After a cesarean birth, moms are wiped out from all of the medication, major surgery and lets be honest – THEY JUST HAD A BABY! As a birth photographer, I want my mamas to have the best memories of their birth and sometimes that means that I have to come back the next day to do those bonding photos in the hospital. If I am being honest, Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are my FAVORITE so I just love coming back to capture these beautiful postpartum moments for mama.
Just 48 hours after Logan’s Birth, I headed back to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua to photograph mama loving on her baby and I am so glad that I did because we got GOLD. Mom was getting around much better and enjoying every minute with her little man. Daddy & Grandma were there too and were the best support system for this new mama who had just had major surgery. #ItTakesAVillage
When I walked in the room, I immediately thought he looked bigger. Babies change so quickly! He had already changed and was just 2 days old. Those tiny toes, spiked hair and sweet grins are the most precious moments and I know this mama will treasure them forever.
I first met Ashley and Matt in the beginning of their third trimester and we hit is off right away. Their sense of humor and our personalities clicked right away. Birth Photography at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is on the rise and I was so happy when they chose me to document the birth of their first child. I knew that it was going to be a great experience and the nurses, midwives and hospital staff were amazing to work with and were SO amazing in helping Ashley have the natural birth that she wanted.
After 5 years of infertility struggles, Ashley and Matt were over the moon to be expecting their first son on Thanksgiving Day. During their maternity photo session there was lots of joking and laugher about what it would be like in the delivery room and I knew that Matt was going to make this birth HYSTERICAL! I wasn’t wrong.
Thanksgiving came and went and no baby. After a few false alarms, I finally got the call from daddy to be, Matt at 4:45am on December 3rd saying they were headed to the hospital. He was the best at keeping me posted as her labor progressed and around 9am I jumped in the car and headed to Dover.
When I arrived, it was quiet and dark and Ashley was breathing quietly through her contractions while her midwife and Matt were reassuring her that she could do it through every contraction. “You got this babe” was whispered through each contraction followed by a funny remark once they had subsided. Matt was one of those dads who was fully involved and knew EXACTLY how to help his wife get through to meeting their son. Humor was very much a part of their birth plan :).
Over the next hour or so we all held space while Ashley moved from the bed, to the birthing ball and back again. I was in awe of her as she labored quietly with so much strength. She whispered to her nurse “I don’t think I can do this anymore” and just then we heard a pop (yes a pop) and her water broke. Her body knew just what to do and she instinctively started pushing.
With just a few quick pushes, Baby Samuel entered the world just in time for us all to watch the Patriots Game (mom is a big fan).
This beautiful morning birth was one of my favorites because I got to capture the emotion of other family members meeting Baby Samuel for the first time. Birth is emotional for all of those involved and I can’t lie…I shed a tear every now and then. Birth is Beatuiful!
One of my favorite parts of birth photography is capturing all of those little details during a baby’s first exam. The weight, the length, those little features…all the details for mom to cherish forever.
And then there were 3!
Thank you to Ashely and Matt for allowing me to capture their beautiful birth story! I am already looking forward to the next one:).
As a family photographer in NH I long for the first signs of spring. The winters are long here in Newfields, NH and I love to get outside and photograph my kids connecting, playing in fields and just enjoying each other in the warm sunshine. Spring is right around the corner and it has me planning for my upcoming spring photography sessions.
Last year was the first year that I photographed the apple blossoms and I fell in love!!! There is such a short window of time that these trees are in bloom but man they are gorgeous. This year, I will be offering very limited sessions in early May at a local apple orchard and will be announcing the dates and location later this month. These sessions are great for maternity, children over the age of 1 and families.
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I met Autumn back in March to discuss me photographing the upcoming birth of her first child in July. We instantly clicked but I knew that she had already met with another photographer and “needed to discuss it with her husband” so I was a little unsure as to whether or not she would book with me. When I got the email that she not only wanted to book me, but wanted my full maternity, birth and newborn collection, I was over the moon!!!
Fast forward to June and I finally got to meet the infamous Greg at their Hampton Beach Sunset Maternity Session. We had discussed a number of options for their session and I was so thrilled when they settled on Hampton Beach State Park. The night was PERFECT! We started off in the dunes with the beautiful seagrass and ocean as the backdrop. This couple was simply AMAZING to work with and I squealed with every single image that I looked at in the back of my camera.
The sunset did not disappoint and as a Maternity Photographer, I could not have asked for a better night to capture this gorgeous couple. The cotton candy sky as the background made for a perfect night!
We were scheduled to do Autumn and Greg’s maternity reveal session in early July but Anastasia had other plans…she decided to come 3 weeks early!!! Stay tuned for the Birth Story of Anastasia which I promise will leave you speechless. If you follow me at all on Facebook you know that this mama rocked her birth and her daughter is precious.
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I am always SUPER excited when someone close to me is going to have a baby and as soon as I find out that they are pregnant I secretly start to stalk the bump. When that bump turns into a little person, I am honored when they choose me as their Newborn Photographer.
Lindsey was no different!!! I have been waiting since the day she got married for her to tell me she was having a baby and I was over the moon when she declined a glass of wine back in November and said she was expecting. I mean she and Matt were the first to come see me when I gave birth to Charlianne and I just knew that they were going to be amazing parents! Boy was I right! They are ROCKING this parenting gig!
I find it fitting to be blogging about their session on the first day back to work for MAMA! (GIRL, you got this!). As a Lifestyle Newborn Photographer, I am always telling people not to wait for photos because these little dudes grow up SO FAST! When I went to deliver her prints a couple weeks ago he was already a giant baby (cue the tears mama)!
This family’s Stratham, NH home was the perfect setting for their Newborn Session. Great colors, great light AND their amazing dog (big sister) Haddy! She of course tried to steal the show AGAIN just like at their Maternity Session back in May.
This little guy wanted to party with me so we did a bunch of shots of him wide eyed and bushy tailed before I pulled out my magic and put him to sleep.
Parker’s “Greatest Adventure” themed nursery was so fitting since Matt and Lindsey are always going on amazing trips. I love the fact that the incorporated things that were theirs as children. He is spending his nights snoozing in mama’s crib with his protector Haddy not far away.
If you are expecting a baby or know someone who is, let’s chat! I would love to be there to capture your Newborn when they first come into the world. I am now booking Birth, Fresh 48 and Newborn Sessions for the fall of 2017! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your FREE consultation today.
Maternity sessions with older siblings are some of my favorite sessions. These two older brothers were no different and brought their personalities to this Hampton Beach State Park Maternity Session. Even though the wind was howling, we had a blast playing in the sand and surf.
“Jennie was fantastic working with my two young boys and got countless pictures of them both smiling and looking at the camera! That is not an easy task with two young children and she did a great job! I love reliving the memories of our time as a family of four while anticipating the arrival of our daughter.” -Katelyn
Katelyn is expecting her first girl any day now and I am so excited for them. Having two boys and then a girl myself, I know that there is a bunch of fun in their future. These boys will forever protect their baby sister.
After having the coldest and rainiest spring, we ended up with a perfect night to spend at the beach with these two little goobers. I had so much fun making them giggle and their smiles were infectious.
As a New Hampshire Photographer specializing in Maternity and Newborn Photography, one of my favorite places to photograph growing families is at the beach. I love watching mommy snuggle in the sand and daddy playing in the surf with his kiddos.
Hampton Beach State Park is one of my favorite locations for New Hampshire Maternity Photography because it has soft sand, sea grass and a great jetty.
Thank you to Katelyn and Andy for sharing their growing family with me. I can’t wait to meet the newest member in just a few weeks. If you are expecting a baby and you are thinking about doing a Maternity Photography Session, I would love to hear from you.
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