TRUTH…I am NOT a birth photographer…I am a wedding and portrait photographer, I love weddings…it’s my mantra…I will say it over and over again….but I love a love story and this is a true love story that is close to my heart…so when your a photographer and your daughter gets engaged…gets married and has a baby…you take on a different genre of photography even if it’s one that is out of your comfort zone….even if it’s birth photography. Our Amelia Grace blessed us with her arrival on November 7th at exactly 4:10am. I could not be more in LOVE…and so proud of my daughter and son in love…here is their birth story.
FACT…Paula was the 12th baby born in this very hospital 27 years ago…in November….how ironic Amelia was born here too…in November.
Early on…smooth sailing.
Candy crush…but not for long.
These girls are all mommies….and they are some of her best friend. They have been there for each other through thick and thin…
Things get serious quickly…pitocin working…epidural not working…she was a rock star to do this without a ton of pain meds and a ton of pitocin.
She was still able to be goofy and smile in-between contractions…but not for long….again Rock Star!
I am not sure where she got her tolerance for pain…but I know it was NOT from me….I have zero!
One of the hardest things to experience as a mom is watching your child suffer and not be able to do anything but hold their hand…it’s heart wrenching.
They sat in the corner like church mice…awaiting their newest “girlfriend”
One final push…and…
Her birthday…..Welcome Amelia Grace.
Daddy’s girl….already has him wrapped.
One proud daddy….this makes me cry every time I look at this.
Amelia had some very special visitors her first 24 hours…Her Nanny and great grandma…
Papa…her great grandpapa.
Gam and grand-dad….they are pros…they have 3 more grand babies.
Her Poppy…or Papa John…:) but I think that’s already taken and trademarked…
I will be Mia…or Glam-ma. 😉 preferably Mia.
Her new uncle Dr. Jake…
She has no hope of being anything else but a Redskins fan.
Waiting to go home….
Thanks to Papa John…for picking up the camera…and capturing these.
Practicing her girlie…pinky up etiquette.
These dimples….oh my.
Listening to some country music with momma…before heading home…
Funny story: When they took off her foot bracelet it set off the alarm in the hospital…alerting everyone and locking down doors we could not get out….we had to be escorted out through private elevators…just like rock stars! 🙂 Now that’s an exit.
Three Stones…head off into their future… <3 It’s going to be grand.
I will be the FIRST to admit…Birth photography is hard work…and worth every penny and more for what they charge for their coverage for this very important life moment….professional wedding photographers work an average of 8 to 10 hours, for an average of $3500.00 for their time, talent and images (and we work very HARD during those hours too)…but birth photographers work between 10 and 24 hours (with no respect to when that time starts or stops)…to capture moments that can NEVER be repeated for that child’s birth. If your considering hiring a birth photographer (and you should! it’s so worth it to have those moments) please please please contact Kimberlin Gray Photography. She is truly the best in this area for this and worth every penny (and more) for the work and time that she provides to capture the birth of your child. My hat is off to you Amanda….Although I would not have been anywhere else on earth than right there capturing the arrival of our Amelia Grace….I will repeat the mantra…I am a wedding photographer and “I love weddings” 🙂