The Palmer’s found a rainbow!


If you are a new follower and don’t know who the Palmer’s are, let me take a minute to introduce them.

I first came to know Scott and Katie when they came to meet me about photographing their wedding. Little did we know what God had planned for this friendship… but He is all knowing and had a plan for sure!

I knew pretty much within minutes of them arriving at my home office that this meeting was going to be different. We hit it off immediately. It wasn’t until years later that Scott and my husband Brian became best buds that refer to each other as “Punkin’ and “Buttercup”. (I know Good lawd what have we created!)

Brian was used to me making friends and bringing clients home from even my early days as a portrait photographer in Virginia. But THIS… this was God driven. We now call our combined families “Palmerkowskis”!

I photographed Scott and Katie’s engagement session, then wedding. Then a few month later Katie found out she was expecting. Yay!! Maternity and birth photos followed. Bryson was born two days after their first anniversary.

Then, one crazy, horrible day in January, almost five months after Bryson was born, Scott called to tell me Bryson was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer. Around that same time Katie realized she was expecting another baby. Braydon was born in Cleveland a few weeks early that August while Bryson was undergoing treatments there. That year Bryson fought like a soldier and beat cancer! Although the fight wasn’t quite over… about a year, year and a half later they found out the chemo had ruined his lungs and he was once again, fighting for his life.

My husband and I were able to grow even closer to this family as I continued to photograph them as often as I could, and we were even blessed to be able to help them out by keeping Braydon with us sometimes as they traveled back and forth to St Louis (Katie had to stay there 6 months with Bryson!) Braydon was like one of our own.

At the age of 4, right at Scott and Katie’s four year anniversary, and right before Bryson’s golden birthday, he received a pair of new lungs… a DOUBLE lung transplant saved his life JUST in time.

God is so good.

( I promise to show more images, but this story is worth the read!)

Fast forward a couple years and they were ready to grow their family even more, now that Bryson is thriving and things have ‘normalized” as much as they can (Bryson is still under close watch and continued prayers are appreciated for no rejection of the new lungs).

Katie became pregnant again and was due last June with a sweet baby girl!!! The nursery was painted pink and grey, girlie things started to fill their home, and I had gotten to photograph their maternity session.

A week later, at 35 weeks, Katie went in to the doctor and all was fine. The next day, she hadn’t felt the baby move. Another trip in to the doctor confirmed there was no heartbeat.

Sweet angel girl Lola was born asleep on May 8, 2015. Two days before Mother’s Day.

Six months later Katie and Scott anxiously started to try again to give a sibling to Bryson and Braydon. Once again, the devil stole their joy with a miscarriage.

Prayers galore for this sweet family. As I type, I fight back tears because I love them so much!

Alas, Katie shared with me that she is expecting again!!! Keeping it a secret from most until she felt secure, we were able to photograph this joyous time and finally announce, rainbow baby Palmer due this December!!


Won’t you join me in congratulating them??! Can you relate? Miscarriage isn’t widely talked about, but we know it happens way more than is made known. I love each an devery mama out there!

Katie loves reading the comments and seeing the love pour in for their family! And if you are the praying type, we would love your prayers for them and baby as well!



Beth and Alex’s home birth story



a few weeks ago I got to experience an awesome birth story. It was actually a HVBAC- Home Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, which is not very common, at least in my world!

Beth had an amazing birth team of her Doula, midwife apprentice and business partner at Integrated Massage, Jennifer; her midwife Barbara, and another apprentice midwife.

Watching these women work together, along with Beth’s husband, to bring sweet baby into the world at home was just breathtaking. Here is a look from my view of the whole experience

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When I arrived at 4:40 am Beth’s water had broken a few hours prior. We learned she was about 4 cm dilated. I captured a few images of that early labor, then headed home to nap for a bit as she continued to rest in between contractions.


When I came back that afternoon, she had walked, showered and changed. Still working on bringing her baby into the world as naturally as possible.

these moments of intense connection..


40.6 weeks. This is what full term pregnancy looks like. What a BEAUTIFUL thing!

The couple opted for full surprise of the baby’s gender, which I’m sure helped get her through moments of intensity in labor.


So, a little story about the bracelets Alex and Beth are wearing: During her pregnancy her friend Jen (also her midwife and doula as mentioned above) threw Beth a Blessing Way. It’s a Native American tradition that honors the divine feminine as a nurturer. The bracelets were part of what’s called “the web of life”. It started as a ball of yarn, the first piece wrapped around Beth’s wrist and as she wrapped it around she said “My name is Beth, daughter of Maureen, granddaughter of Rose and Dorothy”, and then it was passed to another person in the circle, and they wrapped it around their wrist stating the same of their family heritage, and so on, until everyone was connected. Once connected the strings were cut and symbolized life to come. Once the baby was born, they were able to be cut off.

as moments of baby’s arrival got closer the water was heated and preparation to bring baby earthside was getting more intense.


Every possible position was used to help baby come down into teh birth canal. They knew she would be quite a bit bigger than her 19 month old sister as sister was born via emergency C at just 34 weeks. This whole labor and pain thing was new to Beth and she handled it like a champ.


Midwife Barbara decided to get the birthing chair out and THAT was just the angle Beth needed to bring her baby into the world!


I have photographed dozens of births over the last 12 years and though this was my first home birth, EVERY birth is a miracle! I am always in so much awe watching LIFE. and … IT”S A GIRL!!!!!

Penny Rose was born at 4:24 am

that moment when you hold your baby for the first time. When you realize every ounce of everything you just went for was for THIS. THIS moment.

I mean, come on!! Most adorable “scale” ever!

and.. at 11.5 pounds…

So, I was able to go back a couple days later for some more images. I mean, a 27 hour labor left everyone pretty tired so, a couple days to rest was in order!


I just love FRESH BABY sessions, at the hospital or at home within 48 hours or so of birth. They change so much in the first wee or two, these first hours are most precious to preserve.


sweet baby toes.. OH MY… I just can’t!!

Alex and Beth, thank you both so much for allowing me to be there to witness your miracle, and to share it here.


Welcome Home {baby} Miles



Birth photography is quickly becoming my specialty of choice! After a birth, I am so excited to

meet the parents at home with new baby, welcoming all the changes bringing  a baby home entails. A quick little portrait session in the master room, and sometimes baby nursery is so meaningful and personal.



Oh, but those first smiles.



Dad’s arms, so strong, yet gentle. Loving hands that cradle baby’s still delicate head.


Welcome home Miles. Welcome home.

At home with baby B


I can’t tell you how excited I am to post this sweet little family’s images on the blog.

I started out  being hired to photograph the birth of Benjamin, their fourth child and first boy. We began with her maternity session which was actually a beautiful milk bath session (posted here)

Julia delivers SUPER FAST, and by super fast I mean, her second child was born in her hallway at home by the firemen! We kept in close contact those last couple weeks because she knows how fast she goes and I needed to be on the ready. The other birth photog they had hired for the last two births had missed them because of that as well, so I wanted to be sure to run.

The only days I wasn’t available are the weekend of September 25,26,27, as my son was getting married that Saturday and I was shooting another wedding Sunday. No problem she said.. She had planned on going in the 28 Monday. (she knows her body!) On Friday night she said “No worries, I don’t think he will arrive before Monday”.

Saturday morning at 7:30a.m. her hubby called and said it was time. :(

I was so bummed.. if it wasn’t my own son’s wedding and if I didn’t have my hair and makeup person coming in an hour I would have went.  And I should have. She delivered 10 minutes after they arrived at the hospital!

That’s only the second birth I have missed in 12 years! UGH.

Nonetheless, we changed the packaged to a lifestyle session at home and I am SO PLEASED at how it came out!


I was so glad Craig was able to come home for a bit to join in. Then we got some snuggles in with big sister when she woke up from her nap.


I completely adore how big sissy jumped up with her bottle as baby B was nursing… sweetest moments captured are those unplanned.

These moments.. these precious, fleeting moments..

The days are loooong, but they go by in a blink.

Thank you Brandi of Beauty By Brandi for the makeup that day that helped Julia feel so pretty as a new mommy again!



Gretchen & Chad { Zeke’s Birth Story}

This week I got to photograph not one birth but TWO, and neither of them knew what they were having until baby was born! I LOVE that!

Defiance Regional is only one local hospital that I know of that still uses real ink to do foot prints. I think I’m going to start carrying an ink pad because these images steal my heart so!


I wasn’t allowed in OR this time, which I am totally bummed about but.. smaller hospital.. so I sent my camera in with Chad and asked him to get certain shots. He did really good! And a nurse even grabbed this image above of Chad and Gretchen seeing baby boy for the first time.


This next image of Chad in the hallway though… they did allow me back in recovery and I was able to capture this sweet moment, Chad still with tears in his eyes as he swooned over his son.

Big sister Millie, whose birth I was also present for to capture  a year and a half ago, was the first to come in and meet Zeke David.

Then the grandparents were brought in. Remember, know one knew what the gender was. Their reaction was pure excitement and surprise!

I’ll be posting a slideshow as time allows, so keep following the blog and JP BIRTH Photography Facebook pages!