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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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

NEW 2018 BOOKING INFORMATION:

As many of you may have heard I am taking a much needed sabbatical from birth this summer. It's been a long time coming. Since specializing in birth nearly 4 years ago, I've never had an extended time away. I felt this break was needed, and necessary to truly avoid a burnout from something I love so dearly. I desperately needed some self care time as well. There are surgeries I've put off that need to be addressed, and I'm SO looking forward to turning my phone off and living presently and spontaneously with my family. Needless to say, I'm pumped to start this time away.

BUT I am not leaving the birth industry. I think there has been some confusion, and rumblings around town and the internet that I'm done shooting births. That is not the case at all. A sabbatical simply means a break. I have booked a handful of births this Fall after my summer break, and plan on taking more on in 2018.

I'm writing this blog as moms are now finding out they are pregnant for 2018, and I'm getting questions and inquiries so I thought a blog post to clear the air of any confusion would be best.

My approach moving forward, to avoid burnout of on-call life, will be to have seasons of On-Call time. The taking two a month scenario, well, it never really seemed to be two a month. And the longer I do this, the more repeat clients I gain. Between April-May I had 8 moms in 8 weeks. 7 of those were repeat clients. That's double what I "say" I will take on in a month. Not to mention the 3 I took on in March, one of which wasn't even a client of mine, but rather me backing up another birth photographer. So the two a month is great in theory, but I often found myself overbooked.

So moving forward these will be my On-Call months, with a priority given to previous clients first:
February (2 slots available)
March (2 slots available)
April (2 slots available)
May (1 slot available)
June - August: OFF-CALL
September: (2 slots available)
October: (2 slots available)
November - January: OFF-CALL

If you find yourself expecting during my Off-Call time, it will be up to my discretion as to whether or not I will choose to take the session. Again, priority consideration will be given to past clients first.

During my Off-Call months I will be taking on Family Documentary Sessions, and Mentoring Sessions, with the possibility of quarterly mini-sessions.

I hope that this will allow a more healthy balance of On-Call life and family life. And I hope you all will stay along for the journey! Thank you to everyone for your love and support, and prayers as I've navigated this difficult journey of finding peace and balance as a wife, mother, and business owner!

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