Our precious daughter, Pearl Maria Allen, was born February 17, at home, just as we had planned. It took patience and a lot of work to bring her into the world, but with the help of two highly experienced midwives and an extremely supportive husband, Pearl was born at 8:21 p.m., into a pool of water in our dining room. I asked Whitney to be with us, to document our day and Pearl’s birth, and she did it beautifully! Whitney captured the first image you’ll see to the right.  It was just seconds after Pearl was lifted from the water and into my arms.  I love that moment.  There’s plenty more on her blog. To see the full photo story, please check out this post. The rest of the photos are some favorites that I (or Seth, if I’m in it) captured from the first 7 weeks of Pearl’s life. We’re enjoying being a family of four. Logan is a sweet, helpful and affectionate big brother, as you’ll see in some of the images. This is only the beginning… 

Junia turned 1 year old this month! I had a playdate session with her a few weeks ago. Here are some favorites from my time with her that morning. I love her bright blue eyes!