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Remembering Scarlet

I was doing some much needed cleaning in my home office today. I had stacks of paper and stuff everywhere and it was really getting out of hand. Somewhere between the dozens of recipes I've printed out but never tried and the numerous To Do lists, I came across something...

Fostering to Adopt: What It's Really Like

By Jean Meriam, DivineCaroline Maybe I am luckier than most parents waiting to adopt. My little girl, a beautiful and adventurous two-year-old, lives in my home already and has been since she came to us as a foster child at three months old. For the past twenty-three months, I have...

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association   Now that you are pregnant, you may begin to see many changes to your skin. You may see changes such as a sudden new glow on your face or pinkish, reddish streaks on your stomach. Not every pregnant woman will experience all the...

Why Would I Want to be Photographed Pregnant?

Taking photographs of your growing belly is a lovely way to capture this miraculous moment in time. Often we feel unattractive. My aim is to connect you to the beauty of being pregnant. It won't be like this forever, and it can be a fun way to explore your...

Calculating Your Dates: Gestation, Conception and Due Date

Gestational age, or the age of the baby, is calculated from the first day of the mother's last menstrual period. Since the exact date of conception is almost never known, the first day of the last menstrual period is used to measure how old the baby is. Use our Pregnancy...

I am Prepared to Meet Whatever Turn My Birthing Takes

I met Jodi and her husband Mark in Seattle in May of 2009. I was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that was a combination of book tours, photographing clients in my different studios and caring for my father who just had surgery and lived in a remote...

Finding Hope After Miscarriage

This is one of the stories that didn't make it into my bookAngy Merola’s first attempt at motherhood resulted in an ectopic pregnancy, discovered only after much damage was done to one of her fallopian tubes. Her chances of becoming pregnant again were now, in theory, cut in half. That’s...

Making Photography a Priority in These Times

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing return clients, Zach and Vanessa and their two children in my Seattle Studio. I photographed Vanessa pregnant with their first, and then photographed the three of them once the baby came. The photographs were beautiful and they hang all over their house. Vanessa got...

From Deadlines to Diapers: Confessions of a Former Mommy Snob

By Jamie Reeves, DivineCaroline Before I became a mother, I was a world-class planner. I poured my mental energy into networking and career building. Parenting, I thought, could be approached in much the same fashion. I had pregnancy and motherhood planned out in my typical anal retentive fashion, after all,...

Organic Food & Home Supplies: Just How Much Cost Difference is There?

  Over and over you hear a variation of the statement, "I'd love to buy more organic products but it's just SOOOO expensive."  And locally there's a new variation:  "I love our new local store focused on organic and natural products, but Whole Foods is less expensive."  So I...