This is the place where it all began. 10 years ago he proposed here in the forest by the river, and this is where they wanted to return to celebrate their beautiful pregnancy. I love stories like this (I'm sentimental in nature) so I loved capturing them in this special woodland place.
…stay tuned for their newborn photos coming soon.
I met this couple early this year before she was even showing. I had an instant connection with them because their journey was a lot like my own. They got married fairly young and are now living away from home as her husband is attending chiropractic school. Yep been there, done that. Now they were pregnant and were going to birth at home (still resonating with me.)
They were home from school on their Fall break and finally I received a text a week and a half past her due date that things were starting to happen. I went to bed expecting to get a couple hours sleep before next contact, but I got a full nights sleep while she patiently laboured through the night. I joined her at her family home the next morning at 10am and 6cm. She was already tired after a long night and having to battle the unexpected hurdle of back labour but she stayed calm throughout the day. Progress was slow. The midwives debated what to do next, but after sitting at 8cm for 9 hours, everyone transferred to hospital. By the time she got to hospital she had been labouring (with intense back labour) for over 24 hours... you heard me correctly...
So she continued her slow journey at the hospital. Her midwife and her mother (also a midwife) coached her from 8cm - 10cm and onto pushing. This little guy's journey into the world was a slow one. He even took his time crowning, and gave the nurses a bit of a scare that he might have shoulder dystocia, but her mom kept her focused to keep pushing and slowly his body was born into Grandma's hands just after midnight (stretching his birth journey over 3 separate days.)
The slideshow at the bottom of the post has some incredible birth images. It's a must watch.
This beautiful mother literally looked her "Sunday best" during birth... because, well, she birthed on Sunday and has quite a unique story... At 34 weeks pregnant she heard from her sister-in-law who had given birth that day and invited them to the hospital to meet their new arrival. While at the hospital, this mom (who luckily had her nursery ready but had yet to buy a carseat or pack a birth bag) had her water break right on the maternity ward floor. All those birth pheromones got to her little baby who decided she wanted to come 6 weeks early. Since this little lady was breech, this mom was scheduled for a c-section that night and dealt with a whirl wind of emotions knowing she would have her baby in her arms that night (instead of going home and going to bed early like originally planned.)
I once heard that the only thing predictable about birth is unpredictability, and that's certainly true with this story. Luckily this family chose to see the humour in the situation (that her water broke in the maternity ward- while wearing her Sunday dress- in front of her in-laws) and are so happy to have their baby girl earthside safe and sound at a precious 5 lb 3 oz.
This mommy is also a fantastic photographer and blogger and I'm sure she'll be sharing more of this little beauty's story and photos here: http://blog.courteneyrodda.com
Thank you to their midwife who took photos in the OR with my camera:)
I've made it through 2 years of motherhood. It's been incredibly challenging, rewarding, tiring, energizing, frustrating, encouraging, and so so so amazing! I've surprised myself along the way. Never thought I would love washing cloth diapers. Never thought I would love making baby food. Never thought 3am wakeup calls would get my heart beating with tender love and I wouldn't mind getting up again at 4am and 5am. Never thought I would have as much patience as I do for a toddler throwing a tantrum on the floor of the post office. Never thought I would be able to love a second as much as I love my first.
I love being a mom and obviously love having adorable photo subjects at my disposal 24/7. Here are some of my photos from the last couple years.
I absolutely LOVED meeting this family. They hired me to do a newborn session in their hospital room the day after baby's birth. When I arrived, everything was so relaxed. I shot the family as they were... just having family conversations and holding their new little arrival. They didn't feel like they had to pick out outfits or do their hair and makeup (Doesn't this mom look amazing... I promise she didn't have an ounce of makeup on!) I would love to do more of these sessions (hint, hint for anyone reading this)
Then 2 weeks later I did more traditional newborn photos at their house. Congratulations to this lovely family of 4. Having a boy and a girl is sooooo special!
Then I went to their Abbotsford home 2 weeks later to shoot some more traditional newborn photos:
I was in this family's birth room just over a year ago... and here we are again only a hop skip and jump in time later to meet their second boy. I photographed their full birth journey from maternity to newborn.
I went to their house 2 weeks later to do a few newborn photos...
See more of their birth journey in this slideshow (enlarge it for better viewing)
This mom and I go back a few years. We knew each other as "girls" when we were both love-sick and engaged away from home in Ottawa during a university semester.
Fast forward 7 years and we were both due around the same time and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to photograph her birth, but it all worked out. She preferred that I wait outside while she birthed and hop in the room once the baby was out. Luckily, I waited outside her door for probably only 5 minutes until the baby's head was out, and she called for me to come in. The first photo below was captured about 15 seconds after Finley's birth.
Her birth got all my hormones going while I was there and I started having seriously intense braxton hicks. As I was driving home to Abbotsford (1 hour drive home) my braxton hicks were coming every 3 minutes apart and I thought my labour was starting. My early labour kept up the next 2 days and I had my own baby 2 days later:)
It's such a delight to photograph a newborn in their own home. When I arrived at this home, it was nice and warm and cozy and babe was happy to go with the flow. We kept the session quite natural... hope you enjoy:)
This was such an amazing birth. I absolutely LOVE photographing births attended by midwives and doulas! These parents assembled an all-star team which made for an absolutely beautiful experience for everyone involved. To be honest I agreed to shoot this birth at 38 weeks pregnant myself, just because the mom and dad seemed so informed about their birth options, and they had hired my own midwives from West Coast Health Collective. I thought it would be a beautiful experience to capture and it was! Their doula Michelle Dennille of Bloom Birth was incredible. She was always supporting someone in the room (whether it was handing the dad something to drink, getting jelly for the midwife, or rubbing the mom's sore legs, she was such a calming support!) The doula and midwife worked so well together by putting mom in many different positions to push, and after trying it all, mom finally pushed a beautiful surprise baby girl! Congratulations to this new family... I loved watching both of you immediately fall in love with your new addition.