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Oliver

I’ve been dying to share this birth with you all!  You’ll meet sweet Oliver soon, but right now I’d like you to meet Shelby and her husband, Lucas!  I was thrilled when Shelby asked me to photograph her first birth.  We met up a few months earlier to chat about their plan and get to know each other, so I wasn’t some stranger on the day of Oliver’s birth.  Let me tell you, when I met them, I fell in love with this couple.

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Umm, how incredibly beautiful is Shelby?!  In a hospital room!  In labor!

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Shelby actually works at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana.  She was there for a checkup when her water broke.

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I feel like I’m getting ready to photograph a party, definitely not a birth.  Best. group. of. people. ever.

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When I walked into the waiting room to get a few shots of Shelby and Lucas’s grandparents and parents, Grandpa immediately hopped up and showed off his muscles.  See, I told you!  They have the best family!

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Shelby’s incredible mama.

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We haven’t even discussed Lucas!  I think you can imagine what a great guy Lucas is from this image right here.

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Luckiest pups in the world!

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Full house.  So much love in this image.

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Lucas, are doing a little dancing for your lady?

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We made it through the entire movie of Forrest Gump WITH commercials.

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Love these girls.  Trying to listen to see if it’s time to start pushing yet.

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It was time!  Grandpa and Grandma gave Shelby kisses goodbye to head back to the waiting room.

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Shelby’s mom and Lucas stayed.

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I learned so much shooting my first birth!  For example, I had no idea that oxygen was given.  After a bit, Lucas took over holding the oxygen for Shelby.

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And her mama gave many kisses!  I remember her saying, “Oh, I wish I could take your place.”

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Finally, Oliver arrived!

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Oh, the hand wrapped around mama’s finger.

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Shelby never once complained during the entire birth.  Girl, you’re amazing.

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Making sure they get the right baby to the right parents.  We don’t need any switcharoos!

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Dear toesies.

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Oh, how I adore this image.

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How precious is this family?

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Shelby, you JUST gave birth and you look amazing.

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It was time for family and friends to meet Oliver!

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Gah!  Love this image.

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Dying over this.

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Just stop it, you two!

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Oliver, you are perfect.

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Shots are no fun at any age.

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Then they wrapped him up like a little burrito!   Cutest burrito ever!

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Holding his son for the first time.

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Shelby and Lucas (& Oliver),

Thank you for trusting me to photograph one of the most important moments in your life.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about you all and your family.  You truly are one in a million.

Caitlynn

October 14, 2016 - 1:08 am

laurie - I’m all teary eyed over here at my computer! These are insanely gorgeous memories that you captured in the most perfect way. Absolutely beautiful!

October 14, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Jenny - What an experience. These are beautiful! So intimate.

October 14, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Rachel - Such love and support in this room–what a special way to enter the world. And the first photo of the baby on mom…tears in my eyes. Great, GREAT session.

October 14, 2016 - 6:40 pm

Maike - Oh, these images are magical, but that last one is SERIOUSLY adorable and sweet and all the feels!

October 14, 2016 - 7:06 pm

Melissa Yocum - What a perfect birth story!! These are beautiful. And it’s not even a little bit fair that mom looks so gorgeous when she just gave birth. How does that happen!?

October 14, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Kristine B - Wow. I’ve got tears!! Such a perfectly documented birth. So wonderful they have these photos!

October 16, 2016 - 11:41 pm

shannon - nothing more amazing than the birth of a baby. you captured this perfectly!! um, and how the heck is the mom sooooooo darn gorgeous in every photo?!
wonderful job!

October 17, 2016 - 8:04 am

Megan - This. Is. AMAZING!!!! You need to do more birth stories!!! I love every single image. Tears!!

October 17, 2016 - 10:01 am

erin - These are so amazing! Such a gorgeous story you’ve told – fab work!

October 17, 2016 - 2:34 pm

Chrissy - Sooooo perfect!!! Love these so much!!

October 17, 2016 - 8:52 pm

Tsone - Welcome to the world Oliver!

October 18, 2016 - 7:14 am

Natalie - I cant believe this is your first birth, you did such an amazing job!!! Mama is so so so beautiful, no one looks that good immediately after giving birth!!!

October 18, 2016 - 10:44 am

Jenny G - WOW! Such a wonderful, amazing moment and you captured it PERFECTLY!

October 19, 2016 - 9:46 am

Gi - Omg she looks amazing right after birth!! And that sweet baby!!! You are such an amazing storyteller!!

October 19, 2016 - 8:00 pm

lauren - so.incredibly.beautiful. birth photographs will always move me, and you’ve done a beautiful job of capturing all of those in between moments!

October 19, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Karen - This made me tear up 😍. Beautiful visual story telling , thanks for sharing

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