I was so excited to be there when Charlie arrived. Being the fourth baby, it is always so much fun to see siblings react to a new baby. And they were amazing! Not to mention that this mama literally breathed her baby out so quietly that I nearly missed it! Welcome little Charlie... you are already surrounded by so much love!
This sweet family was so much fun to have in the studio! We had a ton of fun and captured some beautiful moments as well. They are baby planners, so I can't wait to see how much Henry has grown at his six month session!
I was so excited to get these two into the studio! Photographing newborn twins is challenging but usually results in some beautiful images. They were amazing and actually cooperated with us. Love it when that happens! A few weeks after the studio session, we also got to photograph the whole family in their beautiful new home. It was a lot of fun and especially awesome to see the siblings love on the girls.
I was thrilled to be a part of this sweet couple's birth. They were expecting a "surprise" and were so excited when they met their son for the first time! Mom and dad were a fabulous team during labor. I especially love it when a couple has a ton of family waiting on the arrival of the baby. This was no exception! Everyone, grandparent's, aunts, uncles, friends, etc were all waiting for this baby to arrive. The excitement was contagious! It was an honor to be there to welcome this sweet baby.
While I usually just blog images from a birth and let them tell the story, this birth needs a little narration! I attended the birth of this family's first baby two years ago. Her birth was a typical first birth... she took her sweet time, but mom did beautifully staying relaxed and calm and had a gorgeous natural birth.
Fast forward two years. They were planning another natural hospital birth. I woke at 4:07am to a phone call from mom saying she was in labor! She sounded so calm, but when a contraction kicked in, she was working. Dad said they were coming less than a minute apart. The biggest thing I can say as a birth worker is to listen to your gut. Seriously. So my gut was screaming "RUN!!!" I literally threw on my clothes, grabbed my equipment and hoped in the car. I was on the road by 4:20. At 4:23 I get a text saying "Water broke. Moving fast. Meet us at the hospital" I am ZOOMING along the tollway as fast as I safely can, knowing that I still have 25 minutes to get there. Not more than a few minutes pass before I get a call from Mom saying, slightly panicked that she needs to push. After a quick check with Dad, he says he can't see head and really wants to try and get to the hospital. I tell them to go right NOW. I drive a little faster.
So I pull into the hospital and head straight for the ER entrance. Being an experienced birth photographer and doula, I know that we always enter the ER at night. Plus we had discussed prenatally the plan if we needed to meet at the hospital. I am so glad we did! So I pull up to the ER and see their car parked in front. I pull into the first spot, grab my gear and run to their car. I see staff coming from the front door and mom in the back seat. A quick update reveals that mom is pushing in the back seat.
So we start to open the doors and allow the hospital staff room to do their thing. There is some discussion about whether they have time to get mom inside the hospital or not. Meanwhile, dad is telling mom she is doing an amazing job and she was! She was so calm and collected and truly in touch with her baby and body. Loved it!
So the decide that there is no way this baby is going to wait. As another contraction begins, the doc gloves up in preparation for a baby to arrive! He was so calm and did a beautiful job just letting mom have a baby.
Adrian Jacob arrives perfectly! He cries, pinks up and is just beautiful. They clamp and cut the cord right there since mom won't be able to get out of the car otherwise. Even in all the chaos, the staff thought enough to ask dad if he wanted to cut the cord. I was very impressed with their attentiveness to those little details that matter to parents.
They hand Adrian off to the other staff and I could have cried right there as dad whips off his shirt in the middle of the parking lot so that me can do skin to skin with his son immediately after birth. Dad of the year. Seriously.
Adrian reaches out for dad and says hello!
After getting mom settled on the gurney, they ask that Adrian ride on mom. They immediately state that they need to be skin to skin to keep baby nice and warm. More points for the staff on that one. So we load everyone up and head for labor and delivery.
Mom has a moment or two to bond with him while we wait on an elevator.
Traffic jam in the hallway (busy night, apparently) and dad joins in the bonding moment.
Finally getting settled into the room and feeling a little less chaotic. Mom is on cloud nine on how easy and beautiful that was. She is amazing! Adrian takes a moment to get to know his mama...
And his photographer and her camera...
Wait... I wasn't really sleeping!
As we were sitting there enjoying this sweet babe, mom's iphone reminder her that he was due tomorrow. We all had a good laugh!
Mom felt so great that she even got up to watch Adrian get his bath. She kept commenting on how amazing she felt!
Grandma and big sister arrived shortly after! They were so excited to meet the new arrival...
Finally had everyone together in bed again just in time for the morning news. When your labor is only 1 hours and 40 minutes total, you can go about your day as regularly scheduled. What a beautiful family... I am soooo excited for you guys and honored (and grateful) that I was able to document this time for you!
I have had the honor of photographing every birth of this sweet family and was so excited to be there to welcome baby number three. It was a beautiful birth and while I never do images in color, I just couldn't help myself on a few of these. I just love how they turned out. Such a beautiful family!
I was so excited when I found out this sweet family was expecting again. I had photographed the birth of William a few years back and couldn't wait to meet the newest edition. I was out the door in the middle of the night only to walk into the birth 20 seconds after sweet Samantha was born. Everyone was shocked to see how quickly Miss Samantha wanted to be in this world! I am just so glad I made it when I did to capture these precious moments.
I had the honor of photographing Caleb's birth! I was a little worried about making to the hospital in time since he was number 3 and his brother and sister had arrived very quickly. Thankfully it all worked out perfectly. He came when he was ready and we were all ready for him! Not only was the birth beautiful, but he was too! Not to mention a little chunkier than we thought he would be. His mom and dad were so thrilled to meet him and it was a pleasure to get to photograph their first moments together.
I was so excited to be at this birth and even though it was intense and a lot of work for mama, it was also full of laughter and joyous tears. It was so beautiful to watch this mama and papa bring their second son into the world. Not only is he just a sweet and handsome addition to the family, but I know he will be so loved. I am excited to share these photos, especially since they have family in Europe who I am sure are anxious to see the newest addition!
I was so excited to get the call to come to this sweet girl's birth. I was glad I left to go when I did, because when I got there, mom was already pushing! This sweet girl was in a hurry to arrive. Mom did an amazing job bringing her into the world and Dad was right there the whole time. Big brother was THRILLED to meet Ainsley once he woke from a deep sleep. Overall, a beautiful and calm homebirth where Ainsley was surrounded by love.
It was such a pleasure to get to help this sweet family welcome their first baby! This mom did an AMAZING job and was able to acheive her beautiful natural birth with the hel of her sweet and awesome hubby. They were a great team and I was so glad to get to witness their miracle. Not to mention that we had a pretty amazing OB too. Thanks Dr. Hunt! So without too much more, I know everyone is waiting for pictures! Here they are!
I was honored to help this family have their first baby. Their plan was to have a natural hospital birth using Hypnobabies and not only to they succeed, but they did an amazing job. This mom was STRONG and beautiful all through labor and her husband was a ROCK in supporting her. He was almost as amazing as my own hubby and that is saying a lot, because I personally think my hubby is awesome ;) Either way, they had a gorgeous baby girl when it was all said and done. They were so overjoyed and proud. It was an honor to support them and document this time. Congrats you guys!
I had the honor of photographing Mercury's big sisters birth a few years ago and was so honored to get to help welcome this little man into the world. Amazingly, he wasn't so little! He weighed in at 10lbs 7oz and was just as beautiful as his big sister. Thanks again you guys for having me there. It is always a pleasure!
I love this sweet family! I have had the honor of photographing them since they were expecting their first baby and they have continued on our baby plan and have now welcomed baby number two. They are my biggest cheerleaders and I feel so blessed to know them. This birth was beautiful and went just a smoothly as you could hope. Mom was relieved to not have to push for hours and even more amazed that she pushed for only a few minutes! What a blessing.
Baby Austin was born and almost immediately started looking around. He was truly aware of his amazing parents. Praying that you guys enjoy these images as much as I do!