A little over a year ago as a friend and fellow photographer was expecting her 4th baby we started discussing options for her maternity portraits. We both had some great ideas, things we wanted to try, something out of the box, images that were fun and full of her expanding belly but not necessarily the “typical” maternity images. Over the course of 4 or 5 sessions we conquered them all. We planned, we schemed, we flew by the seat of our pants and we had a blast every single time. It was during these sessions we started discussing birth photography. Kimberly had had 3 quick and “easy” labors already and the thoughts of a home birth were getting stronger. We had talked about me photographing her 3rd delivery but as her due date approached it was decided it just wasn’t the right time. This time around we both agreed with her being at home it would be less intrusive and for me the chance of a life time. I had 2 c-sections so being able to be there for a “normal” birth was an amazing thing for me alone, much less being able to capture the images of Kimberly as she progressed through labor and then the first few minutes of baby Amelia. These are moments I was so very thankful to be a part of. I’m certain if every woman had that labor experience there would be a lot more babies in the world. Yesterday we came full circle. Kimberly and I returned to the orchard where I took the first maternity images to capture images of Amelia as she quickly approaches her first birthday. We’ve been waiting for the apple trees to blossom, every few days we’d check in with each other to see if there were any blooms on the trees yet. Over the weekend the first few blossoms started to sprout, knowing there are only a few days in which to photograph these beautiful trees we quickly made a plan to meet on Tuesday. It was a little on the cool side yesterday but the trees were beautiful, Amelia was amazingly patient with us as we put her in baskets and high chairs, tied cute birthday hats to her head and danced around like dorks to grab her attention (those trees are fascinating to a nearly 1 year old!). Thank you Kimberly for trusting me to capture all of these moments for you this past year. I am truly blessed and honored to have been there for Amelia’s first year.
Photographs and Video by Stacy Francis Photography, Music by Ashley Gramins