A Birth Story…

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How many of us ever thought to bring in a professional photographer to capture the birth of our babies? I NEVER thought to do something like this, but I sure wish I had. Not surprising at all, birth photography is starting to become a huge trend. When I was born, and this is probably true for many of you as well, the only photographer was Dad. While they probably try their best, many times they are too caught up in the miracle happening in front of them to focus on the only job they were given by mom. But hey, can you blame them? haha. Having a photographer capture this moment, and turn it into your little one’s first chapter of their book of life, is priceless.

This was my first time shooting a birth and I had no idea what to expect. One thing I did know was that there was NO WAY that doctor was letting me into that surgery room. But I was thrilled beyond words that my close friend, Tish asked me to be there to capture what I could. This was Trish’s third baby (and not her last!) and was having another c-cetion. We got there around 5am and waited while Trish was prepped for surgery. I got what I could before they were ready to take her and then went to the cafeteria to grab a quick snack. I came back to find scrubs waiting for me!!!! Can you believe it?!?!?!?! I was the first photographer to ever be invited back to the surgery room at their hospital. What an honor!

Trish’s husband, Dale and I waited in the hallway until they were ready for us. I didn’t have a c-cetion for the birth of my kids, so I had no idea what I was walking into. But Dale walked me through the whole thing. 🙂 The nurses told me I was only allowed to sit in a chair and take photos from there. But one nurse did let me peak over the curtain for a quick shot before they baby was taken out. Once Deakon was born I was able to follow him around as the nurses cleaned him up and got him ready to meet his mommy. I watched as the nurses gave Deakon to his mom for the first time and I was able to capture so much emotion in these photos. After the surgery, we went out to show baby Deakon to the rest of the family who was waiting with so much anticipation. You can see pure joy on Deakon’s big sister’s face as she meets him for the first time.

Watching the birth of baby Deakon was something I will never forget. It was truly an honor to watch a new life come into the world, and I am so thankful to Trish and Dale for letting me be a part of it. <3

 

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  1. Kerrie Forrester

    July 24th, 2014 at 2:57 am

    oh how amazing! I love these 🙂

  2. Chesley

    July 24th, 2014 at 3:17 am

    These always bring tears!!! Beautiful!!

  3. Leandra

    July 24th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    SO sweet!!! Absolutely precious!!

  4. Carrie

    July 25th, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Awesome job. You would never know this was your first birth session! Images they will treasure forever!

  5. kdlaramore@gmail.com

    July 28th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  6. Ronda Wollard

    July 25th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Perfection!

  7. monica

    July 25th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    compelty amazing!!

  8. China

    July 27th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love these! Great job!

  9. Jessica Svoboda

    July 28th, 2014 at 6:42 am

    wow. i am just blown away. you did the most AMAZING job capturing this birth! I am in awe. so incredibly incredibly beautiful. congratulations to this beautiful family and congratulations to you on a job amazingly done.

  10. kdlaramore@gmail.com

    July 28th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Thank you so much!! You are too sweet!

  11. Carrie Beasley

    July 29th, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Beautiful!

  12. Jamie

    July 29th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Love these types of sessions ! Such a beautiful moment in their lives that you captured. More people should get this done.

  13. Jenny

    July 31st, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I love these so much!!! You did an awesome job!

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