I vividly remember the first time I ever saw a birth. It was not in person. I was just flipping the channels one sunny afternoon. I had never in my life seen it happen and before I knew it, there I was, watching “A Baby Story” on TLC, my mouth (and eyes) literally wide open in horror. I was in that train-wreck state, you know where you want to look away but you can’t. It was happening and I was watching. Terrified.
And then the most amazing thing happened.
At the last push as the baby was entering the world, the mom reached longingly for her child and immediately pressed it against her exhausted chest. And I? Well I burst into uncontrollable tears.
I never forgot that moment, the overwhelming emotion I felt while simply watching a birth on an old school reality show. And now I type this as a mother of one precious girl who, at her birth, I too held so tightly to my chest in joy, whispering her name over and over, telling her mommy was here. One of the most cherished items in our house is the album of photographs that documents her birthday. (I thank my talented friend Aimee Reynolds for those.) Never did I think I’d ever have the chance to capture those priceless moments for someone else. But then Katie was having a baby girl, and after shooting portraits for her along with her most recent maternity shoot, she and her husband graciously trusted me to be present when sweet Caroline was born. These are a few of the many, many images taken that day. What an amazing and truly wonder-filled opportunity this was. Thank you, Katie. Thank you so much. I hope you love your photos. Congratulations on your perfect baby girl!
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