a beautiful beginning: cash bernard

This post is very hard to write because this precious baby passed away around midnight the night he was born. It is impossible to understand why these things happen. It just seems so unfair & I can’t even begin to imagine the pain this family is going through…

Jacinda contacted me a few months ago about photographing her scheduled c-section. She and hubby Zach were so excited to have good pictures from this baby’s birth since they don’t have many of their other 2 son’s births. Plus the fact that this baby was quite a surprise and planned to be their last, they thought it even more fitting to have photos. Everything went according to plan on the morning of September 7th, and baby Cash Bernard was born sometime around 11am while his grandma, grandpa, and older brothers Colton & Caiden anxiously awaited his arrival in the waiting room. It was so touching to see everyone’s reaction to this tiny new life. Colton is 11 and Caiden is 6, so it has been quite awhile since this family had a baby in it and everyone was just bursting with joy. Caiden got to be the first brother to hold him and his face just lit up as you will see in the slideshow. Once Jacinda was moved to her post-partum room, the plan was to do a mini newborn session since I wouldn’t be able to get as many photos as we do during a traditional birth. I am so glad we did these photos! Even though the poor little guy wasn’t happy for most of them, at least the family has a couple nice photos of their sweet boy. My heart just aches for you guys and my thoughts & prayers are with you & your entire family.

Love, Kelly

Bridgette Barone - April 5, 2012 - 12:27 am

Jacinda, Thank you for finding the strength to share your story with me today. What beautiful images you have to remember Cash by.

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Melissa Parker - September 16, 2011 - 8:10 pm

Thank you for sharing the pictures of Cash. Please know that we love you all and that we are praying for you.

Mary Eshman - September 16, 2011 - 4:37 pm

All my love and prayers go out to Jacinda, Zach, Colton, Caden and their entire families! No words can express their loss except as the song plays no words in heaven we will hold each others hands until that day…
Love & Prayers, Sister-in-Christ, Mary
Thank You, Jacinda & Zach for sharing the Wonderful pictures of Cash and his memoery with us all πŸ™‚

Tina - September 16, 2011 - 10:35 am

These pictures are so beautiful. What a great way to cherish those moments you did have with your precious little boy. Continued prayers for you and your family.

Terri - September 14, 2011 - 2:52 am

Precious Cash is my cousin’s baby and I was awed to find out that Jacinda & Zach had arranged for the photo session of his birth. As Luci said, it was definitely meant for you to be there. Although watching your slide show is bittersweet, the photographs are truly beautiful. They will be treasured forever – not only by Zach & Jacinda, but the rest of the family as well. I thank God that you were there for their angel’s time
on earth.

Darla - September 12, 2011 - 5:57 pm

God, please comfort Cash’s family in their loss of their beautiful boy. Bless Kelly, for sharing her remarkable gift with them; may her photos bring comfort and peace to Cash’s family. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Erin - September 12, 2011 - 5:01 pm

What beautiful pictures and beautiful baby boy! My heart aches for this family. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this diffucult time. I hope they can find some peace through these incredible pictures you captured.

Jessica Stewart - September 12, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Kelly, the pictures are absolutely beautiful. I cried the whole time. My heart aches for the family. They are all in my prayers as they go through this difficult and unimaginable time

trisha carle - September 12, 2011 - 2:44 pm

What a beautiful slideshow. I cried the whole way thru it. I’m praying for the family as they go thru this horrible time.

luci - September 12, 2011 - 2:21 pm

words can’t express how my heart aches for this family. I am so sorry. God knew you had to be there Kelly. I am so so sorry. My prayers are with the family as they grieve the loss of baby cash. Beautiful baby.

melanie - September 12, 2011 - 1:59 pm

i can’t even believe this happened. :(:( birth images are always an amazing thing to have, but these are now priceless. i pray that jacinda and zachary can eventually find some sort of peace. you guys will meet again in heaven and it will be a joyous reunion. there are so many praying for you, i hope you can feel the comfort of being lifted up in prayer. God be with your family…

Nicole K. - September 12, 2011 - 12:24 pm

My heart is breaking for Jacinda and Zachary today and has been everyday since I found out about their horrible loss. I am so glad that you were there to document their short time that they had with Baby Cash. Photography can change people’s lives and because of you, they will forever be able to see their baby at the most wonderful moments that they had him.

Andrew - September 12, 2011 - 3:53 am

Beautiful photographs… I love your photography and you inspire me with my photography… πŸ˜‰

a beautiful beginning: kynlee jamison’s birth story.

The one word that keeps coming to mind whenever I think of Jen’s birth is peaceful. I’m not sure if that would be the same word she would use to describe it, but when you’re the one going through the pain of labor, you’re experiencing something different than everyone else in the room πŸ™‚ For the most part, though, everything about Jen’s labor & birth was very calm and relaxed.

On Friday, Donny and I planned a somewhat impromptu dinner with Jenny & Dan that evening. Dan was craving Dewey’s, so we met up, ate some delicious pizza and had a great time. Jenny was telling me how she thought she was in labor the night before, but everything stopped for the most part and she was kind of bummed. Well about 2 hours later I got an excited call from Jenny saying her water just broke. She wasn’t having super strong contractions at the time, but she really wanted her family & doula to come to her house and be with her while she labored there before going to the hospital. So Donny and I got all ready and got to her house about 11:30pm. Just as we walked in the door, they made the decision to head to the hospital because her contractions were about 5 minutes apart at the time.

I think the hospital staff was probably pretty amused at the caravan of people that all arrived with Jenny & Dan. (Jenny’s parents, Dan’s parents, Dan’s sister, Jenny’s doula & best friend Ashley, and Donny & I were all there!). By the time she got all checked in and settled in the delivery room it was about 1am…and nothing much was happening. She was checked in at 3cm, 80% effaced which was the same as she was at her doctor’s appointment 2 weeks ago. I think she was a little bummed that all the labor she had the night before hadn’t made her progress any further, but took comfort in the fact that her water broke so that meant her baby would most likely be here in 24 hours or less!

All of the guys except for Dan of course ended up going out to their cars to sleep while the rest of us tried to sleep back in the room with Jenny. The only one who got a good nights sleep was Dan’s sister Haley πŸ™‚ Jenny tried to sleep at first, but she was just uncomfortable enough that she couldn’t sleep. Things were going fine, just slow. She was checked again a few hours later and hadn’t made much progress and that was really discouraging to her. She didn’t stay discouraged for long, though! She decided that if she wasn’t going to be able to sleep or rest anyway, she was going to do anything she could to move things along. She walked, showered, sat on the ball, switched positions…and guess what – it worked!

By 6am she was over the hump and at 6cm and from there things progressed fast. Luckily, she only had about 4-5 hours of really hard labor and the slow building all night gave her body the rest that it needed. Jenny went all natural, so of course it didn’t feel like rest to her because 4-5 hours is still a LONG time to be in that much pain. But when it comes to labor (and especially for first time moms), 4-5 hours is awesome πŸ™‚ She pushed off and on for about an hour, and Kynlee Jamison Hauer made her debut at 12:26pm weighing in at 6lbs, 10oz and 19.5″ long. Pure perfection!

Jen handled her labor so gracefully –Β  you would have never known she was in as much pain as she was. All you could really tell was that she was totally exhausted…which was to be expected because she hadn’t slept since Thursday night – and that was the night she thought she was in labor.Β  She never once complained or asked for an epidural! She fully trusted God and her body to let things happen naturally and there really are no words to describe what a touching, beautiful experience it was to witness. She and Dan worked together like a well oiled machine and brought Kynlee into this world with ease, patience, and love. What a great way to start out as parents, huh?

I am so proud of you both and over the moon in love with my new niece πŸ™‚

Love, Kelly





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Megan - June 5, 2013 - 5:52 am

I stumbled onto this site through Pinterest. As I was looking at these photos I thought wow, that hallway looks like the ones I walked. Then I realized that she was at B. North. I wish I could have had an awesome photo shoot when I was in labor, these are gorgeous.

Holly - December 23, 2012 - 1:42 pm

I’m due with baby #4 March 16th and am interested in discussing your offerings.

Maria ryder - November 3, 2012 - 2:55 am

Wow have nit seen that before.and the photos ar lovely

Maria ryder - November 3, 2012 - 2:54 am

Wow have not seen that before.and the photos are lovely

Tim Hilario - July 23, 2012 - 8:08 am

I know this is quite an old post but love the photos!

[…] Happy 1st Birthday to my beautiful niece Kynlee!! If you missed the slideshow last year, you can view it HERE. […]

rachael - November 10, 2011 - 6:34 pm

This was the most beautiful celebration of life I have ever watched. I cried through the entire thing.

[…] Jenny & Dan and baby Kynlee are doing great! She is such a good baby and is treating her mama well while she still recovers from her amazing natural birth. If you want to read more about that or see pictures, head over to our birth photography site HERE. […]

A Bittersweet Day » You Make Me Live - July 7, 2011 - 8:44 pm

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melanie - July 7, 2011 - 3:34 pm

holy shit. that was amazing. talk about laboring beautifully. i mean, every shot was perfect. and kynlee is the cutest. babies are supposed to come out ugly!well done kel and very very well done jen and dan. im going to need some advice when it comes my time. πŸ˜‰

Debbie Hauer - July 7, 2011 - 2:31 am

Kelly, this was absolutely fantastic. You have captured so many emotions and highlights of a very intimate experience in such a beautiful way.

brenda - July 7, 2011 - 2:22 am

wow i hope to emulate her pain management. she looks amazing and lil baby girl is just gorgeous! congrats!

Erin Johansing - July 7, 2011 - 2:18 am

I love them Kelly! Jenny you did an amazing job. Hopefully I will have as much strength as you did! I love her so much! Most gorgeous newborn in the world!

Erin Hull - July 7, 2011 - 2:06 am

OMGOSSHHHH! What a beautiful story and beautiful pictures, Kelly. Totally crying over here. Way to go, Jen! I’m so glad she did the right things to keep her labor going. Awesome!! Such a beautiful birth. Congrats. πŸ™‚

a beautiful beginning: Mia Marie’s birth story.

sunday night 3:39am text from my sister brittany: heading to the hospital πŸ™‚ will call when checked in. 3:42 bring your camera and ali. 3:50am i’m 4-5 min apart. at triage, let you know if we even stay. 4:00am text from brian in response to me asking how’s she’s laboring: talking through contractions, getting louder, not quiet. (which means she should still be around 4-5 cm which is what she actually was when she checked in) 4:23am come up! 10 cm! 4:27 BABY IS HERE!!!!! 7.9lbs 4:30am. brittany went natural, not by choice!

holy crap. as you can imagine when i was woken up i was first in disbelief because just a handful of hours earlier i was with bk4 and britt was showing no signs of labor. but we joked because the other two girls were born exactly 1 week before their due date, and if she didn’t have that baby by monday night she’d be pissed. i laid in bed thinking she’s got time, i probably have an hour before i even need to get up. i decided to get up, pack and eat something just in case, and that’s when brian said she was 10cm. i totally called him a jerk and said he wasn’t funny for lying. but his texts were getting more convincing, so i grabbed nori out of her crib, kissed adam goodbye and sped to ali’s house. i was still swearing the whole car ride that there is NO WAY she checked in a 4cm and had the baby 27 min later. sure enough, there was a baby in the room! and not to my surprise, it was another girl. the 5th granddaughter for my parents. now it’s up to ali and i to have a boy!

britt told me she only had like 6 (HARD!) contractions from check in, to baby in arms. she literally put on her gown, went to the bathroom before she settled for her epidural when she realized these contractions were STRONG and the pressure was nothing like she’d ever felt. she told the nurse she was moving fast. as she sat on the bed on her side, the nurse checked her at full dialation!! as she, i’m sure ever so sweetly, said she really wanted that epidural before she moved on, she felt the pressure even stronger. she had to push. her dr. wasn’t even there yet, but she didn’t care. with a team of nurses, and still on her side, she pushed. BAM. just like that, her baby girl flew out of her. in a short 3 hrs of L&D, mia marie klems, bk5, was here.

ali and i were super bummed because we were allowed in the room for this delivery!! figures, it didn’t work out. but i’m so so so proud of birttany. whenever she told me i was crazy for wanting a natural delivery, i always responded, you’d be surprised on how much your body can do, YOU COULD DO IT TOO! she’d laugh. well now she’s one up on me. ha! L&D is so unpredictable, you just never ever know. i so wish i could have been there to witness her awesomeness!

you’ll see in the slideshow that the 2 big sister’s came up once they were settled in post pardum. they weren’t exactly sure, but still excited. especially happy when they found out baby sister brought them gifts! πŸ™‚ we are so happy you’re here and healthy mia! she joined the group of monkeys perfectly: ella mozarella, anna banana, nori cacciatore, olivia (livers) activia, and now mia tortilla! enjoy the show. πŸ™‚


another one of my BB mama’s has been laboring all day. just waiting for the call to come up! yay babies!

peace, aunt melanie.


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Jenna - May 26, 2011 - 7:42 pm

BEAUTIFUL!! Congrats again!

nonni and poppi - May 26, 2011 - 2:21 am

I absolutely love all of them but the one of the girls with mommy checking out Mia and the one of Mia stretched out sunbathing in the lights are great. You captured all the excitement and awe throughout. Awesome job Mel and thanks Luci for the compliment of how beautiful all the girls and their mommies are. I believe I agree with you!!!!! lol

Lauren - May 25, 2011 - 11:31 pm

I’m sobbing right now! This is beautiful! One day you will be able to do this for me! πŸ™‚ Congratulations! She is just perfect. You can see the love in these pictures and it’s so wonderful. Love you!

Luci - May 25, 2011 - 1:31 pm

there is a reason you tracy girls haven’t had a boy yet… YOU MAKE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRLS!! Congratulations Brittany, Mia is absolutely beautiful and sweet!

Kelly - May 25, 2011 - 2:11 am

Way to go Brittany!!! Beautiful pictures and such a beautiful family πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

jennie, danny, chris & carson - May 24, 2011 - 10:44 pm

these are WONDERFUL mel πŸ™‚ could not love her more! she’s a lucky lady…i am positive my dad met her before we did.

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sarah a - May 24, 2011 - 10:18 pm

these are so perfect πŸ™‚ congrats bk5!

Aunt Net - May 24, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Ok-so I cried thru this whole thing-these are so precious! The music is perfect and so is little Miss Mia! Mel you have managed to capture the wonder in Ella’s and Anna’s eyes as they see their sister for the first time and the love from Mommy, Daddy and the rest of the family! Obviously it was a special moment for all and emotional for missing Grandpa. But Mia and her sisters and cousins now have a special angel watching over them. The photos are beautiful and thank you all for sharing the birth of another family member! Brian-I must comment on the black feet:having Mia shagging balls on the field when she’s just hours old is unique! You may get your baseball team after all-it will just be an all-girl team!! Love from Columbus-can’t wait see everyone! Uncle Roger & Aunt Net


a little girl was born in the middle of last night. i CAN’T wait to share my newest niece’s story. πŸ™‚

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedcheck back soon! peace, aunt melanie!

Luci - May 24, 2011 - 12:54 pm

She is just as beautiful as the other other girlies!! Aahhh… so precious!

Sarah Q - May 24, 2011 - 2:17 am

SOOOOO cute! I love that 4th one down with her hands behind her head. Just born and already chillin’ πŸ™‚ Adorable!

sarah a - May 24, 2011 - 2:13 am

I could just DIE of the cuteness!! especially that last pic of the 4 ladies πŸ™‚