Mariah’s Birth Story // Port Orchard/Tacoma, WA Birth Photography

What an honor to help support this family through their birth story! I spent 22 hours with them from the time I arrived at their home, anticipating their home birth, then when complications arose joining them at the hospital to deliver there, through delivery and then into the recovery room to meet sister! It was a long one but I loved every minute–being a source of support for families during their birth is one of my favorite parts of this job.

When it became obvious that this little one needed to be born through a cesarean birth, Mama got her wish and the surgical team allowed me to follow them into the OR to capture that magical birth moments! I remember her talking to her medical team before the surgery saying “Please let my photographer come it–it’s the only thing left that can go right for me: to have birth photos.”  Such a profound moment for me to remember that birth photography has value in that it is something mothers and families can count on through all the many variables of birth. It was such a wonderful experience to stand alongside this family and help support this amazing, powerful birth story!

Brittany’s Birth Story

From the very first time we met, working with Brittany and Nick has been an absolute honor and pleasure. I was so proud to meet a new mom and dad who knew just how special this time of their life would be–who despite their own reservations went ahead and just did a maternity session because it really is a unique experience and a time you just don’t get back.

I loved how clear they were with their birth plan, and how calmly they processed every twist and turn of their birth story. My heart filled with awe when after three days of laboring at the hospital, Brittany knew the right way to give birth to her baby was through surgery, and embraced her birth-day with pride and with joy, and the complete support and adoration of her beloved husband. 

And so of course when I arrived for their newborn session a week later I was just a puddle on the floor seeing just how much love had blossomed in that home. The love these two have for their new son only magnifies and strengthens the love they have for each other.  And it doesn’t get more beautiful than that, does it?

Here is their birth story slide show: