Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Marigold

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Marigold

This sweet woman has been in my life for the last 13 years (HOW has it been that long?!). I met Addie and Donnie in 2005 through mutual friends, and quickly found out they're both fellow artist and creative geniuses. She's a painter, a pottery master, with the voice of an angel, and he's an equally amazing musician and carpenter. I had the pleasure of doing a live portrait drawing at their wedding reception, because they're cool like that. And a couple of years later I was shooting the album cover for their first large released album. We were putting couches in creeks before it was even a thing 😂

Addie and Donnie, have had such a positive impact on my life... more than I think they even know. Her faith, and her walk with the Lord is truly something I admire, and revere. Even though she's a good bit younger than me, I've always said I want to be like Addie "when I grow up".

I'm so thankful it all worked out for me to be there for the birth of sweet Marigold. Addie had previously had a vaginal delivery with her first, a son named Abel. I was there for a fresh 48 the day after he was born. But this go around, Addie was facing a c-section due to precious babe being breech. C-sections are "usually" not the path most moms choose for their delivery, and no matter what, they are a daunting prospect.It's like handing over the keys to the birth and delivery of your child. And I truly don't know what is more challenging emotionally, going in for your second c-section, or in this case going in for a c-section after a vaginal delivery. Their nerves were noticeable, but one thing was certain... their total faith in the Lord providing a safe arrival of their daughter. Addie may have missed the clear drapes at our hospital by a week, but she's one of the only moms I've ever seen get to hold her baby the entire time. Marigold stayed on her chest while doctors made repairs, and was even wheeled into recovery still holding her on her chest. What a blessing!

While you watch, keep an eye out for the tears of joy Addie cried when Marigold latched for the first time. To say her breastfeeding journey with Abel was difficult would be an understatement. But Marigold latched on within minutes of being on mom. I would be lying if I wasn't soaked in tears myself. I knew what that moment meant for them. That's not to say that Marigold's breastfeeding journey hasn't had it's own challenges. Again, Addie, my hero has earned every badge of motherhood, and she's done it with such grace. 

 

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Mac

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Mac

There is a very dear place in my heart for this family. "Life" tends to keep us both busy, but these two as a couple, they are my spirit animals. I adore their authenticity and the genuine friendship that has grown through the births of two of their kiddos. I almost missed out on this friendship over 3 years ago, when I didn't think I was going to be able to shoot her birth, myself only being 4 weeks postpartum with Alden. Goodness, how thankful I am that I was there that day and the friendship that followed. 

Kelly is a boss when she labors, she doesn't mess around. Her body goes into autopilot and babies tend to be born breaking the speed barrier. I credit that to her good genes and hypnobabies, and a stellar husband support system. I know she and Nolan would beg to differ, and it might not be PC to say this, but I had so much fun at both of their births. Truly. Yes we laughed, but I loved watching them. How well they work together to bring their babies earth-side. While I do love watching the miracle of life, I never tire of watching couples in love. One of the perks of my job is continually witnessing love in it's purest forms. And these two, they've got it. 

Oliver, the oldest stole the show at Evie's birth which can be seen HERE. This time it was Evie's turn the steal the show from Mac, and she did like only a middle child can. I love you sweet Pendletons! Thank you for asking me along for the fun! 

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Merritt M.

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Merritt M.

The closest I've EVER come to missing a birth, was this one right here. Rachel was a scheduled c-section but sweet Merritt had decided she was to choose her own birthday. I got the call that Sunday just before lunch. Admittedly in my pajamas, no make up and doing laundry at home about 25 minutes from the hospital, when my phone rang and I heard Rachel's mom on the other end: Rachel's in labor, they're about to take her back, you're probably not going to make it. I've never run through the house, put close on and grabbed my camera bag so quickly in my life. By the grace of God I was on-call for her with my bags packed and ready, and my husband was home to watch the kids or I would've missed it for sure. (Insert sage wisdom of a seasoned birth photographer right here ---> this is why we charge the same thing for c-section births as labor clients, there are no guarantees that babies come on certain days).

I arrived at the hospital just knowing I wasn't going to make it, but the wonderful staff at St. Francis, my family/home away from home, had a nurse at the entrance of the waiting room ready with a set of scrubs for me. They rushed me back, I threw the scrubs on, unpacked my camera, and I kid you not as I put it around my neck they called Justin and I back into the OR. From the time I arrived to baby being born was less than 10 minutes. 

Rachel was grace under pressure the whole day... there were concerns in the hours leading up to the delivery, then sweet Merritt required a brief visit to the nursery for some extra help right after birth, and then Rachel experienced a rough patch as well when her epidural wore off precipitously. Her doctor, Dr. Stephens was phenomenal. He is always a calm voice, and a confident comforter. The whole day felt like a whirlwind for me, I can only imagine what it must've felt like for her and Justin. When the buzz of busy finally settled down, their precious twin boys (Their birth story can be seen HERE) came to snuggle and love their new sister. And as they tend to do, the bigs steal the show. 

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Martha Ruth

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Martha Ruth

This mom. Her husband. Their birth team. Everyone fought so hard for this precious momma. They pulled out all the stops to provide the delivery she had hoped and waited years for. Unfortunately, after all options were exhausted, and mom was rightfully exhausted.. sweet babe came into the world through her mom's tummy, and all was right in their world.

Jessica and Martin, you were such an amazing team. Jessica you are fierce (that word is so overused, but in this case totally necessary). YOU ARE FIERCE. You fought like a warrior through your labor, and then you faced the unknowns of surgery like a boss. I wanted to crawl in your recovery room with you and just hug you and tell you how proud I was of you. And Martin, my friend, you were her steadfast rock. If you were nervous you never let her see. You were a constant source of encouragement. And when sweet Martha Ruth needed some skin to skin while mom was in the OR, you gave her a warm place to wait for mom. 

And her team... Her OB Dr. McPherson, her amazing nurses Ashley and Leslie, and of course the baby crew of Dr. Cason, Dr. Taylor and her precious baby nurse, Melissa that I caught adoring Martha during her newborn exam, and Joelle who so sweetly helped daddy do skin to skin. She had the dream team. But then again, everyone at St. Francis comprises to make a dream team!

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