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:
We are so lucky that we have such beautiful backdrops all around us in the Fraser Valley. This lovely mama had admired this abandoned barn on a lost road and suggested we do her maternity session there. I loved the idea. This location was amazing… and this family amazing.
And if you wanted to know who that cute little baby was inside that bump…
Here he is.
I had an extremely great time sharing in this family's journey to parenthood. When they hired me to be there doula, maternity photographer and newborn photographer, I had no idea they didn't initially want birth photography. I just assumed I was doing birth photos for them and I guess somehow along the way I convinced them that they did want birth photos. Now they are so glad they did it.
Their birth journey was incredible. After a very long labour throughout the night, they ended up wheeling mom down to the OR to help the baby out with forceps. Well that must have been the final straw to convince mom and baby that it was time for him to be born and she pushed him out without the forceps in the OR. It was a triumphant moment where everyone in the OR was thrilled for the new family. Thank you for letting me support you on your journey and allowing me to capture it so Koden can also experience it one day.
I loved doing some special photos a couple weeks later of this little guy in his nursery. His dad made his crib for him by hand. We also put him on an old vintage scale that mom and dad picked up from a local antique shop.
Um… my new favourite thing might be pregnant boudoir sessions. I love how easy and effortless they are. Seriously! We did this session in their Abbotsford home where this expecting mom could feel comfy, and I think the images turned out amazing. I'm looking forward to photographing their birth in a BIG way! Stay tuned.
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 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)