Threshold Photography » Newborn, Maternity, and Baby & Birthday Photography

For an expectant mother, a maternity session is meant to be a celebration of your ability to create & nurture life, the beauty of your body in it’s shapeliest & most productive form. In essence, the power of Motherhood.

Rebecca really understood & embraced this way of thinking while planning her maternity session. She wanted to do her session outdoors with her husband, accessorizing in wraps & belly ties that she has worn throughout this pregnancy. And then round out the maternity session with an add-on milk bath – full of bold flowers, filled with life & color!

Sabino Canyon Maternity Session – Rebecca

She chose to use this beautiful lush desert & mountain peak scene for her session, and I could not have been more thrilled with the outcome.

I have a new favorite photography location – just ask me where it is! (Psst, it’s Sabino Canyon!)

Despite being a beautiful & lush desert oasis, Sabino Canyon has an extra special meaning to Rebecca. They are planning on naming their little boy, Sabino!.

According to this website, no one can say for certain where the name “Sabino” for the canyon came from. Perhaps the canyon was named for Sabino Otero, a rancher with land 5 miles south of the canyon in the late 1800’s.

Others suggest it was named for the Spanish word “sabino” meaning red. Perhaps a roan colored horse once was grazing in the canyon, or someone noticed its red-colored rocks.

Or maybe it was named after a long dead, or perhaps misidenitfied cypress or juniper, also known as AHUEHUETE or ASHE JUNIPER, located in the canyon several hundred years ago. Apparently, “Sabino” was also a local Spanish word for juniper or cypress trees.

Rebecca really wanted to show the power and grace of her pregnant form, without restriction, so many of her milk bath images will not be shared with the public. These below, are a few of my more modest favorites.


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Ashley & her family originally scheduled for a snow maternity session, but after needing to be rescheduled several times due to weather & sickness, I was kinda over the snow, so we decided on a new more deserty location.

On our chosen day, the weather turned cold & windy, but we stuck it out! And in the end, I think the pictures were phenomenal. We just let the wind play with her dress & her hair (with a little guidance), and had a lot of fun with it!

Sometimes, a session just speaks for itself & doesn’t even really need more than that. This is one of those sessions.


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I first met this Momma and her two boys when she brought them in early for sibling portraits on school picture day at their preschool last September. At that time she was only about 5 months pregnant. Her youngest boy was not at all interested in posing with his brother, or smiling at the camera, or any of it really.

I ended up chasing him all over the courtyard, just trying to get him to stay in the same frame with his older brother. And then later for class pictures & his individual pictures, the poor little guy was in tears. It was clear that he is really a sweetheart, but that day was just not his day. When we did retakes a few weeks later, he did great!

To say I was a little nervous about how the boys would do in the studio was a little bit of an understatement. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to help with an uncooperative or uninterested toddler, but it is very difficult to get them to participate if they have made up their mind that they don’t want to.

So, I was just really hoping that day was going to be a good day. It turns out that it was – at least in the beginning…

We started out with pictures with their Aunt & Grandparents. He did great for these first handful of images, with the help of my bright green oinking pig. But quickly lost interest when the pictures were with Mom & Dad. And only grasping a plethora of trucks & other wheeled vehicles could get him into the same frame with his siblings. Photographing toddlers is always an adventure – you just never know what mood they are going to be in for the session, so we all just have to roll with it!

Take a look at the variety of family images that we got with this beautiful extended family!


Once the boys left, Grandma & Grandpa and Auntie left, things settled down a bit, and it was just Momma & Baby & I for the rest of the session.

When Momma first contacted me to schedule Baby Z’s newborn session, I asked her what colors or themes that she wanted to incorporate into her newborn session. She told me that after parenting two wild boys for the past 5 years, she wanted all things girly; pink, purple, flowers, gold, silver, hearts, moon & stars. I think we definitely did “girly”!

One of my favorite things about Baby Z, was how smiley she was. All I had to do was brush her cheek (a trick that sometimes works to get them to smile for the camera during sessions), and she would smile almost every time. I just loved seeing the personality behind all of her little grins, half-smiles, and smirks.


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There is just something so cool about newborn twins. They turn heads & prompt comments, from well-meaning observers, where ever they go. As exasperating as this can be for their parents (and we all know it is!) the rest of us just can’t seem to help ourselves!

As common as multiples have become, with the rise in later in life pregnancies & ovulation inducing fertility treatments, they are still a very rare & wonderful sight. I am no exception, as I always get ridiculously excited when a twin Momma contacts me for portraits – especially newborn twins!

I had the joy of photographing Mr. Miles & Miss Stella in mid-January. Being born, full term (go twin Momma!), just days before Christmas delayed their newborn session until after the holiday season (and a nasty cold ran through our house). So they were just about a month old when I was finally able to get them into the studio.

And these sweeties, they did great in their newborn twin session! Miles started off nice & sleepy, where Stella was restless and rooting, then after working with them for awhile, they swapped rolls. Miles started to get more restless, just as Stella really fell into a deep sleep.


Here are some interesting facts about how twins are formed. Disclaimer: If you are reading about newborn & maternity type topics, then you are most likely a parent, or soon-to-be-parent, so hopefully you aren’t exceptionally squeamish about the topic of conception.

The most common kinds of twins, and pretty much the only ones you’ll ever hear about, are identical & fraternal twins (there are a few other very rare types of twins).

Identical twins are formed when a fertilized egg splits into two babies with exactly the same genetic information, because only one sperm & one egg were ever involved. This happens at the very earliest stages when the babies are no more than a small cluster of cells.

Fraternal twins are formed when ovulation produces two eggs, and both are fertilized by one sperm each. These two fertilized eggs go on to produce two genetically unique children. Other than the bond of being womb-mates, they are no more genetically alike than any other siblings produced by the same parents.


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Mommy & Me Mini Sessions

Who knows what Motherhood or Fatherhood will look like months or even years from now? One thing is for certain…it won’t be like it is today!

For me, what it means to be a Mom changes each and everyday. And, nothing has been more valuable to me, than capturing these memories & preserving a glimpse of what it means to be a Mommy, right now, at this stage in our lives.

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In celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 2019, these Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me sessions are for mothers or fathers & their children (of any age). A session like this is a meaningful & lasting Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for any amazing parent!

These sessions are unique in that they focus solely on the connection parents have with their children. On a plain white background with light, neutral colored clothing, the focus becomes the cuddles & love shared in these special moments together.

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The Mommy & Me or Daddy & Me mini sessions will be held at 8:30am, 9:15am, 10:00am, on Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, April 28th, with additional sessions at 10:45am and 11:30am on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th. 

Lasting no more than 30 minutes each, these mini sessions are low stress & enjoyable for everyone involved!

Included in the session fee is an 14×11 print of your favorite image, plus 4 additional digital files – your choice from on online gallery selection of 10-15 images.

If you wish, you may choose to upgrade the size & type of your print, purchase artwork, or add-on additional digital files.

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Contact me as soon as possible to book your session, availability is limited!

tina@threshold-photography.com

The Mommy & Me or Daddy & Me mini session dates & times are:


Thursday, April 25th


8:30am – Available

9:15am – Available

10:00am – Available


Friday, April 26th


8:30am – BOOKED

9:15am – Available

10:00am – BOOKED


Saturday, April 27th


8:30am – BOOKED

9:15am – BOOKED

10:00am – BOOKED

10:45am – BOOKED

11:30am – BOOKED


Sunday, April 28th


8:30am – BOOKED

9:15am – BOOKED

10:00am – BOOKED

10:45am – BOOKED

11:30am – BOOKED

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  • March 2, 2019 - 9:51 pm

    Jenna - Hi Tina! I would love to sign up for the April 28 11:30 slot.

    Thanks,
    Jenna (and Henrik)ReplyCancel