle lights, some sweet butterflies added in and an adorable floral crown. The purple Ombre cake was the prefect addition to the session. Her sweet little outfits definitely were such a beautiful addition to the photos!

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As always, it’s been a joy watching this sweet birthday girl grow over the last year! I’m obsessed with her cake smash session but I’m also sad that she is a graduate of the “Grow With Me” package. I won’t get to see her every few months moving forward.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis cake smash photographer don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. I would love to create something custom for your birthday baby. If you are expecting and interested in leaning more about my Grow With Me packages that include a cake smash session please reach out. I would be happy to share with you the different packages that I offer.

10 Fun Facts about Redheads and a Cute Little Redhead Newborn

Ezra Michael is the sweetest little boy and has a head full of red hair! He is such a cutie and I was so excited to be able to capture his newborn session. Since I do not see many redheads in the studio, I thought it would be interesting to share some fun facts about redheads!

  1. Redheads are often left handed. I guess we will see what happens with this little man!
  2. Typically bees are more attracted to people with red hair
  3. People with red hair often have less strands of hair, but their hair is typically thicker so it makes their hair look more full
  4. Ezra has a long time before this one, but redheads do not normally go grey- they go white
  5. A unique combination is red hair with blue eyes! Less than a million people have this combination
  6. Changes in temperature are more noticed for people with red hair
  7. People with any ethnicity can have red hair
  8. Thomas Jefferson was a redhead!
  9. Redheads are commonly believed to be smarter than people with other colors of hair
  10. Roughly 30% of people that dye their hair at home, choose red

Sweet little boy with the cutest head of hair, you are adorable!

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Thanks for visiting me in the studio, sweet little one! If you are looking to capture the newborn stage of your little bundle, I would love to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer!

Boho Boy Cake Smash Session

This little guy had a bout of motion sickness on the way to the session and happened to get sick in the car so there was some clean up involved before the sessions started. He was a trooper and rallied through and the session went super smooth! I have been photographing this cutie since birth and it has been a joy! The little guys mom uses the pictures for scrapbooking and I love seeing her final products. The theme for this session was boho and it was ADORABLE! I loved the greenery, teepee, and macramé!

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Happy first birthday sweet boy! Thank you for celebrating with me!

If you are getting ready to celebrate your little one’s big day, I would love to help out with a cake smash session. Shoot me a message today if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer!

 

Baby Girl Maizie – Zionsville Newborn Photography

I just finished photographing big sis’s 1st year and I’m excited to photograph this family for another year with the birth of another sweet little girl, Maizie! Big sister, Rory, did so good and is such a great big sister! Rory is 13 months old so the two girls are very close in age. Maizie has a purple and yellow nursery so we did a lot of images to match the nursery. This will be great so that the images can be printed to decorate the nursery! Purple and yellow is not a common color combo for me, but it was a fun one. I just love how the photos turned out!

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Aren’t those photos just the cutest?! I just love this family and am glad to get to spend a lot more time with them now that Maizie joined the family!

Are you expecting a new little one? If so, I would love to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer! Reach out today and let’s get your due date on my calendar!

A Walk in Central Park – Carmel, Indiana Maternity Photography

This session is one of the first sessions I’ve done at Central Park in Carmel. It is quickly becoming part of my list of favorite places to shoot. There is a lot of variety of backdrops- water, tall grass, rocks, and trees. The light is just so lovely! The only downside is that it is probably not the best location for toddlers since seeing the playground is inevitable and there are no railings near the water where I like to photograph. It was perfect for this maternity session!! These first time parents were super excited for their baby-to-be and I’ll be following them along with more pictures as baby grows. I just love that they included their pup in the photos. I cant wait to meet your new little bundle!

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I enjoyed walking in Central Park with you both and am excited to see you guys again really soon! If you are looking for a maternity photographer in Indianapolis, I would love to chat. Please reach out and let’s talk about your vision for your maternity photo shoot.

Baby Boy Ezra – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

I just LOVE it when I am able to photograph babies and I love it even more when this new baby is from a family that I photographed their other children and that is the case with this session! Meet sweet little Ezra! I was so glad to have him in the studio and to also see how much his two older brothers have grown since I photographed both of them as babies too! Big brother was VERY excited to show off his new sibling while middle brother was not super excited about a new man in town! All in all we were able to get some great smiles. I just love the stunning photo of the whole family- the backlit photos are just amazing. Their sweet little outfits were adorable and neutral, which I love. Little Ezra looked adorable in green! The bow ties really just made me smile so big! Be sure to check out all the photos of this sweet family!

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So nice to meet you little man! Welcome to the world!

If you are expecting, I would love to get your due date on my calendar for your Indianaolis newborn photography session as well. Be sure to send me a message today!

An Inspirational NICU Cake Smash Session – From NICU to 1st Birthday

Doing this cake smash session and hearing this family’s birth story was inspirational. This family was hit hard by COVID and it could have resulted in a very tragic end for both mother and baby. Spoiler alert – it didn’t due to a strong mom, amazing doctors, modern technology, a dad that made impossible choices, and prayer.

Here is what happened from the baby’s mom’s point of view:

On May 3, 2021 I was dropped off at the ER in Kokomo to take a COVID test. After that point I do not remember anything. I woke up a few times in the ambulance while they were transferring me to IU North where I was put in ICU after a night there.

I was taken to IU Methodist then on May 5, 2021 my fiancé was made power of attorney over me and had to make the decision in a matter of minutes via phone.

The decision was to give mom and baby a 50/50 chance; to deliver the baby and take him back to IU North Riley, put me in a coma on a vent and ECMO (ECMO was the last resort to keep me alive).

I gave birth in a coma. I didn’t know I had given birth. My fiancé couldn’t be in the operating room with me as he was at home with COVID and being quarantined with our older kids. Baby Calum was born at 29 weeks.

I spent 12 days on the vent and ECMO and when I woke up two days later, I was released from the hospital. Then I had to wait 21 days to see baby Calum. Dad was able to see Calum at 14 days since he also had COVID.

I will forever be grateful for the critical care team at Methodist and the 17 doctors who saved our lives. My OB, Dr. Linton at  IU North, went above and beyond. He had to fight to get me transferred to IU North from Kokomo and his decision to send me to Methodist to get us more help and all that IU North Riley NICU staff were just amazing. No words can describe how thankful we are for all the doctors, nurses and staff.

We faced many struggles during the whole ordeal. For dad, the hardest part was having to make decisions to save two people he loves – mom and baby.

The struggle mom faced and the hardest part for her was not being able to see her baby until 21 days after she was released from the hospital. In the cake smash session you may notice a few images of mom Face Timing baby in the background. This is because this was how she was able to see baby for 21 days.

Watching Calum fight for his life for 66 days was hard for everyone. Something that many don’t talk about when it comes to the NICU is the overwhelming financial hardship we faced, picking and choosing what bills we pay vs keeping food on the table. There were so many hard parts about the whole ordeal, but these were just a few.

While there were struggles, there were also inspirational moments. The most inspirational moment was seeing how strong Calum was and the fact that he fought so hard to be here after being born at 29 weeks. He was a fighter every step of the way!

We chose to do the cake smash session to celebrate Calum’s fight! We see this birth as a good thing and we want to embrace the fact that he was a preemie and spent all that time in the NICU- it gives people hope.

Our family has all mostly recovered. Calum still faces many challenges from being born early but always has a smile on his face. I have long-term effects from Covid but am living a normal life and enjoying time with my son and all our other children. All the other children love him like crazy! Matt is relieved that his fast made decisions were all the right ones and sleepless nights proved to all be worth it since everyone is at home now!

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I love when clients choose themes that have meaning to them. These clients couldn’t have chosen anything more meaningful. They were a true inspiration to have in the studio.

If you are looking for a away to remember your little one’s 1st birthday I would love to be your Indianapolis cake smash photographer. Let’s set a date for your little one’s cake smash session.

Car Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

This car loving little man is ONE and boy, did we celebrate! Little boys just love cars and it is something that is innate in little boys. I have seen research on this topic and it is really interesting!
I have been photographing this guy since birth and so I was excited to celebrate his first birthday with him. He does have the same innate quality for living cars/vehicles and that is why his mom chose the theme!
The photos turned out great and little man just seemed happy to be celebrating his birthday as well. We were able to get a variety of facial expressions which always makes for a great gallery!

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Vroom, Vroom- now you are one! Thanks for coming and celebrating with me for a cake smash session!

13 Year Old Twins – Urban Session in Downtown Zionsville, IN

I’ve enjoyed photographing this set of twins over the years. I can’t believe they are 13! They are little young adults and it’s blowing my mind. This session was a blast. I’m used to shooting families with little kids. Sessions normally involve lots of running around chasing toddlers, telling fart jokes (I’m not above that), and just overall being silly. But these two were much more easy going and the session was just so much fun to shoot. They don’t lack personality but they are also great at taking direction. It was such a good combo! We were also able to cover a lot of ground – brick wall, streets of Zionsville, flower shop, alley ways, and tall grass in Turkeyfoot park. Their gallery ended up with over 100 images and there was so much variety/diversity.

I don’t shoot senior photography. It’s just never been something I was super interested in shooting. I consider myself a kid person and that’s were I’ve found my niche. But this session has me questioning that. Why don’t I shoot seniors?! They are still fun to shoot and it’s a new challenge. I’m not sure if it’s something I’m going to offer in the future or not, but just throwing it out there. One thing is for sure, if these two ask me to photograph them for their senior pictures I’ll be there!

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These two don’t take life too seriously and that’s the way it should be at 13! Thanks for letting me photograph your joy at this age!! I can’t wait to see you again.

If you are looking for an Zionsville family photographer don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. I would love to photograph your family.