Back in October I was asked by Shannon’s mom if I would be interested in photographing the birth of her third child. She was due December 30th which fell at a perfect time, for me anyway. I usually don’t tackle births because of my young family at home to care for and my husband having “unusual” hours at work which means it’s hard for me to leave at any moment because I am needed at home and my kids depend on me. But with the date of her due date falling during Christmas break from school and my husband having two weeks off of work, it was possible. And I was soooo excited! Photographing a birth is one of the most amazing things I can do!
So I wait, and wait, and wait. Shannon’s mom and I text every week, every few days, and talk about how she is feeling. I get a text on Christmas eve at 10:26pm, stating that “she didn’t know if she was in labor but the contractions were two minutes apart. The midwives were on their way. I don’t think you need to come yet.” I said, “ok. To text me when the midwives get there and let me know how you’re progressing.”
At 10:41pm another text comes through, “This pressure is rapidly increasing. Maybe you should come.” I text back, “Will do.” And I proceed to get ready to leave. I go to the restroom, take some aspirin as I had a headache and didn’t know how long I would be out that night, and get my socks on. While getting them on another text come in, I check it, it says, “It’s a GIRL! Her name is Shannon Dale.” The time is 10:45pm. So in a matter of 19 minutes a sweet precious being entered the world with just her mommy & daddy to share the moment. The midwives missed the birth, I missed the birth! But all is well. I gathered my equipment and headed to their home to capture the after moments and was so glad I could be there. Such sweet moments of a family, not of four, but now of five, whom were starting to bond and learn their new rolls as a family. Little, I mean, now bigger sister of 6 years old, was a little hesitant on what her roll was now that little sister had joined their family. But I can tell you love was all over that house that night! Joy and peace was there too!
Welcome to the world, Shannon Dale Eve!
Two weeks later when Shannon was 15 days old, she came to visit me for a newborn session. I prepared my studio for several set-ups and was hopeful to get lots of photos out of her, but she had other plans. While I normally photograph babies before two weeks old, my best ages being 8 days to 11 days, Shannon was 15 days and it still amazes me how much a few days makes. The babies who reach that two week mark, a mere 14 days old, are much more alert and touchy when it comes to moving the. They are aware someone is there and really want to stay up to not miss the party. Shannon surely didn’t want to miss the party! She wasn’t fussy by any means, and actually quite content, but didn’t want to sleep. But once she finally did sleep, I got some of the most amazing shots. 🙂
Shannon is a great blessing and will do amazing things in this world! I am so glad I was able to be a part of her life!
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