After | Chapel Hill Birth Photographer / by Annemie Tonken

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As many of you know, birth is one of my very favorite subjects. The births of my two sons were the most challenging, exhilarating, life-changing experiences I've had, and as far as I'm concerned, there is no single event in a woman's life more impactful or profound. As many of you may not know, I've attended hundreds - maybe thousands - of births as a labor & delivery nurse. I actually went so far as to get halfway through a Master's degree in Midwifery, and if photography hadn't come along and stolen my heart, I'd be catching babies for a living right now. Given my background, you can imagine how much it thrills me to photograph a birth. It's a setting in which I'm completely comfortable, and an emotional high I'll never get tired of experiencing. The images I have from my own births are priceless to me, and so when I'm asked to capture that experience for other women and their families, I am both honored and humbled: I know that above nearly all others, these images will be treasured.

Amy's labor and birth was such a peaceful, joyful experience. There are so many variables that go into a delivery, and even the most experienced moms run into the unexpected, but from start to finish, Amy's was all she wanted it to be. When I arrived, she was seven centimeters dilated... and just a little later, ready to push.

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, I am honored to introduce you to Asher... all 9 pounds, 2 ounces of him!!!

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The above is Amy with her lovely obstetrician, Dr. Kacey Eichelberger. Below is where Amy's dad arrived to meet his new grandson. The smiles here were not posed... in fact, no one could stop smiling :D

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Falling in love... all over again:

Chapel Hill Birth PhotographerChapel Hill Birth PhotographerBecoming a parent for the second time is, in many ways, doubly exciting - not only do you have a new baby to meet, but you get to see your first child become a big brother/big sister. Emerson had been so excited for her baby brother's arrival... and after some initial hesitation when she first arrived, jumped right into her new role. There is no doubt in my mind that little Asher is going to have two mamas in his life :D

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Amy & Justin, I cannot say how touched I am that you invited me to be a part of this milestone in your lives and the life of your family.

Asher is absolutely spectacular.

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xox,

annemie