Frank Breech Birth | Birds and Bees Midwifery | Anchorage Birth Photographer

Trigger Warning | This was a hard birth with a lot in lingo, please don’t watch if you’ve experience a traumatic birth or are sensitive to such.

There’s a major gap happening in the world of birth. Girls are no longer raised watching women give birth. Many women don’t even know what birth looks like until they themselves are giving birth. To say this is a disservice to all women is an understatement. It disempowers us and keeps us blind to strength that we’re born with. You don’t have to be a mother or want to be a mother (news flash, I don’t!), to know that this is sacred. We’ve sat birth in a place of fear and that’s the last place it should be. Birth is beautiful, it’s normal, it’s natural, and there is no one right way to do it. In the hospital, at home, in a birth center, drugs, no drugs, it doesn’t matter. Every woman has a right to choose what she wants for her baby and her body. This mama is an amazing advocate for women having the right to choose and she thought it was important that we share her birth with you. This was a frank breech home birth, it wasn’t easy. This isn’t a video of an easy birth, far from it, but it is a variation of a normal birth (all births are “normal” if the mother chooses it) and it’s evidence that you can find a provider that will give you the birth YOU deserve.

I cannot recommend Birds and Bees Midwifery enough. I’ve been working with Jen H. for many years and I’ve always admired her but this, this birth was something totally different. I appreciate so much that she does this for women.

P.S. - This isn’t a space for debate. Your body, your choice. Her body, her choice. It’s simply here to educate, hold space for that or scroll on by. It doesn’t make a difference to me.

Newborn Adoption | Anchorage Newborn Photographer | Moss and Myrrh Photography

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe it’s been since November that I last blogged a session. Agh! Like many, winter sucks me in and I lose a lot of motivation to do much of what I normally do. I’m back though (mentally) and it’s time to start sharing again! I have so many sessions from last year that never got to be fully seen here, so I figured I’d start with those and work my way up..slow and steady.

The Anliker Family asked me if I’d be willing to be shoot a newborn session for them under the condition that they had NO clue when this baby would be coming home and when I would be needed to come to their home. You see, they were adopting a sweet babe out of state and wanted this season documented, but a lot of was up in the air. Of course, I said yes. This was my first adoption session and well, it got me right in the feels. I got to hear their story, their struggles, and now see their joy that they’ve finally got their baby in their arms. It was an honor to document this shortest of chapters and I hope, hope, hope, I get more adoptions in the future. <3

I hope you’re doing well, Anliker Family. <3



Moody Winter Newborn Session | Anchorage Newborn Photographer | Moss and Myrrh Photography

The biggest compliment I can get is when another local photographer refers clients to me because they aren’t able to take that session on themselves. My sweet friend Lauren, of Lauren Roberts Photography (check her out, especially her wedding work!), sent this sweet family my way and ah, so grateful. Their home was cozy, moody, and they had a Corgi to boot!

I say that my work is a mixture of documentary and lifestyle. A little bit of “posed” (hey, sit here and look at your baby) and a little bit of documenting the rawness that is having a newborn. Newborns are on their own schedule and shooting in a client’s home gives us the freedom to really be flexible. Honestly? Half the session I’m sometimes just sitting on the floor waiting for baby to finish eating, pooping, or having a complete meltdown. Of course I shoot that too, but I’m also 100% okay with going with the flow and sometimes that means sitting on your floor loving on your dog.

Enjoy. <3

Reflections Lake Fall Family Session | Anchorage Family Photographer | Moss and Myrrh Photography

I know it looks like winter outside here in Alaska, but it’s still technically fall, so I’m going to squeeze on by and post one more fall session before winter is officially here!

I am already booking for summer + fall 2019, so if you’d like to book a family session with me next year, let’s chat!


An Alaskan Fall Evening | My Favorite 2018 Session | Anchorage Family Photographer

I’m currently sitting in Sea-Tac sipping coffee (yes, I’m supposed to quit, but I’m TIRED!) editing and trying to kill a little time. I figured this was a better time than any to show off my favorite session of the 2018 summer/fall season! There are no words for how much I love working with this family. They make it easy and these two sisters are magic together. I know it can be hard to “let go” when a camera is following your every move, but these pictures are proof that when you do, you get some gorgeous pictures in return. I have a problem saying “no” to narrowing down pictures. If I really wanted to save myself hours and hours of time I could just cut these down to around 30-50 images, but I never can. Even the shots that are similar have something unique about them that forces me to keep them to share with the family. That’s why there are SO many pictures here..oops.

Anyway, here is a little bit (actually a lot) of magic for your Friday morning.

Also, a friendly reminder! The PFD sale went live yesterday. If you’d like to save up to $150 on a session just like this of your family next year, go take advantage of it!