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I never quite have the words to say to explain how it feels to be a birth photographer.  It is such an amazing experience, such an honor to be let into a couple’s lives during these intimate, emotional moments.  I’m always a little beside myself that y’all trust ME to capture such an important event, and I have to say, they have become some of my favorite sessions.  It’s even better when mom and dad bring baby back for a newborn session, which they did!  Little Sawyer’s newborn session will be up next on the blog!  But back to the moment…  Like I said before, I don’t have the words, but as the saying goes:  “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so here’s a couple thousand for you 😀

 

At this point, poor Kaylyn had already been in labor all night the night before, and all day.  I kept checking my phone, waiting, and she greeted me with a smile.

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It’s always an honor to be chosen as a birth photographer.  I can’t quite describe the experience, I just don’t have the words.  It’s beautiful.  I think it’s possibly the most emotional kind of photography you can do that has a happy outcome.  It means a lot to me.  I hope these guys feel the same way too.

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Not every birth goes as expected.  I’d say most probably don’t.  Sometimes you don’t get to photograph the big moment, but capturing all the love afterwards is just as rewarding!

Here’s what Terry had to say about her birth session:

Heather is incredibly talented and such a fine woman to work with! First of all, she was willing to make herself available to us during the very last week of my pregnancy. I needed someone to be “on call” for us since we didn’t know when our daughter would choose to make her debut, and Heather accepted the challenge without hesitation. I will forever cherish the photos she captured from our daughter’s birth. Second, she was willing to bring us back into her studio to shoot a few pictures of our baby with mommy and daddy since I didn’t speak up and get them done at our newborn session. I am truly grateful to have found her, and feel so comforted knowing she will be there to photograph our daughter’s entire first year! It’s so good knowing I have found our family’s new photographer! I would trust her with any event. 🙂

Thank you Terry!  I’m honored I got to be there to capture your baby’s first moments, your first moments together as a family, and look forward to watching her grow!

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There is something so special about photographing a birth.  As I was editing this session, I couldn’t help but think: this is the most raw emotion one can possible capture on camera.  At least, the most emotion you can capture that has a happy ending.  I’ve seen some pretty terrific photos of tragedies without a happy ending, but that’s just not the same.  This will bring a tear to your eye in a good way.  I’m so honored I got to be part of this moment with this lovely family.

Here’s what Shannon had to say about our session:

I just saw my blog post from my birth session and the images are beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes and is something I will cherish forever! I am so thankful to have these photographs. Heather has such amazing talent. I would recommend her to anyone. She is such a wonderful, sweet soul. We used her for maternity, birth, and newborn.

Warms my heart!

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As a newborn photographer, I get to hear a lot of birth stories.  Every woman’s experience is different.  No matter what the original plans are, the way each baby makes it’s way into this world is unique.  I’ve had new mothers tell me they were induced and never dilated, which leads to a c-section.  I’ve had others who were able to deliver vaginally with an epidural.  It seems that very few go the natural route these days, but I’ve met and admired a few who bravely choose to do so.  I’ve even met a new mother who had planned on delivering naturally, at home, who’s labor was so very quick the midwife never made it and her husband had to catch the baby.  You better believe he is one proud papa 🙂  So, you can image all the thoughts going through my head when Amanda asked me to capture her natural home birth.  I was so honored and excited to be chosen to capture this amazingly beautiful moment, but as another woman, I had some worry for her as well!  Of course I was also a bit anxious that I wouldn’t be able to do the job well.  I had never photographed a home birth.  It’s kind of like a wedding.  You just have to blend in with the background, go with the unpredictable nature of birth, stay on your toes, and endure the marathon that it is!  And you know what?  I enjoyed every moment of it.  Amanda is one incredibly strong woman.  She stayed positive throughout the whole thing.  She never said a foul word to any of her amazing supporters (you know, like you see in the movies).  She asked for the help of Jesus, and I only heard her cry out once.  I will forever be in awe of this beautiful mama.  Her family will always hold a special place in my heart.  Watching this baby come into this world was a blessing- for her, for her family, for me, and I’m certain for everyone else who was there as well.  It truly felt like a right of passage that forever changed who I am as a person.  I wish that every man and woman in this world could witness such a beautiful sight.

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