Thursday did not start out too nicely. Late to work, forgot my coffee. Redbox was not working, so no movie night for us. Deadlines, last-minute meeting requests, too many obligations piling up. Oh, and I forgot to bring a lunch. All in all a less than stellar day.
And then Miss Piper was born, and suddenly it didn’t seem like such a crappy day after all.
Let me backtrack – several months ago, my dear friends Trish and Scott asked if I would be willing to shoot the upcoming birth of their daughter. I immediately said ‘yes’, although I’ll be honest – I’m the chick who has a nervous breakdown when I cut my finger in the kitchen, I’m a bit squeamish around all that medical hospital-y stuff, so perhaps I wasn’t the best candidate as more than likely I’d end up passed out on the floor, probably taking out her IV pole along with me. Of course, I mentioned none of this to the mommy-to-be.
So months went by and I continued in my normal totally-in-denial way, and then Trish called with an induction date. Which got changed, three times. And every time it got changed, I told myself that “meh, she’ll never really actually have that baby, so no worries for me”. Except that, on a supremely stressful day, she did, indeed, text to say they were on the way to the hospital. Eep.
But a funny thing – I didn’t pass out, I didn’t get sick, it was actually pretty darn amazing. Now, anyone that knows me can tell you that I am most certainly not the weepy or emotional type. So take what I am about to tell you as the honest-to-god, completely un-sugar-coated truth: it was pretty much the coolest thing I have ever been a witness to. So totally amazing, and now I Get It, I Officially Get It, why people shoot birth photography for a living.
What follows are the images from the day that Piper Reese was born. Trish and Scott: please know that I am so grateful to have had the privilege to be there to photograph her birth day. Lots of love in that room. And I know two things to be the god-given truth, after spending the day with you: (1) that child will never want for love or affection, and (2) you have one heck of a gorgeous baby girl 🙂
And then the brothers came in, to meet their new baby sister 🙂
These girls are the epitome of sisterhood, together through thick and thin and tackling whatever life throws at them together (while in their house shoes).