I can't wait to show the world this birth session. This was the absolute sweetest family - so full of fun, and joy, and love for each other. Watching Jesse and Meredith become parents for the first time was just breathtaking, and experiencing the excitement of their friends and family as they watched the whole experience made me smile for the entire duration of this day. Seriously, they made my cheeks hurt! I love the way that their whole story came together - from the overwhelming support of their tribe before going in for the c-section to the heart-melting moments of watching Ava Pace wrap her daddy very firmly right around her tiny little finger - check it out! <3
Gotta go have a baby - but first, lemme take a selfie!
Loved this moment of Meredith's loved ones telling her (and dat belly!) goodbye for the last time before Baby Ava arrived!
Meredith may legit be the most cheerful person I have ever met! This photo pretty accurately represents her attitude of total joy. <3
Jesse was just a teeny bit nervous while waiting to be called in for the main event - he handled it like a champ, though!
Love the last few moments of bonding between two before they become three. <3
This little peanut came out butt-first, which made for an interesting entrance to the world to photograph!
I love this shot - showing both baby A and all the love her parents have for one another. <3
That little smile on her face! She's right where she belongs - in Daddy's hands, and all snuggled up next to Mommy.
That first family portrait!
Mom cried, Dad cried, I cried...everybody cried, it was a cry-fest, y'all.
That moment when you realize that yep - this baby really is yours, and you get to take her home with you.
I love Woman's Hospital for so many reasons - one of them being that they employ wonderful staff who will help a mama wipe her tears in such an emotional moment.
I love that Meredith couldn't get enough of Jesse and how much he loved his baby girl instantly.
We did it!
Showing off those teeny tiny footprints.
There's always an image that stands out to me and just leaves me breathless - although it's often difficult to choose just one, with births. But, this one was it for me - photographing births is not just about the baby - it's also about capturing the love that grows and changes exponentially after having a child. Your heart grows by three sizes, at least - not just for your new baby, but also for your partner. I loved watching Meredith fall for Jesse all over again. She fell for him once as a man, and then again as a daddy. <3
Loved this image of the new grandfather and dad both holding that new little princess' tiny feet.
A more excited family I have rarely seen!
Nobody's excited, here! Nope! ;)
That mama love. <3
Ava had to take a little break in the nursery since she was a little bit early - her fan club didn't leave her side!
Freshly minted auntie keeping watch over Ava as she gets her first bath in the nursery.
THAT SMILE, THOUGH. I thinks she's plotting all of the ponies this guy's going to give her. He's got no shot, really. ;)
Dad could NOT be more in love.
Would you believe I didn't have to ask him to smile for the camera - not once? ;)
The most precious little bundle of all of the bundles, in her mama's arms!
Circle of mama and grandmama love!