It’s always a special honor to capture any photos for a family but especially so when there’s photography background involved.  Chris’ husband, Ian, is a local photographer in Salina and they chose *me* all the way from Wichita to capture their special day of their fourth son.  I enjoyed every moment of getting to know this family from eating dinner with them, reading books to their boys, and sneaking a few minutes of sleep on their comfy couch.  This momma labored HARD and her hard-work sure paid off as she delivered her 10 pound 4 ounce son into the morning hours.

Thank you for letting me share this special day and happy FIRST birthday to such a sweet little brother!

Oh, and

YES their hands are full.

NO they won’t try again just for a girl.

YES their mom is outnumbered.

And they are 100% completely happy. 🙂

 

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This was a photographer’s dream birth—beautiful light, gorgeous family, passionate care providers, creative freedom, natural emotion….  I was honored to capture this day for this family and to be reminded how natural birth is.  Just two hours after delivery they were packed up and heading home, and momma hardly looked like she even had a baby!  Now, not all births go this smoothly, but I’ll take all of them I can get. 😉  SO proud of you Lacey and thrilled you got the birth experience you were searching for.  You are SUCH a beautiful person!  Also, love the ladies at Wichita Birth Assistance always and forever!

Happy first birthday sweet Leah!  You might never get to date buuuuut boys are overrated. 😉  Enjoy a few from her maternity, birth story, and newborn sweetness!

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This sweet boy and his family are pretty precious to us and his mom is a total rockstar—even cutting her own cord!   Enjoy a few from her maternity, birth, and newborn session!  And happy FIRST birthday sweet Koen!

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I feel like I have too many words for this birth story for this single post.  I have so many emotions and it was a HUGE honor being chosen to document her strength bringing her son into this world.  Thinking now about what to write I keep thinking, “I still can’t believe she did it.  I would’ve given up”.  But she didn’t.  She believed she could, and she DID.  After two previous cesarean sections and incredibly disappointing birth stories (but beautiful boys!) she knew she wanted something different—better—empowering.  Anna you’re a true inspiration, and I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with your family.  (and you have an incredibly comfy couch 😉 ) Happy first birthday sweet Rory!

 

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This birth will always be extra special because this momma trusted her body and ended up delivering her own baby on the floor!  (with the nurse’s help of course)  It was seriously amazing, and I was SO proud of her.  She was literally just checked, was only a 7 and feeling discouraged.  Her extra awesome nurse, Brandi, knew she needed some help so she suggested her getting on the floor, on all 4s, and she squeezed her hips to provide pressure during contractions (and all the unblocked moms said AMEN!).  Moments later we had a baby before anyone made it in!  When her OB arrived just 10 minutes or so after he was smiling ear-to-ear and congratulating her.  I remember him saying, “this is the way birth is supposed to happen.  Us doctors are just here to help if needed”.  Warmed my heart x1000000.

Sweet Noelle you are so loved by so many!  And your momma is quite the warrior (her pit was even on 20+).  I pray this year brings just as many sweet blessings for your family!

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