• Welcome!

    I'm so glad you've stumbled upon my little space on the web.

    I LOVE telling stories! Here you will find stories about birth, everyday life, and of people who are passionate about their lifework.

    I have a passion for authenticity and finding beauty in the ordinary.

    I hope you find something that will engage you and touch your heart, and maybe even encourage you to explore and share your story as well.

    So grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy!

    Ceci

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what a rare and wonderful occurrence it is to have 4 generations present in one place!

When a family first hires me to capture their little-one’s birth, they fill out a questionnaire about their birth plan and what will be important for me to capture; it’s interesting how different that looks from one family to the next.

When I was reading through Candace’s answers, she mentioned that their parent’s and grandparents would be coming to the birth center immediately after the birth, and how important it was to them for me to capture their presence.   At first I was surprised that they would be coming at all, then I thought of what a special time that would be; an experience that really only few get to have.  Having lost my mom before any of my kids were born, one of my grandmas a little over a year ago, and having family scattered all over the US, it was not hard for me to recognize how valuable their presence that day would be.

The morning Candace called me to let me know she was in labor, I had a feeling it would go quickly!  I kept waiting for the call saying they were headed to the birth center, as I would be meeting them there.  I waited and waited, but I had a gut feeling things were happening and change would come quickly.  In my years attending births I have learned to not ignore that feeling! I was told they would be heading there “soon” but over an hour had passed and still I waited for the call saying, go!  I finally decided, I would just start heading towards the birth center, and of course as I was half way there I got the call, saying they were rushing there.

I arrived at the birth center and the midwives were preparing the birth room and on high alert hoping they would make it to the birth center before having a baby.  Thankfully they made it, with about 10 minutes to spare!:)  Yes, so far this is the shortest time I have been at a labor!    I’m not going to lie, I was a bit concerned about how I would put together a birth film with less than 10 minutes of labor footage…
But remember those grandparents I told you about?  Well, when I finally sat down to edit this film, I was so grateful for only 10 min of labor! There were so many other special moments that made up that day, I really had a hard time condensing it to these few minutes!

A lot of my birth films focus heavily on the mother’s strength, and celebrate their courage and beauty during the labor process. Candace, was beautiful, courageous and no doubt labored gracefully, but their birth film really celebrates their loving family, and their joy as they welcome a little one into their clan!

I keep thinking of how cool it will be when Kalleigh has children of her own and she is able to not only share her birth day with her family, but share her grandparents and great-grandparents!!!

Thank you Candace and Cody, for trusting me to tell your sweet Kalleigh’s birth story!

Hermien Zwiers -

So happy to have found this site!

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I’m so excited to share this next film with you guys.

I met Audrey and James a couple of years ago, I thought they were the sweetest young couple, so excited to meet their new baby. We chatted over coffee and I just fell in love with them. I was honored to be there and film the birth of their precious Olivia Grace and Audrey and I have stayed in touch ever since…

Fast forward to last summer when she messaged me to tell me they were expecting again and wanted me to be there for this little one’s arrival! I was SOOOO excited, but I had to respond with, “I have good news and bad news” I too was expecting and our due dates were so close together, I was sad. Thankfully, my good friend and associate videographer Christina was available to film their birth. We agreed she would be filming it and I would be editing.

The day finally came and I knew Christina was there with them, I have to admit I was a bit jealous! She was giving me updates and telling me how beautiful the light was and how sweet they all were… I wasn’t able to be there myself, but my heart was there with them.

When I got all the footage and sat down to edit, I enjoyed getting to see my friend bring yet another little miracle into the world. Audrey did an amazing job, surrounded by James and her awesome birth team, the light was just perfect, it truly was a beautiful day to have a baby and Christina captured it stunningly!

Enjoy the birth story of Norah Annelise!

Sheila Hayes -

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. This family is so amazing. I am still drying my eyes.

Pamela Cheshier Dean -

so beautiful….grandbaby # 12 is just as special as grandbaby #1…

Robin Mckelvey Speakman -

WOW! Awesome video and awesome birth!!! You did great Audrey. I cried as soon as it started…

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Over the years I have had the honor of witnessing the miracle of birth time and time again… I know right? I am truly blessed!
But, my favorite has been the relationships I’ve built with my clients and getting to see their family grow.

This family is just the sweetest! I was there to film their first little one Halen a couple of years ago, and then again this time to see him become the big brother!!

I think sweet Ramone was having a good time in her moms womb and did not want to come out, her poor mom was so ready, yet waited patiently to meet her for nearly 43wks!!

Grab some tissue and enjoy their story!

Michelle -

Ahhhh! This is gorgeous Ceci! I love this family and what a beautiful birth! So happy for them.

Ticho Medrano -

Great job as always, Ceci!

Michelle Medrano -

You provide priceless memories of my sweet babies that I get to cherish forever! One of the best investments I have ever made!

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I know I say this often, but it’s so true! One of my favorite things about doing what I do, is getting to meet so many wonderful people!!

I met Hannah a few years ago as we both volunteered for our local birth network. She is one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever met, and being asked to capture and share what her lifework is all about was just an honor.

It is a beautiful thing to watch people be successful and comfortable in what they are meant to do, Hannah is definitely one of those people.

Take a peek at her work, and learn more about her over at www.intuitivemothering.com

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Happy Monday!!!

I wanted to share another little project I completed for a super talented lady!!  Making this film was so much fun, and spending the day with Sarah was inspirational.

Check out her beautiful work at www.sarahgreenman.com and enjoy a little peek into her work and creative process here.

Gina -

She is such a beautiful woman both inside and out. Lovely!

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