To say I adore her is an understatement. I wish there were more people like her in the world.
Mattie texted me at almost midnight. I headed to the hospital in Brigham City and slept in my car until abt 2 when she was at a 7. Then I went in to join the fun and wait to meet the little guy!
Mattie was such a trooper through it all, laughing and happy, with just a little nerves around the delivery time. She has an infectious personality. Her husband was coming in from working in vernal and we were all hoping he would make it before the baby came. She kept checking her phone to see where he was. He got there right in time to shower then help her push. He was a little worried about everything going on as more Dr.'s came in the room to check her progress but handled it all beautifully.
The baby was face up so her Dr. had another Dr. come double check and see if they needed to do a C- Section, he thought for a little bit they would have to so he had them prep the OR. But her Dr. was amazing and patient -working her through the birth slowly and safely. After a few good pushes she was able to get the cervix up over his forehead and deliver him without a C- Section. He was all swollen from the pressure and his little swollen lips were the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Her husband said they’d have to call him bubba because his lips were so swollen and big (I thought they were absolutely adorable.)
James Dale Williamsom ( JD )
A whopping 9lbs 15 oz...
22 inches long
A bit of the story from Mattie herself:
He gave us a bit of a scare. Being born "face presentation" (face first instead of crown first.)
Really dangerous and really scary. I don't suggest you google it unless you want to have nightmares. They called the O.R. and respiratory team to be on standby. Somehow they did this and still maintained an extremely calm atmosphere. But by the grace of god and amazing doctors they were able tuck his chin just enough to have him come with minimal damage and no c-section or respiratory team. His voice was almost non-existent, but is slowly healing. He is still horse but sounds so much better. His face was severely swollen, (last 2 pictures) but quickly went down to normal by the end of the day with Hardly any bruising. We came out with literally the best possible outcome for the situation we were in. Face presentation is really rare only happening 1 in every 25,000 births.
Why would you want to hire a birth photographer for such a private thing? Birth happens so quickly, and everything leading up to it is such a bustle of excitement and adrenaline. Often times this makes it hard to remember all that happened during the birth. And believe me - you will want to be able to go back and remember those special moments. The moments your husband reached over and kissed your forehead when you were getting nervous. The way he held your hand as you suffered through contraction after contraction. The look on both your faces when the Dr. held up your baby. The first time you touch your babies cheek and toes and count their fingers. These are moments I want you to have and be able to look back on and cherish. Those memories and moments are so important. I want to preserve how precious and raw that moment was for you.
Questions I've been asked about birth photography:
What photos will you be taking?
I know most people get really nervous that the photos are going to be all these private area photos. I promise to first respect you and your comfort level. We discuss before hand what you would and would not like photographed. Some want every moment and detail recorded, while others are happy to have me stand at their head and capture all I can of the baby when it is delivered. Your photographs will be shot documentary style, real moments, not posed, emotional details, and I promise to tell the story with each shot I take.
What if I have to have a C-section?
You will need to clear whether or not you can have a photographer in the OR during the C-section with your Doctor/OBGYN. Some will say yes and some will say no. Your story can still be recorded with photos before going in, and after mom comes out of recovery. I will be able to follow baby around after he/she is delivered and capture photos for mom to later see. I often think having a photographer for a C-section (having had 3 myself) is so very important because you don't get the chance when having a c-section to follow baby after or to record those memories yourself.
What if you don't make it in time?
I have not missed a birth yet. If you let me know the moment you are going into the hospital to have the baby, I will be there in time. The rate is set because I am on call 24/7 for two weeks around the babies birth time. If I do miss the birth because of something on my end, I will refund 100%. If I miss it because I am not told in time to make it, there is no refund. I always have a back up photographer on hand in case something comes up and I am not close enough to make it.
When do I call you to come?
The week of your due date I like updates on how you are every other day. When you go into labor I like a text and phone call to make sure I am aware of you heading in. If the Dr. says it looks like things are progressing quickly I will head in when you are at a 6. I stay until the baby is delivered and I get photos of mom and dad both holding baby.
Do you take payments?
Yes, over the course of 3 mths you can make payments, so long as the final payment is paid within 3 mths of the babies birth. Images will not be delivered until final payment is made.
Do you share images on social media?
This is discussed when you first book your birth story session. I do not post any photos on any social media outlets unless I have your signature saying you are ok with it. I will not post anything I do not have permission to post.
What kind of light is used?
I use natural light. Because of how intimate and tender a birthing experience is, I find a flash is very distracting. I am experienced in shooting in low light. If it is very dark, there may be times I will use a constant light source to light up an area so your images are good quality.
How many images can I expect?
Anywhere from 80-300 images. I shoot as much of your story as I can capture. The length of your labor determines how many images we end up with.
Do I receive images in black and white or color?
I do a combination. Some photos (the more graphic ones) usually look better in black and white. But I love color photos and leave most of mine in color unless you request black and white.
Do I receive a DVD with my images?
I no longer offer DVD's. I will send you a Gallery link to download all your images. You will have access to this gallery for up to 2 years. You will be able to access your images from any computer and download them whenever you would like. I encourage you to go through me to have professional images printed - I love and value professional quality printed images in frames.
How soon will I receive my images?
I try to send a couple images to you within 24 hours after I leave the hospital so you can share them with family and friends. The rest of the images will be finished within 2 weeks of the birth.
"This is one choice you will not regret. It will be one of the best decisions you make, to record such an amazing time in yours and your child's life. The memories are priceless."
I love maternity sessions, the sweetness in each session. The longing of each pregnant mama to hold her little one soon. The tenderness that each partner has for her when she's pregnant. It's such a beautiful time and even though 9 mths seems like a long time with the morning sickness, and the tired body, it's also such a magical time. The tiny butterfly kicks you get to feel, and the heartbeat you get to hear at the ultrasounds, not feeling bad for eating and eating and eating all the chocolate cake you want (is that just me??) and the changes you get to experience each Trimester. It's all just a beautiful experience.
They texted me two days earlier to see if I'd be available to photograph their birth story for them. I had two shoots scheduled already for that day they were having baby but we took the chance anyway that it would work out and I'm so glad we did!
She let me know she was in the hospital at a 4 on January 2nd at 2:30. I figured I had quite a while to go, so I ate dinner, laid down to get a nap in case, and at 5:30 I texted to see how things were going. They said she had just jumped to a 10. I jumped up so fast I knocked Vidia off my lap haha. I ran our the door without letting anyone know where I was going. Good thing Ashton knew I had a birth to shoot.
I got a text right as I got to the light by the hospital asking how close I was and that the Dr. was going to wait for me to get there. Dr. Horsley is amazing and I always enjoy being part of a birth story he is in charge of. He is funny, and always very supportive of the photographer, making sure we get all the great shots. He made sure I got all the needed shots before having her start pushing. Only a couple pushes and out that sweet baby came. There was a room full of excited grandmas and grandpas.
Stephanie wasn't feeling too great after and was feeling a little sick. It was hard for her to hold baby so daddy got a lot of one on one time with the little princess. Their little boy came in to see his sister and his face broke out into a big grin. He was so adorable with her and even gave her some little kisses.
It was so much fun getting to be a part of this day for them. I never take for granted how amazing it is that these families call me and trust me with such an important day.
Can we just talk about how amazingly beautiful this mama is too!!!??
I'm late. On most everything lately. You will have to forgive how behind I am. If you haven't seen your session on my blog yet, it's coming! We blog every session :) My amazing marketer that helped me get my blog posts out had to move, and starting over with a new marketer is always a change of pace project, making sure they know how I like my posts to look and waiting on me for stories :) It's busy season around here and we are now playing catch up. So hang in there with me, I have a lot to share.
This sweet mama and her girls were so sweet to capture photos of. This mama has a huge heart for her kiddos, and spends her life doing everything to make them have a better life. It's been so much fun to get to know her.
Mattie is an awesome photographer herself, and I felt so privileged when she asked me to take her birth story and maternity photos for her. She is such a lovely person inside and out. She's so kind and so fun to be around. I love love these photos of her, I love pregnant bellies and the stunning glow of the moms who are ready to have their sweet babies.
Her face went white as a sheet and she looked as if she was going to pass out. The placenta was having a hard time coming out. They laid her back, put oxygen on her and the room filled up with doctors and nurses everywhere...
Having a baby is a tough, emotional, exciting experience. Celsey experienced every emotion during her birth story. This is one mama who adores her babies. Everything she does is to make a better life for her little family, she loves them so much. She's such a gorgeous kind, tender mama, I've loved getting to know her and see her interact with her little ones.
Her room was full with all the people who love her and were so excited for this baby to come. She had support on both sides, from both sets of parents, and her own little family, she was surrounded in love and care. There was a lot of excitement for this sweet little baby, and just look how adorable and perfect she is! I love watching babies come into the world, there is nothing quite like it - nothing makes you feel so incredibly full in life as a new little baby.
Congratulations to your sweet little family Celsey! You are such an amazing woman to watch, I love your drive and your passion, and your authenticity!