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Sweet Sequoia was another 22 (+6) weeker that I had the joy of meeting last year around a week after Aubrey. At the time Sequoia was 3 weeks fresh and weighing 1 lb 7 oz. She too needed rest the day I came in and it was very dark in her room, which didn’t have any windows, so as I always do, I worked with what light I could so baby stayed comfy. When photographing babies this tiny it’s so important to just work within the environment of the room and not disturb too much if anything at all. Since her body temp was stable and she was under the warmer, we were able to pop the top so I could get some images of her without looking through the cover, always helps. I tried something new of doing a video sneak peek, which I really need to start doing again, it’s such an amazing way to really understand the smallness of Sequoia in her photos. Such a sweetheart this girl!

And here she is at 1! I still can not believe she’s one, the year just flew by. She’s happy, healthy and thriving!

Happy Birthday Sequoia! You’re such a miracle!


Last year I had the privilege of meeting and photographing teeny tiny wee Miss Aubrey in the hospital when she was just 2 weeks fresh. Born at just 22 weeks (and how many days I honestly don’t remember), she weighed 1 lb 2 oz and when I photographed her she was just past her birth weight at 1 lb 3 oz. Aubrey’s momma had asked me to keep the images private until she was ready to share, and as always I am so respectful of parents’ decisions when it comes to social media. Sharing photos is not why I offer these sessions, it’s merely a bonus. But now Aubrey has TURNED ONE and ahhh, guys, she’s so cute! Her family brought her out to me for her 1 Year Photos and I could not get enough of her! She played shy with me but I got a little smile out of her. She’s doing so well, happy, healthy, amazing. The best outcome a parent can hope for. I photographed her twice in the NICU, though the second session I’m keeping private as Mom was doing skin-to-skin for the photos and they’re just for her.

So first up, her first NICU session with me. If I remember correctly she was needing to be left to rest (I think she was on the oscillator but I can’t recall 100%), so we didn’t get her out of the isolette and it was very dark in the room. Since I don’t use flash, I cranked that ISO up and I actually love the dreamy film look the slight grain gives the images. I wish I could describe to you what the feeling is like to see a baby that tiny right in front of you, to see a living breathing miracle right there. It humbles me to no end that I am invited in to photograph these babies. I may go in the room another stranger to parents, but I always leave as a friend.

And now, 1 year later!

Thank you to Aubrey’s family for the JOY you’ve given me of being a part of telling her story. For one tiny girl, she’s got such an INCREDIBLE story. Much love.



Sweet twin boys Gardner & Barrett were born at 32 weeks and I was able to capture their sweetness a few weeks into their NICU stay as they were teetering under & over the 5 lb mark. I love the twin rooms at this hospital, they are so spacious and inviting. I was having Mom & Dad each hold one of the babies when I asked their nurse if we could arrange for the boys to be together, which was the first time I believe they were together since birth, super duper sweet! They naturally held each other’s hands and just cuddled right in, I absolutely love the connection twins have, it is like nothing else. =) I processed this session a little differently than normal to give it more of a film look and absolutely love how they turned out.

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It started with a late evening idea. I was at my desk working and sent some of my friends in the NICU world a message about this idea I had to bring in Spring. Everyone got excited about it. My friend at the Circle of Hope NICU Foundation absolutely rocked making the eggs, and with the help of the amazing staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we welcomed Spring in with Easter Eggs! I love doing events like these as ways to help the parents feel loved and supported when life is not normal for them. No two eggs were exactly the same and aside from parents getting a digital copy from me, they are also getting framed prints to put in each baby’s room. I’ve said it time and time again, photography is a healing tool. To bring some sense of normal to situations that are anything but. Seriously, these events bring me so much joy being able to love these parents and their babies. =)

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Over the course of a month in April and May, I photographed my 3rd Annual NICU Then & Now series, this year I caught up with 30 families! Most I have known from their NICU days (and a few back for their 2nd and third years!) and I met some wonderful new families as well. I really believe it’s important to have these types of photos not only to show how much the kiddos have grown, but to show other families who may be currently in the midst of their NICU journey. I always shoot these as fundraisers on donation basis to help raise money needed towards continuing to offer my sessions to families in the NICU for free. I currently live an hour away (until next year when I move back to OP) and so the costs to do these sessions without any money coming in really do add up, so thank you to all my families who help!

This year I will be re-vamping the Believe in Preemies branding and website, designing new literature to leave in the KC area NICUs, working on the first book in a series of inspirational books of NICU stories (which is a huge undertaking!), finally writing and giving the workshop on proper NICU photography for photographers, and so much more. Thank you all for supporting this very important work!

Below: Twins Brooklyn and Olivia, born at 32 Weeks

Below: Miss Noelle (younger sister), born at 31 Weeks

Below: Mr. Jameson, born at 32 Weeks

Below: Mr. Joey, born at 31 Weeks


Below: Twins Penn & Meyer, born at 29 Weeks


Below: Brothers Robbie and Max, both born at 28 Weeks


Below: Twins Olivia and Judah, born at 31 Weeks


Below: Twins Addison and Elizabeth, Born at 30 Weeks


Below: Miss Eva, born at 25 Weeks


Below: Mr. Henry, born at 24 Weeks


Below: Miss Briella, born at 23 Weeks


Below: Twins Brooke and Allie, born at 28 Weeks


Below: Twins Avery and Aspyn were born at 24 Weeks, Aspyn (held by Mom) passed at 32 days


Below: Miss Linh, born at 33 Weeks


Below: Miss MaKayla, born at 24 Weeks


Below: Mr. Quinn, born at 25 Weeks


Below: Miss Brooklyn, born at 31 Weeks


Below: Miss Karaline, born at 23 Weeks


Below: Mr. Cillian, born at 33 Weeks


Below: Miss Rosie, born at 31 Weeks


Below: Mr. Ryker, born at 32 Weeks


Below: Mr. Owen, born at 29 Weeks


Below: Twins Noah and Presleigh, born at 24 Weeks


Below: Mr. Quentin, born at 25 Weeks


Below: Cooper, along with a photo of his twin brother Parker, born at 24 Weeks


Below: Twins Carsyn and Macyn, born at 32 Weeks


Below: Twins Arya and Niko, born at 31 Weeks


Below: Miss Karissa, born at 23 Weeks


Below: Miss Bria, born at 28 Weeks


Below: Miss Elle, born at 23 Weeks