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  • I remember the last few days of life before Ro so clearly. While I loved being pregnant (seriously, loved. Yes, you can roll your eyes at me), I was just about over it by the time my due date rolled around. My bones hurt, my husband had to help me put on underwear because my pelvis felt broken, my feet were literally balloons, but more than anything I was just so ready to get the party started! 
The morning I went into labor is crystal clear. Almost every moment of it. Because from that day on (technically the next day, as I was in labor for over 24 hours 🙀), it was pre-Ro and then 27 hours later, life with Ro. Life has changed so much, and so quickly. All for the better. It’s hard to fathom the fact that she hasn’t always been a part of our life, but maybe in some weird hippy dippy way, she has been. I feel like I’ve known our sweet girl forever, but we’re only 18 months in. 
These parents are at that point. Days away from meeting the little babe that was destined for them. It’s the weird moments of time in between. The last few days of pre-baby. Where you are told to enjoy it, don’t go so fast, but all you want to do it get the party started. I can only imagine what they’re going through...
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  • “A wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down.” Assata Shakur
Grateful for all the women before me who taught me how to break down walls, and here’s the next generation...there will always be walls, but they are just walls. Break them down, climb over them...they are just walls.
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#internationalwomensday #womenempowerment #womensupportwomen #breakglassceilings #yougogirl #nyc #nycstreetart #assatashakur #lookaround #canon #travelphotography #wildfeminist
  • For those that don’t know me, or new to following me, it may be a little bit of a surprise that on top of photography, I work a full-time day job. I often get asked-both my clients and at said day job, “How do you do both?” (Answer: because I’m crazy. It’s my normal operating speed.) Just as often I get “Why do you do photography?” Or “Is it just a side hustle?” (Answer: if you know anything about running a small business, you’ll know that it’s not always the most profitable thing! #istillpaytaxes) or “isn’t one job enough?” (Answer: apparently not. lemme explain why.)
Well folks, not only because I’m crazy. I’m not only doing a day job, I’m technically doing TWO right now because I am insane. Yesterday I had one of those days where I feel like I’m failing everything left and right. I came home defeated, angry with myself, and feeling like I let others down. 
I started on the photography journey many years ago. And while my day job career has ramped up, my love of photography has not diminished. If anything it just keeps growing. My little business gives me life. It is a constant challenge, and yet one where I feel like I have control over this part of my life. It’s certainly a balance, as I’m also trying to spend time with my little family, so it’s a constant struggle of time, and priorities, and fulfilling my passion. My day day job is a place where I feel like I often don’t have control, but on the contrary, watching myself grow in the photography world has given me something real and tangible to love and hold dear to my heart. Photography makes me ME.
Though it’s not without its challenges. I remember around a year ago where I was struggling with a few things. I just needed something to get me over the hump, the self doubt, the imposter syndrome. 
I ended up doing a shoot that was strictly because it was something I wanted to work on, and I needed no expectations. No pressure. When I capture moments like this, I feel on top of the world.
It’s amazing what happens when there’s no expectations and I’m just shooting for me, straight from the heart. I need more of this.
Ok, brain dump done. #diditevenmakesense #tootiredtocare
  • If it’s going to be winter forever here in the #pnw, might as well enjoy some winter maternity!! I will never tire of these images so you’re welcome!
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#erinelizabethphotographypdx #columbiagorge #portlandmaternity 
#thebloomforum #clickinmoms #stylesandselect #featurememozi
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  • I had a long cute caption about tiny fingers that I can never get over, but Ig deleted it somehow, so just enjoy the tiniest little fingers. .
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#momentsofmine #smallbusiness #pnwportraits #inhomesession #lifestylenewborn #erinelizabethphotographypdx #portlandphotographer #letthembelittle #tinybaby #newbornphotography #familyportraits #modernfamily #pnwfamilyphotographer #familia #clickinmoms #capturethemoment #welcomebaby #thelifestylecollective #lifewellcaptured #documentyourdays #boldemotionalcolorful #thefamilycollective #emotionalstoryteller #dearphotographer #thelifestylecollective #thefamilynarrative #thenarrativesociety #themindfulapproach #yufamily #b1withfamily
  • This girl. Her tummy, her Nike’s, her topknots, this bougainvillea. While Portland was literally freezing, we got sunshine the last few days and it warmed my soul.
I’m a California girl in my core, and while I don’t miss the everyday of living there, it sure is the best place to visit in the darkest of coldest time of the PNW year. It going to be hard to leave and I’ll miss morning and evening walks with my little fiery sidekick. Sure ready to get back to the rest of #housewestahan though!!
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#isitsummeryet #californiagirls #bougainvillea #babywestahan #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #harshsunlight #boldemotionalcolorful #sweetchildomine #socalphotographer #pnwphotographer #familyphotography #gettoknowyourphotographer #sunshine #toddler #brightsun #clickinmoms #clickmagazine #lifestylephotography #destinationphotographer #dear_photographer