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Ohh Elaina, Make Way, Make Way | Cake Smash Professional Photography

It was so amazing to be a part of Miss Elaina turning 1! It was so great to see how much she has grown over the past year. I could not even begin to explain how much fun I had editing her cake smash session. I could not wipe the continuous smile I had off my face! Her smile brightens this world and I know will brighten yours too! 

Thank you again Rosy and Chris for choosing me to be a part of your lives to photograph these special milestones and allowing me to capture her cake smash session. 

Ohh Elaina, Make Way, Make Way | Professional Photography
Ohh Elaina, Make Way, Make Way | Professional Photography
Ohh Elaina, Make Way, Make Way | Professional Photography
Ohh Elaina, Make Way, Make Way | Professional Photography

How perfect is her cake smash outfit! This was provided by Top Hat Costume Company and couldn't have been more perfect for this special little girls Moana themed session. You can check out her costumes HERE! Be on the look out for a special blog post to learn more about her and her business. 


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I know you can't see the start of how amazing this cake looked, resembling "the heart of tafiti" but Elaina sure loved it and say it with me "Deeeesstrrrooyyyeddd it" 

It was baked by the incredible baker Cakes-N-Sweets! You can view her social media page HERE.

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From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

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From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

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I love being able to follow your  journey from capturing your baby bump to when you hold your baby in your arms. It is such an amazing experience and I am so blessed for my clients to allow me to be along that special journey with them. Did you know that Stephanie Ratto Photography now offers a Grow with me package? I am so exited to offer this package exclusively to those who book their newborn portrait package with me! 

This is sweet little Langston who came to see me for her newborn portrait session at 20 days new! She was so perfect for her session that I didn't think it'd get much better! But gosh, she is just a sight in front of the camera! Langston came to see me for her one year portrait cake smash session. She knew exactly what to do! After each move she would stop and pose until I took the picture, would do something else and once again, stop and pose. I see a modeling career in her future! 

Happy Birthday Langston! It has been a joy watching you grow up! 

A Fairy Happy 1st Birthday! | Puyallup's Portrait Photographer
From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography
From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography
From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

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From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

From Bump to Baby | Puyallup's Maternity and Newborn Photography

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August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

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August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

It was such an honor to have Codii as August's Mom of the Month! We enjoyed our evening at Point Defiance in Tacoma, Washington for her premier maternity portrait session. I am so excited to be offering this new high end session experience to my clients at an affordable investment! One mom will be chosen each month to be featured as Stephanie Ratto Photography's Mom of the Month when they book a Mom of the Month session experience. Click HERE to find out more information regarding these limited session spaces! 

My goal with this session experience is to get mom's connected! Pregnancy can cause so many emotions, up's and downs. I want to let all expecting mothers to know, you are not alone on this journey!

Without further ado, meet Stephanie Ratto Photography's August's Mom of the Month, Codii! 
 

Codii and Chris have been married for almost two years now and couldn't wait to start a family! 

We have been trying to start a family since we got married, however, after over a year of trying i was told by doctors that it would be very difficult and nearly impossible for me to naturally conceive. Less than a few weeks after i brought it up we were blessed with this little miracle.

They are having a little baby boy this October and can't wait to meet him! She has luckily had an amazing pregnancy. I asked Codii about how pregnancy has affected her emotionally and physically. She explained that being diagnosed with a Bipolar Disorder, it has been difficult having her moods and emotions go crazy. She is very thankful for Chris knowing how to handle the situation when she gets worked up. Codii was also about ready to compete in a body building competition! It was difficult for her being so far into prep to see her body change but as baby boy was growing she was very excited to see her stomach grow.

For me it got easier once i stopped looking like i ate a few too many donuts and more like I’m actually growing a baby.
 

She embraces and loves her baby bump. 

The most difficult part of her pregnancy has been the heartburn. 

Who knew you could get heartburn from water? I sure didn’t.
 

Codii has been planning and researching information regarding labor since she found out she was pregnant. She is nervous but has amazing support from her friend who is a Doula to help her achieve a natural birth! She knows she is not alone, and she will have an amazing support group by her side on this special day.

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer
August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

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Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

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Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

I loved getting to see how much Amaya has grown since her newborn portrait session with me! I couldn't wait to get started for her one year portraits and cake smash session. Mommy chose a rose theme for her one year portraits. She picked a beautiful designed cake made by my recommended smash cake baker Whimsy Cakes by Dee. She is amazing and so very talented! We were so ready for Amaya to take a few bites and then dig in, but she had other plans.... 

Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session
Puyallup's Professional Newborn Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session
Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session
Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session
Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

Puyallup's Professional Photographer | Amaya's Cake Smash Session

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Puyallup Professional Maternity Photographer | Soon to be 5

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Puyallup Professional Maternity Photographer | Soon to be 5

I had a fantastic time out at Tolmie State Park with this lovely family of 4, soon to be 5 for their professional maternity portrait session! I can't wait to meet baby girl. Mommy is absolutely STUNNING wearing gowns from the 20+ gown collection that I offer exclusively to my clients here at Stephanie Ratto Photography. 

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Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session | A Rainbow Baby

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Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session | A Rainbow Baby

Vanchesta was a vision for her maternity portrait session. We chose locations that radiated color to represent her rainbow baby.  I loved the idea of being able to carry over the rainbow color theme into Sabina's newborn portrait session. Sabina was born July 13th with a beautiful head full of hair! I could not wait to take her puyallup newborn portrait session and am so blessed they chose me to be a part of this very special time of their life. Grandma also came along and I was so excited to include her in baby's newborn session! 

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Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session
Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session
Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session
Puyallup Newborn Portrait Session

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Puyallup Newborn Baby Photographer | Small Business Feature

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Puyallup Newborn Baby Photographer | Small Business Feature

I am so excited to have the opportunity to feature an amazing small business jewelry company. Sweet Pea's in a Pod by Kelli O offered her time to allow me to ask some questions about her company! Keep reading for an exciting offer at the end. 

I came across Kelli's small business one day and just had to order my own breast milk jewelry piece. I pumped milk on my Sons 1st birthday to send to her so that I would always have a special keepsake to represent making it to 1 year on our breastfeeding journey. 


First off, tell me a little about yourself!

Hello!  I am so honored to be featured in your blog!  A little about myself, I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, which was where I met my husband.  We married in Ohio and shortly after moved to Oklahoma for his job.  We have been married for 10 years and have two children.  Our daughter is 7 and our son is 2.  Before children I worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for a few different agencies.  After children I have been a stay at home mom with a few of my own businesses.

Photo Credit: Kelli

Photo Credit: Kelli

 

What sparked your interest to start your business? How did you come up with the concept of breastmilk jewelry? 

I first heard about breastmilk jewelry about 5 years ago when I overheard someone talking about it.  I looked into it and was amazed at what could be done with breastmilk.  I did lots of research and lots of trial and error in my shop and after about a year I finally came up with the perfect method to preserve breastmilk. 

 

Do you make jewelry as your full time job?

Is this my full time job, well I would say my 2 children are my full time job.  As we all know, being a mother is a big job and takes lots of time!  Lucky for me, my shop also has a playroom so I can work while my son plays.  Nap time, evenings and weekends are also my work time.  

 

"Sweet Pea's in a Pod by Kelli O" How did you come up with your name? Is it meaningful to you? 

My business started out with me making what I called sweet peas in a pod.  Little pea pod pendants with peas to represent your children.  I used to call my daughter "Sweet pea" so it was also a meaningful name. 

 

What pieces do you currently offer in your shop? 

I offer quite a few different piece in my shop right now.  I am always looking for new pieces to offer, so my inventory is also always changing.  I offer earrings, rings, European style beads, bracelets, pendants and sweet peas.  With each piece that I offer, I also offer many different inclusions to go into that piece.  Some of my inclusions are, first lock of hair, umbilical cord, placenta, fabric, flowers, shimmer, pearlization, color, opal, fire opal etc.

What is your favorite piece to date? Can you even choose? 

Right now my favorite piece is my halo ring.  It is a sterling silver ring with a breastmilk stone set into the middle.  Surrounding the stone are cubic zirconia that also trail half way down the band.  The cz's are also set into the side of the stone setting. 

 

What is the best part about your job? 

The best part about my job are my customers!  I do this because it is so rewarding to hear from moms that are just in love with their jewelry.  Breastfeeding is a very hard job and to be able to preserve that memory in a tangible piece of jewelry is priceless.

 

What goals do you have for the future of your business?

I would love to increase awareness of breastmilk jewelry.  All to often I hear from a sad mother who wishes she would have know breastmilk jewelry was a thing but has long ago thrown all her frozen milk out.  I currently offer little breastmilk drops that can be kept in a memory book or a shadow box. 

 

What advice do you have for any entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business (wether that be jewelry or anything else)? 

Research research research!  Figure out what you want to do and do lots of research on what is already out there, prices, how to market yourself, websites etc.

 

What is your advice for first time moms who are choosing to breastfeed? 

Breastfeeding is hard.  At the beginning breastfeeding hurts.  Stick with it and it is very rewarding and you will be glad you did.  If you cant stick with it for whatever reason, don't beat yourself up about it.  However you want to feed your baby, Fed Is Best!

 

Is there anything else that you wish to share with us? 

In addition to breastmilk jewelry I also offer formula beads for formula fed babies.   I also offer ashes preservation to preserve the ashes of a pet or loved one.

 

 

I am so thankful you took the time to tell a little about yourself and your small business to share with us. I think that everything you offer is so amazing! These are truly keepsakes you don't want to miss out on. Go take a look at her page HERE to see what you can order! 

When you place your order, mention this blog and receive 15% off! 

Thank you again so much for your time Kelli! A special thanks as well for my amazing breastmilk jewelry pieces. 

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Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer | When life gives you lemons...

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Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer | When life gives you lemons...

Samantha was looking forward to her custom professional portrait session that was going to take place this August. We had all of the details in place! I received an email late one evening from Samantha explaining a turn of events with her pregnancy. Baby V may make her way into this big world a little bit sooner than expected. Mommy was admitted to the hospital at 27 weeks for close monitoring until she gives birth to her rainbow baby. She may have baby girl tomorrow, or in a month from now. Only time will tell.

I know how terrified these two with their future so unknown. But, what I do know is how much they love each other. Their love radiates throughout their portraits. My prayers are with the Falzone family. I can't wait to meet Baby Vienna.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade

I was not going to let any hospital stay come between me and a clients maternity session. I stress to my maternity portrait clients that each session will never be the same. Every pregnancy is different. Every story is different. These may not be what we had planned, but they are perfect. 

They are perfect because this is their story. 

Meet Gianni & Samantha. 

Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer

Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer

Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer

Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer

Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer
Puyallup, Professional Maternity Photographer

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Puyallup Professional Photography | A Forever Love

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Puyallup Professional Photography | A Forever Love

Puyallup Professional Photography | Stephanie Ratto Photography

I had the amazing opportunity to take professional portraits of Betty and Charles (who happen to be my grandparents) while I was back visiting family in California. 

December 2, 1955 was the day they said I do. This December will mark 62 years of marriage! Their love story began on the day that my Grandpa asked my Grandmother to lunch one day at school. Every day following, my Great-Grandma made sure that Charles had an extra dollar to buy Betty's lunch for her. Wouldn't it be nice if a burger and coke were still only $1? 

During their session we shared a lot of laughter and many smiles. I asked them to grab something special to them to photograph. Naturally, we had their wedding day portrait. My Grandma knew of what object she wanted and instantly and made her way to grab her gold thimble my Grandpa had made and engraved for her for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

But Ma is what means most to me 

"But Ma is what means most to me"  is the first thing that came to my Grandpa's mind. We ended up grabbing his toy tractor which is the oldest of his collection and one of his favorites! 

I loved traveling from Puyallup,WA to offer my Professional Photography services in California. Having the opportunity to take my grandparents professional portraits really topped off the end of my trip! 

Special thanks to my Grandparents for allowing me to photograph this special time in your lives. 

Puyallup Professional Photography | Stephanie Ratto Photography
Puyallup Professional Photography | Stephanie Ratto Photography
Puyallup Professional Photography | Stephanie Ratto Photography
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Puyallup Professional Photography
Puyallup Professional Photography
Puyallup Professional Photography

 

 

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