Project 366 – Day 26

On Day 26 I was woken up at 4am with the best news! Jolie was checking in at the hospital. It was baby time! I jumped out of bed and raced down to the hospital. How come I am never that wide awake when I have to get my kids up for school in the morning??

Every birth is so exciting and this one was not disappointing.  A few hours later I got to be there to witness the cutest little boy make his entrance into the world. For day 26 I chose a pic of his scrumptious little baby feet.

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Fresh 48 Baby C

Back in October I had the privilege of photographing this cute, cute family as they welcomed their second daughter into their family. It was such a nice experience. The parents were so laid back and baby C was so happy and content. Big sister was so great. She was so in love with her new baby sister and she actually liked getting her picture taken. So often that is not the case and I have to work and getting kids to feel comfortable. But this cute girl felt so happy to be in front of the camera.

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I love this series of photos with mom and her 2 girls. you can just tell how fun of a mom she is and how she really enjoys her kids.

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This girl is so ready to be a big sister!

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Look how proud this dad is! Two beautiful daughters. What a blessing!

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Mom of course got lots of snuggle time with her new little girl.

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I absolutely love Fresh 48 sessions. It is so awesome to be there and capture those early days of  a new baby. There is something special about those first few days of life.

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Welcome Earth side, Baby C. You are gonna like it here!

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Baby M| Fresh 48 Photography| Columbus, Ohio

Last month I got to photograph a Fresh 48 session with a cute, fun family. I showed up at St. Anne’s hospital on a typical overcast Ohio day. I love St. Anne’s hospital. It’s so homey and peaceful. The first thing that caught my eye when I entered the hospital room was the couch by the window. I was excited to get some pictures there.

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I planned with mom, Bethany, to arrive before big brothers came so I could have some quiet time with mom and dad and their sweet new little baby boy. It was a wonderful plan. I love these images that I captured. Baby M was a total rock star. He was so alert and just loved the camera. This is not normal for me with one day old babies. It was so fun!

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After a little while Baby M’s two big brothers came to see him at the hospital. They were excited and nervous and you could tell they missed their mom! The boys kept us laughing and I was just swooning over their beautiful hair and big eyes.

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We wrapped things up and I was out the family’s hair in about an hour. Fresh 48 sessions are so painless for everyone, even the most photo-shy people! They are quick and natural and most importantly they capture such a precious time in the life of your family.

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Fresh 48 Photography|Columbus, Ohio| Twin Boys G and J

Last month I was absolutely thrilled to photograph my first set of twins for a Fresh 48 session at Riverside Methodist Hospital. I showed up at the hospital to find the room filled with family. It was wonderful! One set of grandparents was there to welcome the new little ones. These twin boys are also so lucky to be getting two big sisters and one big brother to show them the ropes. I loved being around this family. There was so much love in that hospital room.

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Mom, Charlene, was so radiant and so relaxed! She did not seem fazed at all to be welcoming two more children into her family. We all got a kick out of it when a nurse came in to check on them. She was so sure everyone was pulling her leg when they said that all five children were theirs. The three older children each wanted to hold a baby. We joked that they should have had triplets instead of twins. But I tell you – I am sure Charlene could handle it!!

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The oldest daughter is one of my students at church and she is such a delight. She is already such a great big sister to the other kids. I know she is going to be such a help to her mom.

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Both babies were so sleepy but Baby G roused a bit for us and we got to see his cute little eyes.

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These little boys are so blessed. They are already so loved and well taken care of. It was so fun to be able to capture some of this family’s first moments with their new little guys.

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Fresh 48 photography sessions are such a delight to shoot. If you are interested in scheduling a session to document some of your baby’s first moments contact me here.

Columbus, Ohio Birth Story – Welcome Baby C

Last month I had the privilege of photographing the birth of Bryan and Megan’s first child. Every time I meet a couple who ask me to be there to photograph their birth experience I always feel like we become so close. When things start to get close and I am carrying my cell phone with me at all times not to miss the call, I feel so excited and invested in the whole experience.

Megan let me know that she was going in to be induced and I was so excited and kept waiting for the next call or text saying to head down to the hospital. After many hours had passed Bryan to let me know that they were going to have to do a c-section. So I booked it down to Riverside hospital in Columbus to try to get some pics before they rushed her off to the OR. I literally walked into the room 2 minutes before they wheeled her down the hall.

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Unfortunately, I was not able to go in the OR so I waited out in the waiting room with all the other anxious families. Finally the nurse came to get me and said I could come back and see everyone, including a cute new baby boy.

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I got to spend several hours with Megan and Bryan as they soaked in their new little guy. He was so sweet and Mom and Dad were so happy. I love seeing a couple become a family with the arrival of their child. I have said it before and I will say it again: being present at these moments in people’s lives is a sacred privilege and I am so grateful.

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I know people worry about what will happen with a birth photographer if there is an unexpected c-section and most hospitals won’t let photographers back in the OR. But I have thought about this a lot and the c-section is part of your story and I am there to capture as much of the whole day as I can. I think you can tell from these pictures that I was able to capture their story.

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Welcome to the world, Baby C – You will be so loved!!

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Columbus Ohio Fresh 48 Session – Baby A

A couple of weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday morning I headed down to The Ohio State University Hospital to do a Fresh 48 session with my wonderful neighbors. OSU is such a wonderful hospital with great staff. I always pause for a minute before I enter the hospital rooms before a birth session or a Fresh 48 session. I feel like I am entering sacred ground.  And I am! A new life is so awe-inspiring and special. I am so honored to be a part of it in my very small way.  As I entered the room I found mom peacefully sitting with her new baby girl.

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Mom had quite an eventful labor and restless night but she looked beautiful and so happy with her new little baby. We chatted for a while and snapped some pictures while we waited for dad and the big sisters to come to visit.

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Biggest sis was so excited to see her new sister. She wanted to hold and talk to her at all times. It was so easy to see that she is going to be such a big help to mom.

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Second big sis was not so sure about giving up her spot as mommy’s baby. She wanted mom to herself but eventually she warmed up to the baby. She, too, began bestowing kisses and participated in baby A’s first of many sister hair salon games.

 

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Dad took it all in stride. You can tell how much he loves his girls and they are lucky to have such an attentive dad.

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I just love Fresh 48 photography sessions. It is so awesome to be able to capture those first days of life as a new family. I don’t need to pose or direct.  I just capture the scene as it unfolds. Baby A is so lucky to be in this family. You can already tell how loved and cherished she will be.

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Welcome to the world Baby A!

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If you are interested in scheduling a Fresh 48 session you can contact me here. I am available to do hospital or in-home sessions!