This little man kept me sweating and working hard for nearly 4 hours. It was all well worth the breaks and snuggles! Here’s Mr. Aaron.
I went to HS with Hailey’s dad. He contacted me after she was born and we rushed to get her newborn photos taken ASAP. Hailey wasn’t within the typical “newborn” time frame but we managed to get some AH-MAY-ZING shots of her!!! One in particular I fell in love with and ordered a 24×30 print for the studio. Meet little Hailey Jean 17 days old…
I am so excited to finally share with you all the experience I had during my first birth session. Katie and Tom entrusted me with the most important task of documenting their son’s arrival into this world. We had never met prior to this, only spoke to Katie on the phone, and they were so very welcoming and gracious to me.
Katie chose to have her son naturally with only her husband – Tom, doula – Laura, and very little hospital staff. The room was dim. Only one light over the sink was on. Katie came prepared with her iPod and speaker dock playing a variety of soothing, uplifting Christian music. The melodies at times seemed to be soundtracking on cue the events and emotions of the room. God was present and His miracle of birth was set in motion.
It didn’t take long before Katie was ready to enter into the waters of the birthing tub. Some women want to be left alone during this process but Katie wanted, needed, all the support she could get.
Not being a man or a husband, I can only imagine what it must be like to have the love of your life going through so much pain and not really being able to do much. Let me tell you, Tom did more than he probably realizes. Every contraction, every movement, every moment – he was right there giving Katie exactly what she needed most – support. Having your first child is scary and there are lots of unknowns.
Her labor started early that morning. I received a text at 8:00am saying “Just a heads up…!” I arrived at the hospital in Fort Worth, TX about an hour after they did around 2:00pm. Little Noah made his grand debut into the world at 8:14pm. If you were in the room chances are you were crying. I know I was. What a blessing to see a life being born. To see parents so already in love with their brand new baby. To see a momma who didn’t have a drop of medicinal relief all day finally hold her son. A son she worked so hard for. A son named Noah.
It is incredible to witness how within seconds those labor pains add up to nothing compared to holding that little bundle. She was as different as night and day. Now, smiling and laughing and simply gushing over how perfect he was. Also, stating how hungry she was!
I invite you to experience this all through the video I made.
A few comments from Katie:
How important was it to have all this documented?
I had no idea going into our birth how much it would mean to me on the other side to have it documented. The emotions and craziness of the day are so overwhelming, that I didn’t process all the details the way I thought I’d be able to. Going back to these photos and this video bring so many emotions as I get to relive that and see the team I had around me that day. I think what makes me tear up more than anything is watching the expressions on my husbands face, the love and encouragement he provided the whole day that I was only partially aware of at the time. We’ve also loved having those moments documented because we chose not to have family in the delivery room, and it’s been special to go back and let our moms see the details of how everything went and let them share that experience with us.
Going through our birth planning, we had originally chosen not to bring a birth photographer but after this offer I am so thankful that we have these memories to cherish! I will definitely want to capture these same memories with future children.
After watching the video, how likely are you to recommend this service to other moms? Why?
Absolutely! I gave most of the reasons I guess in the above answer, but there is just so much you miss when you’re in labor and although the pain isn’t over too quickly, the whole process almost seemed over faster than I could process it after nine months of preparation. The moments captured in the video have allowed me to relive the beautiful experiences that were happening outside of the pain, and relive the joy of meeting our son for the first time. It’s an incredible gift.
We are so so thankful for you to have provided this for us! The pain and work of that day could easily seem overwhelming and take precedence over other memories, but the video and photos have given me such a beautiful picture of the miracle that happened that day.
Ya know that feeling when you have something wonderful planned, a vacation or wedding, but it’s not until the next year? The feeling of wondering how you’ll ever make a year go by quickly to get to that moment you can’t wait for? Then it seems that year just crawls by…
Why is it then, when a child is born that first year just FLIES by?!?! Seriously. They go from a tiny little blob to a crawling (sometimes walking) little mini person with a personality. How does that happen?
This little peanut was born last year to my best friend and has changed our lives completely. Ya know how when all you do is watch her and then you ask each other what you did before she was born…yea that happens.
We also had fun doing a cake smash in the studio. She loved digging in the cake!! Can’t you tell?! haha
So again, Happy Birthday sweet girl! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings us!!
Oh boy do I need to do some catching up on the blog!!! Well, here’s a start…
I was enjoying lunch at Yesterday’s sandwich shop in town on Valentine’s Day with my guy. I love this place!! It’s dangerously close to the studio (about 30 steps!) and so yummy!!
Anyhow, while we were eating I noticed at the next table a couple of young moms with their babies and I cringed that I left my wallet with cards in the studio. So I walked down real quick to grab a handful and went back to sit and try to muster up the courage to talk to these strangers…not just talk but promote myself. My guy was no help, bless his heart, he’s so shy. He goes, “I wouldn’t do it.” Thanks for the help honey!!
As they’re getting ready to leave I’m losing my chance to spread the word of my just opened photography studio, so I walk over and begin to introduce myself as a photographer and hand them my cards. One of them starts laughing and says, “Were you listening to our conversation?” Oh, bleep! is pretty much what crossed my mind. What did I do?!
They said they were just talking about getting the kids’ photos taken and then I come up and introduce myself. Purely a divine coincidence. I did NOT eavesdrop on potential clients!! haha (not saying I wouldn’t, but I simply didn’t this time)
Lindsey emailed me and came in the studio to set up Mr. Kase’s photo session for his first birthday which had just passed the week before. After all was said and done I am SOOOO happy I went over and talked to them. Kase is absolutely precious and hopefully a new life long client!!
Right before Christmas I had the pleasure of meeting little Alexander. He showed up true to form in his complete cowboy get up. Here’s a little bit about this amazing little man:
He turned 3 in January 2012 and got sick on January 26, 2012 with seemed to be a sinus infection. On February 6, 2012, that he has T-Cell (T) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) standard risk. He began the fight for his very young life. Alexander failed to go into remission with the first rounds of chemo and was moved to High Risk category. Alexander would need a stem cell transplant to give him the best possible chance of living a long life. On June 26, 2012 Alexander got the much-needed stem cells! He is currently at home in recovery and doing great!
Alexander is an awesome little guy: at 4 years old, he loves to play from the second he gets up until the very last moment before he goes to sleep. Whether he is playing in a group with friends or by himself, he seems to truly enjoy every single day. He loves to read, play guitar, sing, play with hot wheels, go to movies, but most of all – he loves to watch and play bucking bulls and rodeo.
About a year ago, he saw a girl in the yard next door and drove past her in his electric jeep and introduced himself as Cowboy Alex of the PBR. That may come from the fact that he loves bull riding and watches a lot of Professional Bull Rider’s Association (PBR). He is also somewhat of a flirt!
Alexander was my very first Gold Session and I’ve had one more since. Please visit The Gold Hope Project on Facebook to keep up with all these amazing fighter stories. Hopefully by summer or fall we will have our non-profit status and that’s when the really FUN stuff will start. We need more awareness and funding for childhood cancers.
Did you know that in 2011 the NCI budget was $5.196 billion. BREAST cancer received $625,059,909. LUNG cancer received $296,814,144. PROSTATE cancer received $288,326,756 and research for ALL types pediatric cancers was only $195,529,112.
That’s not going to cut it people!! For more facts visit this page.
I’m so humbled to be part of this organization. I can’t wait to see what’s in our future. If you are a photographer who’d like to participate, we are opening applications back up beginning Feb. 15 until March 1st. Click here to apply.