Baby Caleb {Oak Harbor Birth Photography}

In October, I had the lovely Kelsey contact me. She was a week and a half away from her due date, and had decided she would love to have her home birth documented. She had made some last minute decisions, and decided to have her fifth baby at home with a midwife! I was really excited to get her call, and luckily was able to make it to Baby Caleb’s incredible birth.

I have been at a loss for words writing this post, it was such a surreal experience to say the least. I was able to observe the support, love, and overwhelming journey that took place late in the evening at Kelsey’s home. I always try to let the pictures do the talking, but this time I feel like I need to give a little background, and tell the story a little bit. I texted her the morning before she went into labor asking how she was feeling, and she said fine, but was frustrated things hadn’t started yet, she was ready! Sure enough, later that night she said to make sure I was ready to go. I had everything charged, packed, and kids tucked in bed. I was ready! Well, as ready as one can be for the unknown of a birth! I got the text that things were progressing, and I made my way over to Kelsey & Curtis’ home. The feeling in the air when I walked in was energized. Things had just started moving from the beginning stages of labor, and were getting serious. Curtis had built a fire outside for her to labor next to, which was perfect. She could cool off in the crisp air but keep a little warm by the fire. Curtis was by her side constantly, and was a perfect support. It was a bit of a full house, there were 2 amazing midwives, 2 doulas, Kelsey’s mother, her friend Rachel, and her 4 other boys! They were all rooting for her, and it was beyond incredible to watch the amount of love and support Kelsey and baby Caleb had to get them through this. I am still in awe. Kelsey struggled for hours, but powered through. She was able to go to her own place in her mind, and work through all of the pain. She was and is one strong mama! Curtis was able to catch the baby as he entered this world, and all of her boys were so excited he was here. I was so happy to document it. This is why I do what I do, so families can remember how special, and truly amazing the birth journey is.

The photos at the end are from the next day, I went back the afternoon after, and grabbed a few shots of all the family. Their boys are so darn cute!!

All images copyright of Aly Willis Photography.

Miller Family {Oak Harbor}

Last month, I participated in a silent auction with Desert Sun in Oak Harbor to help raise money for heart disease. It was a little bit of a last minute scramble, and I was glad I was able to participate! Alicia had the winning bid, so the charity got some money, Alicia got some pictures, and I was able to meet these fantastic people!

The day of the shoot finally arrived, and after a week of rain we FINALLY had a just overcast day. I had been having some health issues, and her family was sick, but we decided to press on! Who knows when we will get a break in the weather in Oak Harbor! Her little guy took a bit of convincing, poor guy was feeling pretty awful. But with the promise of ice cream, and some silly faces we were able to get him to crack a few smiles. All of the kids were so cute, and everything came together just great.

Don’t they look amazing?? Here are a few of my favorites:

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Worman Family {Deception Pass}

I LOVE being in Washington. Love love love it. And I love the new people I have met and have been able to photograph. Amber messaged me a few months ago hoping to set up a family session shortly after I moved to Whidbey Island. I was so excited to finally get the session set up and shot. Amber’s kids are adorable, and very well behaved! They are right around my kids’ ages and were great in front of the camera. With a little bit of sprinkling and cloud cover, and with Deception Pass Bridge in the background, it was a perfect showcase of a typical Whidbey Island day. We saw a few seals, threw a few rocks, and of course had a few silly picture moments.

Thanks again Worman Family, you guys are great!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

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Marriott Family {Rocky Point, Oak Harbor, WA}

I love these guys! My brother Jake and his amazing wife Becky made the terrible decision to move to Peru JUST as my family moved back to Washington. We had about three weeks together before they backed up their things and 4 children, and moved to South America. While I know they are having the best adventure of their life, I miss them like crazy! Luckily I was able to photograph them at the beach before they moved. It was such a bittersweet session, but I am so happy we took the time to do it!

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Washington Bound!

My little family is moving to the beautiful Oak Harbor, Washington! We have been tossing the idea of relocating for quite some time, and have been close multiple times. But this is the real deal! I have had a LOT of mixed feelings about this move. I am so so so sad to leave all my friends, network, clients, locations, etc. to the point that I tear up each time I think about it. I might be crying a bit right now. I have loved the past 6 years we have spent here! But as time has moved on, we realized that there is much more in store for us outside of Rexburg. I grew up in Oak Harbor, so I am excited to be close to family and friends back “home” again. The nice thing about working from home, it really gives us freedom to be where we want to be. Even if we feel torn between at least five places, we know that for right now Washington is the place where we belong.

I am so excited to take on new Washington clients, but am still taking a bit of a break until the end of the year, so I will still only be taking on very limited weddings, birth and portrait sessions.

And because I feel like I can’t post without pictures — here are a few from my trip to Washington from the beginning of April. These are more personal and less professional, but really express the heart of our decision to move.

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