The longer I do this, the more repeat clients I have... and this precious momma has had two very important firsts for me as a birth photographer. Her first baby was my first family centered csection, and this baby was my first csection with the use of a clear drape. I witnessed both births completely change the perception of birth for this mom and dad. The family centered csection created that physical immediacy, dad was able to cut the cord, mom instantly cradled her baby within her arms. And this birth, with the clear drape... it gave mom the visual of seeing her baby born. It removed that barrier, that mystery of birth happening to you. She lifted her head, looked past her tummy, and saw her child being birthed. No she didn't see anything she didn't want to, neither did dad, they simply watched their child come into this world, and truly there's nothing more amazing. My heart is encouraged and humbled to have been a front seat witness to the changes and choices that are being made available to these families. I'm so proud of our community!
Completely not intentional that I have two back to back, multi-racial birth/adoption related stories to share. But brace yourselves for big brother by 9 months to steal the show when he smother's his new brother in kisses.
Brianne and Marc had a rough road to conceiving, they had tried for quite some time, but always knew adoption was part of their bigger plan, regardless of conceiving biologically. Baby Zeke came into their lives, and took the world's heart by storm. His big brown eyes, and a smile that lights up a room... not to mention the hugs he gave as he got older.
I'm not sure if Brianne remembers this or not, but shortly after they adopted Zeke, they were at my house shooting his now famous Milk Bath session. Disappointedly, Brianne said she felt crampy, and was frustrated at the thought of her impending upcoming cycle. And I very stupidly (as I never would want to cause emotional pain on the subject) said, "Maybe it's implantation cramps!". Well little did either of us know, but she was in fact pregnant. Sweet baby Spurgeon was crashing his big bro's Milk Bath session!
I've never met two people more on fire for the Lord than these two. I mean they live it, they don't just talk the talk. I can't imagine two greater parents, for these two precious boys. The Lord knew what he was doing when He knit these lives together. Their family, their testimony will live out for years to come... as they show the world what God's love looks like.
It is with great anticipation that I FINALLY get to share this birth. And the reason I finally have permission could not be any sweeter! The Hollifields have been waiting to finalize the adoption of their second youngest, a mere 4 months older than her younger brother. Baby H, or should I finally say, precious Haley... officially OFFICIAL TODAY. I spent the morning at the courthouse to documenting the occasion, and it couldn't have been any sweeter! But consider this her official "Birth" announcement as well! Welcome to your forever family sweet Haley! The Lord could not have found a more perfect home for you, you are loved and blessed beyond measure!
So where do I even start with this birth?! Stephanie had hoped for her VBAC victory with this birth, her 3rd delivery. Unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for her, and in hindsight sweet Silas came earth-side the safest way possible given the thinness of her uterus. And boy, did he come into this world surrounded by love, and a head full of luscious hair!
Stephanie did however get the next best option which was a family centered c-section. I applaud St. Francis and their practitioners, specially Dr. Strozier, for giving these families such wonderful, and healing options. The drape was lowered, dad was able to cut the cord, and baby went straight to mom's chest for some legit skin to skin time. Mom and baby stayed together nearly the entire time she was in the OR. It's amazing the difference these small gestures make for these families. The inclusion, the bonding, the instantaneous relationships that are built! These little things, make all the difference in the world.
Join me in congratulating this amazing family on their TWO newest additions!
This time 3 years ago I was editing this little girl's big brother's birth. And now I'm sharing hers. The longer I do this, and the more repeat clients I get, it just adds extra sweetness to see my first timers coming back to become big siblings. James loves his June, and steals the show with his sweet hands loving on his baby sister.
And Courtney, well, she rocked this quick birth.... Just like no two kids are the same, no two births are the same. Things got real quickly after her water broke. Miss June was in a hurry to welcome the world with her smiles. Yes, she came out smiling, and making the most expressions I've ever seen a baby make in their first minutes of life. She is such a joy, and came into the world shining her happiness.
Jonathan, you were such a wonderful supportive husband! Taking care of your wife's every needs while still intermittently documenting it, in the perfect way that only you can. Thank you for sharing that space with me!
Thank you guys for asking me back into your lives again on such a special day. Thank you for trusting me with your memories!
These images were editing with my custom color presets that can be purchased HERE.