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Lisa & Aron | Maternity Portraits in Chapel Hill

I love maternity portraits. Unlike children, who go through different, identifiable, photo-worthy stages like they go through socks, adults tend to look pretty much the same over time, with the possible exception of a few pounds in one direction or the other, or a new haircut or color. Pregnancy, though, is a unique and finite time in a woman's life, and whether she feels gorgeous and glowing or huge and uncomfortable, the outward changes that mark the period will forever represent the sea change that results: the addition of a new person to the world, to her family, and, inextricably, to her heart. Knowing that the portraits I'm invited to make will forever be the reminder of that change is pretty profound, and always an honor.Chapel Hill Maternity Photographer Of course, when a woman has an older child, there's always a bit of distraction, too  :DChapel Hill Maternity Photographer

I can't wait to share the rest from this lovely session... and I can't wait to meet the little person you've got hiding in there, Lisa!

xox,

annemie

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After | Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

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After | Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

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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

 

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Before | Apex Maternity Photographer

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Before | Apex Maternity Photographer

I wasn't necessarily going to post these just yet - I've got some other sessions in the blog queue - but suffice it to say that my timeline got a little compressed, and (as you can probably tell from my title) I've got some "after" pictures that I know a lot of people are dying to see! But people! You must be patient! First things first: some of the images from my maternity session with the gorgeous Amy... all 38 weeks of her! Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Children's PhotographyApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Children's PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity PortraitsApex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits

As you can see, this session was amazing... start to finish. Pregnancy is such a beautiful time - even at the end when we feel like we're about to burst! And as it turned out, Amy WAS about to burst... check back Wednesday for the rest of the story!

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xox,

annemie

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