Colorado Springs Birth Photographer : Danica Donnelly
An expert in maternity, birth and newborn photography. Passionate about helping your family connect on a deeper level.


Photographing pregnancies, births, newborns, families and the postpartum period in the Colorado Springs area, Danica seeks to help your children feel safe, loved and connected in your family. She blogs about pregnancy, preparing for your birth, postpartum care, simplicity parenting, minimalism parenting, peaceful parenting, and how to have happy children.

Surviving the postpartum with gratitude and grace

Older women often approach me and tell me how wonderful this time is with young kids but sometimes all I can think to respond is “but you’re not IN it. You’re not the one waking up to the sound of screaming at 2am. You’re not the one struggling to find a moment to take a shower or grasping at something that resembles a ounce of control.”

Click below for to watch how this family embraces the beauty and the chaos:

It seems like as we age we forget all the struggle and just remember the good. I’m thankful for that. And yet, there is a lot about this truly challenging time that I actually DO want to remember. While the unending hours of baby-wearing make my body ache, someday I will miss that ache. Even though I curl up my toes in anticipation of every latch, I don’t actually want to forget how hard I’m working to nourish my baby. I know that each phase passes quickly in the scope of life and someday I will long for my son to be small again and curled against my chest. So as hard as it can be to pause and soak in the joy of this chaos, I try. Again and again. 

My life feels entirely chaotic and out of control but it has also never felt more overflowing with love. This is the beautiful dichotomy of motherhood. As I age I want to be able to look back on all of it - the beauty as well as the chaos, because this is our life, our journey and how we are getting from here to there; it is all important and valuable.  

If you are right there with me, in the dichotomy of mothering, my sessions and products are designed specifically for you. I will walk with you through the mess and highlight the beauty. Let me be your guide to making this postpartum period full of more wonder, gratitude, and connection.