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columbus ga photographer | family photojournalism | my girl turns 5!

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columbus ga photographer | family photojournalism | my girl turns 5!

Every year on her birthday we would take Finns out to Callaway Gardens to enjoy the day and of course for me to take photos of her with the Fall leaves. Well this year baby brother kind of hijacked those plans when he came down with a rockin' case of croup (Side note, this is also why he is dressed like a Lost Boy from Peter Pan, and has crustiness on his face and shirt!) And then it dawned on me, derp! We now have our own slice of heaven with acres to roam, and tons of gorgeous Fall colors! So me and the kids went adventuring and I brought my camera along for the fun. 

May we remember to linger longer, no matter the day.

Finns has turned 5. Each birthday gets harder, yet I become more proud of these little buggers with each passing year. I braced myself as I went in to put her down for bed the night before. My last time tucking in my 4 year old. My last time kissing my toddler on the cheek. For the next morning she would no longer fit in the toddler age range. She's a kid now.

I wept. And the big girl that she is... she let me. She understood. I held her and told her about my tears, that they weren't sad tears, they were happy tears. I told her about the day she was born. She loved me explaining about my water breaking and daddy's reaction. I told her how much she has made my life better, and made me better. I told her how unbelievably proud I am of who she's growing up to be. I held her longer, I lingered at her door longer. Never have I wanted to stop time like I did that night. But ever the wise one, she told me... Mommy, I have to grow up. And oh how right she is, because I cannot wait to see who she becomes! I have a feeling this is the lifecycle of birthday eve's for the remainder of my life. May we remember to linger longer, no matter the day.

Thank you Lord for this precious girl I get to call mine. Thank you for giving her the most kind, generous, and tender heart. Thank you for making her brave, strong, and determined. Thank you for giving her a heart that longs to know You and love You. Thank you Lord for making her ours.

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Birth Photography | Columbus, Ga | Ker-Fox Photography | Nellie

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Birth Photography | Columbus, Ga | Ker-Fox Photography | Nellie

Fierce. Determined. Stunning. All describe Reagan during her labor and well into her journey of Motherhood. She was, and is surrounded by strong women cheering her on every step of the way. Some of my favorite shots from this birth are the moments shared between her and her sister and mother. Reagan I am so unbelievably proud of you. How you handled labor, the grueling days that immediately followed, and now watching you rock at Motherhood. Thank you for letting me be there to love on you, support you, and bear witness to you becoming a mom. Nellie is precious and she's so blessed to call you hers!

Music Licensed through MusicBed.com and SongFreedom.com or used with permission. Phil Wickham - You're Beautiful

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birth photography | columbus, ga | ker-fox photography | hutch

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birth photography | columbus, ga | ker-fox photography | hutch

Each birth is different. It's like they come in all colors, in all moods. Marlena was a quiet warrior, the day was peaceful, the mood was light yet covered in anticipation. She and Johnny were surrounded by the love of family and friends. The time was passed laughing, telling stories, and making sure Marlena was comfortable and rested. And even with quiet labors, somehow, we all seem to come roaring into parenthood. Some with exhalations of pain and relief, and others like Marlena and Johnny with laughter and tears. What a joy it was standing by their side, and sharing the bedside with her mother as she watched her daughter become a mother. I mean, how is this even my job?! The blessings I am privy to are beyond measure. Thank you Marlena and Johnny. Hutch is perfection!

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birth photography | columbus, ga | ker-fox photography | video feature: jacob

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birth photography | columbus, ga | ker-fox photography | video feature: jacob

What is better than birth photos set to sweet music? Adding video. The element of movement and sound elevate the mood and the memories to a whole different level. I've been dabbling, and learning over the past year, and finally feel confident in my new skill set to officially offer a video fusion collection to my birth stories. You can click HERE for more information. I hope you enjoy! Katie and Paul, where do I start?! Your love and support for one another was something to behold. Katie, you made natural labor look too easy. You were a vision of strength, and grace wave after grueling wave of contractions. And Paul, I watched you look at Katie like she was the most gorgeous woman in the world. Thank you for inviting me into your lives, it was an honor to be by your sides.

MusicLicensed through MusicBed.com and SongFreedom.com or used with permission. All Sons & Daughters - Called Me Higher & Reason to Sing

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