Sacramento Home Birth Photographer – The Night Arlo Was Born

Sacramento, Home Birth, Photography, Sacramento Birth Photographer, Sacramento Birth, Birth Photography As a Sacramento home birth photographer, I am happy to say I have never missed a birth.  Well, let me rephrase that.  I HAD never missed a birth.  Not before handsome Mr. Arlo up there.  His birth was one that just sort of came out of no where.  His beautiful mama and I had been texting all day.  She wasn’t sure she was in active labor, and thought it would be a while before Arlo arrived.  Being this was her fourth baby, I believed her.  As day turned into night we kept texting.  ”Should I come over?” I asked.  ”No.  It’s going to be HOURS!” she texted back.  I settled down on my sofa for a cat nap.  As I pulled the blanket up over my legs the thought that I needed to get up RIGHT NOW and go to Janelle kept washing over me like a wave.  I foolishly pushed it aside and tried to get a few minutes of sleep.  This was going to be a long night.  About an hour later a text came from Janelle’s husband, Mac.  ”It’s go time.”  I jumped off the sofa and into the car that was already packed with my gear and raced to their house.  I was SO excited to meet this baby.  Janelle and Mac decided not to find out the sex of baby, but we all thought it was boy.  I couldn’t wait to find out for sure. I arrived in much better time than I thought I would and walked in the front door.  Mac looked up smiling as he and the midwives mopped up the floor in the dining room.  Had the birthing tub sprung a leak?  What was going on?  ”They are in there!” Mac said with a big smile.  I saw two midwives and one husband.  ”THEY?” I asked.  ”Yup, get in there and meet Arlo.”  In the 30 minutes from receiving the text to arriving at the door Arlo had made his way into the world – without the midwives OR the photographer.  He was caught by his dad in the middle of the dinning room floor as a very surprised mama gave birth.  I highly recommend reading Janelle’s account of Arlo’s magnificent birth. Actually, I just highly recommend reading everything Janelle has written, ever.  She is pretty amazing and I am so very happy to call her my friend.  And so, I missed my first birth.  But all was just as it should have been.  I spent the next several hours watching the beginning of a beautiful life, and for that I cannot be more grateful.

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Janelle’s mom high tailed it down from a family reunion in Tahoe to meet dear Mr. Arlo.  I love this shot of her seeing him for the first time.  And these pictures of Mac holding his son for the first time while NOT attatched to an umbilical cord are kind of the most amazing things ever.  I just love this family to pieces!

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Janelle and Mac I can’t thank you enough for giving me the gift of being there to witness Arlo’s first few hours.  I adore you so very much. XOXO!

Alison and Andy – Sacramento Outdoor Wedding Photography

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Alison and Andy had SUCH a beautiful wedding!  Of course, it was BOUND to be beautiful because they were brilliant enough to use the Alchemy dream team of Kate Whelan Events, Flourish, and Sarah Maren Photography.  Then they threw in an incredible location, amazing details and a fantastic group of family and friends to make this wedding some of the most fun we’ve had all year!  I can’t tell you how much I love Sacramento outdoor wedding photography, especially in early June when the light is just bananas.  Alison’s parents home in the foothills overlooking Folsom Lake and the American River was the PERFECT location for a wedding.  Not only was it beautiful, but the feeling of being surrounded by so much love made it all the better.  Now, let’s take a moment to talk about Alison’s dress.  I LOVE ALISON’S DRESS!  She was a little worried that she was the only one who liked it.  She couldn’t have been more wrong!  I positively swooned over it!  It was the perfect dress for her, and for the wedding.  I had WAY too much fun photographing it ALL OVER THE PLACE.  I am just a tiny bit obsessed with it.  But really, I’m a tiny bit obsessed with ALL the details from this wedding.  Kate did an amazing job putting together the details, and Shannon made some incredibly beautiful flowers that made me very, very happy.  Purple IS my favorite color, after all. Take a peek at all the pretty!

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How fantastic are those bridesmaids dresses?  I love them mucho.  Once we had some pictures taken, we headed over to the church to get this happy couple married.  I love a full mass wedding.  They are paced so nicely that I don’t feel like I am going to pass out photographing it.  Plus, this church was full of light and so much pretty.  It was a joy to witness this beautiful ceremony.

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Then is was time to head back and get the party started!  Between the stunning view, the market lights and the beautiful details bathed in amazing light this wedding was a dream to photograph. I can’t tell you how happy these pictures make me!

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Thanks again to Alison and Andy for having is be their witnesses for such a beautiful wedding day!  We are so happy we got to work with our favorite vendors to make some beautiful images with you!  Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE for more from their perfectly lovely wedding day!

Wedding Coordinator and Stationery design: Kate Whelan Events   //   Photography: Sarah Maren Photography   //   Floral design: Flourish   //   Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering  //   Ceremony Location: Holy Trinity Church   //   Reception Location: Private Estate   //   Cake: Ettore’s   //   DJ: Extreme Productions Entertainment   //   Rentals: Classic Party Rentals   //   Hair and Makeup: HelloGlam  //  Market Lighting: BP Productions  //