While I'm seeing lots of "2016 was crazy and bad," all over social media, I'm over here trying to catch up on all its awesomeness. In July, we welcomed a wee Mello, Miss Natalie Rose. She is delicious and growing oh-so-fast, but this isn't about her, rather the sharing I neglected while I was loving up on her.
So much beauty is stored on my external drive that I need to share. So, to make up for lost time, I'll be sharing some of my favorite shoots from this year. Technically, I should have started two days ago. Even today, I was aiming to post before midnight but, you know what? #yolo. Today I grocery shopped, finished last minute shopping (with an infant and a toddler), wrapped gifts, started cookies and entertained my parents. In my mind I'm still winning and that's all that counts!
The first feature on the Best of 2016 is extra special to me. When viewing these I ask you to put aside any preconceived notions you may have of this type of photography. Just as there are many types of wedding photographers, birth is no different. I'm drawn to this type of work partially due to my love of being pregnant and yes, childbirth. Having a child is the single most taxing, awe-inspiring and humbling thing I've done. It's greater than me and the way I look or feel, it's the first time we're meeting our little person, and it's amazing.
This is Jamie. A cancer survivor by her late twenties, she is now the adorable mom of two boys, Cooper and Miller. Jamie has been one of my best friends since childhood, so documenting the arrival of her baby was truly amazing. While shooting, I remember her saying the epidural wasn't working, she could still feel "it." That "it" which we assumed to be contractions, was actually a crowning baby. Miller arrived safely, in a peaceful environment, with a full head of hair.
A feeling so big it wells up in your throat as you look at your child for the first time. Hearts brimming, baby screaming, HOPE.