Day in the Life


Baby Otto: Home Water Birth Gilbert, AZ


I fall in love with every one of my clients.  How could I not? I get to see these women at their most vulnerable and yet, the strongest point of their lives!  My heart cannot hide from that, even behind a lens.  Darling Leita, Dylan and their two daughters, Maria and Greta were no exception. It was so hard to say goodbye!  I literally spent the whole day with them!  Leita created a beautiful, relaxing space for the birth of baby Otto.  Although the sun came and went before Otto decided to meet us, his birth was bright and happy!  You couldn’t wipe the smile off everyones face!

It is my honor to introduce you to Otto Schiemann…

For every 10 unique comments left, I will gift the Schiemann family with extras! (prints, something for Otto, or sweet treats!) So be sure to click “COMMENT” on the bottom right and let them know how happy you are for their family!


  1. inloveness says:

    First to comment!
    Thank you, again, Schiemann family, for inviting me into your home and lives! Dylan, I loved chatting about world travel with you! Leita, being a fellow creative, I felt like you just “got me”!

    I’m happy to call you clients and blessed to now call you friends!!!

  2. Evelia Benoit says:

    Leita, you are ever so blessed with your beautiful new addition! These pictures show a loving family welcoming their boy! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous mommy!!

  3. Kewal says:

    Beautiful capturing of this amazing birth and precious family! It fills my heart with joy to see these pictures. Great job!

  4. Ellen Smith says:

    The pictures are beautiful! Congratulations on the new, precious addition to your amazing family!

  5. Emily Schatzel says:

    These are stunning! Leita, you are amazing. Congrats to you, Dylan and your girls! <3

  6. Ashley says:

    Could be my 34 week hormones, or could be that these photos are just beautiful! But regardless I cried. <3 I LOVE the placenta shots too!!

  7. Camille says:

    What beautiful pictures to capture such a special moment! You’ll cherish these forever! Xoxo!!

  8. janette says:

    These pictures are wonderful, so real and heartwarming.
    Something to cherish for a lifetime.

  9. Kelly says:

    Beautiful and as unique as the subjects!!! Leita these are great! Feel like I was there. 😉

  10. Susan says:

    So amazing! Otto looks so beautiful right from birth. Really love the one shot of one of the girls lieing down next to Otto. Beautiful family, wonderful shots…many blessings to you 🙂

  11. Jeannie says:

    What a perfect narrative of Otto’s entrance. Leita- the art you created just vibrates. Pure joy. xoxo

  12. Jessica Rhyan says:

    What a gorgeous, peaceful birth! Baby Otto is obviously surrounded by bright and beautiful love which you caught perfectly shining through in all of your pictures. How lucky you were to be a part of their birth and how lucky they were to have you there to share and document the experience! Your work is amazing!

  13. Rosa says:

    Congrats to all of you! those pictures were beautiful.

  14. Courtney, these are so beautiful! Your talent brings me right there in the moment of this gorgeous family’s birth. 🙂

  15. Erin Chalue says:

    The pictures are amazing, I simply love this family, the peace and tranquility that surrounds them is Amazing. I love the picture of Greta holding the placenta, she looks in deep thought. Pure love in these photos, great job. Erin.

  16. Juli says:

    Congratulations! Gorgeous photos of beautiful people!

  17. Mandy says:

    Truly a miraculous moment! Otto you are one very blessed baby boy! You are destined for Greatness!

  18. Crystal says:

    These pictures are absolutely breathtaking!!! I for sure want to get some for out next baby. Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!! <3 thank you for sharing them 🙂

  19. Catherine says:

    ….And the beautiful, colorful, magical tapestry of your family continues with baby boy Otto. These photos are so special. Thank you for sharing this blessed day. Kudos to the photographer! Congrats to your family!

  20. Shea' Cox says:

    Beautiful pictures and family!! I’m so happy for you guys! Way to go, momma!! 🙂

  21. Leita Schiemann says:

    I can’t stop looking at them, Courtney. They really bring me back to that powerful day. Thank you for what you do!! You’re so great at it! ??

  22. Kayla says:

    Oh these photos are so lovely. How wonderful to have these to look back on forever!

  23. Megan says:

    Such a handsome little man Otto is! And the family photo at the end? Beautiful. What a lovely family!!

  24. amanda says:

    What an amazing birth and wonderful memories! Welcome to the world baby Otto. I love his pic where he has the slightest sweet smile.

  25. Bonnie DeRouen says:

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful capturing of a beautiful special event!! Beautiful family! Love you!!

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