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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | cora

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | cora

This girl right here. Well, she and her family hold a very special place in my heart. I was there to photograph Jim asking her to marry him, I also shot their engagement photos, their wedding, their maternity session, and now the birth of their precious Cora. Alex's dad is also our pediatrician, and in my early days of motherhood helped me navigate some scary time with my Finley. He's also been with us through countless cold and sick seasons with our other child that has zero immunity to anything. 

Alex also helped babysit my kiddos a couple of years ago, she was one of the handful of people who would come to my rescue to watch my babies, when I would get calls from mom's in labor. Watching her, and getting to know her, I knew motherhood would find her well when the time came. And I was right. She was made for this. She owned her labor, she's thriving in motherhood, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

And Jim, well, Jim steals the show guys. Alex did all the hard work but he supported her so beautifully, and so selflessly. Oh and his reaction to momma pushing and baby being born.... I'm warning you now, go grab some tissues. It's the sweetest dad reaction to date!

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | lottie

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | lottie

In over 100 births, I finally got to see a baby be born en caul. This happens with the bag of waters is left alone or doesn't rupture before birth and the baby is born with some of the membrane covering a newborn's head and face. Birth with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. The caul is harmless and is immediately removed by the physician or midwife upon delivery of the child. (source wikipedia).

Many cultures through history view en caul births as "lucky", some believed it would bring fertility, protection from drowning, thus being prized and sought out by sailors, other's saw it as a form of supernatural protection. Needless to say regardless of folklore, it's a rare honor to witness a birth like this.

I call my self the PG rated birth photographer so there won't be an image of this moment, but It was thrilling to see not only for myself but for the momma, Lori, as well as the attending midwife.

Lori was the epitome of grace and strength... I am often taken aback as I watch women become mothers, and men becoming fathers, and kiddos becoming siblings. This family now has 3 gorgeous girls to love on. And goodness, were the older sisters SO excited to see their newest personal baby doll. 

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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!

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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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