Being a Tacoma newborn photographer for nearly a decade, I have had the honor of photographing many second, third, etc. babies.  It is always special to take pictures of a family’s new addition, but I will admit I do love seeing those older siblings again after they have grown.  They are not the baby anymore! When they come to my Sumner natural light studio, I wonder if they remember being there before.  Many times they have been back for a Watch Me Grow session or two, to capture their milestones during their first year. Even if they don’t remember it a bit, my cozy studio does have a way of making siblings feel at ease while we photograph them with their new little brother or sister.  Reagan was so cute checking out her baby sister! I think these too will grow up to be such perfect play mates, and I can’t wait to see them again for more pictures as they grow.

Who doesn’t love newborn baby with vintage quilt picture… it is the perfect touch of girly and classic. I got this quilt at the Farm Chicks show in 2016.  I can’t wait to return and find more treasures like this to incorporate in to your newborn session.Tacoma Newborn Photographer baby Tatum siblingTacoma Newborn Photographer baby Tatum sibling

Isn’t she just the cutest! Shhhhh….baby is sleeping.  Maybe I should have this made into a sign for my studio, what do you think? These sibling pictures were definitely some of mom and dad’s most favorite from their portrait experience.Tacoma Newborn Photographer baby Tatum siblingTacoma Newborn Photographer baby Tatum siblingTacoma Newborn Photographer baby Tatum sibling

This Tacoma newborn photographer loves to capture siblings!

Are you expecting a new addition to your growing family? First, Second, Third baby or more….it is always an honor to capture these fleeting moments for your family to treasure. Check out all the details HERE and contact me to check availability for your due date.

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Being a Bonney Lake newborn photographer I get to meet a lot of new people…in this case I got to reconnect with an old friend! Amy and I went to high school together, but lost touch not long after graduation.  It was such a wonderful surprise when she got in touch with me to photograph her brand new baby at my Sumner studio.  Just before her baby boy was born, she sent me some picture of his nursery for inspiration. I was able to match the neutral earth tones they were using to make these final images fit perfectly as artwork for their home.  Speaking of artwork, Amy choose one of my favorite keepsakes from her session. This double hanging Photoblock is being handmade in The Netherlands as we speak, and I just can not wait for them to hang it in Kamden’s nursery soon.

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Are you interested in beautiful pictures taken with your newborn baby?  I would love to create those for you! Check out all the details HERE and contact me to check availability for your due date.

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Seriously one of the best things about being a Tacoma newborn photographer is capturing a brand new baby in her mother and father’s arms.  I have invested a lot of training to ensure that families will have beautiful and flattering images of these fleeting moments with their tiniest family member. I know some expecting moms have shared their apprehensions with wanting to have photos taken when they may not be feeling their best.  Trust me as an expert photographer to create something absolutely beautiful that you will cherish now and forever, and you will get results like this! One of my favorite sessions from this past summer, it is filled with soft textures and organic colors…with a little ice cream to celebrate.

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Are you interested in beautiful pictures taken with your newborn baby?  I would love to create those for you! Check out all the details HERE and contact me to check availability for your due date.

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When Seattle newborn baby Cora visited my natural light studio in Sumner, she was the first baby I photographed born in 2017! I was so happy to capture this newborn with parents and her big brother too. Sibling pictures with a newborn baby can be challenging. I know how priceless these images are and I always look forward to creating them.  Baby’s gender was a surprise. Once she arrived they shared that her nursery colors would be gold, pink, and mint. I was happy to incorporate these colors, along with plenty of classic neutrals, for beautiful timeless photos this Seattle family would treasure forever.

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In addition to being a Tacoma newborn photographer, I photograph brand new babies from all around the Puget Sound area including Seattle Bellevue, Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma, and Olympia.  I look forward to capturing each newborn with organic and whimsical photos that celebrate these fleeting moments.  If you are expecting a new addition to your family in 2017, please take a look at the details HERE and CONTACT me to book your session.

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As a Tacoma family photographer, it is so important for to make sure I have updated photos of my own family. Last fall on a gorgeous October day, I met with my friend and the incredibly talented photographer at Sarah Wolfe Photography, Sarah, do trade family pictures.  I will admit, it was a little chaotic being on both sides on the camera at the same time, but I am so happy with how these all turned out.  I took a few of my kiddos on my camera when they let me.

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And some of Sarah’s sweet family.

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Sarah took these amazing pictures for us, which I was able to edit to match mine and use for our holiday cards and Christmas presents this year.  I am more in love every time I look up at our photo wall and see these beautiful images.

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I am thinking about setting up a date or two in the fall of 2017 to take a few Seattle and Tacoma area families to this beautiful scenic Mt Rainier location for family photos of their own.  Are you interested?

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I knew right away that mom and I were a great fit for this Tacoma newborn baby’s first photo session.  I created a woodland organic vibe with lots of neutral and just a touch of fall color based on the information mom shared with me after booking her photoshoot. I was excited to see that she mentioned a critter headband or hat….I was able to use the cutest squirrel headband from The Dainty Miss, one of the amazing local artisans I regularly shop for special props to accent my tiny subjects.  It was a dream having Sadie in my Sumner studio and I look forward to seeing her back again as she grows this year. Mom was also kind enough to offer sharing her birth story with us; continue on below for my favorite pictures and this Tacoma homebirth story.
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Preparations for a second child was a lot how people describe it compared to the first. I was much more laid back, letting things fall into place rather than wanting everything to be perfect. My first birth was a lovely and empowering waterbirth at The Birthing Inn and I hoped for a similar experience for my second. I wanted things to be as easy as possible for me during labor and we also wanted to have a very intimate experience for this sacred event, so we chose to have our baby at home. As my “due date” approached I had everything ready; birth pool, freezer meals, my son’s old baby clothes washed, house cleaned. The only thing that wasn’t ready was my baby. Each day that my baby was “late” was harder than the day before. But I am firm believer that babies come on their birthdays so I tried to remain patient. On Saturday, October 8th my patience was wearing thin so I went on a long walk by myself and for the rest of the day I just relaxed. It felt wonderful to forget about not being in labor and to just have fun with my husband and our 2-year-old son.

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At 9:30 that night I had a few strong contractions while nursing my son. They felt pretty regular so I asked my husband what time it was, “9:48”, then I asked again, “9:51” then “9:54”. Annoyed, he asked me why it mattered exactly what time it was. I told him I was having contractions 3 minutes apart and I think they might be REAL contractions.Organic Tacoma Newborn Photographer

Over the next few hours my contractions increased so I called my birth team and had my husband blow up the birth pool. All I wanted was to get in the pool so my husband started boiling pots of water along with filling it with the hose. At 3:15 am my water broke. At that time the energy in our home was incredible. I was entering transition and it was just my husband and I there. At 3:30 my photographer arrived. She was amazing at calming me down all while taking photos. It made me feel good knowing she had had 4 homebirths herself and knew what I was going through. My midwife arrived ten minutes later at 3:40 am and asked my husband if he was ready to catch a baby! It was happening and quick!

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I firmly believe that a woman’s body will put itself in the right position for the moment during birth and I definitely experienced that. I felt my legs walk my body over to the birth ball in the middle of the living room and I got on my knees and leaned into it. My midwife started putting chux pads under me and I thought, “What are you doing? I’m not having my baby here!” I wanted to get into the pool, but it wasn’t filling up fast enough. I remember hearing my midwife ask my photographer if she could keep time of the birth, she agreed. For a second I realized she wouldn’t be taking photographs if she was timing and I was a little upset but just then the midwife assistant came through the door.

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My contractions were extremely intense and back to back now. I had my hands locked in my husband’s through a few more contractions before my doula arrived. I remember looking ahead and seeing the oxygen tank and an infant mask sitting before me and my NRP training as a postpartum RN at St. Joseph Medical Center suddenly flashed in my mind. I quickly pushed that out of my head and looked back at my doula. I was feeling so much pressure and my body started pushing at the end of contractions. I reached down and felt my baby’s head which gave me so much motivation. One more push and my baby was born at 4:04 am. I did it!!! I couldn’t believe how quickly and how beautifully the birth went! I just held my baby and my husband and I stared at our little bundle for almost 15 minutes before we finally looked to see if it was a boy or girl. Throughout my pregnancy I felt so strongly that I was pregnant with another boy, we even had a name for “him”. Surprise doesn’t even come close to describe how I felt when I saw it was a girl!! She was so beautiful. 8 pounds and 4 ounces of perfection. I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face. He was so happy. Later my husband went to get our son. He had slept through the whole thing. It was a magical moment. I had both my babies together. I had SO much love for my family. My birth team made our couch into a cozy bed and tucked us in to let us snuggle with our new little treasure.

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Later that day we talked about what we would call her. For years my husband had always said how much he loved the name Sadie. And as I watched him hold his baby girl so sweetly I said, “OK her name is Sadie. You can have your Sadie!” We named her Sadie June Bird.

Organic Tacoma Newborn PhotographerThank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

If you are interested in scheduling a photo session for your newborn baby, I highly recommend booking during your second trimester to ensure availability.  Find out all the details HERE.

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Once Upon a Time…

You have worked hard to bring this new life into the world. Celebrate your story by capturing these first fleeting moments together - You have earned it!

Sometimes the smallest things

take up the most room in your heart

- Winnie the Pooh

Butterfly Kiss Photography is a Tacoma Newborn Photographer with a studio located in Sumner Washington, near Seattle, Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Olympia and the surrounding areas. Tami Brundage specializes in beautiful organic newborn photography, baby photos up to age one, and outdoor family sessions.

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