abe~ a birth story

one of the most rewarding aspects of photography is when someone trusts me not only to capture images for them but trusts me with the backstory as well.  you guys have no idea how many times i’ve shared images both here & on other social media platforms where i’ve wanted to add a narrative.  being a story person, an artist and yet maintaining professionalism can be tricky at best. there’ve been many a session where i wait to climb back in my car before i allow the tears to fall. sometimes it’s because i’ve been asked to photograph a family who’s loved one’s battle with cancer is drawing to an end. sometimes it’s because someone has started chemo and as i shoot i can see the loose hairs begin to fall, illuminated by the back lighting. sometimes its because a family is celebrating a graduate meanwhile there’s a tenderhearted mama wiping her tears off to the side. sometimes it’s because a family who has battled infertility has just brought home the baby they’ve spent years praying for. and sometimes its because of pure joy & happiness of finding the one.

as a photographer being trusted to capture and create, document and story tell is both humbling & empowering. and being trusted to capture a live birth was an amazing privilege. absolutely amazing.

this morning i’ve been given permission to share abe’s birth story with you. there’s precious chapters to this story that,  as with any birth, are tender & shared only with the family, but i invite you in to celebrate the miracle of birth through this gallery.  lee & danielle, i celebrate your beautiful family with you!!

(& ps.be sure & follow as next week i’ll share his newborn images with you as well!)


















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June 4, 2015 - 9:18 am

elma - This is the most beautiful !! Love the music and the pictures are amazing!! What beautiful memories!! Makes me want to do it all again!!!! where were you when I had my eight!! LOL

June 4, 2015 - 9:20 am

elma - This is so beautiful!! I love the music and what beautiful images you captured for this family!! Love how the papa is looking with so much love at his newborn son!! Makes me want to have another baby!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

June 4, 2015 - 9:35 am

bethanie - how beautiful…
made me teary eyed. what precious memories you captured perfectly for this family!! you are one talented chica!! xoxo

June 4, 2015 - 10:13 am

dana - How beautiful! What a treasure you have given this family! Sometimes (no..most of the time!) pictures tell a more beautiful story than words ever could!

June 4, 2015 - 11:21 am

Lisa Mothersead - Especially loved the moment about midway through where you see the new dad fall in love with the newborn. His face just shows it all. Good job, Paige!

June 4, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Lynn - The video and pictures are amazing……..you have a special talent Paige. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day!!

June 4, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Barbara - Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to the entire Copeland family :)

June 6, 2015 - 12:35 am

Alecia - Absolutely beautiful!!! I think my favorite pics were of big brother & big sis seeing him for the first time…their faces were filled with complete awe! well done, as always, Paige!

June 9, 2015 - 11:21 am

tina - Just beautiful…. God bless.

June 19, 2015 - 2:31 pm

abe~ newborn lifestyle session » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] ago i shared with you what had to be a total professional high for me…the opportunity to shoot a live birth. there are many reasons why i absolutely loved that day. here are a […]

June 21, 2015 - 7:17 am

tara - they’re in athens?!
such beautiful people…so much love between them!

happy everything agenda giveaway!

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well, now they’re making it even easier for us to keep up with those opportunities, remember a friends birthday, or journal our thoughts for the day with the new, soon to be released, Happy Everything Agenda!

a couple of my girls were here when it arrived in the mail & literally gushed over the cuteness!

i love the set-up of a 17 month planner. this little 9x7ish cutie, running from august 2015~ december 2016,  features a month-at-a-glance page, weekly pages, and contains a place for to-do lists as well.  truth be told, a long time fan of all things coton colors, i always thought it would be cute if they created an agenda…well ta-da!

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June 2, 2015 - 7:30 am

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June 2, 2015 - 7:35 am

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June 2, 2015 - 7:50 am

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June 2, 2015 - 8:34 am

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June 2, 2015 - 8:39 am

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June 2, 2015 - 8:49 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:24 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:27 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:31 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:34 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:36 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:37 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:40 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:41 am

Emily Browning - Love this new planner/organizer!!

June 2, 2015 - 9:43 am

Angie Burford - I love it

June 2, 2015 - 9:47 am

Melissa Giussani - I just got engaged and would love to use this to keep all my events and parties in line! How adorable!!!

June 2, 2015 - 9:48 am

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June 2, 2015 - 9:49 am

Sydney Briley - Love this agenda!!! For a teacher, it seems like it can help keep everything nice and organized!!!! :) always looking for something to do that!

June 2, 2015 - 9:51 am

Pam Bass - I love an agenda. So glad Coton Colors has done this!! LOVE all things COTON COLORS.

June 2, 2015 - 9:52 am

Casi Burnett - All those colorful dots make me HAPPY! Would love to have one :)

June 2, 2015 - 9:55 am

Ivy Elkins - So obsessed! Such a fun way to celebrate all of the little things in a day that make a year so special!

June 2, 2015 - 10:04 am

Lucy - I LOVE the look of this agenda! It makes me smile.

June 2, 2015 - 10:06 am

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June 2, 2015 - 10:12 am

Emily - I love all things Coton Colors! I can’t wait to have one of these agendas!

June 2, 2015 - 10:14 am

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June 2, 2015 - 10:16 am

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June 2, 2015 - 10:16 am

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June 2, 2015 - 10:42 am

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June 2, 2015 - 10:48 am

arielle - Love this planner and everything Coton Colors!!

June 2, 2015 - 10:50 am

Leah Cadoura - Love Happy Everything and so excited about the new agenda!!! Would love to win this because it looks fabulous!!!

June 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

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June 2, 2015 - 12:38 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 1:02 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 1:44 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 1:47 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Michelle - So cute

June 2, 2015 - 2:24 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 3:08 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 3:56 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 4:02 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 4:59 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 5:02 pm

martha - love it….am already thinking of getting that agenda for a friend’s August birthday…but I would love one for moi too!
Who wouldn’t love checking the days tasks in that??!!

June 2, 2015 - 6:12 pm

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June 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Connie Wilson - Would like for my niece that is a 1st grade teacher

June 2, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Theresa in Nebraska - In love!!!

June 2, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Jennifer Draper - Love these happy colors — would be thrilled with a Happy Everything! agenda.

June 2, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Mickey - Super cute, definitely need this for school in the fall!#preschoolteacher

June 2, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Stephanie - i love this. It’s so pretty.

June 2, 2015 - 9:46 pm

debbie - Love the happy everything planner

June 2, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Maya Dudte - Love it!

June 2, 2015 - 10:47 pm

Andrea W - I LOVE this…. I have been trying to keep appointments for all of us on my phone and failing miserably…..I’m old school and need a calendar to write things down…..this would be perfect. Have been following cotton colors since your post around Christmas……

June 3, 2015 - 8:20 am

Canela - Teeming happiness!

June 3, 2015 - 8:46 am

Lindsey - This is the perfect blend of my lilly planner and my love for the happy everything plate. :) Don’t know how I missed this coming out, but I think I know what planner I’m getting for this upcoming year!!

June 3, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Heidi Ferguson - Maybe an adorable planner like this would make me dread all of the places I have to be this summer – or rather, my son has to be!!

June 3, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Silke - Love it. Gonna Check if CC posts overseas.

June 3, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Carolyn - I usually buy Lilly agendas, but this one is so cute!

June 3, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Nancy Bridgeman - Oh, the cuteness!

June 3, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Tammie - Thanks for the chance Paige , as always you make my day. What a cute cover, makes me think of Fairs and cotton candy

June 5, 2015 - 9:55 am

Julie Lewis - This is so cute!

June 5, 2015 - 10:07 am

Christy Stargel - These are precious!!!! I would love to win one!!!!!!

June 5, 2015 - 10:49 am

Peggy - How simply adorable!!

June 5, 2015 - 11:52 am

Sarah - So fun! Love the colors!

June 5, 2015 - 6:25 pm

brenda - wow! what a fun and colorful way to keep organized. brenda

June 5, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Maureen T - Adorable!!!