Category: Birth

The Home Birth of Abigail Alice | Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

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“She believed she could, so she did.”

As a mother and birth photographer nothing bring me quite as much joy as watching a woman have the birth experience she so desires.  The birth of these sweet girl was a triumphant home VBAC.  Abigail came peacefully, born into the world surrounded by the love of family and friends.  It was an honor to witness such strength and beauty.

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2015 In Review | Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

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I can’t believe that 2015 is practically over… what a year it’s been!  In January I was blessed to welcome the birth of my darling son who brings so much joy to my life.  Upon his arrival I decided to take it slow so I could spend more time with him but I am so very thankful for the awesome clients whose births and families I got to document this year.  Each has been incredibly special and it’s been a true joy to get to know each of you and share in your lives and stories.

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The Birth of Audie | Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

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Usually my favorite photos from births are the ones of mamas meeting their babies for the first time but my favorite part of this birth was seeing Aaron and Lauren working together to bring their son Earthside.  The connection they have is powerful; it fills the whole room and everyone that walks in can feel it.  When they are together it seems as though everything is tuned out except one another.   Aaron was right by Lauren’s side through every contraction, whispering in her ear, tenderly stroking her back, and providing a sturdy support for her to lean on.

I especially loved being able to capture the moments between them because Aaron was initially not supposed to be able to be there but got leave approved last minute.  I am so happy for this little family that they got to be together for their first moments until they are permanently together again come spring.

Magnus’ Birthday | Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

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When most moms-to-call me I drop everything to run to the hospital.  Not this time.  This time was special.  When Elizabeth texted to let me know to come I hopped in my car and drove to her house.  Upon arrival I found her, Stephen, and Olivia out front planting mums and enjoying their last few moments as a family of three.  We spent some time hanging out as she breathed through contractions before it was time for her and S to head to the hospital.

I stayed behind with Olivia to keep her company until it was time to go meet her little brother.  It wasn’t that long after that I got the text that he was finally here.  Magnus had arrived!  We loaded up my car and drove to reunite her with her Ma, Pa, and newest family member.  Seeing Elizabeth with her two babies so special.  This moment and those like it are fleeting, over in the blink of an eye.  Being there to capture it for her was really special and not a day I will soon forget.

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The Home Birth of Stella Maris | Northern VA Birth Photographer

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I’ve said it before but the strength of women as they bring new life into the world just astounds me and this mama was no exception.  Clare emailed to see if I could attend her birth as her husband was not be able to be present due to work.  She temporarily moved herself and her daughters to her parent’s house and planned a home birth in the small garage apartment they shared.  She did what she had to without complaint in order to have the support she needed to take care of her family during a time of transition.  Her birth was swift, powerful, and amazing.  In just four short hours with contractions coming one on top of the other baby Stella came Earth side (barely giving the midwife, birth assistant, and myself time to get there).  I so loved being present to witness the love this family shared for their newest addition, especially the reactions of big sisters when they first saw her.

Thanks to midwife Hilary with BirthCare, birth assistant Marilyn with Birth Partners, and Dr. Andrino of Chirogroup for being such an amazing team!

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