Aubrey was expecting her first bundle of joy and began sharing her open and honest updates on an Instagram account. I loved watching her updates as she shared the little and big moments of her pregnancy. Aubrey just married the love of her life and they both were so excited to be welcoming their first son into the world. Like many other families in the service, Elijah had a duty to perform which meant he would not be able to attend the birth of his son. I had the honor to be able to document the birth of Kaison as another way for his dad to watch him come into the world from away. Aubrey also planned to facetime with him at the moment of birth. Since Elijah was not going to be present during the birth, together they decided to hire a midwife and doula for support throughout the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. They had planned to do a home water birth.
I got the call that Aubrey was in labor and decided to head down. I arrived and met Jordan, her doula with A labor of Love Doulas. She told me Aubrey was trying to rest while she could as they both awaited the arrival of her midwife, Melissa, of Bayside Birth & Wellness Center. Upon arrival, Melissa assessed her and began tracking her contractions. Aubrey’s labor progressed and she worked through every contraction, one at a time, riding the waves. She maneuvered her way through the stages and did whatever she was told was best to move the baby down. She climbed stairs, she sat on the toilet, she laid in her bed, she swayed in the tub, and she bounced on the ball. At times she even felt urges to push. But slowly everything backed off and slowed down. So Melissa checked, and Aubrey was at 4cm, which is not considered active labor. Soon, everything had come to a halt. No contractions and no more labor. The birth team was advised to leave as her labor was not progressing enough to be active and that she needed to be left alone.
Aubrey was pregnant for another week until she called me again that she was in labor. When I arrived, Melissa, her midwife, was filling up the tub preparing for a home water birth. Soon the other midwife and doula arrived and Aubrey went through the motions once more to work her baby down. After over 12 hours of laboring at home, Aubrey needed relief. She had been putting up such a strong fight and she had come to a point where she knew she needed to do what was best for her and her baby, so she was advised to transfer to the nearby hospital. When she checked in, she was able to get some relief and take a rest for several hours. So I was advised to leave again while she rested. Aubrey had incredible support from her doula through everything, and I will always recommend clients hire a doula whether in a hospital or at home birth, she is so educated about how best to support and help you through every bit of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Jordan was also able to hold the phone so Elijah could facetime the birth.
I made it home and relaxed for a couple of hours to catch up on some sleep I had missed from the night before. I got a text from her doula stating she was almost fully dilated and it was going to be time to start pushing soon. So I headed back and just in time as she began to crown with her in the squatting position. As Kaisons head emerged, it was discovered he had a nuchal cord around his neck, which is very normal and usually harmless. Unfortunately, due to the way the cord was sitting, it was not easy to unwrap the cord, so the doctor had to step in and cut the cord to release the rest of his body. Melissa brought Kaison up on to Aubrey’s chest and the doctor immediately said bring baby to the warmer. This was not what Aubrey wanted. None of it was really. She didn’t have her partner there, she wasn’t at home like she planned. She got an epidural, which she tried so hard to avoid, and now, she was denied skin to skin with her brand new baby because he was struggling to breathe. Aubrey is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She fought so hard, every inch of the way, and she DID IT! She gave birth to her son. Unfortunately, as Aubrey shared with her friends and family, he was rushed to a nearby NICU where he stayed for several weeks gaining strength enough to go home. This was a difficult time for Aubrey as she navigated her new body and new life with her baby in the NICU. Having her entire birth plan ripped from her arms was not easy for her to do, but she did it with the support of friends, family and her husband. Several weeks after Kaison was able to go home, I wanted to and planned on photographing some raw postpartum images of Aubrey and Kaison when we were told by the governor to stay in place and lockdown. It was difficult for us to accept not being able to finish documenting her story in person until I discovered facetime photo sessions. I was able to facetime video chat with Aubrey and direct her with things to capture a few raw moments with 7 weeks old Kaison.
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Where do I begin? From the very start from inquiry to the day of the wedding, Bree was very quick and easy to communicate with. The day of the wedding was extremely chilly and Bree was there with bells on with an amazing attitude. She was wonderful with everyone there and a gentle guide to make sure we got all of the shots we wanted. More than one person said that they felt they knew her. That’s how calming and natural her presence was.
Now - the pictures. We got the sneak peak one or two days after the wedding! The speed at which she edited was much faster than expected. The photos were incredible to say the least. She absolutely captured the essence of the day and went above and beyond our wildest expectations. We will cherish these photographs forever! Thank you, Bree
I have worked with Brianna three times (family photos, newborn and headshots). She is an excellent photographer and makes the process engaging, delightful and easy. I would highly recommend her to other families!
Bree did an absolutely amazing job. She made things fun and comfortable. I despise my picture taken. but she made it fun and you barely knew she was there. I would highly recommend her. The quality of her work from start the photos being taken to the end results was beyond exceptional. Sadly i cant given more than 5 stars, or else i would
Hands down one of the best photography experiences I've ever had. This photo shoot was coordinated across states without having met. I was given Bree's name as a referral from a friend & trusted that she would be great for our family. Great is a wild understatement. Given our unique circumstances, Bree agreed to meet us during one of our port docks onboard a cruise vacation we had booked. Not only did she offer up available seating in her car to help accommodate our large group, she was willing to bend over backwards to make sure we got exactly what we wanted - and that we did! AND MORE! Bree's personality made our family feel extremely comfortable and relaxed during our shoot. The beautiful memories we have from these photos will be forever cherished & Bree will be forever remembered in our hearts. If you're trying to decide who to go with as your photographer, stop thinking about it and just choose Bree. You won't be sorry!
Highly recommend Brianna and Breezy Photography. Brianna met all of our expectations and then some! My son couldn’t be happier regarding his senior photos! Photos were absolutely gorgeous and timely turnaround. They are artistic and have beautiful compositions! She even met us on location and was up for an adventure to get the best shots! Definitely worth the investment!
I’m so happy we chose to work with Brianna for our wedding day! The quality of her work is absolutely incredible, so professional, detail oriented and creative. She made us feel so comfortable that all our photos reflect how simply and purely happy we were that day. She has such a warm and kind energy and she didn’t hesitate with helping coordinate some parts of the day! She’s by far the most talented photographer I’ve worked with and will definitely work with her again in the future!
I hired Bree for the birth of my last baby and I am so so glad I did. Not only is she incredibly talented, she is so personable and passionate about what she does. She came and met with my birth team before labor which was so comforting and came super quick when she knew I was in labor. I am forever grateful for the moments she captured for my family. I would recommend Bree to anyone for any special occasion!
Wow, I don't know where to begin! We came to Maine for our 10 year anniversary and decided last minute to get maternity photos done while we were out there. Not only was Brianna prompt to respond, but she was also super helpful in giving us location ideas since we weren't familiar with the area. She also went above and beyond by letting me wear some of her beautiful maternity gowns and made me feel like a million bucks! She made us feel comfortable right away and we would 10/10 recommend her to anyone. Our beautiful photos (and the whole experience) are something we will cherish forever!
Bree was amazing! She got to my birth just in time and was very helpful throughout the birth and my photos are amazing!!
Brianna has such a sweet, kind and funny demeanor, she immediately put me at ease as soon as she appeared at my front door. As a photographer myself, I'm very uncomfortable having my photo taken, but I trusted her sensitive eye to capture my dog and I. What surprised me most was that I actually had fun while being photographed! Brianna alleviated all my stress from the get-go, so I just got to relax and hang out with my dog, and it just so happened she was making beautiful portraits at the same time! My dog passed away around a month after Brianna visited our home. I am so grateful to Breezy Photography for spending some time with us and capturing my relationship with my best friend of over fourteen years. I treasure these photographs and look at them all the time. When I realize this session almost didn't happen, my heart drops because these photos are so precious and meaningful Brianna did an amazing job! Thank you Breezy Photography!
Brianna did my new born pictures and they came out so amazing. She was so patient with my son and really took her time so he was comfortable and calm the whole time. She came right to my house it was such a wonderful experience 10/10 would highly recomend her.
Bree hands down is the best photographer in the area, she is so easy to work with and to communicate with. She also is not only there to take pictures but she joins in on the party and gets the best reactions and smiles out of everyone. My mother has passed and always said she would come back as a dragonfly, during my father daughter dance a huge dragonfly flew in and circled us a few times before it flew out. Neither Bree or I saw it but she told me she would hopefully find it in the pictures. She did not find it in the pictures during the dance but sure enough she found one during the ceremony next to my father. It is proof that my mother most certainly was there and I will always cherish that picture. My family and I will only use her for family pictures going forward and will continue to recommend her.
My husband and I booked a mini session with Breezy Photography to commemorate our fifth wedding anniversary. She was professional, friendly, and accommodating when we showed up for our session. She made the experience fun and easy. A few short weeks later she sent us the finished photos and we were blown away. Brianna has a gift; an eye for photography. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Breezy Photography!
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My maternity and newborn sessions with Bree were impeccable! She was so kind and genuine, and really took her time to get the best shots possible. Because of the Covid restrictions in the hospital we settled on a home session for the fresh 48/newborn photos and she was so professional coming into my home and made me feel comfortable nursing my son in front of her and discussing birth and post partum things. She is a beautiful photographer inside and out and I can’t imagine bringing my business elsewhere for the professionalism and expertise she brings to the table.
Brianna is an amazing photographer that not only made our family shoots comfortable and easy, but the results were beautiful memories that we will cherish forever. Since our first shoot with Brianna, she has become a part of our family and we love and enjoy our time with her. She turns family photos into works of art, and has a gift for photography. You will not be disappointed with your experience.
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