birth :: troy allen

"The birth went SO fast that there wasn't a whole lot of time to soak in the whole laboring aspect this time around. Jed and I went from doing our normal routine putting Spencer down to bed to sitting on the toilet feeling the urge to push and then the next thing I know, Yolanda (midwife) is here and things have moved to the bedroom where I didn't leave until Troy arrived." 

Those are Kati's summary thoughts on the home birth of her second son. She didn't even make it to the birth tub as she had hoped, and I didn't even make it to the actual moment of birth! Troy was born just a minute or two before I walked in the door to the sound of a newborn's cry, then around the corner into the bedroom where I saw Kati and Jed still flushed and looking a bit stunned over the reality of a baby so soon in their arms!

It's a common question that I get, by the way, the question of "what if you miss the birth?" And I have to tell the truth, which is that in spite of all my fast-action to get out the door, the advance prep of my camera bag and birth bag, and my efforts of quick response time to any text communication, there WILL be those times when I miss a birth and it isn't anybody's fault, it was just unavoidable. The good news it that that usually means the birth was smooth and all is well, as precipitous labors tend to be healthy ones. There is, of course, that little shoulder-slump of disappointment when I narrowly miss THE moment. On the other side of that brief set-back, however, there's all THIS: the fresh glow of golden hour with a still-wet newborn laid on his mama's heart, the first latch, the fingers of parents tracing every soft curve of baby's face, the tender newborn exam, and -- if we're lucky -- the moment the older sibling(s) meet the baby, too. It's not too late for any of that. :)

Without further ado, I offer you, the very freshest moment of Kati and Jed and Spencer with their newest family member, Troy. 

life with a newborn :: liesel

After years of living around the Unite States, Meghan came home again. Because home is the place you go when it's time for a daughter to be born. Especially when that home includes your mother and grandmother (your baby's grandmother and great grandmother) and nearly a century of history in that small town, and nearly as long of a history in the very house you're renting out. There are roots here, and from deep roots one can grow the tallest branches. 

Liesel is a lucky baby. 

mini sessions :: spring 2017

Spring! Glorious spring! And mini-session day couldn't have asked for better weather, although a bit less wind might have been preferable. Six awesome families came out for the minis and we strolled around Provin Trails making conversation and photographs, playfully. 

As you know, I usually only do minis once or twice a year. But this year -- because I KNOW they're in high demand -- I'm going to be doing a bonus round of them in JUNE. See the bottom of this post for more details.

But for now, have a look at the results for the Spring edition!

The bonus round of Summer Mini-Sessions will be happening June 18th. Park location TBD (somewhere in the Grand Rapids or surrounding area). But save the date! And follow me on FB and IG (@brookecollierphoto) to be the first to know when tickets go on sale in a couple of weeks! 

life with a newborn :: naomi rae

Since their freshly-turned-6 son was born, I've been photographing this beautiful family. I can't tell you what an honor that kind of longevity is, and how amazing it is to see them expand and make room each time for another tiny human. This time, a daughter, their first daughter, sweet Naomi Rae, the one whom the Father promised and predicted in answer to their son's prayers. He is good. All the time. 

Lindsy (the mama) has begun homeschooling their three sons this past year as well, and so their home has this beautiful flavor now of curiosity, experimentation, creativity, and learning. I ended up taking many detail shots that give evidence of this beautiful venture in their home and family life, as I hope that that also will be sweet to reminisce about with the help of these photographs in the years to come.