I love happy endings :). Sara and I met when I worked at the hospital in the ER and became fast friends. She and I shared similar stories, that only those who have struggled with understand the truly heart-wrenching pain, of infertility. But her and Deane’s story ended like ours… with a miracle baby! Emmett was their last chance and hope of having a child of their own. After years and years of treatments, this last chance was the only one that mattered… and one giant miracle happened… Sara was expecting! I bawled like a baby behind my camera when I stood next to Deane and Sara – in our itty-bitty designated space in the operating room – and Deane got to announce that they just had a baby boy! The last minute c-section was unexpected for all, but it all turned out and I was so happy when I found out that the the anesthesiologist and (in my biased opinion) the best doc in the world (also our doc!) would allow me in the operating room with them! Emmett was born 3 weeks early and only weighed in at 5 lbs 2 oz, so he needed to spend a little time in the level 2 nursery to be monitored. Since Sara wasn’t able to go in the nursery until she could walk on her own (which takes hours after the spinal), I documented Emmett’s first hour of life so she would always have these images to tell his story. I love how Deane took pictures on his cell phone so that he could run back to the room to show Sara. Sara’s mom was allowed in the nursery, but that was it for visitors that first night. I bawled again as I was saying my goodbyes to Sara and Deane and heard Sara on the phone telling her dad that he was a Grandpa to a perfect little boy. Oh so much love… so much love for this sweet boy they waited so long for!

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  • Jenny - March 4, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Tasha- you’re pictures are so absolutely amazing. I am sitting here at work with tears rolling down my face as I read your blog. You truly have such a talent – I have never seen anything so special before. Don’t ever give it up!
    Every photo you take shows all the love you have for life.

    Love, Jen

  • Allison Casper - July 15, 2014 - 12:36 am

    Sara is one of my oldest and dearest friends. She has been with me through thick and thin including my wedding, the birth of my daughter, divorce and remarriage. It broke my heart to see the struggles her and Deane had with fertility as I knew Sara and Deane would be phenomenal, loving parents. The birth of Emmett was thrilling to say the least. Being able to see these beautiful pictures is awesome. I am so glad that Sara, Deane and Emmett will forever have these precious moments captured to look at for years to come. You did a beautiful job!! Thank you.

First comes love, then comes marriage and then comes baby Abigail in a baby carriage. I love photographing at Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis – the staff have always been nothing but very sweet and supportive to both my clients and to myself – I always leave impressed… and tired. This time I was exhausted mostly just from watching my strong and athletic friend, Sarah, push (yes, I said actively push) for 4 hours! Maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath when my clients hold their breath to push, I might last a little longer :). Never in the history of all the births I’ve attended, have I seen someone work so hard and be so exhausted at the end of it all. Rockstar, she is… Rock. Star. You’ll see Abigail had to go to the Special Care Nursery shortly after delivery for precautionary measures… I’m happy to say, it didn’t last long. She is 100% healthy, happy and home with her parents as you are reading this!

I love these guys and am so so happy for Sarah and Mark to be parents!! And I cannot wait to get over to their house to snuggle that beautiful little girl again soon! <3

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  • Sarah Gibson - March 21, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Tasha, the photos were amazing! My husband and I were both blown away by the photos and your presence at Abbie’s birth. You not only captured every moment and told the Abbie’s birth story in a powerful way but you were also an encouragement throughout the entire day! THANK YOU for your gift of photography, it has truly blessed us! We look forward to having you take photos of our family again! Love, The Gibsons

I loved everything about this shoot with Lisa from Johnny + Dottie! This girl knows how to put together all things beautiful! Lisa contacted me and said, “So, do you want to do this shoot? I’m going to call it Wild Wonderment.” I don’t think I let her finish her sentence… I said, “Of course, I’m in!” A few months later, I was driving down to Southwestern Minnesota with THREE gorgeous Tara LaTour gowns (There. Is. No. One. Better. At. Gowns. No one!). When I arrived at Lisa’s beautiful brick colonial home, she had the most breathtaking floral set up on her dining room harvest table (this same beautiful floral was reflected in 3 beautiful bouquets you’ll see in the images below! That green fern bouquet is etched in my mind as my most favorite bouquet of all time!). We photographed first at Lisa’s home and then went out on the back country roads to photograph the ever-so-lovely Shanna and Dave. Lisa could not have envisioned a more gorgeous inspirational shoot and she thought of every detail – which is no surprise since she’s the best out there! Enjoy these beautiful people, striking gowns & unforgettable florals!

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Meet my brother and sister-in-law! We went out for a mini photo shoot in late September (my poor family has to wait way longer than my clients to get their images :)). They were just weeks away from expecting my gorgeous (understatement) little niece. Kynlie was born in October (her birth photos are coming soon!), but first I had to post my favorites from our time together at the maternity session.

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  • Megan - February 1, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Love these photos! This is a beautiful session and she’s a beautiful pregnant momma!!

Yesterday I posted her birth story… Today its her newborn photos. She’s my beautiful little niece. <3

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