Photographing a birth has been on my photo bucket list for years.  And little did I know when I met Mary that she would be the Mom to start a journey into birth photography.

I met Mary at a business seminar almost a year ago.  We were each trying to work on our branding and marketing for our businesses.  It was the type of small group workshop where you all bond and connect very quickly.  Mary and her husband Stefan run a super cool food tour business Carpe DC Food Tours.

Mary really wanted to do some family shots of just the two of them before baby Olivia arrived, but Mother Nature had other plans.  This was my first experience at a birth other than birthing my own children.

It is hard to put into words what if feel like to witness and be present and to have the honor to document the birth and witness the first moments of a new family.   It is sacred, powerful, and emotional. Watching Mary and Stefan come together as a couple and as a team, watching Stefan support Mary so she could find an inner strength Рwas humbling and one of the more profound things I have been a witness to.

It is an honor to be a witness and to document.

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Even though Mary spent a bit of time emptying out her stomach she never lost her sense of humor.

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Stefan was always holding her hand

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throughout the process

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I love the way Stefan would look at Mary

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Mary’s mom was in the delivery room and ready with the ice pack as it got more intense

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Mary hold onto a birthing bar to help her push

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Birth is often intense and requires a level of strength you may not know you have

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The moment Olivia is born

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Stefan cutting the cord

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Olivia Bird – 7lbs, 10 oz!

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Happy tears of joy

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First moments as a family of three

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Grandma taking pics to email and text out to family

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Dad with his new daughter

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Mom and baby girl

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Extended family cycled in from the waiting room – all were in awe

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First grand-baby!

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Welcome to the world Olivia Bird!