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Breathtaking Photography offers on-location, natural light photography in Alton, Illinois and the surrounding St. Louis Metro area. Offering birth photography and portraiture.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

A Long Awaited Baby Girl | Grapevine, Dallas, Ft. Worth Birth Photographer

This Mama contacted me some time ago and was pretty adamant that having a birth photographer at this, her last baby's birth day, was extremely important to her. Then she was put in the hospital at 32 weeks-just a week before I was to move back to Texas! I was frantic that I would miss the occasion although I had her covered with a back up photographer. Still, no one wants to miss a client's birth! She hung in there for 4 weeks and then when her condition had stabilized she was sent back home to wait for labor. And wait and wait and wait we did. Round after round of 'false' labor contractions came and went and still Baby R stayed put. So finally it was decided that instead of having the hoped for birth at home, they were going to have to go in after her at the hospital. And oddly enough, when my client showed up for her induction she was already in labor! She worked hard for this baby, for six long weeks we waited and prayed and held our breath-first that she'd stay put and then that she'd come out. And finally she arrived and was totally worth the wait....

I love this image. Her husband was holding her hand and her midwife was rubbing her feet during some ROCKIN triple and quadruple peaking contractions.


She was so strong....


Her "village"


Oh beautiful girl


She did this for about 2 minutes and then she's been quiet ever since!


Dad's reaction had me in tears


This is big sister A-she literally followed the baby around the room. Didn't matter who had her or for what reason there was big sis, keeping tabs on that baby sister. *swoon*



And not to be left out of the action, the oldest 'baby' also had to have a turn snuggling the newest addition to a clan of FIVE babies...


I just love family images from a birth. The labor and delivery itself are the drama and action but the family is the heart of this moment. Grandma and Grandpa were delighted to welcome the newest baby!



I was so thankful that I was able to attend this birth. I feel so lucky to have witnessed something so wonderful and to have met the terrific members of this extended village. The love in that room was palpable! Thank you for honoring me with the privilege T&K! :)




Abbi said...

Chantel, you captured R's birth just the way I know how T captures her friend's births. They are beautiful and I know so deeply treasured by the family. Thank you for sharing these. ~Abbi

susan said...

So stinkin' gorgeous! You make me want to have another baby so you can take pics! <3

CNH said...

Thank you both so much! :)

Susan, let's get on it lady. Heehee!

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful you were able to be there too! I can't wait to see the rest! Love u! "T"