Monthly Archives: August 2011

The End: Birth

So I have to say FIRST… before the long story and before even MORE photos… Please watch this slideshow. Heather Essian – my amazing friend and photographer – put this together. She asked me to ‘pick a song.’  I chose ‘This Woman’s Work’ by Kate Bush. If any of you have seen ‘She’s Having a […]

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Tara Eveland - Amazing! this is the most gorgeous thing ive ever seen! congrats to the familyAugust 16, 2013 – 7:30 am

vanessa H - Ohh Arden thank you so much for sharing the pictures and video!!! IT made me cry like a baby!!! God bless your beautiful family!!!August 15, 2013 – 8:01 pm

Richelle - You are the most amazing inspirational woman I know!August 15, 2013 – 7:46 pm

someone - That’s selfish of you to put you’re baby’s life at risk like that. Home births have have triple the mortality rate. Consider yourself lucky.March 13, 2013 – 1:13 pm

Kacey - This literally brought tears to my eyes! Gorgeous!August 13, 2012 – 10:51 am

Kelly - I am literally crying with joy seeing these pictures. So beautiful and so inspiring:)April 18, 2012 – 4:09 pm

jackie - Wow this is such a precious birth story it really makes me feel like I too can have a VBAC and maybe even a HBAC. I also had my first pregnancy induced ending up in a c-section something I wish,hope, and pray to avoid this time around thank you so much for sharing.February 27, 2012 – 12:42 pm

Nicole D - This is gorgeous and very touching…thank you so much for sharing every moment with the internet. :-) February 19, 2012 – 6:17 pm

Taylor - Areden this is inspirational and amazing!! CongratulationsFebruary 11, 2012 – 11:16 am

april - omg I cried reading ur story cause u guys could just see the love every one in the room and the song was a a beautiful touch … I am so happy for ya’ll I am glad it went well.. wishing ya’ll the best cheers! <3 stay in love forever…September 18, 2011 – 10:59 pm

Sarah P. - Congratulations! What a beautiful birth story!September 16, 2011 – 11:33 pm

saundra - I just had to say what a beautiful birth experience you’ve shown through this. i had my third child 2nd vbac in the hopital just a few weeks ago but am planning a homebirth for any future children and really it stuff like this that make me know that it’s right. thank you for sharing and congratulationsSeptember 8, 2011 – 1:09 am

Katie Griffith - I just wanted to say how beautifully you’ve documented natural home birth! I’m having my second and am having a VBAC home birth w/ midwife.. With my first I was also induced and ended with a c-section. I’ve kept a blog for documenting my progress, exercise, and weight gain (then weight loss:)). I’ve linked your slideshow to my blog and had amazing feedback from friends…Love how modern you made natural childbirth look. People need to see birth from this viewpoint! LOVE IT!! thanks for sharing. AWESOME stuff:) Best, KatieSeptember 5, 2011 – 8:01 pm

Sheridan - Beautiful! :) September 5, 2011 – 3:06 am

Carmen (Coqui) - I am in tears. So precious. Eden, welcome to the family. Love. God Bless you.September 4, 2011 – 10:17 am

Carmen (Coqui) - I cried. Precious. God Bless you. Enjoy. Eden, welcome to the family. LoveSeptember 4, 2011 – 10:15 am

Brianna Verdolino - Arden, this is so beautiful! (and wonderfully documented!!)
I found myself wiping tears, more than once, while reading your story.
Welcome to the world, baby Eden!September 4, 2011 – 5:37 am

michel bond - love.September 4, 2011 – 4:22 am

Dad - Breathtaking. What a wonderful experience. Thanks to all of you for sharing.September 2, 2011 – 10:28 am

Hannah @ Treasuring It Up - This is truly gorgeous! I had a hospital birth with my first and a home birth with my second. Nothing compares. Thank you so much for sharing this – and the photographs!!! *gasp* Just absolutely stunning! What an incredible keepsake for you and your daughter.September 1, 2011 – 10:55 pm

Tiffany - Thank you so much for posting and sharing this story. I had a little girl 11 months ago today thru a traumatic c-section. I have been doing research to be prepared to have a VBAC with our next birth. We hope to start trying Oct. of next year. Your story has touched me and empowered me to know that I can do this the way nature intended. You are a strong beautiful woman. Congrats.September 1, 2011 – 1:03 pm

Laurie - Amazing! Never have I wanted to experience a home birth, but now after reading this I do. You can feel the connection you and Paul had during the labor. Congrats on your new addition!September 1, 2011 – 12:38 pm

Jill Scavincky - SO SO SO SO Beautiful!!!! Congrats to you and your entire family! Births like that make you want to have 10 more babies, huh? Well… almost ;) September 1, 2011 – 9:22 am

Deana - Love the slide show and the pictures! Amazing! Congratulations, Arden.August 31, 2011 – 11:41 am

Heather Thorne - What a beautiful post, Arden. I got teary-eyed watching and can’t wait to be a mommy some day. Heather captured it perfectly. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family!!!August 30, 2011 – 11:04 pm

Karin - So beautiful..and so beautifully documented. Congratulations!!August 30, 2011 – 8:30 pm

DaNella - AWESOME POST!!! I had my second at a home birthing center. It was an awesome experince… Much the same, labored all night, and then took a walk through the neighborhood at dawn… but it was in september, so I kept stopping to stomp accorns… lol She is almost 15. Can I ask the photographer, what blog service you use? I LOVE how all the photo’s show.August 30, 2011 – 6:07 pm

Jackie - Arden, I too was extremely moved by your photos, story and video. I loved be included! As a mother of 3, I welcome you to this special club. All my love!August 30, 2011 – 4:33 pm

Kristin Peaks - Arden – I cannot begin to express to you how AMAZING this post is. Your photos made me feel like I was there. And the video!!! Wow, it is so cool that you let us into your world like this. What an honor to feel like you shared this amazing day with me.

BEAUTIFUL!

kpAugust 30, 2011 – 3:52 pm

Rebecca Fuqua - Congratulations. That was beautiful. Donnellyn is my mother-in-law and delivered my 3rd baby at home. She’s pretty special. I have an Eden too. Eden Renee. My 2nd daughter with a sister only 21 months older. The sister thing is really precious. Enjoy!August 30, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Joie Salas - Absolutely Beautiful <3 I literally teared up at my desk! Amazing!!!!August 30, 2011 – 2:07 pm

Yvonne - that is the most beautiful account of a birth i have ever seen. thank you for sharing it with us and many congratulations to you and your family :) August 30, 2011 – 1:17 pm

Emily Tate - Arden this is so beautiful. I love that you were truly honest about the experience…not trying to claim it was all sunshine and roses, but even in the difficulty it was so worth it. Congratulations!August 30, 2011 – 11:35 am

trisha - What an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing with all of us. And that song is perfect!August 30, 2011 – 9:50 am

Kristy Lourance - Arden I have followed you through this entire pregnancy & this has brought me to tears. So moving, so emotional, so amazing & so sweet. I love every bit of it & I am so proud of your strength. Congratulations! Thank You for sharing this!August 30, 2011 – 9:28 am

Erin Askenasy - Oh Arden, this post just brought such tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful and thank you so much for sharing such a private and emotional moment with the world. It is a beautiful and miraculous thing! :) August 30, 2011 – 8:42 am

Richelle - I just watched the video of Eden’s birth. So beautiful! I cried! Thank you for sharing! You are such and inspiration to me as a photographer and a Mother.
What a beautiful family you have Arden! Congrats!August 30, 2011 – 8:30 am

Amy - Arden – this is truly the most moving, most REAL, most amazing photography journal I have read/watched in a very long time. I feel so blessed for you sharing it with us. Your friend (Heather) did an AMAZING job documenting this memory and YOU did an amazing job Arden! Hugs ;) August 30, 2011 – 8:28 am

Mariko - Absolutely amazing! I am so planning to do something very similar with our third one. Thank you so much for sharing!August 30, 2011 – 2:35 am

Hilaree - This was one of the most extraordinary exhibits of human emotion I’ve ever seen. SO GORGEOUS. Every moment was captured perfectly. Heather did such an astounding job- I felt like I was there! And I cried! For your pain, for your joy, for your family, for your LOVE. I am so proud of you, brave and beautiful woman, wife, and mother of three! I love you. Thank you for sharing :) August 30, 2011 – 12:31 am

Shawna - I am so happy for you- I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad you were able to do this! Birth is so amazing…I love that in home birth you really do it “all by yourself” and I think you get the privacy and credit you deserve!August 29, 2011 – 11:52 pm

Jen - Beautiful post.
I had a natural birth as well and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Way to go and congrats on the new addition.
You have a beautiful family.August 29, 2011 – 10:43 pm

Heidi - tears running down my face…that is all I can say…what an emotional experience you have just shared with people you don’t know….the tears are still running….how beautiful it was to watch xAugust 29, 2011 – 9:47 pm

Robin Griffith - I think for every mother out there, it brings them back to every birth they have had or even experienced. That is such a beautiful piece of art that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life. It could not have been done any better. I thank you for sharing that with us, so I could also share in your joy and also remember back to all three of my babies coming into this world. Thank You.August 29, 2011 – 9:07 pm

Jennifer V - I have no words. This is so beautiful and amazing, what a miracle. Thank you for sharing such an intimate experience, I am in awe.August 29, 2011 – 8:51 pm

Carrie - Arden – this is so beautiful. I don’t know you,but you manage to make such a connection. The whole birth story, the images, your family ,everything is just beautiful! You are a very lucky woman to be surrounded with such love and such support. Best of luck to you and your family – I can’t wait to watch them grow!August 29, 2011 – 8:14 pm

Debbie Smith - Crying!! This is the most beautiful blog post I have ever seen or read!! thank you for letting in and enjoying your family experience. WOW WOW WOW!!!August 29, 2011 – 7:39 pm

Tiffani - So perfect, Arden! Congratulations on a healthy baby and a beautiful and natural birth! You did awesome and your photographer did an awesome job of capturing it all. Enjoy your babymooning :-) August 29, 2011 – 7:30 pm

Jessi Slicho - WOW, way to make a girl cry. YOu are truly amazing.August 29, 2011 – 7:15 pm

Heather Essian - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I’m still so proud of you friend! I feel so blessed to have been a part of it all. Praise God for your healthy wonderful home-birth!!August 29, 2011 – 7:03 pm

Samantha - So I just cried through the entire slideshow and photos about the birth. Congratulations!!! She is perfect! Your family is so perfect! We are so excited for y’all!August 29, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Adrienne - So beautiful, I’m all teary! Heather did an amazing job documenting this. And you, Arden? Well, you just rock.August 29, 2011 – 6:14 pm

Jenn Sawtelle - So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. I adore your song choice. Loved the movie and the song when I was a girl and I still do. One of the most moving songs ever and, paired with your birth story and Heather’s gorgeous photos it is even more moving. God bless your family and your new baby girl, Arden.August 29, 2011 – 6:10 pm

Amber - So so so precious! I am bawling, thank you for sharing this Arden.August 29, 2011 – 6:09 pm

Life with Kaishon - This was so beautiful Arden. I am thrilled for you. I love this chapter in the book of your life.August 29, 2011 – 5:57 pm

Susan Wolfer-Lennex - Arden…I’m in tears. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!August 29, 2011 – 5:51 pm

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Deana – Just Because

I received an e-mail from Deana – requesting a session ‘just because.’ She’s 30, beautiful and celebrating a wonderful time in her life. Why not take photos when you feel and ARE truly inspired, happy and gorgeous? I wish more people did this… one day you may regret not having captured a special time in […]

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Paulina Splechta - Arden, I love love the shot of her upsidedown in b&w laying on the ground! What a great angle!September 16, 2011 – 9:40 pm

G - What a stunningly beautiful young woman this is. She is graceful right down to her finger tips, confident in her sexuality, mysterious. What a spicy little Russian radish she is!August 27, 2011 – 5:39 am

Hilaree - What a marvelous idea! I agree, Arden. I wish more women would celebrate their loveliness with a gift like this to themselves. Single, married, children, no children… such an exquisite experience!! Deana is beautiful, and the photography is amazing! Kudos to both of you!August 26, 2011 – 1:31 pm

Life with Kaishon - She is just lovely!August 26, 2011 – 11:16 am

J+J NYC: Day One

Well, I am very behind on blogging. I am finally posting some of the WONDERFUL NYC engagement session.   Joy and James flew us out to one of their FAVORITE cities in the world. I fell in love with Manhattan in 4th grade, would have sworn I would live there one day (could happen still!). […]

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Mallory DeMers - what flash are you using in the night shots….those are the most natural I’ve seen..beautiful pictures!August 27, 2011 – 10:16 am

Karin - stunning shots, as usual! Love the evening skyline shot!August 26, 2011 – 8:41 am

Yvonne - stunning, and that skyline is amazing!August 26, 2011 – 2:14 am

Rachael - I absolutely LOVE this session!August 25, 2011 – 5:01 pm

The Beginning: Birth

Many of my facebook friends know I was joking on Saturday about the FULL MOON. One of my lovely friends on there brought it to my attention. I was like, “BRING IT ON GRAVITATIONAL PULL!” In fact I even did a bit of research to see if this was ‘true.’ While there isn’t “proven” evidence, […]

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Tiffani - Yes, of course it started! My midwife told me the same thing and at 11pm I started labor. Can’t wait for the rest..August 21, 2011 – 1:37 am

Shawna - So far….it sounds like you’re telling my birth story! Same day of the week, same midwife! That’s kinda surreal…August 20, 2011 – 4:30 pm

Amy M. - Oh Arden!! Your babe is beautiful! and sitting on pins n’ needles here waiting for part 2! Great suspense girlfriend! ;) August 20, 2011 – 12:01 pm

Karin - I am loving this story! :) Such beautiful photos at the end of the post.August 20, 2011 – 8:50 am

Kylie Taylor - WOW- Looking forward to part 2! With big brother holding her you can certainly see a resemblance. She is adorable as are all of your children. I am betting D was correct!August 19, 2011 – 5:24 pm

Meghan - You children are so beautiful. You are so blessed!August 19, 2011 – 3:52 pm

michel bond - I dont like cliff hangers!!!August 19, 2011 – 3:05 pm

Hayley - I love it! Sound exactly like my labor with Elly…exactly!! Kris was the same as Paul. Ever went to get the car detailed for when we brought home our new little bundle :) Looking forward to part deux :) August 19, 2011 – 1:10 pm

Debra Heschl Photography - OK Arden, the suspense is killing me…lol I am so happy for you your family:) Congratulations! I waiting anxiously for the next post!! hahaAugust 19, 2011 – 12:23 pm

The End: Birth » Arden Prucha Photography - [...] The Beginning: Birth [...]August 30, 2011 – 8:25 am

The baby ________ is here!

I just wanted to pop a quick post up saying showing off our new baby…. GIRL!!!!!!!! Sweet Little: Eden Meredith was born at 11:06am on Monday. She was 7lbs 10oz and 20.25″ long. Welcomed into this world from body, to water, straight into mama’s arms – in our very own home. It was quite the […]

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Linda Jenkins - Dearest Arden, What a beautiful gift you gave to Baby Eden and your whole family by delivering her at home!! You are a true “Pioneer Woman”; how amazing you are and Paul too for his great support! You deserve much relaxation!! Eden is very delicate and beautiful; what a tough journey for you and for E being born! A very blessed event! I cannot wait to hold Edie,and be with Pierson and Parker and everyone very soon. Also, thank you for sending all of the cutest photos (Baba is too sweet)! Love to all, LeLeAugust 18, 2011 – 9:43 pm

Karin - Congratulations!! So happy for you that the birth was all you had dreamed of and your sweet baby girl is here! Enjoy and get some rest. :) God is so good.August 18, 2011 – 8:58 am

Judy Murphy - Precious angel. Looks just like her sissy! So happy for you all!August 17, 2011 – 9:17 pm

Miss Giny / APDM - Congrats honey ! :)
She ‘s so cute ! Eden is a gorgeous name !
Wonderful ! :) August 17, 2011 – 2:45 pm

Lynda Jenkins - Arden:

I am so proud of you! I can’t believe you did it at home! That is so awesome and an experience I am sure you will never forget! She is absolutely beautiful! Ed & I can’t wait to see her and the rest of the clan!

LyndaAugust 17, 2011 – 12:49 pm

Life with Kaishon - I couldn’t stop smiling on Monday night when I saw her on facebook. Eden is so beautiful. And so is her Mama!August 17, 2011 – 12:28 pm

Eric - Thank you for sharing these pictures! What a happy day! Your family is so beautiful and blessed! :) August 17, 2011 – 11:02 am

Elizabeth - Congratulations! What a cutie! Enjoy those first few new baby days. They fly by so fast.August 17, 2011 – 10:51 am