Hillarie Mae Photography: Blog https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog en-us (C) Hillarie Mae Photography [email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/img/s/v-12/u300964000-o416029159-50.jpg Hillarie Mae Photography: Blog https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog 120 80 Nygren Lifestyle Newborn Session | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2018/3/nygren-lifestyle-newborn-session-hillarie-mae-photography The Nygren’s lifestyle newborn session was so dreamy with all the natural sunlight in their beautiful home that we went way over on time. I just got carried away. I couldn’t help it. Thanks for choosing me to photograph your family, Nygrens’!

I am smitten with all of you! 

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Martinez 3 Month Milestone Session | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2018/1/martinez-3-month-milestone-session-hillarie-mae-photography When the Martinez family reached out to me and asked if I would photograph their baby girl's 3 month milestone session, I was thrilled! I got to photograph her newborn session and I love watching my little clients grow up. They wanted an in home session, so I came to them and we set up in their master bedroom. It was a quick and easy session for everyone and we both love how they turned out! It was hard choosing a favorite <3


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Munchback Family Christmas Tree Lot Mini Session | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2018/1/munchback-family-christmas-tree-lot-mini-session-hillarie-mae-photography Foster families have a special place in my heart ❤️ 

The Munchback family participated in my Christmas tree lot mini sessions and their baby girl was the highlight of my day. Look at that sweet face! She adored her foster parents and I loved that they chose me to photograph their family for Christmas cards this year. 

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Amaro Family Christmas Tree Lot Mini Session| Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2018/1/amaro-family-christmas-tree-lot-mini-session-hillarie-mae-photography Thanks to my friends over at Moon Valley Nurseries, I hosted Christmas tree mini sessions this year and LOVE how magical they turned out. I'm thinking this will have to be a staple with my yearly holiday sessions! They booked up so quick which means if you would like to get in on these for Fall of 2018 reach out early to secure your date! 


*Disclaimer to other photographers, please be respectful and call ahead to ask permission if you wish to photograph at a local business and always be mindful of customers while shooting! We want to be invited back and show our thankfulness to our friends who allow us to use their beautiful property! 

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Brookbank Newborn Session in Mesa, Arizona | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/brookbank-mesa-newborn-session-hillarie-mae-photography

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Painter Family Fresh 48 Session in Gilbert | Arizona Birth and Fresh 48 Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/painter-family-fresh-48-session-in-gilbert-arizona-birth-and-fresh-48-photographer Some stories just beg to be told in black and white.

Welcome to the world little Henry! 

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Hupman Family Photography Session at DC Ranch | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/hupman-family-photography-session-at-dc-ranch-hillarie-mae-photography I was lucky enough to meet the Hupman Family a little over a year ago when I photographed their daughter's newborn session. I can't believe how quickly the time goes and Olivia is over a year old now and on her feet! I absolutely love my clients and am so happy to hear from them and catch up at our photo sessions. The Hupman's are just gold and I so enjoyed my time with them at DC Ranch for their family session. Thanks again for having me, Hupman Family! 

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Martinez Lifestyle Newborn Session | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/martinez-lifestyle-newborn-session-hillarie-mae-photography Congratulations to this sweet new family and thank you for inviting me into your home to photograph your sweet little Scarlett. 

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Zamba Family Session at the Salt River | Arizona Family Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/zamba-family-session-at-the-salt-river-arizona-family-photographer Fall family season is in full swing and I'm excited to see my wonderful returning clients and meet lots of new ones. The Zamba family chose to do their session down by the Salt River which I absolutely love this time of year. A beautiful backdrop for a beautiful family <3

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Wagner Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session | Hillarie Mae Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/9/wagner-lifestyle-newborn-photography-session-hillarie-mae-photography I absolutely love the special moments I get to document of a family with their brand new baby. Those first few weeks are so fleeting and raw and to be allowed to witness them for my clients is such an honor. Thank you for having me Wagner Family and congratulations on this new adventure you are beginning!

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Estrada Hospital Fresh 48 Session | Arizona Birth Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/8/estrada-hospital-fresh-48-session-arizona-birth-photographer Congratulations to the Estrada family and their brand new baby boy, Theodore!

From what I could see, this little guy has a whole lot of family that just adore him already.

I'm so glad to provide them with photos of this happy time, I just love Fresh 48 sessions! 


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Fall Photography Mini Sessions for 2017 https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/8/fall-photography-mini-sessions-for-2017 I am so excited for this year's fall mini sessions! I have very limited dates available due to the fact that our third baby is due this October so if you are interested in getting your very own time slot on my calendar, hurry hurry to my Facebook page and sign up! www.facebook.com/hillariemaephotography I want to see your beautiful faces this year! 

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Johnson Maternity Session at Windansea Beach, California | Arizona Maternity Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/8/johnson-maternity-session-at-windansea-beach-california-arizona-maternity-photographer When you are asked to travel to the beach for a maternity session, you pack up and go! We chose Windansea Beach in La Jolla for the beautiful cliffs and impressive waves. I almost want to do an outtakes post for all the priceless shots I got of surprised faces and cringing when the waves got a little too friendly, haha! I loved this session and these people and I'm honored to have been part of preserving this time for them. Mitch and Eleisha are the sweetest couple and I know they are going to rock this parenting thing.

Congratulations, guys! 


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Baby Miller's Birth Story | Arizona Birth Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/7/baby-millers-birth-story-arizona-birth-photographer
It's births like these that remind me that I am absolutely living the dream and doing what I love. I love birth photography because it not only preserves memories and serves as beautiful art, it can be healing for the family in so many ways. Leaving the hospital after this birth, I was in awe at how powerful and strong Brittney was. She had a hard labor, a traumatic delivery and stayed true to herself through the whole of it. She birthed her baby in the way she had planed and wanted for so long, even though near the end, she wasn't sure she could.
Baby Miller was welcomed with a rough start. He was born with a nuchal cord around his neck and needed emergency assistance to help him breathe. With so many medical staff crowding baby and Brittney's doula caring for their young daughter in the waiting room and dad looking after baby Miller, I put down my camera and held mom's hand and whispered what I could to help mom in the long moments until Miller was stable. I witnessed her heartache and worry and silently prayed. After 20 minutes, baby was in mom's arms for the first time and she sobbed as she held her baby boy - very breifly - before the medical staff took him to the NICU to make sure he was doing well. An hour later we were so happy to hear that baby was doing great and would be released to Mom and Dad soon and that we were invited to visit and get pictures of snuggles with Miller.

In the days that followed I was happy to hear that Miller was strong and healthy, however, my heart went out to Brittney when she expressed concern about seeing the photos since the delivery was such a difficult one for her. In cases like these, I offer to hang on to the photos until my client is ready for them or edit them as planned. In this case, they decided they were ready and upon delivery of the photos and slide show, Brittney loved them and had this to say,

"I was overwhelmed looking at the photos.  Since we nearly lost my sweet, rainbow baby, I was scared to look at the pictures and just feel pain and fear.  However, rather than pain, I saw strength and love.  I was so happy to see so many precious moments caught between me and my husband, my children, and my best friend and doula.  I cried as I went through each picture and relived Miller's birth, but with a completely different perspective.  I felt strong, I felt loved.  And I saw my perfect baby that we had longed for, prayed for, and waited for, for so very long.  I am so grateful to have these memories captured."

- Brittney S.  

It is my job as your birth photographer to document your baby's birth story in a way that beautiful and real. I support you in any way I can leading up to your birth and throughout the whole process. I love my clients and I am so passionate about telling your story.
Thank you Sartori Family for having me <3
Each birth client of mine gets a 10-15 min slide show video of their images set to music. To view their condensed version, visit our facebook page here: www.facebook.com/hillariemaephotography
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Baby Ezra's Birth Story | Arizona Birth Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/5/howden-birth  

"I've never felt closer to God than I do when a child is about to enter this world.

It's almost as though you teeter between here and the other side of the veil."

-Courtney Howden


When the call came in that it was baby time for the Howden family and that Courtney was in labor, I knew that I didn't have long to get to the hospital. I was in bed and had just fallen asleep after photographing a cesarean birth, when I heard that contractions were 'pretty unbearable' and that they were heading in to have their baby soon. When Courtney and I had our initial meeting and were getting to know one another she had said that she only labored for 3 hours with her first son. Not wanting to risk it, I jumped out of bed, brushed off the fact that I had only gotten just 1 hour of sleep, grabbed a banana and ran out the door. I arrived first and snuck in a few shots of the outside of the hospital before going inside to wait for the Howden Family. Grandma and Ryder, their son, arrived to play in the waiting room while mom went back to labor with dad in their l&d room.

Soon after arriving in her room, Courtney told her nurse that she was feeling pressure and asked if she would check her cervix. After a quick exam, her nurse announced that she was 9cm and her doctor reassured her that that could change very quickly when Courtney seemed discouraged that it wasn't yet time to push. Courtney had one more very intense contraction and exclaimed that she felt more pressure and sure enough, one strong surge was enough for Courtney to be complete and ready to push!

Not long after, mom and dad both learned together that their beautiful new baby was a BOY. Grandma and big brother joined them in welcoming little Ezra to the family and big brother was so sweet and said hello by playing peek-a-boo and snuggling up with mom and baby on the bed. Ezra had an intense and fast delivery, but it sure was wonderful to witness. Thank you for having me, Howden Family and congratulations!

"I'm so happy I had Hillarie Mae Photography come document my labor with Ezra. The pictures are so raw and real. I chose to have him without any drugs, like I did with Ryder. This time seemed so much harder for me- or maybe I just forgot. I struggled for a bit after his birth...I was cross with myself for not "handling" it as well as I felt I could have and not being as prepared for it. But then I look at these pictures and realize I did something really hard. Something that really hurt. I'm not sure there's a pain much greater (Or at least I hope never to experience anything greater). Our bodies are amazing. And I'm actually amazing. I'm so grateful for this strong and healthy body of mine. I've never felt closer to God than I do when a child is about to enter this world. It's almost as though you teeter between here and the other side of the veil. During both of my labors I remember asking out loud for help from my Heavenly Father. It was one of the hardestand best days of my life. And a day I'll remember with much more clarity thanks to these pictures."
-Courtney Howden



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Addalynn's Birth Story https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2017/1/addalynns-birth-story Every birth, for me, is an honor to witness and document. I get a thrill each and every time I arrive to a place of birth whether it be a hospital, birthing center or home. This birth however was something special. Not because it was a coveted home birth, not because baby was born in the water, but because of the feeling of love that was in the room.

Any place of birth can be spiritual and beautiful if there is love.

Addalynn Hope arrived earth side on December 7th on a sunny afternoon in Chandler, Arizona. Her mama had a special and peaceful birth, because of the amazing amount of love and support her birth team gave her as she labored and bore her baby. Little Addalynn was born en caul, which means her amniotic sac didn't break until after she had been delivered. It is rare for a baby to be born en caul and some see it as a sign of good luck. 

Not only is baby girl lucky to be born en caul, but she has two sweet siblings that were so excited for her arrival that they were asking to hold her before she was even fully delivered. Big brother cried as baby was laid on mom's chest and told everyone in the room that this was the best day of his life. Mom and dad announced that they had a precious baby girl and the room erupted into excitement, especially from big sister who was very much hoping for someone to play dolls with. Big sister asked excitedly if today was Christmas, because that was the only thing thrilling enough to compare her little sister's birthday to.

The rest of the evening was spent tending to mom and baby, making sure each were healthy and comfortable. Doula Lakisa and Aunt Heather prepared a meal for the family of fruit and sandwiches. Their fantastic midwife, Crystal Pena with Injoyable Birth gave baby a thorough exam and was so supportive and comforting to both mom and baby. It is so fantastic to be able to be cared for at home in the comfort of your own bed with people who love and support your wishes.

  Big sister, London, hardly left her mother's side as she labored. She did such a good job rubbing mom's back, saying soothing words like, "You're beautiful" and "love you". Big brother, Mason, was so caring and often gave his mom sips of water and took turns fanning her when needed. Between her husband, Ken, and her doula Lakisa Muhammed, this mama was supported every step of the way. With every contraction, she was held, steadied, soothed and loved. Once Mom felt like it was time, she labored in the water until it was time to push. Essential oils were diffused and low, respectful voices were used. Dad reached down and caught the baby while their midwife, Crystal supported them and made sure baby was safe and happy. Relief and joy as she realizes that baby is finally here. Baby's gender was left a surprise until mom and dad announced that baby is a GIRL.

Midwife services with Crystal Pena http://injoyablebirth.com/

Doula services with Lakisa Muhammed http://amothersworthbirthservices.com/

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Emery | Arizona Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/8/emery-arizona-newborn-photographer Double Congrats to the Emery Family for welcoming boy and girl twins, Lincoln and Addison, to their family! I love to photograph twins because it seems like they are each other's comfort. I didn't need to soothe them much because these two were the happiest when they were cuddled up close together. How lucky they are to be born with an instant best friend.

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Larkin | Arizona Fresh 48 Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/8/larkin-arizona-fresh-48-photographer I was so happy to meet the Larkin's new baby boy, Cason, in the hospital, the day after he was born to photograph his Fresh 48 session. They're already rocking this parenting thing, which we all know is not easy! Congratulations, guys! Sneak peeks from your newborn session are coming soon!


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Paxman | Arizona Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/7/paxman-arizona-newborn-photographer Paxman Famiy, you have a happy little girl on your hands! And what a lucky girl to have three big brothers.


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Unga | Arizona Maternity Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/7/unga-arizona-maternity-photographer You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part.

-Tom Petty


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Hupman | Arizona Lifestyle Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/7/hupman-arizona-lifestyle-newborn-photographer Little Olivia has been blessed with a beautiful family. Congratulations Hupman Family and thank you for being so welcoming!


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Johnson | Arizona Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/7/johnson-arizona-newborn-photographer Isn't she lovely? Thank you for having me Johnson family!​

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Van De Veire | Arizona Lifestyle Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/7/van-de-veire-arizona-lifestyle-newborn-photographer I have so loved getting to know the Van De Veire Family. I was lucky enough to photograph their family/maternity session back in May and was so happy to work with them again when their baby boy was born. Given the chance to choose between posed and lifestyle photography, I will always choose lifestyle. Photographing people in their natural element and documenting real life is what I love the most about what I do. 


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Wesolowski | What is a Fresh 48 Session? https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/6/wesolowski-what-is-a-fresh-48-session I get asked quite often, 'What is a Fresh 48 Session?'

I have had clients tell me that they always wondered how some of their friends had such great and emotional photos of their newborn and family members in the hospital room, meeting baby for the first time.

A Fresh 48 session is done within the first two days of a newborn's life and is a great way to get that hospital/home birth vibe without having the actual delivery photographed. It is a great option for those who want photographs of siblings and other family members meeting and holding baby for the first time in an intimate birth setting.

​Another reason why Fresh 48 sessions are getting so popular, is because it is sometimes impossible for a photographer to get access to a birth. Whether it be a hospital policy on C-sections or a very speedy delivery.

The Wesolowski family knew they wanted this special time documented, but because of the hospital policy which only allows one person into the operating room, they decided that a Fresh 48 session would be the best option for them. It was a relaxed and sweet hour I got to spend with them and I am so happy that they have these images to look back on and treasure. Thanks for having me, Wesolowski Family!

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Harwood | Arizona Newborn Photographer https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/6/harwood-arizona-newborn-photographer Dexter you are OH so handsome. So glad I was chosen to be your photographer for the next year of milestones.

I love to see babies grow!


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Graves | Arizona Newborn Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/6/graves-arizona-newborn-photography Jameson was a joy to photograph and I couldn't be happier with how our session went. I absolutely love when I get to photograph a newborn with his parents. I am so lucky to witness such sweet moments.


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Larkin | Arizona Lifestyle and Milkbath Maternity Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/6/larkin-arizona-lifestyle-and-milkbath-maternity-photography Shaun and Denise are welcoming their first baby boy in August and I am the lucky photographer that gets to document this exciting time for them. We set up a package deal which includes maternity and birth photography and put our heads together to come up with the perfect maternity session. Here is their mix of Lifestyle and Milk Bath Maternity done in their beautiful home.


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Lembo Newborn Session | Arizona Newborn Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/2/lembo-newborn-session-arizona-newborn-photography I love the Lembo family.

I am so excited that they contacted me to photograph their new baby girl, Addison and big brother Ethan who is so sweet with her!




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Baby Meadow Newborn Session | Newborn Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/2/baby-meadow-newborn-session-newborn-photography

If you didn't see Meadow's birth story, take a minute to go take a peek, it is beautiful! Just 5 days after she was born, I set up in Meadow's home and photographed her in the oodles of wraps and headbands that I brought with me. Big sister, Willow had been dreaming of a baby sister and it was so sweet to see her love on Meadow.




Cousin Ava who was visiting from out of town decided to join in on the fun. These two did not stop goggling the whole time I was with them.

Cousins are the best!





[email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Arizona Photography Lifestyle Photography Newborn Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/2/baby-meadow-newborn-session-newborn-photography Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Baby Meadow's Birth Story | Arizona Birth Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/2/baby-meadows-birth-story-arizona-birth-photography Gamble Birth SlideshowBeautiful Meadow Marie born on January 31, 2016 weighing almost 10 pounds of pure love. The feeling in the room was so beautiful and I feel so lucky to have been there to capture it. When my sister, Brooke asked me to photograph her second daughter's birth I was thrilled and I immediately said, "YES, of COURSE!". I didn't even have to think about it. No brainer. I cleared my schedule, anxiously waited my new little niece's arrival and kept my phone on LOUD.

Because baby girl was measuring big, they decided to book an induction date and when January 31st came, everything progressed smoothly at the hospital. I arrived when Brooke was 6cm dilated and the feeling in the room was relaxed and happy (yay for epidurals!) Frank and Brooke were making each other laugh and as much as I tried to be a fly on the wall and be as inconspicuous as I am with my clients, it's difficult with family members and they had me laughing and chatting up until she was almost ready to push. The most fun I've had waiting for a baby to date!

When it was time to push, baby girl came down so quickly that she had a bit of bruising on her face and because she was so big, she suffered some nerve damage in her shoulder which caused her to go into shock. The nurse practitioner was called in immediately and when Meadow was laid on mom's chest she was limp and unresponsive, but breathing. She was quickly scooped up by a nurse and the NP gave her a thorough check up to make sure all was well. Baby Meadow Marie was weighed, foot printed, measured all while being admired by her dad, Frank. I knew Brooke was worried and a little sad that her baby was out of her arms. She had mentioned while she was in labor that she was really excited about doing skin to skin right after Meadow was delivered. For the first time at a birth, I was torn between doing my job, and comforting my client. I had two roles that were pulling at me in two different directions, Sister and Photographer. However, I knew that she couldn't see her baby and what was going on, so I had to be her eyes and focus on the job that they had asked me to do.

It wasn't long before Meadow was returned to her Mama and they were able to bond with skin to skin. By far the best moment of the night in my opinion was Mom and Dad getting their first moment together to soak in their brand new, tiny piece of heaven. I couldn't edit the images without getting emotional. Even with the minor scare, it was such a beautiful birth and the feeling in the room was indescribably sweet. Meadow is 9lbs 15oz of perfection and her shoulder is expected to heal completely. Welcome to the family Meadow and thank you for having me Gamble/Laver family! 













[email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Arizona Photographer Birth Photographer Birth Story Hospital Birth Labor and Delivery https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2016/2/baby-meadows-birth-story-arizona-birth-photography Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:01:46 GMT
Kaylee's Senior Photography Session at the Salt River https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/10/kaylees-senior-photography-session-at-the-salt-river I don't do senior photography very often, so when I do, I go all out! Its my chance to have fun and show off their unique personality. Kaylee is a swimmer here in Arizona, and has a super fun and outgoing personality, so we chose to do one of her sessions IN the Salt River. If you would like to see a behind the scenes photo of our session, check out Hillarie Mae Photography's Facebook page or Instagram! http://www.facebook.com/hillariemaephotography @hillariemaephotography

Thanks for the laughs Kaylee!







[email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Arizona Arizona Photographer Arizona Photography Desert High School Senior Lifestyle Photography Salt River Senior Photography Senior session https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/10/kaylees-senior-photography-session-at-the-salt-river Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:26:55 GMT
Hosken Family | Arizona Salt River https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/7/hosken-family-salt-river I was so honored to photograph this sweet, growing family! The Hosken bunch just moved to Phoenix very recently and are expecting their third child in the coming months. Being the proud Arizonan that I am, I decided to introduce them to the beautiful, Salt River. We were momentarily bummed when we arrived and saw that the canyon was flooded and we wouldn't be able to go down to the water, but, I mean come on! Are these images not perfection?? They make me so happy! Their boys were so funny and wanted to tickle and hunt for sticks which I am all for, having a little boy of my own. We know ALL about tickles and sticks over here, so we got along great! I love using my subject's interests to make their fun little personalities shine through in the images. I mean, isn't that what it's all about? Why do I do what I do, if I can't capture and preserve something REAL?

Arizona is my home. I love it here and just as I was telling this family about the dust storms we get and how they're nothing to worry about, the wind picks up out of no where, as if right on cue and within just a few minutes had us hurrying back to our cars. The last image was just before we decided to leave, before it was super windy and by the time we got to the parking lot the sand was stinging our faces and we could hardly talk to one another! I could see the dust rising like a cloud over the horizon on my drive home, crazy weather! Welcome to Arizona, Hosken Family! Glad you're here. Hope you grow to love the desert just as much as I do, haboobs and all : )  


[email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Arizona Desert Haboob Salt River https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/7/hosken-family-salt-river Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Koester Family | Birth Photography https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/5/koester-family-birth-photography  Guys, I am so excited to share this post with you! I have worked with so many wonderful clients over the years and I have loved getting to know each of their unique stories. It is my job to help tell that story and capture moments that are true to them personally. Recently I photographed a birth for a family who struggled with the heartache of infertility for a long time. I was so touched and inspired that I just had to share! So, with her permission, here is this beautiful new mother's experience.  

"Infertility has by far been the most challenging trial for me.. For several years my greatest desire, and dream was to have a baby. Many nights I'd lie in bed, sobbing, begging, and pleading to The Lord for this one specific thing. Here I was grieving for so long. Grieving for something I had never had, yet was yearning for. I knew that there was someone else missing from our family. I couldn't understand how something that should be so simple, was something that was so impossible for me. Worst of all.. it devalued my femininity, and I felt like a failure for not being able to produce the very thing my body was made to do as a woman. Very few women around me could relate, and it made it very difficult to express my excruciating pain and heartbreak to them. Thousands of dollars were spent on this unexplainable infertility, just for the giant let down of "I'm sorry, it didn't work."

I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer, and prayed earnestly for answers. Finally, I got my answer. It wasn't what I wanted to hear, but it was so clear. I had to let it go. I had to stop obsessing over the "why's" and to just focus on making myself healthier. I trusted in Him, and did just that.
A couple years later, with no Infertility treatments, no help- I became pregnant. Just like that, my body worked on its own, and I was blessed with the incredible miracle of life growing inside of me. I was super blessed with a healthy pregnancy, and even more blessed with the most perfectly healthy baby boy! Things in life aren't going to always go how WE plan them. But, if we have faith in HIS timing.... It will all turn out OK." -Heather Koester


As a birth photographer and mother of two, I know first hand that not all births go exactly as planned. They never do. Trust me. No matter how detailed our birth plan is and no matter how many birthing classes and books we read during our pregnancy, they can never fully prepare us for our little one's arrival. The Koester family did not anticipate a C-section birth for their little boy, but given their past with infertility, they knew what was most important and took the change in plan with grace. Although I wasn't permitted to photograph the actual birth, I was able to be with mom and dad as they cuddled and held their baby and introduced him to family members for the first time. The feeling in the room was so sweet and heavenly and you could just feel how much love these parents had for their new baby. He truly was worth the wait! 

Every birth story is beautiful as long as mom and baby are happy and doing well and this was one of my favorite births to date. Congratulations Koester Family and thank you for inviting me to be there for you and document your little guy's arrival!




[email protected] (Hillarie Mae Photography) Birth Birth story infertility https://www.hillariemaephoto.com/blog/2015/5/koester-family-birth-photography Fri, 01 May 2015 07:35:04 GMT