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Thomas Fresh 48 & Lifestyle Newborn Session | Charlotte Birth Photographer

One of the perks of my job is that I get to watch my client’s families grow. I met Amy, Scott and Emma last fall when they hired me to do a family session. When I found out Amy was pregnant, I suggested we schedule the session as far out as we could so that we could do a combo family/maternity session. It would also give us time to let the foliage peak. I loved this session because I felt like I got to really capture the essence of this family — close knit, laid back, and fun!

I was pleasantly surprised (and honored!) when Amy reached out close to her due date to ask if I would do a Fresh 48 and Lifestyle Newborn session for them. That’s where I met brand new little miss Sadie and this new close knit family of FOUR! I can’t wait to work with this family in the future so I can see them grow some more!

Birth Story of Baby Brycen Hayes | Charlotte Birth Photographer

I was invited to my first home birth when Sam was pretty far along in her pregnancy (37 weeks). I met her at a coffee shop a few days later so that we could meet each other in person, discuss how her pregnancy was progressing and review her birth plan. During our consult I learned that this was Sam's second baby (big brother Oakland was almost 2 years old) and she had had an unmedicated first birth at a local birth center. Her labor was long and hard and I could tell that she was already unsure if she could do it again, but the fact that she had powered through a long, hard, unmedicated birth the first time around told me just how strong she was! 

I got the call three weeks later at 5:30 in the morning that Sam had gone into labor and was 5cm dilated. When I arrived at the house I was surprised to see 3 midwives, 1 doula and Sam's husband, Tate, there. It was a full house filled with beautiful birth support! It had been ~90 minutes since I got that first call, and by the time I arrived, Sam had progressed to 9cm dilated...where she stayed for 4 hours! She handled each contraction like a champ and got into a rhythm in between where she would do a lap around the house and then go directly into the arms of Tate, her doula, or one of her midwives for someone to hold onto while she contracted. 

Sam wanted to have a water birth, her doula had told me earlier that she labored better out of the tub during her first birth, and as luck would have it, that stayed true for birth #2. When her labor were getting really intense, Sam decided to go into her birthing tub to deliver. But again, the contractions weakened a bit and her doula and midwives suggested that she change positions. She tried a few and then decided to stand and that's where she remained until her baby was born. This warrior mama gave birth squatting. She was incredible and birthed her baby beautifully. 

Baby Brycen Hayes was born at 11:51, weighed 8 lbs 8 oz, and was 21.5 inches long. Welcome to the world Hayes and congratulations Sam, Tate, and Oakland! Thank you for letting me capture this once in a lifetime moment for you! 

Charlotte Birth Story Model Call

You've been waiting 9 months for this moment.

Scratch that. You've been waiting a lifetime.

And the journey to this moment hasn't been easy. There's been longing and hoping. There's been sickness (Morning sickness? Try all day sickness.) There's been sacrifice (No deli meat. No hot baths. Blood work. Stretch marks!) There's been pain (heartburn, back pain, swollen ankles). And maybe there's even been loss. But the day is finally here. Today you get to meet your baby.

Now imagine... you pull your baby to your chest and hold her for the first time. All the longing, sickness, sacrifice, pain and loss have been washed away by a wave of profound, immediate, unconditional love. You look up at your partner and you know they feel the same way. You both have tears running down your cheeks. You both know that neither one of you has ever felt a love like this. Life will never be the same.

Is this your birth story? Let me be there to document it.

Because you only get one chance to capture the moment you meet your baby.


Model Call Details

Applicants should have a due date that falls between June 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019. Applications for this promotion will be accepted until May 31, 2019 and only three models will be selected, so don’t wait!

If you are selected for a Birth Story Model Call Session, you will receive a pre-consultation where we will go over your expectations of your birth session. Starting at 38 weeks I will be on call, day and night, to capture your entire birthing experience, from active labor through the first two hours of your new baby’s life, in a beautiful and real documentary style. This includes sweet moments such as your baby’s first breath and first cry, you meeting your little one for the first time, cutting the cord, and everything that happens before, after, and in between!

Within two weeks you will receive 75+ hand-edited digital images in an online gallery, which will include a mix of both color and black and white images.

The regular cost of my birth photography session is $1500, however if you book a model call session you will receive it for $750!