A few weeks ago, I helped welcome Mary Lou into the world. This was my first birth session coming out of sabbatical. I was excited to get a text from Ty saying they were on their way to the hospital. Tori’s due date had come and gone and she was scheduled to get induced that day. A day before her due date, I came down with a bad flu and was horrified to think that I might miss this birth after waiting almost 7 months! Luckily, I got better just in time and was able to make it. I was unbelievably thankful to God, as he healed me just in time to do what I love – to document the birth arrival of new life.  Mary Lou’s life.

This birth was particularly special because I got to witness Tori and Ty’s love for one another. There was no doula or a midwife present at this birth. I found out Ty is a high school football coach during our meeting and it didn’t take long before I understood why. He has this quiet strength that I admire in a man. He is warm and present. It was just them two, working side by side, together in harmony to bring Mary Lou into the world. Such a beautiful sight to see. There are few images that really stood out from this session and it embodies what they stand for.

There are not words for having such unfiltered, raw, intimate, powerful imagery as a reminder of the most important moment for new parents. That moment when a baby is born, you instantly feel only unconditional love. Nothing in this world can compare. At least that’s how I felt and I will always remember how grateful I was to experience the birth of my two sons. It was so incredibly empowering. Blissful. Restorative.

So it was my privilege and pleasure to be present and to document Mary Lou’s birthday. She arrived on February 20th at 3:57AM, weighing at 8 lbs., 10 oz., and at 20 inches of length. And it is with great pleasure that I share her story here.

Tori and Ty – THANK YOU again for hiring me to capture your journey to meet Mary Lou.

 

 

 

But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because heres is where yours begin.

Mitch Albom, For One More Day

 

 

Spending my Sunday morning with the Thweatt family started out with cup of coffee and some yummy pastries from one of my favorite bakery store in town, Tous Le Jours. After much anticipation, I finally got to meet Mercer who arrived in late January. I photographed this family twice last year (both times on locations) and although it was fun for me, I truly felt like I never got to see the ‘real’ Sophie. So getting to photograph her in her environment was a real treat. She studied me and my camera from time to time, but was comfortable enough to shine in front of my lens. Her parents, Kim and Joe are one of the most ‘laid-back’ couple I know which made me feel ‘at home’ while I visited them for few hours.

Life with kids can be hectic and crazy…  A marry-go-round that never seems to stop. But this couple always seem so… calm, cool and collected. They just let things happen… as it should… and they don’t sweat the little stuff. I LOVE that about them. Here are few of my favorites from their session.

Congratulations again Kim, Joe and Sophie on welcoming your newest addition, Mercer. He’s a very lucky boy.

I can’t believe the last time I wrote was in 2014! To start off, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope everyone is having great 2015 thus far. To be completely honest, I have few confessions to make as to why I am so behind on blogging… Here it goes.

To start off, I really dislike blogging. I don’t consider myself a good writer and I never liked writing. I do this thing called ‘blogging’ because it’s necessary for my photography business, but seriously, I really dislike it. I’m a horrible writer and it takes me forever to write. So, that explains why I don’t blog as often as I’d like.

Second, in my personal life, major changes has happened and I’ve been learning how to deal with it emotionally and mentally. You see, for those of you that know me might know this already, but my mom who has been living with us for the last 11 years finally decided to come out her retirement and move out. She left few days before Thanksgiving to our her family in Los Angeles. She has found a job already and is now working. Needless to say, it’s been a huge adjustment for all of us… especially for me.

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year and for the first time in 12 years, my husband was not with us during Thanksgiving. With my mom’s absence and my husband gone to Arizona to visit his grandma who is 90 years old, it was really quite around our household. Grandma Betty was diagnosed with colon cancer recently and she was scheduled to have her surgery. At her age, surgery could be fatal, outcome could be unpredictable and my husband felt he needed to be with her in case something really bad happened. So he spent 6 days with her and I’m glad he did.

So with all that happening recently, I barely have any time to do anything, it seems. Considering all the big changes we’ve been going through as a family, my photography business is once again picking up and I have started another business on the side which has nothing to do with photography. That’s in the works and I’ll share it with all of you once I launch my new business! Excited, but know that I’m working very hard night and day. I know I said I never sleep anymore, but even more now, I REALLY DON’T SLEEP! My mind is constantly turning thinking about how I can make my photography business better, how I can make my new business a successful one… Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 job. I have no one else to depend on or get help from, so I’m feeling pretty worn out lately. BUT! guess what?! It’s also giving me that burning fuel that I want and need in order to really focus (as much as a sleep-deprived person can)! BUT, here is the REAL special announcement!

Starting February of 2015, I am offering birth videography as a way to document your child’s birth. Not only is birth photography a passion of mine, videography is something I’ve been wanting to explore and offer as an additional service to my clients. Since this is a new service, I would like to offer a special introductory price starting at $499. If you are expecting or know someone who is expecting and think might want to have this service, please contact me at shelley@shelleymoon.com and I’d love to share more information.

Staci Gray is known for her vibrant children’s music here in Austin and beyond. If you haven’t heard or seen her during her live performance, it’s a must for the entire family. She came over and performed for Jalen’s 3rd birthday party last year and people still talk about it to this day. I’ve been waiting to take some photos for her family for some time and I finally got to few months ago. Her boys were full of energy (I was barely able to keep up with them!!!), her little princess filled my heart with happiness and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent with them on this beautiful Saturday afternoon for their lifestyle session. Check out few of my favorites!

I love this family so much! This is my 3rd session with them this year and lucky for me, I get to see little Mary Louise grow up from the time she was in her mommy’s womb. Its hard to believe that was 8 months ago! Already looking forward to her 1st birthday in April of 2015!  

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