There are a million happy words I could use to describe this day.
No matter what the “plan”, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a mama’s birth wishes be granted. And, not to mention, a photographer’s wishes for the birth – daytime, natural light, and special time with an incredible family.
Enjoy this little glimpse into one of my favorite days from this past February.
I can say with full confidence that 2014 was one of the sweetest years of my life so far. I could list the simple and complex, the happy and the sad, the grateful and ungrateful moments but we’ll stick to one particular sweet spot: birth.
This year was devoted to simplicity. I felt like my life had too much clutter – clothes, stuff in my home, business, relationships. While overloading myself with good things, I was still overloading. It was a year of purging for me and that, of course, rolled over into my love and life as a birth photographer.
I grow very fond of many mamas I work with and it was a goal of mine to continue offering the same type of devotion to each and every family that came my way in 2014. I want to live intentionally, serve intentionally, which is why cutting back and “simplifying” my workload for the year was a must. It was bittersweet, to have to turn away so many potentially amazing stories but to also have more time to devote to my clients and more importantly, to have more time to live life adventurously with my husband, family, and friends. To sum it up in too few words, it was the most life-giving year in this gig so far and I am so excited to continue this philosophy into 2015. The stories were so sweet and the families even sweeter. There are no words to thank them properly for letting me into their sacred stories, into their lives, and for the friendships that formed.
Tonight I’ll be raising my glass to the fact that in all the darkness, sadness, and unknowns that life brings, there is the gift of joy and new beginnings through the celebration of new babies. Praise God for this dream job and for another year to do it.
And while you hold your loved ones close into the new year, enjoy some of my favorite moments from 2014:
Having a back-up photographer is amazing for so many reasons, one of those being that I can take an off-call, out of state vacation and still know that my families are getting the highest quality photos & video from one of the greatest and most talented gals I know. This was my first year to make that leap and vacations are a THOUSAND times more enjoyable when you’re not having to look at your phone.
When me and Jashley (my sweet back-up gal pal) met Amy and her two other kiddos, we could not stop talking about how wonderful and lovely it was going to be to work with their family. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to have someone I knew and could trust with my clients but I was going to be super bummed to miss this fantastic birth experience.
Low and behold, I struck gold after returning from vacay and making the switch from mountain girl back to birth photographer. Climbing mountains on Monday and welcoming babies on Friday – this life I live, I tell ya.
The night was sweet, simple, and full of the magic of a smooth and glorious birth.
VBACs are just flat out incredible. They are stories of determination, trust, and hard, hard work. Kristin displayed all of these and more just beautifully making Crixus’ birth one of my favorite VBACs to date.
A love this powerful and fought for is contagious.