from gender reveals to doulas, newborns to cake smash, and everything in between. 

My Rambling Thoughts

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Mellon Patch Photography’s Doula of the Month, Bethany Chavez

Central Valley Doula of the Month!

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Many times, my clients opt for their newborn session to be JUST their newborn, And there is nothing wrong with that! I think that there are many reasons for this, ranging from PPD to a new momma dealing with body image issues (trust me- I’ve been there and am STILL there), to finances and opting […]

Parents: Get IN the Pictures!

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Answering questions about doulas and why they are beneficial before, during, and after labor.

Central Valley Doula of the Month!

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Growing up, my momma always had a gallon size ziplock bag filled with rolls of film. Every so often we would take a few in to be developed. Maybe this is just the homeschool in me coming out (my husband likes to tease that I was sheltered), but it was always so exciting for me […]

Prints in a Digital World: Are Photo Albums Obsolete?

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…does it still make a mess? Yes. Most definitely, yes. I was so excited about little Miah’s Smash & Splash session! Rugged forest theme? Bow ties? Cake shaped like a tree stump? Uh, yes please. And this little man did not disappoint, although he for sure made me work for it! This is not the […]

If a Cake Gets Smashed in a Forest…

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The last week and a half have been really hard for me. The heat in the central valley has been high 90s, low 100s and even into the 1teens. Over 1.25 million acres of California have been on fire, and all that smoke pushes right into the valley and sits there. (NOT complaining about smoke, […]

Starbucks, Snapchat Filters, & Random Acts of Kindness

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I’m pretty sure that every photographer has heard this. “I have an awesome cell phone, why should I hire a photographer??” I have an iPhone and I LOVE it. The portrait feature option on it is legit. Looks way better than what I used to take on my cell phone. To the point that whenever […]

But, My Cell Takes GREAT Pictures

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Homecomings are one of the best parts about being a Navy spouse or partner. They’re the tail end of one of the absolute worse parts: deployments. Days and days that turn into months and months without your husband, wife, mommy, daddy, without your best friend. Finally, the day gets closer. There’s anticipation, excitement, nervousness, and […]

Quarantine: A COVID Homecoming Story

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