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

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

After a birth photo goes globally viral, to the point Lil Wayne even shares it, it kind of makes it harder to start the thought process on writing their blog. What a whirlwind birth and what a rollercoaster experience of the longest viral run any of my work has had. Dara and Eric were champs, as it's no easy task dealing with media requests and internet trolls. I couldn't think of two better people to share and walk out that experience with.

Obviously Dara's expression of finding out it was a boy takes the cake, but the expressions of her husband and his doting support, the care and affection of the midwives, the shared excitement of her best friend being her nurse for the birth, the shock and adoration of the grandparents, and last but certainly not least their precious daughter smitten with her new best friend... well all of that makes for one heck of a birth story.

It's been an honor being by her side for both of her births, and it's an honor to call her my friend!

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Documentary | Ker-Fox Photography | Adoption from Foster Care

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Documentary | Ker-Fox Photography | Adoption from Foster Care

If you follow my work you may have seen this little darling's baby brother's birth story a few months ago. Well, now it's her turn for her birth story of sorts. I was asked along to document the day she forever became a Hollifield. The day she was adopted out of the foster care system and legally born into this family. A birth story as important as any I've ever told. 

The hustle and bustle, coupled with anxiety and excitement filled their home that morning. While at times frantic, I was blown away at the well oiled machine that was their household. Each person had a job to do, and lent helping hands where needed. To me this is a testament to the quality parenting Stephanie and AJ are providing these precious kiddos.

You see, they don't just talk about doing things to make the world a better place. They don't just talk about making other people's lives better. They actually live out loud, loving each other like Christ asks. They live it. They live His love daily in the way they love each other, and they live it by being shining examples of giving these adopted babes a life far better than the one they were born into.

Haley, you were blissfully unaware of the anxiety, worry, and fears that enveloped your mom and dad leading up to this moment. And rightfully so. You played with the microphone, and bounced on your daddy's knee. One day, soon, you will understand the love that surrounds you, not just by your family, but by all who are blessed to know your story! 

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

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

What better day to be born that New Years Day! Needless to say I started off my 2017 the best way possible, celebrating a new life!

This mom right here battled her unmedicated labor like boss. LIKE. A. BOSS. Her husband, by her side supporting her every need. Sweet Alexis pushed just shy of two hours, but she never once gave up. She would rest between each contraction and come back even more determined to meet her precious boy.  

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