Hello Sweet Juniper

I have had two babies of my own, so for the most part I know what birthing mothers are going through. But when I document a birth and I watch these women bring life in to the world, I am still always in awe at how instinctual women become and so incredibly amazed at the strength of women. There really is nothing in this world like watching life begin. 

This mama had been practicing hypnobirthing techniques, so I watched her just riding the waves as they came. One contraction at a time. Staying calm even when her birth plan changed. You see, when you go a ways past your estimated due date, you run a higher risk of getting meconium in the womb. If that happens, It's usually fine, but advised that you head to the hospital just for precaution. She made the transition and stayed focused and stayed calm and after many hours of breathing, baby Juniper entered the world. She's so bright eyed and beautiful and very interested in her new world already! Scroll down to see some of my favourite images and at the bottom of this post you can watch the whole birth story, which as always, will probably make your cry. 

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Baby Fiona

To document a family in their home as they have just added a new member which changes the dynamics in the house, is quite special. Life with little ones is crazy precious! I love how the family themselves are still getting used to their new normal, so I love documenting all the wonder and amazement and joy that come with those first few weeks. You can clearly see what I am talking about in the images from this family session. Baby Fiona will never be that tiny again, the newborn stage is over so fast! And the way big sister interacts with her new baby sister is so darling!! And during the many feedings, outfit changes, and adorable cuddles that mom is busy with, dad is with big sister because when a new baby comes along, the older siblings naturally rely more on dad for their needs. I love photographing those moments a lot! They're the real life moments that are worth capturing because looking back at these days will be something you do throughout your entire life.