There are so many wonderful moments that I feel extremely blessed to be a part of and photograph. One of the most amazing things I've had the opportunity to photograph and witness are the births of my little nieces. Many of you may recall Lucy's birth story and Lola's birth story. What an emotional roller coaster, yet it's such a spiritual experience, photographs do not do it justice. I was thrilled when Jill and Kenny told me that they wanted me to be there to photograph the birth of their second baby girl Jade. What an intimate experience, to be honest I debated whether or not if I should blog these, but the images are too remarkable to not share (plus, I have the blessing from Kenny + Jill to share). Not to worry, I kept it clean!:) So here you go, let the images speak for themselves and tell this wonderful birth story of Jade Matilda!
jade_birth023.jpgjade_birth024.jpgjade_birth025.jpgjade_birth027.jpgjade_birth028.jpgjade_birth029.jpgKenny liked adding a bit of comic relief by making silly faces while I was shooting!LOL!
I'm SO happy I get to have another beautiful niece in my life! Jade Matilda this aunt already loves you so much!
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Kathy said:
These are so inspiring and beautiful!! You really allowed the beauty of birth to show in these photos. Kudos to Jill. Most of us could only wish to remain so beautiful throughout labor! :D
(05.29.12 02:03 PM)
Anonymous said:
I'm blown away! Amazing work.
(05.29.12 03:23 PM)
Angie Baxter said:
Absolutely breathtaking - some of the most moving images I have seen! x
(05.29.12 05:20 PM)
Traci said:
#1: These are amazing images! #2: I've never seen anyone look that beautiful during and after birth--holy cow!!!
(05.29.12 06:21 PM)
talia said:
these are beautiful! I don't know how to explain it but birth photos are ALWAYS better in black and white! thank you for sharing!
(05.30.12 10:17 AM)
Amy DeYoung said:
Just beautiful!! Love them all :)
(05.30.12 02:14 PM)
Katie Metka said:
absolutely beautiful! 2.5 months til I get to meet our 5th! these photos make me wish these next few months would pass more quickly:)
(05.30.12 04:09 PM)
Erika said:
These are absolutely magical. What a special set of photos for little Jade to have when she gets older, to see how much her parents loved her even before she got here!
(05.30.12 07:22 PM)
Angie said:
LOVE these, so beautiful!
(05.31.12 12:54 PM)
MOM said:
WOW Honey you are so talented in shooting just the right moment and catching the right emotions - That was so beautiful how Kenny and Jill were feeling in those photos - It is such a blessing having a family, I am so thankful for you kids and for having such wonderful precious grand babies for Dad and I to love! Thanks again - YES....I am crying!!!
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canvas prints said:
very well done, your pictures are amazing
(06.03.12 03:14 AM)
SR said:
These melt my heart!
(06.09.12 03:22 PM)
Anonymous said:
That picture of him checking his cell that David Beckham? Amazing pics!
(06.11.12 10:55 AM)
Denver maternity photographer said:
your best work yet and some of the best coverage i have never seen like this. Congrats for your new baby. Both of looking very loving and caring, really outstanding job you guys.Denver maternity photographer
(06.11.12 11:52 PM)
Aruba Photographer said:
Wow! This is the first time I've ever seen a birth photo session. I love it! You did a great job at it! We do weddings but I think this is a much more significant moment to capture! Thank you very much for sharing!
(06.12.12 06:24 PM)
Shannon said:
What a special day captured. I had a chance to meet Kenny at The What IF Conference and he is one Awesome guy!! The way he talked about his wife and daughter was so special and was excited to see the new photos you posted of his new little one.
(06.14.12 01:58 PM)
clipping path zone said:
What have for say. Lovely...
(06.21.12 03:56 PM)
Tracey Best said:
Wow girl those are soooooo fantastic!!! I love seeing the love between Kenny and Jill:) Jade is beautiful, just like her Momma:)
(07.18.12 03:46 PM)
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Many of my readers may recognize Jill from her last maternity session! That shoot was one of my favorite maternity sessions, Jill came up with the concept of her and Kenny on a boat and around the docks. I wondered what Jill would come up with for her second maternity session that would top the last shoot. Well, she did it, she came up with the idea of having herself photographed in a grocery store, filling her cart with all the crazy things women crave when they're pregnant, all the while being a total glam-mama! It was super fun, definitely a step out of the box for me, and we were giggling the entire time! LOL! LOVE this maternity session Jill! Great idea!
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jill_mat2_016.jpgjill_mat2_017.jpgjill_mat2_018.jpgjill_mat2_019.jpgI can't believe Lola is already two! Jill + Kenny's family is growing, so fun!
I love that I get to have a new niece to love and hold! Newborn shots of baby Jade coming soon!
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carly said:
probably the cutest thing I've seen in a very, very long time. The freezer door/ice cream shot needs to be printed life size :) You're too rad.
(04.24.12 01:59 PM)
michele bowman said:
LOVE these!!!
(04.24.12 02:06 PM)
Emily @ Southern Weddings said:
So cute, Amelia! Great session!
(04.24.12 02:08 PM)
Michelle Moore said:
So cute! I love this! What is that ring she is wearing on her middle finger - it's really cool :)
(04.24.12 02:13 PM)
Rog said:
Dudes and dudets. I love this. I absolutely can't stand when Lyndzee opens food up in the grocery store before she paid for it. But when Jill does it,'s cute ;) Well done. We'll probably start seeing this idea more and more now. Look what you've done.
(04.24.12 02:36 PM)
David said:
Is it stating the obvious to say that everyone in the Fotofafa office is absolutely loving these. Amazing as always!
(04.24.12 02:51 PM)
Phill said:
There is one single photograph of my mother when she was carrying me, and it's priceless. There's a treasure trove of priceless images here and the context is beautifully entertaining. The little un yet to come is going to be so grateful of these decades from now.
(04.24.12 02:53 PM)
Jill said:
I'm still giggling just looking at these! This was so fun and I LOVE how they turned out. THANK YOU!
(04.24.12 03:01 PM)
Sara Lucero said:
I LOOOOOOVE this maternity shoot! More than anything! What a great idea! I love that she put some (lots) of thought into it! Those gelato shots just kill me. Is it bad that I would do the same thing even though i'm not pregnant? It definitely wouldn't be as cute of a photo shoot! haha! Congrats again to Kenny & Jill! Oh and I love that you set up a flash in a grocery store aisle. That's amazing. Always impressed with you :)
(04.24.12 03:20 PM)
Jonathan Connolly said:
Your brother and his wife have such amazing pictures! Way to be brave and take it to the grocery store. Definitely taking maternity shoots to a whole new level! :)
(04.24.12 03:58 PM)
Christina Dely said:
What a fun & original idea! Lovely images!
(04.24.12 04:07 PM)
Becky said:
Love EVERYTHING about these!! Great job Amelia. :)
(04.24.12 04:33 PM)
Kelly said:
SO gorgeous! I love all of the colors!
(04.24.12 05:07 PM)
nancy {so happi together} said:
Oh, Amelia. You raise the bar, yet again, These are simply too rad and I LOVE the flash in the grocery aisle. I was telling eddie, most grocery stores don't even allow photography so I am sure you had to be super stealth - so crazy. You are genius and your images exude your beauty and brilliance. LOVE you!!
(04.24.12 05:57 PM)
Katy O said:
These are beyond brilliant. What a fun idea!
(04.24.12 06:28 PM)
Ed said:
Love the market concept, totally fresh! No pun intended. Always inspirational Amelia, cheers.
(04.24.12 07:20 PM)
Veronica Lane said:
Very creative Amelia! That's refreshing to see!
(04.24.12 07:51 PM)
Erin Woolsey said:
I love the eating ice cream photos, how fun!
(04.24.12 07:57 PM)
Alana said:
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Gena D said:
this is beyond amazing - just love, love, love it!!! well done!!!
(04.25.12 02:29 AM)
Stephanie Lyell said:
I am a often blog reader, but seldom blog commenter...I just had to comment on this one. What a cool idea, and wonderfully executed! So great!
(04.25.12 05:13 AM)
Emilia Jane said:
So beautiful!
(04.25.12 06:21 AM)
Jenny said:
Seriously you're amazing. You just may be my favorite photographer ever. Just lovely! Oh, and Happy birthday Hudson! :)
(04.25.12 08:53 AM)
kristin eldridge photography said:
Oh my gosh...I love this! Her last shoot was gorgeous and this one definitely topped it!
(04.25.12 04:04 PM)
Robin said:
THese are great Amelia! Jill looks beautiful too. Love the colors in these shots. I LOVE LOVE fun bright colors.
(04.26.12 09:45 PM)
mary dougherty said:
i absolutely loved the first shoot you did with them... and this is one lives up to the first! so out of the box and you did a great job
(04.27.12 08:42 AM)
Paige and Blake said:
we adore Fotofafa! and we adore you. double love for this shoot.
(04.27.12 01:22 PM)
ariel renae said:
these are ridiculously amazingly cute!!! love every frame!
(04.27.12 03:43 PM)
Alli Hudson said:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the orange juice and ice cream shots!!!! Such a fun shoot and the mommy-to-be looked GREAT!!!!
(04.28.12 07:47 PM)
angie said:
Oh my stinking adorable! Jill is gorgeous as ever and I LOVE this idea! So good Amelia!
(04.29.12 10:46 PM)
Zaida said:
Pure genius. And those photo skills? Wow, looks like a magazine spread. AHmazing. :)
(04.30.12 02:44 PM)
Lyndzee Ellsworth said:
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Awesome idea Jill and Amelia you made it reality. My favorites are her sitting on the ground eating the gelato. I want to do that everytime I go to the store.
(05.01.12 09:26 PM)
Lisa said:
Was permission given to do this shoot before the grocery store was open? Was it a mom and pop grocery store? Reason I ask because all the big named grocery stores will not let you photograph in their stores because of their branding and marketing. Just like you couldn't decide to do a photo shoot in a target store because you would be on thier property photographing their brand (regardless of how little) for commercial purposes (Phtoo shoot for client). If you did this stealthy I am pretty impressed you got it done without being thrown out.
(05.02.12 10:59 AM)
Tracey SHayewitz said:
This might be the cutest maternity session Ive ever seen!!! So creative and just perfect! And I love love love her dress!
(05.02.12 11:15 AM)
Sheila Sim said:
Hilarious, but also very beautiful! Love this session :-)
(05.07.12 07:08 AM)
francine said:
unbelievably spectacular!!
(05.08.12 07:25 PM)
fotoclipping said:
Best wishes for this family.
(05.08.12 08:59 PM)
Delbensonphotography said:
She is beautiful pregnant lady! I enjoyed so much looking at her photos. I love when she was sitting on the floor, eating. That's really cool! This is an excellent job!
(05.09.12 12:23 AM)
heather said:
beautiful, as always (your photography AND miss jill brady). such a unique pregnancy shoot in the grocery store. i've never seen that before and i love it!!
(05.11.12 09:00 PM)
Erin Lassahn said:
That first Ice Cream eating shot is to die for!!!
(05.15.12 02:43 PM)
Alyssa said:
Best idea for a maternity shoot ever. I love it. So cute!
(05.16.12 08:58 AM)
Emily Heizer Photo said:
Her lipstick is amazing! I love it! The sullen little girl in the background- hilarious! I love the shot with the stacks of vegetables in the back- the color blocking is a fantastic backdrop! Same question Amelia, did you ask permission first before shooting in the grocery store? We've had a couple 'togs around here do TTD's in grocery stores and they never responded as to how they cleared it first. And they did it like in Albertson's. How'd ya do that? :)
(05.20.12 10:49 PM)
Shamim said:
amazing piece of collection! thanks for sharing!
(05.21.12 05:35 AM)
Molly said:
Wow you are really good! I love these pictures!
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Shannon said:
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Aaron Snow said:
I love these! The supermarket was a brilliant idea!
(06.19.12 02:15 PM)
Lyubov said:
Hello! Your photos are very, very nice! I am inspired by your work! My native language is Russian, so I'm sorry for my English.
(07.20.12 02:40 AM)
Brandi said:
I absolutely adore the maternity shoot in the grocery store! Very fitting! I stumbled upon your page via Pinterest and your photographs are truly amazing... I just realized I've been going through pics on your page for about an hour now and I get so caught up in reading the stories you write with them, it shows that you really getting to your clients. Keep up the great work. :)
(08.30.13 08:54 PM)
Venus said:
Hi I love your work. I had a couple of questions about the grocery store shoot, first, how did you set white balance? Also, did you use a flash or reflector? Lens? Thanks soooo much!
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