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December 29, 2016

2016 Favorites | Births

I mentioned on yesterday’s wedding post that becoming a wedding photographer had not been in my plan when I was first pursuing photography.  Well, if that wasn’t ever in the plan, then becoming a birth photographer wasn’t even the slightest of tiny ideas when I picked up my first DSLR 8 or 9 years ago!!

But birth photography quickly became one of my FAVORITE things after shooting my first birth 4 years ago.  There’s nothing like seeing the miracle of a tiny human being that God created being born and taking his or her first breath.  It honestly brings tears to my eyes every.single.time.  And being able to capture those first moments of the baby with his or her new parents is such a joy!

It’s similar to how I feel about photographing weddings… since I’ve been married for 5 years and a mom for almost 2 years, it’s like I have this secret that I’ll soon get to share with my couples.  The “secret” that marriage is incredible and becoming a parent is so joyful, overwhelming, exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time!  It’s like I’m hiding behind my camera in anticipation waiting for them to catch onto the secret that I can’t wait to share with them!

I can’t believe I was able to be a part of 8 new babies lives this year.  A couple I wasn’t able to be in the operating room for and one was my first ever Fresh48 session, but all the same, these parents didn’t have to worry about photos.  It was something I was able to give them in those first 60 minutes of their children’s lives and I will forever be honored to have passed those captured memories along in the form of photos.

Joe and Stephanie welcomed Harper Rose on February 13.

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Brad and Karen welcomed Lucas Bradley on June 14.

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William and Kendall welcomed Charlotte Elizabeth on June 14 too!

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Turner and Courtney welcomed Asa Owen on August 4 (his due date!).

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Patricia and Dustin win the award for earliest I’ve ever been called for a birth :-)  Their daughter, Kennedy Jude, was born on August 26.

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And then in October, I was able to go to Nashville for the birth of my best friend’s baby!!
Chris and Arica welcomed their daughter, Savannah Grace, on October 29.

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Courtney and Jim welcomed their daughter, Harper James, on November 20.

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I actually have one more birth mom whose due date is December 31, but we may not meet their little boy until after the new year.  That’s ok though… it will be a wonderful way to start off 2017!!

To see all birth stories, click HERE.

For more information about me documenting your birth story or a Fresh48 session, click HERE!

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