Maverick {A Birth Story} | Watertown + Sioux Falls, SD Photographer + Filmmaker

The Birth of Maverick | Birth Film + Photo Session

Gosh, where do I even begin…

“I’m sorry, I do not offer birth photography at this time”… is along the lines of what my response has been for many years to each birth inquiry I get. While I have always wanted to capture a birth from a photographer perspective (vs. a nurse perspective) for as long as I’ve been holding a camera, with having young children, a nursing job, and birth being unpredictable… it’s just never been in the cards.

Then Dena contacted me about doing a birth film. And I could tell immediately how much this meant to her. I knew I had to say yes. With this being her 4th baby, me living two hours away, and two vacations planned weeks before her due date, I knew the probability of actually being able to make it was slim… but it was worth a shot… The day came, the stars aligned, and I made it for the whole thing.

And holy s**t this was one tough mama… I don’t care how many thousands of births I’ve seen - I am completely amazed every single time. The power of a women is absolutely incredible.

This baby proved to be completely unlike her other three. It was a long intense labor, but she was completely calm and relaxed through the whole thing. One thing I did not get to experience as a L&D nurse is hypno-birthing. This was truly beautiful to see… <3

The entire labor - Calm. Relaxed. Quiet. Peaceful.

Then, baby decided to throw everyone for a loop when he was found to be breech at delivery. The room got crowded fast, and it was a bit intense, but the staff reacted so quickly and the doctor helped mama get baby out calmly & safely.

Perfect. Healthy. Happy.

I was a little nervous to show mama the film for the first time afterward - I didn’t know if it’d be too soon to relive. Sometimes when births don’t go as expected, it can be emotional to relive. But I’ve found through the years it’s usually therapeutic for moms as well - to be able to talk through and share the experience is so important.

This video has been really healing! I was so focused on everything that went wrong that I blocked out all the beautiful moments.

The main priority was video, but I was still able to capture a lot of the labor and just after birth in still images as well.

It was such an honor to be there for this family to document one of the most beautiful, important and vulnerable times in their life.

The Birth of Maverick

Wixo Family | Sioux Falls, SD Family Photographer + Filmmaker

The Wixo Family | Family Film + Photo Session

This lovely mama contacted me a few months back requesting a film + photo session for her family. We booked the session and I sent her the pre-session questionnaire (something I send to all clients who book an in-home film session - it allows me to learn more about them and what is most important to capture). I got the questionnaire back and just smiled so big. Her description of her family alone, what this meant to her, and what she wanted to capture just about brought me to tears. In that moment I again realized that this is exactly why I do what I do. To capture memories in the most meaningful way. To preserve your story, as you are right now. Because all too soon today will become yesterday... and our memories will begin to fade.

In the thick of parenting young children, the days pass by like years and the years by days. But one day we will leave the fog of young motherhood (or fatherhood) and these fleeting moments will be only a distant memory. Love and live in today. Capture today. Document today.

Thank you, Wixo Family, for the honor of capturing your story.


xo, Amber

The Wixo Family

Rowe {2 days new} | Watertown, SD Fresh 48 Newborn & Family Photographer & Filmmaker

Rowe | Hospital Film + Photo Session

Just a few weeks ago, this beautiful family welcomed a sweet baby boy into their family. (With quite possibly the proudest big brother and big sister, ever). <3

These sessions are always so special to me. To see the joy and love radiating from parents, family,'s like no other... That beautiful baby they have been awaiting, growing, and loving for the nine months, is here. And so loved.

Welcome to the family, little Rowe! <3


Rowe's Film

Me & Her | Watertown, SD Family Photographer

A Mommy & Me Film

Just me and her (Part I).

Not our 'typical' everyday, but us nonetheless. Something I hope she can look back on one day,  when I'm long gone...


I want her to remember me, remember us.

I want her to know it's ok to dress up in pretty dresses just for fun.

I want her to remember (and see)! how much joy she gave me, and continues to every single day.

I want her  remember how we danced. Every night. Every day.


Who wouldn't want this with their child? Their mother?

I would.

The days are long, but the years truly are short. 
My baby girl went to bed tonight for the last time as a one year old! We love her so!!! 

xo, Amber

Gannon {4 years} | Watertown, SD Child & Family Photographer

A Frosty Morning | Gannon age 4


Gannon... just saying his name makes me giggle.

He is the most kind-hearted, silly, goofy, quirky kid... with the absolute best smile that melts my heart every single time.

He's always goes 100%. When he's calm, he's really calm. When he's wild, he's really wild. He's a cuddler - absolutely loves to snuggle. He's also incredibly stubborn. SOOOOO relentlessly stubborn! If he doesn't want to do something - he won't, no matter what. He does not give in to bribes and always does life on his own terms. He's laid back. Maybe too laid back. He's the child that will ultimately give us the most grey hairs as he goes through school. But he is so so smart... although he doesn't want you to know that. ;)

And... thankfully, there's still that sense of adventure in him. He's always been my one child up for adventures with mama & I love that. <3


Here's a few photos from our day out in the frost last month. There's also a short one-minute film at the end! :)


And a short one minute film I put together as well. This was for my group project: 24 Frames. A Filming Project. January's theme was Video Portrait.

(To see more from this group project, check out #24frames_project on IG)! 


And if you want to take a walk down memory lane, here are Gannon's last two years blog posts:

3 years old 

2 years old