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The Birth Story of Callen Jack Taylor

I see how I neglect my blog. It very much needs some attention. The truth is…friends blogging takes a lot of time! Yes, its part of the business but man I admit Im terrible at keeping up. Another post soon on this topic ;).

Id like to share a birth story. One I for sure will never forget. That being said every single birth I have documented I will NOT forget. Each and every one has been beautiful. Each birth is a miracle. Each life is precious. Documenting a life being born into this world is fully amazing. Im thankful of each client I get to document and beyond grateful for Mom/Dad’s who entrust me to document their perfect gift coming into our world.

The day was April 10, 2019. I had kept up with Mom and Dad throughout the night off and on … Mom had started feeling contractions the night before at home. I arrived at the hospital around 11:30am. Mommy was laboring and doing great. You see friends every one has a birth story but some are to be blunt much more scary that others. This day was beautiful but to say it was scary is saying it lightly. After several hours the Dr. decided it was best to do a c-section. Dad and I scrubbed in with the others … Dad was excited to meet his new angel but very nervous for his wife. I have photographed c-sections several times so this wasn’t my first. I knew what to expect, where to go and how to stay out of the way. I also knew several things… something wasn’t right. Because of the Mom’s anatomy shape while pregnant it took much longer to get baby out than any other c-section I had every photographed. 2:45pm Callen Jack Taylor was born! Callen was doing good and the staff handled him with care. I then knew something wasn’t right with Mom. The c-section turned into much worse very quickly. Mom’s bladder was cut during the csection incision. It was pretty serious. To explain the timeline, baby Callen was born at 2:45pm and Mommy didn’t get to hold him until 8:30pm (isn). If you have had a baby you know this is a long time. I am leaving out a lot of details of course… this isn’t my story to tell. The video shows the day however I wanted you all to know the time difference. Im eternally grateful I was there to document this day for Emily and Jack. Thankful God was with us the entire time.

Love, Joy

Brand New: A Birth Story

Phew this could be a long blog post so I'll do my best to keep it short.  Of all the things I photograph there is just something about a birth.  I can't explain it or describe.  After photographing one several months ago I knew I loved and adored the entire thing.  Being a Mom and giving birth to two beautiful children I loved being on the other side of the picture.  Its amazing.  The night before this little angel was born I got a text from the Mom saying she was having contractions but nothing to be concerned with at that point.  Ryan and I were in Blowing Rock shooting a wedding and I almost panicked! Mom reassured me all was well but giving me a heads up she thinks things are beginning.  We stayed in touch ALL night.  I literally could not sleep.  The excitement and nervousness of wanting to get there to make sure I missed nothing.  All of my stuff was packed and ready to go at the door.  At around 4:00am she text to let  me know she decided to head on in to the hospital.  I got up grabbed some coffee and right before I hit the door my next text said…water broke!  I knew then I had to hurry.  This was her second baby and they usually come much quicker!  I snapped a pic of the full moon that morning literally as Im getting in my car.  This morning was perfect in so many ways.  I walked in to nurses doing all they do, Mom in full labor and Dad doing a fantastic job staying by Mom's side.  This baby came super fast once I arrived at the hospital and the entire experience is one I will never forget.  What a complete blessing.  Watching one of God's creations and miracles happen right in front of me.  Being able to experience it fully and capture it was incredibly awesome.  These moments are completely real and nothing is staged or posed.  Real moments and raw emotions….  Tears fell behind my camera as little Ari came into the world… I put together a little video to share Ari's birth.  Enjoy~ Wow, friends just no way to put into words… look forward to the photographing many more of these…