Fuston Boys | San Jose, CA

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Fuston Boys | San Jose, CA

I cannot do Whitney’s story justice so I asked her write it out in her own words. But I can assure you this - this story will leave you feeling happy even though it starts off quite the opposite. These two boys are such an incredible blessing and they have been bestowed some amazing parents. Especially an amazing, strong & resilient mom. I have had the honor of calling Whitney a friend for many years and her smile and unwavering strength through all of her life’s trials are a true testimony to who she is as a person. Love you so much Whit!


Five months before Joe and I were to be married, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. I had no family history, no risk factors and was 31 years young. I spent the months leading up to my wedding recovering from a single mastectomy and feeling grateful I wouldn’t need chemotherapy at that time. I had so much gratitude I was not going to be a bald bride. 

Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives, we had so much to celebrate! We were thrilled to discover we got pregnant on our honeymoon. Our joy however was short-lived as our first pregnancy wound up ending in a miscarriage. We would miscarry two more babies the following year. 

We did extensive testing and there was no explanation as to why I had lost so many babies. Not only had we lost so many pregnancies but they were back-to-back losses. Bad luck is all we were told. Around the time we were researching IVF, I was diagnosed with cancer again. This time it had spread beyond my breast tissue and the outlook was not good. Regardless, we refused to give up on the idea of being parents. 

We choose to freeze embryos before I began chemotherapy because I was told it would leave me infertile. I had an excellent response to chemo. Halfway through, I was deemed 'No Evidence of Disease' (NED) and have remained that way since. Unfortunately, because of the spread of my disease, I will remain on medication for the remainder of my life to keep it from spreading.

When I had completed chemotherapy, we began the process again of trying to have kids. We jumped through hoop after hoop to adopt through the foster care system. For months, we were told we just had 'one more thing to do' or 'one more paper to sign' before we were certified to have children in our home. Three years later and we were still waiting. Finally, we decided to turn to gestational surrogacy.

We met our unbelievable surrogate in April of 2017. And to our joy she was pregnant with our biological child come October. Think: our bun, her oven. Going through the process of surrogacy and having a stranger carry your child is an exceptional experience in itself. That is a story we will save for another day.

Around the same time, I was feeling awful. I went to the doctor with symptoms of fatigue and nausea. All testing came back fine. My symptoms were associated with my medications so it was assumed I was experiencing side effects. But no one thought to give me a pregnancy test. 

Weeks went by and I had little relief. Finally, I was cleaning out a bathroom drawer and found an expired pregnancy test. Without any expectations and without telling my husband, I took it. It was instantly positive. At the time, we assumed I would have another miscarriage so I was devastated. It felt especially cruel.


We made an appointment to visit our our OBGYN that same week. He confirmed a heartbeat - much to our surprise. We were not able to book an MFM specialist (Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist is a doctor who helps women with complicated or high risk pregnancies) until we were 12 weeks along (we heard the heartbeat at 9 weeks) so it wasn’t until then we knew we really had a chance.

My oncologist however did not give us such good news. She told us this was such a unique situation, they had no idea how much of a risk we would be taking and recommended termination. She said because I could not be on my medication during pregnancy, there was a chance cancer could spread so quickly, we could lose me and the baby before the baby even had a chance. She also said, "I've known you for years and know you were born to be a mother, whatever you decide - we are with you." It was never a choice for me, after all we had gone through, we were going to have this baby. 

It was not long after we got the news that the transfer to our surrogate took as well. She was pregnant with our child too. We suddenly went from a hopeful childless couple to expecting two boys, six weeks apart. 

It was never a choice for me, after all we had gone through, we were going to have this baby. 

Both pregnancies went exceptionally well and we welcomed Henry in May 2018 and Ethan, 5 1/2 weeks later in June 2018. I remained No Evidence of Disease through the pregnancy which was unexpected and incredibly fortunate. And as of present day continue to be NED.

Now we the incredible joy and honor of getting to raise our sons. Grateful, shocked, so lucky and so tired. 



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Brady Newborn | San Ramon, CA

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Brady Newborn | San Ramon, CA

It’s that time of year again where my blogging becomes less and less as I try and keep up with life (and also trying to not ruin anyone’s holidays photos!) So today I bring you sweet Brady who I got the joy of photographing while I was on my own maternity leave. And you know what? I had a two month old at home and STILL had baby fever. These little babies are trouble I tell you!

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Aurora Newborn | Livermore, CA

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Aurora Newborn | Livermore, CA

It’s always a treat getting to visit with the Carpenter family because Gabby and I are friends from college! And man do those days seem so far gone when you’re busy raising tiny humans! And while their oldest, Cillian, didn’t want much to do with photos. We still managed to snag a couple of that sweet smiling face! The only thing missing from these photos? The ability to hear Tim’s British accent (I mean even the word no sounds nicer!)


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Wolf Family | Walnut Creek, CA

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Wolf Family | Walnut Creek, CA

Getting to take these photos was not only so special for the Wolf family but for myself as well. Back in January of 2017 I had gotten a call to take some newborn photos. I was unable to share them at the time because the Wolf’s were in the very early stages of starting the adoption process.

I always thought of them from time to time and wondered how their story ended. Well turns out it never ended - it was only beginning! When their little one turned 18 months old I got a call asking me to photograph his adoption ceremony! How fun! So much joy!

About a week afterwards we did a family photo session - a family photo session where they all shared the same last name. And as evidenced by the smile on everyones face. I am pretty certain his happy “ending” is only just beginning.

Thank you to the Wolf family for entrusting me with capturing such incredibly special memories for your family. I am truly humbled and have loved being able to witness and document your journey!

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Kurtze Family | Walnut Creek, CA

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Kurtze Family | Walnut Creek, CA

It’s that time of year again where I try and not spoil everyone’s holiday cards while also getting ridiculously behind in blogging my client sessions. If yours never makes it to the world wide web it’s no fault of your own - I just couldn’t keep up!

Loved getting to photography this sweet family. These two little girls were just adorable and oh how they loved their parents. So so sweet. From all the head tilts to sheepish grins you will fall in love with this adorable foursome!


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