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Ryder's Birth Film || Moss and Myrrh || Anchorage, Alaska Birth Photography

I actually hadn't intended on blogging this birth story until the New Year, but after finishing up the film I knew I had to share it before then. These are just a handful of images from this amazing birth, but the video truly tells the whole story. Please know that there is "nudity" (shocking, I know..*sarcasm*) so if you aren't comfortable with babies being born, please do not watch. I had originally intended on posting this on Facebook but because of their rules and standards, it will get my account shut down. Use this beautiful birth as an example of how backwards society is. Naked women are allowed to be seen as sexual beings on social media, but when the body is shown doing what it was made to do, it is shunned. 

Ashley, thank you so much for once again letting me document your babies arriving Earth side. You're strong, inspiring, beautiful inside and out, and I know Ryder's birth story is only going to empower more women to seek the birth they dream of.

This is birth, folks. This is life. It's time we stop censoring bodies that are doing what they're intended to do. 

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Ashton

Time to Slow Down || Wasilla Newborn Photographer

What a crazy couple of months it has been! For those of you that have kept up with my life, we're finally moved into our new home and getting settled. We are so in love with this little house and these woods that surround us. I can without a doubt say, I've never been more content than I am right now.

Finally being at a place where we're really happy has made me contemplate quite a few things. It's put everything into a new perspective and I can feel a new push in a new direction, though I never know where the push will take me. I know the push is telling me to slow down though, I do know that. It's telling me to stop working 24/7, day and night. It's telling me to step away from the computer and to allow myself to enjoy the little things in life that make me happy. In order to do that though I have to make changes with how I run Moss and Myrrh. I'm exhausted, guys. Running a business isn't easy. Depending on others to want to hire you so you can pay your bills, it's exhausting. It's starting to feel like I'm in a rat race again and that's a life I really don't want. I want to LOVE what I'm doing, not feel like I'm running in circles going nowhere. 

Our move has also brought us to a location that's leaving me pretty far from my clients. What was once a 30-45 minute drive now takes 1.5 hours, one way. Truth be told, that drive is draining. Sure, we chose to move out this far, but that also means that I have to make changes in choosing how far I'm willing to go for work now too. I get stuck between wanting to please everyone, wanting to give what I have to everyone, but then in turn leaving myself drained and empty. In the end, it's not worth it anymore. 

So, with all the rambles you read up there ^ I'm here to tell you that things are going to change. I'm not sure how just yet, but I know it's coming. I'm pretty sure I'll be restricting just how many Anchorage clients I take. I know I'll be making tough decisions and having to say no to births further out in Anchorage. It's going to be hard, I know that. This business is my baby. I already feel horrible because I can't offer birth work to every mama that contacts me, so saying no just because they're in Anchorage is going to hurt even more. I have to do this for myself though and for my sanity. 

Don't fret though! I'll be sporadically announcing dates I'll be available for sessions in Anchorage through out the month. If you're pregnant and want me for a newborn session, please, please, please, do not wait when booking me. At this point I'm looking at only taking one Anchorage session per month. That narrows down my availability A LOT. Also, I will still be working in Eagle River as normal. That drive is manageable, haha. If you're already booked for an Anchorage session, you're still good to go, your session isn't changing. 

I'm also excited to announce that Wasilla/Palmer clients will be getting a $50 discount when they book now! Yeah, yeah, it's to encourage Valley clients to book. There's no shame in my game! I want to stay closer to the valley, so clients out here will be getting a discount. Also, Wasilla/Palmer births will now receive a $100 discount! Soooo, if you know any pregnant mamas, send em' my way! 

As always, thank you to everyone that continues to choose me as their photographer. I appreciate you guys so, so, much. <3 

xoxo,

Ashton 

Baby S Home Birth || Anchorage Birth Photographer || Moss and Myrrh Photography

As many of you know, I've been pushing my birth films a little bit more these days. I recently did a model call for a birth that would be entirely filmed and my goodness, I could not have asked for a better family to document. This was such a unique birth! It's rare that I get to document dads catching babies; much less two older sisters being there along for the ride. Add that there was a birthday cake + a birthday song? Well, I was in heaven. 

A big thank you to this mama for not only letting me be a part of this journey, but also for allowing herself to be an inspiration for other women. Watching her girls watch her during and after labor; I have no doubt that she left them in awe of how strong women are. Women are strong and birth is meant to be empowering. No matter what route you choose for birth; know that you too can be empowered by your birth and have a positive experience.

Birth films are now an option for an add on to your birth photography package. If you're interested in having your birth documented; please email me at hello@mossandmyrrh.com   

A New Season || Wasilla Lifestyle Photographer || Moss and Myrrh Photography

A New Season.

It seems this last year (starting in 2016) has been all about change and growth. My business is growing with the HUGE changes I made last summer. My ideals for living have been evolving so quickly I can't keep up. All in all, life is good. 

As many of you know, we've been wanting to move for quite some time. Looking back 3 years ago, I was so in love with this home, but slowly it's just been swallowing me up. It's huge, too much home for just 2 people. We literally live in half of this house, rarely using the other half. "More" is no longer making me happy. I want less so I can explore more, so this move is very exciting for us. We went into home searching with a very tight budget and knew it would be hard to find exactly what we wanted. A little over an acre of land, 2 bed, 1 bath, under 1000 sq ft. We were more than willing to upgrade the home, in fact I was excited about making it "ours". We fell in LOVE with a home that was right at the top of our budget, but sat on a "pond" and was completely updated. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, it was more than we wanted but it was adorable. We lost it though and that was pretty crushing. I just kept imagining warm summer days with my crazy dogs jumping in the water. Then we fell in love with the land of another house..3.3 acres, top of our budget, but it was gorgeous. Again, we lost it. The valley is being eaten up fast! There's no time to think. Honestly, I'd started to lose all hope. We're on a time limit and can't seem to get to a house fast enough before it's gone. Then something CRAZY happened. Another house on that same "pond" opened up. It was 2 bed, 1 bath, and $56,000 under our budget. $56,000, guys. WHAT. After looking at it, it wasn't anything what we imagined. Seriously, we imagined a HOT MESS for that cheap..but it wasn't. We immediately put in an offer and after less than 24 hours on the market it was pending..it's "ours" unofficially (knock on wood).  Woo!

So, now we can finally move forward and plan for the future. With that I have to sit down and figure out what changes need to happen with Moss and Myrrh to continue to make it viable. We're moving further from Anchorage (much further) and driving 50 miles one way for every client is really becoming exhausting (I'm all for transparency, guys). Not only do I see my clients for their session (and sometimes a pre consult), but I also have my Viewing Appointments two weeks later. So, on average I'm going anywhere from 100 miles per client all the way up to 200 miles per client. It's just not sustainable economically or mentally. So, with that, Viewing Appointments will no longer be offered. Instead, you'll be sent an online gallery to choose the package you're wanting. I am STILL 100% here to help you choose. We can phone chat, text, Facetimes, whatever..I'm here.  Depending on what package you choose, I'll be mailing you all of your pretties. Oh, I'm going to miss my one on ones and getting so see your faces when you see your pictures. I'm so sad I have to make this change, but I know it's the right choice if I'm going to stay sane (and out of the red). 

Our current home is still on the market for anyone that might be looking or knows someone that is! You can check it out here:

Now, for some fun news! I've got a new supplier for Keepsake Boxes and I am SO excited. Check out these beauties below. The Keepsake Box is included in one of the 3 packages offered now. This box will have all of the images from your gallery on the USB + 10 Fine Art 4x6 Prints of your choice. SO in love. 

If you're interested in finding out new pricing information, please get in touch so I can send you the new guide! 

xoxo,

Ashton 

Nothing is as Planned | Anchorage Birth Photographer | Moss and Myrrh Photography

Anchorage Home Birth | Moss & Myrrh Photography

Birth is a whole lot of unknowing. 

There is no way of knowing when baby will arrive, how easy or hard labor will be, how quickly labor will progress, if you'll get the birth you've dreamt of or if nothing will go your way. Focusing on the birth you WANT instead of the birth you don't want is definitely a huge part of it all, I believe. In the end though, some things are out of our earthly control, and we have to go with it regardless. 

This sweet mama worked SO hard to bring her baby earth side naturally, at home. Even when her body refused to give her a break from surges, she pushed through absolutely exhausted. For 4 hours she pushed in hopes of seeing the tiny human she'd carried in her body for 9 months. Despite everything, there was no progression. It was quickly decided that she would be transferred to Providence Hospital where mom & dad made the decision to have a cesarean to bring their baby into the world. After handing my camera off to dad, they both got to see their healthy baby boy come into the world. A happy + healthy mom and baby. That's everything!

I learned so much from this birth. After 3 years of photographing every type of birth you can imagine, I still hadn't had a client transferred or had to watch the tough decision be made to have a cesarean. There was a lot of hope, hope that something would quickly change so it could all be avoided. There was a lot of anxiety filling the room as well. Everyone is rooting for mom, everyone. When you realize things might not go as planned, there's this anxious feeling that takes over everyone. You just want relief for mom. You just want that baby to make their arrival so you can see the  joy on her face. This birth was definitely a quick reminder that nothing is planned, there is no way of knowing. All I do know is that in the end the ultimate goal is to have a healthy baby + mom. That's all that matters. Home birth, birth center, hospital, medicated, non medicated, cesarean, the only goal is a happy + healthy mom/baby, no matter which route you go.