I took these photos of an overdue client at 40.5 weeks. Nothing to get your mind off having a baby like some maternity photos (haha.) Since I just heard from this lovely lady that baby is on his way, I thought I would quickly blog a few of her beautiful maternity pics that we took at Jericho Beach. Enjoy and stay tuned.
I love Vancouver West Coast area. I think we truly have the most beautiful surroundings. 10 minute drive to farms, 10 minute drive to city, 10 minute drive to mountains, 10 minute drive to lakes and creeks. This location is a gem. I like to bring my son here to throw rocks and play in the water. When these clients asked for a session outdoors in nature, I was so excited to bring them here and shoot here for the first time. They loved it and didn't mind getting their feet wet…
This is one of my favourite sessions yet. The amazing midwives at West Coast Health Collective provided this mom with a tea bag filled with herbs for a healing bath. A herbal bath is brewed into a pot and poured into the bathtub. It helps heal mama's bottom and baby's belly button. What could be more wonderful than pouring a warm bath and gazing into your new baby's eyes? It was a beautiful, calm and sacred time between mama and baby.
It's incredible being able to document a child's entire journey into this world from utero to cozy newborn snuggles. I absolutely loved photographing this family welcoming their second baby girl. This mama worked hard during her birth and at the end she had the best reward of pulling her own baby up by herself. I'm a little jealous whenever I witness this because it's my biggest dream to delivery my own baby but am always frozen in the moment when the midwife tells me to reach down and feel the head. So congratulation to this mama for having such control and seizing the moment.
Then after much anticipation, the day of her birth came...
And then her sweet newborn photos at home...
Watch Annelise's Full Birth Video Here:
Never before in history have fathers played such a large role in the birth of their children. Birth is now a journey that 2 parents take together. The woman may be doing most of the work, but her partner is often there to offer sweet words of encouragement, strong supporting arms, and in some cases, fathers are participating in catching their children and cutting the cord.
A birth is a journey of new life and new rolls. For a man, it's a journey taken to become a father. Some men are strong supportive rocks for their partner to lean on, others fearfully sit in the shadows terrified watching their partner in pain, but all end up moved beyond words when they hold their sons and daughters in their arms for the first time.
Here is a tribute to the many men I have watched become fathers this year.
I truly love photographing births at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (my home hospital.) The doctors and midwives here are great. The nurses are friendly and amazing. The rooms are large with beautiful windows, fold out beds for dad, hand knit hats by local baba's, and the facilities are always clean and bright.
This was another beautiful birth story. Of course mom did all the work on this one, but dad assisted by catching his baby. After 2 girls, they didn't find out what they were having on their third birth and it was a surprise baby boy. An amazing flood of happy emotions were contagious on this birth. Enjoy!