a birth story

i am just getting around to sharing something amazing! i photographed a little person entering the world. amazing does not even begin to describe the experience. the photo journaling of this day resulted in hundreds and hundreds of images. with the mom's permission, i have chosen a handful to share...
way back.... like sixteen years ago, i photographed katie and wayne's wedding. it was one of my first weddings and boy did i ever start with some favorites. we kept in touch over the years. 
fast forward sixteen years and three (beautiful) children... this was (as they called it) their bonus baby. very planned bonus baby!

when they asked me about photographing the birth i was so apprehensive, they could tell. the due date was in july ~ the month we would be out of town with the exception of a few days. 

the sensed my apprehension even though i never mentioned that i faint at the sight of blood. 
i really wanted to do this. when they first mentioned it, i added this to my bucket list. but again, i am a fainter.

so between florida and ecuador i was home for three days. her induction was scheduled for one of those days.

with a 24 hour notice i was ready! cameras ready, smelling salts packed (j/k) and a two hour drive i used to mentally prepare myself. this was going to be awesome!
and it was! 
watching from the beginning of labor until the end was amazingly awesome!
  for the next several hours i watch in awe. she was trying to use a little medication as possible. (not me said the photographer in the corner)

all i could feel was excitement.

psalm 139:14 kept going through my mind

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful. I know that full well.
the next ten minutes...yes, ten minutes. this was like a super hero birth... was a euphoric rush of seeing God's most amazing creation. i did not know this baby, but an intense wave of love rush over me.
and there she was.
absolute perfection!

i never fainted, never felt light headed... i was so thankful for this experience!

all the way home, all i could think about was,
"BIRTH photography is highly addictive."

since this post we have had a newborn session
 and a three month session.
i mean look at that sweet face!!

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