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I don't like the photos from my birth | Charlotte Birth Photographer

I wish…I had known about birth photography four years ago when my last child was born.

I wish…someone had warned me that between all the nerves, excitement, pain, exhaustion, and exuberant joy, that the entire experience would become a blur.

I wish…someone had told me that I probably wouldn't remember my daughter's first cry or the first time I held her.

I wish…someone had mentioned that I definitely wouldn't remember the expression on my husband's face when he saw her for the first time.


Oh my sweet hubs. He tried! But I mean, c’mon! I have one image of her while she was in that other room, and this is it.

I can kind of still remember the pain...I'm not even gonna lie! But I don't know how I looked as I powered through each contraction. I don't remember what I did to prepare myself for the next one. Was I standing or laying down? Did I grab onto something or squeeze my husband's hand? Did I internalize the pain or make that primal moan that birthing mothers sometimes make?

I don't remember any of the conversation or funny moments I had with my husband that day. I don't remember the look on his face while I was pushing or when she came out. I have NO idea what I looked like when that 9lb 6oz baby came out after 18 hours of labor (but who's counting) and an hour of pushing. Did we laugh? Did we both cry? No clue. Was I exhausted or elated? Probably both?

This is the one image my husband took of me holding my baby girl. I wish there were more. :(

I don't remember my daughter's first cry. I don't really remember the first time I held her. And afterwards, while I was getting cleaned up, my husband followed the nurses into another room where my daughter was weighed, measured, had foot prints taken, etc. I missed all of it and he wasn't thinking to take pictures.

I don't remember my midwife's name or any of the nurses...or nursing students for that matter (it was a full house in our room that day, that much I remember!).

I don't know who visited us first, what their expressions were like when they walked in and saw her or when they held her for the first time. And...I don't remember the look on my older daughter's face when she saw her baby sister for the first time. This one breaks my heart the most.

I don't have photos that captured any of those moments, and those memories aren't coming back. Every once in a while, I'll tell my daughters what I do remember of their birth stories, and doing that keeps those memories somewhat fresh. But I desperately wish I knew what a birth photographer was back then and had hired her to capture those moments. I would have wanted her there to tell the story of the day my life changed forever. The day I became a mom.

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How do you want to remember your birth story? With blurry, grainy, low resolution images that your spouse took on their phone when he remembered to amid all the chaos of the day? Or with professional, stunning, hand-edited images that you can print in album to have and hold forever? Don’t make the same mistake I did. Hire a birth photographer and invest in your family’s memories.

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2017 Babies | Charlotte, NC Family Photographer

Is there anything better than a brand new baby? Those tiny fingers and toes. Chubby thighs. Peach fuzz hair everywhere. Gah! Well I had the pleasure of getting to snuggle a few sweet babies in 2017. My first babies of 2017 were my twin nephews! Remember these sweet little owlets?? I can hardly believe they are coming up on their first birthday...where does the time go!?

In September I got to meet Mr. Magnus, the most adorable Viking you ever did see! He was such a good baby for me, letting me pose him and put silly hats on him! And I loved that I was also able to capture some tender, quiet moments with mommy and daddy...and of course some sweet ones with lil' sis as well! 

My last baby of 2017 was beautiful little Olivia ("Livi"). Unlike Magnus who just wanted to sleep, 8 day old Livi just wanted to look around at her new world. She was the most alert newborn I have ever met! And she didn't cry either...she just looked around at everything and everyone. What a cutie!

I love doing these half posed, half lifestyle sessions. I feel like parents get the best of both worlds that way -- cute close up shots of the baby's features, and also sweet memories of those first few days as a new family. I can't wait to snuggle even more babies in the year ahead!