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Birth of Elijah, St. Louis Birth Photography, birth photographer, family photographer

I was so excited when I was contacted by this family about birth photography. It’s such an honor to be included into these special moments. Capturing the emotion of a birth is so overwhelmingly powerful.

Not only was this pregnancy their third, they also were waiting to find out the gender until baby was born. SO WORTH IT! A baby being born is amazing in itself; add in that extra last second surprise and it is just immediate screaming for joy! Welcome earthside, sweet Elijah. You are still the most awake and alert newborn I’ve ever seen!

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Birth Photography Contest, St. Louis Birth Photographer

Birth is a passion of mine, and I am over the moon excited that I get to be alongside so many families as they welcome new babies into the world. Being able to capture births is nothing short of amazing. That moment of meeting your first little one for the first time is breathtaking. So emotional. As they take their first breath, cry for the first time, and even open their eyes to look around. I’m there to capture it all. Priceless memories to look back on for years to come.

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers recently held their 2015 Birth Photography contest. Images entered were to be from the 2014 calendar year. Because of the overwhelming love of this image, I decided to enter it into the contest.

“Holding Them for the First Time”

IAPBP contest

Be sure to check out all the amazingly beautiful submissions here.



I was contacted by a writer from Baby Center. She loved my image and wanted to include it in the website’s blog post about the Birth Photography Contest. It is such an honor to be chosen to be featured along side 16 other images from the contest as the Baby Center favorites! check out the blog post here!