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I did not start out to be a birth photographer.

Even as recently as a year ago, I was turning down inquiries for this kind of session because if I’m being honest…I was little intimidated.  I was worried about how I could be “on call” with having my own two kids….I wondered if I was ready…would I be able to capture those all important moments for such a monumental day?

Then last September one of my dearest friends asked me to be at the hospital for her C-section….not just there, but documenting the moments and anticipation leading up to and welcoming her son into this world.  After that I was hooked.

Two months ago, a client text me at 10:45pm letting me know her labor was starting.  After making a few last minute arrangements to cover my own family responsibilities, I headed to the hospital and spent an incredible night watching a family of 3 become 4.

Harvey’s mom let me know a few months ago that she would need a C-section and gave me the date to put on my calendar.  I had two C-sections myself, and one perk is you know exactly when your little one’s birthday is going to be!  I will neither confirm or deny that I went to get a blowout shortly before my son was born.

 We continued to adjust our plan based on her doctor’s visits.  I met with Huy and Thuy a few months before their due date to answer any questions they may have and just get to know them a little better.  I wanted them to feel completely at ease having me there with them on such an important day.  We bonded over music and coffee.

As we got closer to Harvey’s birthday to be we discovered that even C-section babies can also be unpredictable.  His due date got moved around a few times based on her doctor visits, but the day finally arrived and I met them at the hospital around 3:30.  I want to share his birth story with you below.  There are several pictures but if you actually make it to the end of this post, you will see my favorite part…his Life in Motion video.

I had the extraordinary opportunity to be in the OR for Harvey’s birth and witness it all.  This is often an unknown in C-sections…it’s usually left up to the doctor and anesthesia, however Huy works in anesthesia at the hospital and had gotten permission for me to be there.  It was so amazing to get to see Harvey’s first breath and get photos of those moments for his parents that even they couldn’t see from where they were.

If you or someone you know is expecting a baby and interested in capturing these beautiful moments that become such a blur, please contact me.  I would love to be your birth photographer and give to you what I so wish I had for my own.

Harvey’s Birth Story from Melissa Lebo Parsons on Vimeo.

Birth photography was not something I set out to do….to be honest, I didn’t even know it existed until just a few years ago!  When my dear friend asked me to be present to document the birth of her baby last year, I was in awe of the idea….what an honor to be asked to be at one of the most important, intimate moments in someone’s life!  After that breathtaking day, I remember coming home and telling my husband how amazing it was…I was hooked and wanted to do more sessions like this….mostly because I so wished I had done something like this when my own two little loves were born!

What an priceless treasure to be able to relive not only the anticipation leading up to birth, but the first moments of laying eyes on your child!  I’m getting chills just thinking about it now!

Logan’s mom contacted me late last year and was so excited to take advantage of one of my Watch Me Grow sessions.  As we talked more, she asked if I would be willing to document Logan’s birth.  Several weeks ago I got to literally watch this family grow by one as they welcomed Logan…and what an amazing and beautiful night it was. I’m beyond excited to share Logan’s birth story with you.

The Birth of Logan from Melissa Lebo Parsons on Vimeo.

One of my very dear friends, Kat, asked me a few months back if I would take pictures at the birth of their fourth sweet baby.  I think it took me a few moments before I caught my breath again because ..WOW.  What an honor.  I was overwhelmed at the thought of even getting to witness such a beautiful day, let alone having the opportunity to take pictures and capturing these important moments…..I mean, that’s a little bit of pressure!

Kat and Craig were both so unbelievable and open….and I just told them to pretend I wasn’t there.  Ha!

And if that wasn’t enough….both Kat and Craig wanted to wait to find out if their last little one would be adding more blue or a splash of pink to the family….we were all in a bit of suspense.  They did know that either way, Garner would be the perfect completion to their family…one they had been waiting and hoping for for a very long time.

I also decided to try something a little different…something that I haven’t done before.

I added a “life in motion” aspect to this session, and  I think I’m hooked y’all.  I hope to be doing lots more of these in the future.

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