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I think it’s probably become clear in the last year or two that lifestyle portrait sessions have become a favorite of mine. I love getting to change it up from weddings now and then, and it’s especially great to collaborate on a fun shoot with a stylish friend. Sam has become a good friend of […]

It’s hard to believe Llewyn will be six weeks old this weekend! Time is flying by so quickly. But I just got our newborn session back and am so excited to share these sweet photos! My wonderful & talented friend Kaytee Lauren came over when he was 10 days old and took these photos and […]

  • Katelyn james - I love these tori!!!!!! So glad I finally got to meet him!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - These are so beautiful Tori!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Hastings - Love these so much! What beautiful photos! It’s so obvious the great love you both have for Llewyn!ReplyCancel

  • Tierney - I am a little obsessed with this set of photos. Your family is adorable and your photographer’s work makes me feel like I’m there! Everything is so vivid and deep. I’m also a little obsessed with your decorating style… I think I need to Pin all the photos to save for future reference! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christa Suppe - Oh Kaytee did such an amazing job! These are so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Well, the month is more than halfway over, and I’m just getting around to this post…but I blame maternity leave for most of that. ;) It really is crazy how quickly this month is flying by, but I’m excited for the rest of it and what’s yet to come. Also pretty excited to recap June…which […]

I’m so happy to finally be showing off Llewyn’s nursery! It was all done before he was born, except for getting the mobile hung, but I just didn’t get around to photographing it until last week. It was so much fun for me to design this sweet room. I started with this inspiration, and then […]

  • Nikki Santerre - LOVE! I love how unique Llewyn’s nursery turned out, and that each item was thoughtfully chosen and has meaning. Beautiful, Tori! <3ReplyCancel

I’m really excited to share Llewyn’s birth story. While it’s not graphic, it does contain birth terminology and references to things that happen quite normally in birth. But if you’re not interested in reading about those things, feel free to skip the post and just skim the photos. :) Consider yourself adequately warned! Also, I […]

  • Bethany - oh wow what a story!! you’ll definitely be glad you have this documented – even ive noticed now that if i dont document something, i have a hard time remembering many details – and im only 29! little llewyn is so beautiful. :) congratulations tori!ReplyCancel

  • Micaela - Thank you so much for sharing your story, Tori! It was beautifully written and such a testimony. I am so, so excited for you! You are amazing!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christa Suppe - Oh Tori! I loved reading this! Wonderful job momma! You are so strong and it is inspiring reading about your journey! I am sorry that it was longer and more strenuous than you had expected, but I am so glad that you and baby are healthy and well! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Veronee - So happy you all got the labor you wanted!! Well… Besides the whole week long contracting! :) it’s amazing how the experience can be so different (yet so similar of course) for women! Xoxo enjoy that beautiful boy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Oh Tori, this was amazing to read. Good for you! I’ve been following your work for years and was delighted to see that we were only a week apart in our first pregnancies. It turns out both of our babies arrived the same day! What an adorable little boy and what a head of hair! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Tierney - What a treat to read this story! I LOVE birth stories! I’ve been following you on Instagram and was so excited when you shared that you’d posted yours. I had my second baby a few weeks before you had Llewyn, so I’m still in birth mode ;)

    I can’t believe how long you were in labor! And that your contractions were intense and painful the whole time… you are so strong! My first son was born posterior and I had back labor and it is MISERABLE. I can’t imagine how awful that last week was for you. And you ended up doing it without any pain meds! I wish I’d been as wise as you and hired a doula the first time around!

    I will say I had to giggle a little at your statement about how labor generally eases you into the worst parts of pain. I must be the reason you wrote generally- haha! My entire second labor was 1 hour and 37 minutes, first contraction to baby in my arms. The first contraction was about as intense as the last. I went from sleeping in bed to yelling in pain. It was so hard to manage because it came upon me so fast… I did it without pain meds but mainly because there was no time to get them! It was my goal to deliver without them but in the moment it’s sooo hard to say no. So I admire your attitude. You did it! You’re AMAZING and you’ll be so glad you wrote this all down.ReplyCancel

  • Hope - Thank you for sharing your story! Good hard work mama. It takes a special kind of strength to go through a week of prodromal labor like that and finish strong. Your little man is so handsome and I’m glad he is here safe! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Hope - Oh, forgot birth story sharing linkage (haven’t had the guts to post my first one publicly yet): http://www.hopehelmsblog.com/2014/10/cedrics-birth-story-part-one/ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Tori, you did good!!! God gave you the privilege of being this precious li’l guy’s mama and maybe He wanted you to share this amazing story, not only for your own memory book, but to give hope to those wishing for the experience plus as a reminder for us that did it long ago so that perhaps we’ll have a greater appreciation for this next generation as they make alternate birthing choices! As for your strength, you are my cousin and we are a tough bunch so I’m not surprised a bit that you handled this lengthy process with grace. I had 2 ‘meconium babies’ and didn’t get to see them for an hour following birth (in the mid-80s) so I’m happy that hospitals have improved greatly now. Your story is a treasure!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancie Silva - Thank you for sharing this story – wow! If I haven’t already said it – Congratulations!!! We are thrilled for you 3….. – NancieReplyCancel

  • Angie - Just finished reading your amazing story. Awe inspiring.
    I’m so proud of you! He truly is adorable. I enjoy looking at pictures.
    But, the best thing of all will be to hold him and see him in person.
    Much love to you all!ReplyCancel