When you're a Stepmom...{AluraWayne Photography Nashville, TN Lifestyle Family Photographer}

When you dream about becoming a mother, you plan a registry. You go to Pinterest and pin all sorts of nursery photos. You write a birth plan. You prepare as best you can for many different outcomes for your labor and delivery. You buy tiny diapers that look like they'd only fit a babydoll. You wonder if you need warmers or pacifiers or swaddle blankets or whether you want a bucket seat or an all in one to start...You dream about the day you'll have your newborn baby in your arms for the very first time. And when you do, your heart explodes with a force of love you never thought possible. A love that no amount of preparation ever truly prepares you for. You're a MOTHER. The role of a lifetime. Recognized by Hallmark cards every year, revered in scripture and history books, praised and lauded by generation after generation.

When you become a stepmother, love works in a different direction. It is one that grows quietly through trust and time.

Our four beautiful children: Ayden, Elowen, Madeline, and Tilden.

Our four beautiful children: Ayden, Elowen, Madeline, and Tilden.

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nashville family lifestyle photographer alurawayne photography
nashville family lifestyle photographer alurawayne photography

When you become a stepmom, you are introduced to children birthed by another woman who already loves them very much. Your love starts like a seed, planted in a garden you're not too sure how to tend at first. But you try hard to water it the best you can. The best you know how. You take the love you're starting to grow and nurture it carefully and respectfully. You watch this little bud shoot up out of rocky soil, transplanted into your garden perhaps against the general direction of what this seed started out with, but it grows nonetheless...and it starts to flourish under your care. The pride you feel as you watch it blossom is unparalleled.

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When you're a stepmom, you love with a love that is just as fierce and protective as a biological mother's love. But you also love with a love that acknowledges when it needs to be a supporting character on stage, and when it needs to step into the wings and cheer from the sidelines. A stepmother's love is often a love from the shadows. Waiting for the moments when you're needed, and playing each part- no matter how small- with the enthusiasm and gusto generally reserved for a leading role. You're not always seen. But you're there. 

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The small moments build over time. Your helping hands, not afraid to get dirty...your love for their father that they watch with curious, learning eyes...your careful inventory of their items so nothing gets misplaced between homes...your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without crusts and baby carrots cut smaller into fourths, and ice cream sundae bars with a dozen options for toppings and whipped cream that you happily spray into giggling mouths...your pitches of baseballs that aren't quite right but still make contact with their eager bats, and slowed steps towards homeplate so they make a homerun...your shared love of nature as you splash around in creeks and hunt for small critters to scoop up and show off to dad...your fishing trips where you hand over your pole with the big bites so they can reel in the good ones...each brick is laid to make the sturdy foundation of the love you pour into your children.

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Sometimes I've let fear take hold of my heart with the "what ifs". Sometimes love hurts, like today,  as I said goodbye after a long summer break with all four of our children together and felt my heart shatter into a million pieces as the truck pulled out of the driveway and left an empty house for this stepmama to cry in, all alone.

I have two biological children and two stepchildren. I am a proud mother of four. I never expected this life as a little girl so long ago, envisioning a future with the stereotypical white picket fence. But my gosh am I lucky to have so much to love, and so much to miss...and so very much to always look forward to.

 

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AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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Elizabeth's Birth Story...A Rainbow after the Storm {Nashville, TN Birth Photographer AluraWayne Photography}

Photographing the birth experience is a treasure in itself, but photographing a rainbow baby- a term lovingly used for birth after experiencing the loss of a baby-is a special experience all on its own. I was so honored to document this journey for the Chamberlain family.

Elizabeth's mother, grandmother and grandfather all joined us in the hospital room to create an environment that I can best describe as pure joy! I have never been around a more emotional group for a birth, and all in the best ways possible...if Elizabeth cried, they all cried. If she hurt, everyone hurt. When their sweet baby girl arrived, everyone was completely overcome by the miracle that she was, and it was insanely beautiful to be a part of.

I am always so honored to be invited on this incredible journey of welcoming a new baby to the world, and I am so thrilled to be able to share a glimpse with you all now.

 

AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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Laura's Maternity Session, Milk Bath and Creek {Nashville, TN Maternity Photographer AluraWayne Photography}

When Laura and I first got in touch we went over every detail we could about the maternity services I provide. She raved about the creek and milk bath sessions she had seen on my website so we knew we had to fit both of those in!

I really pride myself on being able to take each and every maternity client and make her feel absolutely STUNNING in her photos. Laura was no exception! She picked a few gowns from our collection here at the studio and absolutely ROCKED each and every one of them! From the lace in the milk bath to the lace and the fitted mermaid gown in the creek...I'm not sure I could pick a favorite because my jaw just dropped as I edited each of these looks for her!

Laura, thank you so much for trusting my vision with your photos! I think I found some new favorite images to share!

 

 

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AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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When your youngest is your last...{Nashville, TN Lifestyle Photographer AluraWayne Photography}

When your youngest is your very last, every tiny thing that becomes a moment of growth or change becomes a permanent goodbye to all those moments for good. There are none of these moments waiting to repeat themselves in future children. These moments are it. These are the last.

 

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Nashville TN Lifestyle Photographer AluraWayne Photography

One of those moments for me this morning was when our youngest asked for her "fwoot woops" (gosh I'm really going to miss the way she speaks!). But this time not just dry in a bowl, so she can snuggle with me on the couch, which has been our routine with her cereal or toast with "bwutter" or "eggies" upon request each past morning...

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Nashville TN Photographer AluraWayne Photography

She wanted it with milk and a spoon. Because mommy, I'm a big girl.

 

One of many moments that seem so ordinary. But they are extraordinary to me. My little girl is growing up, and it feels so much faster than her three siblings before her.

She's my baby. She still climbs in my lap for snuggles. She still needs me when she wakes up scared in the night. She still holds my hand, still gives me kisses.

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be"- we love that book! And all of my children are my babies forever. Even when I can't hold their hand. Or kiss their boo-boos. Or snuggle on the couch for no reason.

But gosh I'm soaking up all of those so hard with this baby. My last baby. Because those lasts sure sneak up...you just never know when their coming. Each last of a childhood.

 

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Newborn and Family Lifestyle Session; Meet Caleb! {Nashville, TN Newborn Photographer AluraWayne Photography}

We met Caleb's mommy with maternity...the whole family at the birth...now here is baby Caleb's newborn photo debut on our blog! I have had such a wonderful time with this family, and their newborn session in their home was no exception!

 

 

AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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Milestone Session- Clayson, 3 Months Old (Nashville, TN Baby Photography)

I just love repeat clients- especially when I get to see my birth client babies again! This sweet little man came to see me all the way from Knoxville, TN to see me for his 3 month milestone photos. I can't get over how precious he is!

Also- check out that new gorgeous white wood backdrop...the latest install to hit our studio!

Check out more info on how to book your own milestone session HERE...

 

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AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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The birth that started it all...(Nashville, TN Birth Photographer)

When I first moved to Nashville, TN for my husband's new job I was quite nervous about "starting over". I had a modest but growing photography business of two years, I had loyal clients, and my talents were really just beginning to take off.

What did Nashville hold for me?

I was afraid of fizzling out. I was afraid of being a very tiny fish in a very HUGE pond. I didn't know anyone...no friends, family, nothing. Would my business survive?

Then I met Kimberly.

Kimberly and Ross Daigle, my first birth clients and first friends here in Nashville.

Kimberly and Ross Daigle, my first birth clients and first friends here in Nashville.

Kimberly was my neighbor. I had posted in a local neighborhood app that I was a photographer, new to the area, and ready to begin accepting new clients so I could get a few people in the door and knowing my name. She messaged me privately...had I ever considered birth photography?

 

So far so good...!

So far so good...!

My answer was an emphatic YES! I hadn't photographed any yet of course, mostly due to the fact that I had recently had my own baby, the last baby to count our kid tally up to four, and I didn't want the "on call" life just yet. But after our move...I was ready.

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I was, admittedly, a bit nervous. I had given birth to two beautiful girls but I had never witnessed a live birth other than my own. Would I love it? Would I get scared? Would I freeze?

Turns out...I was made for this stuff. I got the call in the wee hours of the morning. The adrenaline rush hit- I was WIDE awake. Grabbed my bag all packed and ready to go, and headed out the door. Hours felt like minutes, it was just so exciting to be a part of birth from behind my camera! It was a rush, and every step of the way was just as thrilling as the next. Hours went by...and baby was close. I never lost focus, I never got scared. It was the most exciting thing I've ever done.

 

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Then here was baby. Witnessing her birth was being witness to a miracle. And I was HOOKED. I spent that moment forward building births as the core of my business, and it continues to be the focus of my photography today. (While these particular photos are mostly in black and white, I do tend to keep color in my births today...unless, like this one, it is requested of me!)

 

 

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AluraWayne Photography specializes in rich, bold, timeless maternity, birth, newborn and family photography in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas (Brentwood | Nolensville | Smyrna | Murfreesboro | Franklin | and beyond).

To inquire about planning your own session, please look at our options for our popular Birth Experience which includes a combination of maternity, birth, and newborn packages. For individual session details, please consider our maternity, newborn, or family sessions.

 

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