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My girls + Me

Heather needed some photos taken in her studio, so I asked her if she would mind snapping a few of me too – for some [much] head-shots. Then I thought about throwing the girls in a couple, since Paul or Pierson are the only ones who get to take photos of us. It was pretty fun […]

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Melissa your girls are GORGEOUS! this really makes me want to have another girl so my little one will have a baby sister!October 1, 2011 – 8:16 am

Kimmy What cuties! Ya’ll are so so so adorable! p.s. where did you get your top! I’ve been looking for a top like that for FOREVER!!October 1, 2011 – 12:11 am

Raven Arden! You and your babies are just the most beautiful things! Such a lovely family you have. Don’t forget to give them all an extra hug tonight!September 30, 2011 – 6:36 pm

Shawna I can’t believe how grown up Edie looks! She is starting to look more like how she will look…rather than newborny- you know? You are all so beautiful…and it’s not just the great lighting :-)September 30, 2011 – 5:35 pm


First I wanted to say I will be ‘out of the office’ for the next several days. Why? It is my 30th birthday weekend! Paul arrived home yesterday to say, “Babe, we are leaving for New Orleans tomorrow through Monday!” This is one of our favorite cities and we are lucky enough to have a […]

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Karin Happy Birthday, Arden! I hope you have a wonderful weekend in New Orleans. :) I’ve never been there, so I’m looking forward to more awesome photos from you. I loved my 30’s and here is something to look forward to…40’s are even better. Seriously. :)September 16, 2011 – 8:08 am

Sharen Happy Birthday! My husband and I got to spend 3 days in New Orleans earlier this year when we had our HUGE holiday to America (we live in Australia) and we LOVED it there. New Orleans just has it’s own energy and we loved exploring around the French Quarter. Our favourite place was Preservation Hall – 3 hours of spectacular jazz music – bliss!September 15, 2011 – 5:14 pm

Tiffani Happy Birthday Arden! Hope ya’ll enjoy your weekend!September 15, 2011 – 3:48 pm

Keri Happy Birthday! Oh have fun. I loved seeing the pictures. Makes me miss home.September 15, 2011 – 1:33 pm

Micah Folsom what wonderful years you had in your 20-somethings. i’ll bet your 30-somethings will be even more rewarding!September 15, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Life with Kaishon So excited for you. You make 30 seem fantastic! I love your attitude about life!September 15, 2011 – 1:19 pm

Farewell Sweet Pete

Right before Paul and I were engaged – and I probably had baby fever – we were talking about getting a dog. One day we went to Petsmart and found Pete! Well, not long after we adopted Pete were newly married AND expecting a baby. Through two new babies, Pierson, running a business, Paul and […]

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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

Lakey Lou, almost ONE update […] and moved into just a week before having our first daughter – Parker. This is the home I home-birthed our second daughter, Eden, in. The home where we have made great friends with some wonderful and cherished neighbors. Paul and I […]April 14, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Alexandria VA Birth Photographer | Meghan Hale Photography […] I would spend hours reading her tutorials and looking at her images.  One day I came across this post of her own birth shot by a friend.  I was so blown away by the beauty in the images.  You can […]November 4, 2013 – 8:31 am

Edie is ONE […] Happy BIRTHDAY (a few days early) to my precious – 2nd VBAC-Water-born-home-birth BABY GIRL. […]August 12, 2012 – 9:34 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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