It was late that Thursday night when I last spoke to Yogi confirming all the details of tomorrow’s birth session I was to photograph. We knew everything that was supposed to happen because she was having a scheduled c-section and since she had gone through this once before with the birth of her beautiful daughter, we knew it would be a walk in the park. No surprises since we had made it surprise-free to the c-section date, or so we thought. The very next morning I woke up extra early to squeeze in a Starbucks run before heading to the hospital, because births are always long sessions. I was extra peppy since I had just returned from Louisiana after photographing another birth and I knew that I would be just as excited today.
With grand anticipation and admiration I set off to Louisiana this past week to document the birth of the much longed for Lorelei, Lilly’s pink baby. Just as we had done one time before, we planned that I would arrive just in time to witness the birth without any surprises… and sure enough Lorelei waited right until we were all ready for her. I was at such ease being in that delivery room with Kristin and Ryan (and all of their family as well) because we had already been through this twice before. Their familiar faces, their interactions with one another, the love they share and their consistent way of striving to enjoy and take in the delight of this day to the fullest is what dream births are made of.
Before I get into telling you all the story behind this precious little baby’s birth story, I want you to know that this post is unlike all the other birth stories. I will be sharing tips and helpful things I have learned throughout the years of documenting births. Tips that will help anyone that is a bit afraid of the thought of being responsible for capturing the happiest day for the parents that are anxiously awaiting their tiny one. I was once afraid and nervous, just as I imagine you are, and this session was actually the one I truly feel I transitioned from being somewhat lost in the birthing world to figuring out just what I had to do in every scenario.
The following birth session happens to be one of my favorites. I know I say that with most of my sessions, but this family had such positive energy flowing during the whole experience that it was a dream to work with them. All along we thought we wouldn’t have any surprises because she already had a set inducement date. But one day, at 2 am I get “the call” and it was time to rush to the hospital. Somehow these middle of the night calls make me so excited that any bit of tiredness I had is gone the moment I jump in the car. When I arrived at the hospital Holly was already 6 centimeters dilated. Although Holly was in pain,
It seems as if two years ago, all my friends and I decided that we would be getting pregnant months apart from each other. A big trail of babies begun and every other month someone was welcoming their little bundle of joy. Nowadays they are all up for round two and I’m sitting over here like.. I really want to join in the baby bump phase… BUT I can wait until you all catch up to having two. That baby fever is so tough to fight off though! The first of my lovely friends to welcome into their family a second baby is Yeily and Hansel. Things couldn’t of worked out more perfectly since she was expecting a baby sister for Olivia and future best friend.