Las Vegas, NV
Just a couple short years ago I was photographing Miss Lauren during her first pregnancy, and then with her sweet little newborn boy. Now...I was honored to photograph her pregnancy with a sweet little girl.
This family is a dream to photograph. Even with an active toddler, they are calm, happy, relaxed...and so in love with their life. Miss Lauren radiates love for her son and husband, and they for her. This new little lady in her belly is truly blessed to be joining such a wonderful and loving home. Her big brother couldn't give enough kisses to her already!
Check out some of my favorites below!
Las Vegas, NV
I was so excited when Miss Gracyn's mommy called me up to book her cake smash session with me. Last year at this time I was helping mommy into her birth tub, just seconds before the midwife and baby arrived. Now, here she is at 1 year. Fiesty, Happy, and fully of energy! And apparently VERY hungry! Ha!
I've had many sweet little one year olds in the studio for cake smash sessions, but this sweet little tiny girl could out eat ALL of them! She dove in face first, and the best part...she was full of smiles while she ate. Love!
Enjoy these favorites from this amazing cake smash session.
Las Vegas, NV
After the amazingly stunning maternity session we did, I was so excited to get this sweet little boy in the studio. And he was well worth the wait to get in here. Just like his momma, he knew just how to pose for the camera. It was amazing! Here are just a few of my favorites...
Las Vegas, NV
SO EXCITED for this birth! My first repeat client, but mostly excited because Miss Ann is a dear friend that suffered a crazy illness after the birth of her second child. An illness that almost took her from us all. We worried 2 years ago if she would live. Then we worried she wouldn't fully recover.
But you see...she is stubborn (and I can say that because she is my friend) and she had these two beautiful children to live for. She recovered fully and became pregnant within a year! Truly an inspiration.
And this day in late June I got a call from her husband...who was still at work...saying "She is in labor. Doesn't think she is in labor. Is cleaning the house like a crazy woman, and you should probably come over now cause she will deny labor until it's too late." Ha! Yes that does sound like dear Miss Ann.
So I packed up and headed over. The family was prepping the house. The doula had just gotten there and the midwife, Miss April Kermani, was on her way. But miss Ann was still doing dishes, sweeping the floor, laying out food for her older kids to eat, putting toys away, and muttering "I'm not really in labor." Honestly...it was kind of fun to watch her have a whopper of a contraction, and then flip right back to putzing around with household chores.
But I think once the
midwife arrived...her contractions started getting hard to breath
through...and we were asking her if she wanted to get in the
tub...reality sunk in.
Her 3 year old had a grand time playing in the birth pool as mom changed into her bikini, but when it was time for mom to get into the pool...little Miss Eleanor didn't want to leave "her pool". She wanted to help! She kept saying "Mommy you ok?" and "Baby you be nice to mommy." She poured warm water on mommy's sore back, hugged mommy's belly, and even tried to feed mommy a cheeseburger. It was the most precious thing to watch and to capture.
In all, from the time I arrived until baby was in moms arms...about 3 hours. Around 4 hours total of full labor, and my dear friend who almost lost her life from a freak illness just 18 months before...is now a mom of three AND is as healthy as a horse.
It was a beautiful birth, and I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite images below.
Las Vegas, NV
Before I tell you this birth story...I have to tell you this.
So...this beautiful momma comes into my office for a consultation for Birth Photography. She explains she has older children, and has always had very easy, super fast births. Ok. Not a problem as she lives less than 2 miles from my home. I will be prepared to leave at a moments notice...now, remember she said she had fast and easy births.
Then.....her due date comes and goes....and another week goes by....and another
week is almost past and I'm thinking "This baby is going to come soon!" when the call comes in. BUT...mom says "No. I don't
think you need to come yet. I'm just going to get in the shower for a
bit. Not sure this is real just yet."
Now, I've heard quite a few moms say this...and knowing that this momma has super fast births...I pack my bag, change my clothes, and start heading to my car anyway. There was just something in her voice, and my instincts were screaming...GET THERE NOW! That's when I get a call from her midwife..."So, Miss Kandice is in labor and I'm heading there now. I'm excited to meet you..." That's right, the midwife has the same idea I have...she is in labor and baby will be here without us if we don't hurry.
So, I get in my car and head over...less than 2 miles to her home so it's a quick trip. Yet when I arrive, Mom has just gotten out of the shower and you can tell by
her labor noises...this baby is coming fast and furious. And the Midwife is still several minutes out.
Dad seeing me setting my camera bag down says "She just seems to need to go to the bathroom. She's not ready yet." Except I know from experience....when you feel the urge to poop that late in labor...it's not poop, it's the baby's head! And I ask "How often is she feeling this urge?" "Every couple minutes..." he explains. This sends me into a little bit of "omg the midwife isn't here" mode, and I quickly get my cameras together and out of the way before checking on momma.
Everything was already laid out ready for the midwife and the birth tub was filling with water, but mom was now sitting on the toilet and sounding like she was pushing. Not the greatest spot for memorable photos but babies come where they want. So I asked her if she was ok and needed anything as I'm flipping through my phone trying to find the midwives phone number again. When just then....Midwife Kathya Raebel,walks into the room. She quickly evaluates mom and says "DON'T PUSH! Photographer get over here and hold her hand while I run and get my bag."
This photog just got upgraded to doula in less than a split second....
Just as I grab moms hand to help her through a contraction...her water breaks and she looks up at me in shock and complete disbelief. And honestly...I think I looked at her the same way! I looked down and sure enough...there is a baby head crowning.
With a sigh, I looked at mom and tell her very calmly the following: "Baby's head is coming down momma. Do you want to have this baby here on the toilet or in the tub in the other room?" She quickly says "The TUB!" and I grabbed her hand, quickly helped her up and into the tub just as the midwife enters the room with her bag.
Grabbed my camera....*Snap* *Snap*
Two photos taken as the midwife starts counter
pressure on moms perineum area. I headed toward the door to yell for dad...*Snap* another
photo...Baby's head is out...dad is running up the stairs with a bottle
of water for mom...and baby is here just as dad enters
the bedroom door...*snap*.
One of the best photos of mom catching her daughter I have ever had the honor of capturing. Sheer joy on moms face as she held her new baby girl up to her chest.
All in all this is a birth that I will NEVER
forget. It will always be the birth that I thought I was going to have
to help catch a baby. Ha!
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