AliKat Photography » Arizona Newborn and Maternity Photographer

My closest and dearest friend in the world gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this weekend.  Katie and Jeremy have been through so much to get to this moment.  Those of you who know them have been crying and cheering from the sidelines for the better part of 2-3 years.  Their first baby boy, Lucas, was born on January 7, 2011 after a perfectly normal pregnancy, but sadly we lost him to an undiagnosed heart defect 31 hours later.  My sweet friends never got to bring home their angel, and although I don’t want to darken this current moment of joy with the sad past, I think it is important to bring to life the sheer happiness that we all felt to see Katie and Jeremy experience joy again.  With her big brother Lucas looking down on her from heaven, baby Ellie came into this world welcomed with more love than I can ever express with words.  Maybe these photos will show you….

Welcome to the world, Baby Ellie!

  • Pam Arnaud

    Beautiful Job Jen!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Terrio

    Congrats Katie! These pictures sure brought tears to my eyes!ReplyCancel

  • linda buscher

    Gorgeous re-telling of the birth in pictures. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Congratulations to the new, beautiful family of three. Gabrielle’s birthday is the 21st of October. Love that date, because I also was born on the 21st of another month. We, 21st folks have all kinds of fabulous attributes. Blessings, Hugs and Love go out to the new “Sunshine Family” from Dick & Linda & Gypsy tooReplyCancel

One of the things I love about photography is that it allows me to reconnect with old friends. I went to high school with Lea, and when she asked me to take photos of her newborn son, I was honored and thrilled! She is now the mom of three beautiful children, and is so mellow and easygoing. She makes it look easy! (And as a mom of two, I know three cannot possibly be easy!)

Hunter Michael was just as easygoing as mom; he was the perfect little model. He slept, ate, cried only a bit, and was an overall angel! What a charmer. He definitely stole MY heart!

  • I think the pic of Asher, Ava and Hunter may just be the cutest and sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Beautiful job! I’m sure Lea was thrilled! What great keepsakes these photos are!ReplyCancel

  • You’re so laidback yourself and perfect for a newborn photographer! Thanks so much for these gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Serola

    What beautiful pictures. They are adorable. I love Asher and Ava (my cupcake) and I can not wait to meet Hunter.ReplyCancel

……to me that is! Exactly one year ago today, AliKat Photography was born.  It was a passion for much longer than that, born out of necessity of my love for this art called photography.  But I finally decided to take the leap and make it a real full-fledged business with expenses and income and taxes and clients and websites and portfolios (oh my!).  What a ride it has been!  When I think back on this past year, I am amazed at how much I have learned and grown.  I am so so so blessed to have something that brings joy to myself and to the clients who have trusted me with capturing their special life moments.  I’m still just a part-timer, and I don’t have any plans to leave my full-time job in the near future, but this gives me just enough of a dose of creativity to keep my soul fed and my photography-equipment-buying-habit subsidized.  🙂

To sum up the last year, AliKat Photography has had the amazing honor of capturing:

15 BEAUTIFUL babies

18 GORGEOUS families

9 STUNNING pregnant mamas

Thank you so much to my friends for trusting me as I started, for allowing me to learn from your sessions, for giving me the opportunity to make mistakes and try my best to get it right!  A million thank you’s to my friends for referring me to YOUR friends! Word of mouth is the only marketing that I have used, and I have not LACKED for willing clients.  And thank you to the clients who came my way through referrals from your friends—you didn’t know me, but I certainly loved getting to know you and your little ones!  And even to the little facebook fans from afar who might not have ever booked a session with me, thank you for your sweet comments.  Every small thumbs-up on my photos has made me smile.  You guys are awesome!

I’m feeling a little giddy today, and I wanted to spread some love to my faithful fans—I’m too booked out at the moment to do a photo session giveaway (hello JANUARY booking calendar?!), but I would love to give away some prints! If you are one of my clients from this past year who hasn’t ordered prints from your session, comment on this post, then send me an email before Monday, September 10, 2012 and get one print for free with the purchase of any other print (same size).  Print pricing is here.

Here’s to another wonderful year ahead!