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Columbus, Ga Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| The Wander Years | Layman Family

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Columbus, Ga Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| The Wander Years | Layman Family

One of the hardest realizations as a parent, is that each day, if we’re raising them well and loving them fiercely… they will inevitably wander further and further from the warmth of our arms. They will wander out into the world, and we will hold our breath waiting for them to wander back home through our doors. These years, while they are home and still snug in their beds, while I can still wrap my arms around their tiny but growing bodies… These are our Wander Years.

This sweet family hired me to come capture their family together before dad’s job took him out of the home for the next year. His heart feared the older boys might not want to snuggle him as much once he returned. Sp snuggle was the name of the game this session.

Intimacy is at the root of love, and although it changes through the years with our kids. It’s always there, we just have to look for it.

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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 Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Silas: Family Centered Cesarean

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Columbus, GA Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Silas: Family Centered Cesarean

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!

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | martha adele

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | martha adele

This sweet momma here was one of the first 3 women to ever trust me with the honorable task of capturing the birth of her first child. To be asked back into these families lives, years later gives my heart such joy. 

Stephanie and Bill followed suit with this pregnancy as they did with their first, and decided not to find out the gender of their sweet babe until delivery. The moment you hear, "It's a girl!", tears were streaming down nearly every cheek in the room.

And sweet Will, their son, oh you guys! When he sees his sister for the first time, repeatedly saying she was a boy, and that her name was Norman, it was too funny. But quickly, within a moment, he was adoring his sister and showering her with hugs and kisses.

All of my birth clients are so so special to me. You guy put your trust in me into be capture and be present for these sacred moments. But those first 3-4 families that were on board with my birth photography in the beginning, that saw value in these moments being captured before it was considered a commodity... my soul will forever be grateful to you all for setting me on this path, for providing me the opportunity to do something I love, and forever changing the trajectory of my life. THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart!

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