Introducing Alexandra

A storm came through last week. A big one. The kind of Texas storm that makes me long for the simple rain and drizzle I grew up with in the pacific northwest. When it rains here, why does it have to be so….violent?! Why can’t it just rain?! I got the call around 2 am that this momma was in labor. Her plan was to labor at home for a bit and she’d call me with an update. Just a little while later, I got another more urgent call, I could hear it in her voice, it was time to move. I jumped out of bed and as I threw on my shoes I heard some massive thunder. I thought no biggie, I’m not missing a birth. I have never, ever, missed a birth. I’m about 40 minutes from their hospital, but if I hurried, I really thought I could make it in time. Little did I know, that storm, it looked like this:

I live at the top of the red line and the hospital is in Austin.  I made it to Cedar Park, midway down before I started to really white knuckle the steering wheel and get scared.  It was black except for when it was pure daylight from the lighting.  It was hitting the ground too.  At one point I looked up and saw the beginnings of funnel clouds.  Having been in one tornado in my car years ago, it is never an experience I want to have again.  I didn’t see a single car out there and because of the construction, water was just sitting on the road.  I couldn’t see through the rain to drive so I pulled over under an overpass thinking I could wait it out.  Then I pulled up the radar on my phone and my heart sank.  I knew I couldn’t drive through the worst of it, all the way to the hospital.  It started to get even worse, so I called my husband in a panic, knowing it wasn’t safe for me to continue, but crying because I couldn’t face missing this birth.  I waited a bit more and we decided the only safe thing to do was for me to turn around and head home.  10 mph and I cried the whole way.  I just can’t believe I missed a birth.  The really great news is that my client made it to the hospital safe and sound, they were traveling from the east so they only had to drive a little ways through it coming in from the side.  And the same for her doula, thank God for that!  Based on how busy the hospital was, I’m pretty sure the drop in pressure from the storm coming through sent a whole lot of Austin women in to labor!  The nursery was packed when I stopped by the hospital to take a few photos before they were discharged with their new perfect and beautiful daughter.  I’m sad that I missed it, but I’m so incredibly thrilled for them!!  Big sister is just tickled pink over her new sister, I love that!

If you are interested in having your birth photographed, please check out my birth website and contact me for more information / availability.  I still have several openings for births in 2012 but they go quick!

2012-02-03T21:47:11-06:00February 3rd, 2012|Client Work|

i saw god today | austin birth photographer

If you know this family, and many of you do, then you know that they are strong and kind.  They fought hard and had faith, so that they could be together on this day.  They are a family who deserves, right now, more than ever, to be blessed.  And today, they were.

Everything went just right.  Every detail fell into place.  From his timely arrival so that his daddy could be there, to MC keeping her blood pressure in check for weeks against the odds, to deciding when it was time to head in to labor and delivery, and me rushing to pick up Jon and speeding both of us to the hospital as MC hit 8 cm fast, to a dream VBAC delivery and a healthy baby.  I know that God put all these little pieces into place for them and I am so thankful I got to be there to witness and capture it all for my dear friends.

MC, Jon & Jack, congratulations from the bottom of my heart, we are all so thrilled for you.

2009-06-24T13:15:03-05:00June 24th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

the birth experience | austin birth photographer

I am so proud to finally announce my new birth photography website!  I’ve had it ready for awhile, so I’m not really sure why I’ve been sitting on it.  Nervous about it I suppose.  Nonetheless, here it is.  I am so excited to finally have an entire website dedicated to birth photography.  And, if you take a close look, you’ll see that starting this summer, I will be doing a limited amount of mentoring for professional photographers interested in birth photography.  More info coming on that soon, but if you think you might want to be put on the waiting list, drop me an email at [email protected]  ETA:  mentoring is available only to professional photographers who work/live 2 or more hours outside of the Austin area.

And a huge thank you to my wonderful clients for all of your kind words shared on the new site, as well as for allowing me to share your birth stories, you guys are the best and I have been so blessed by each and every one of you!

the birth of maddie-rose | austin birth photographer

this is the one i was really afraid i wouldn’t make it in time.  i’m always a bit nervous when i’m on call for a birth that i won’t make it.  i try to be ready to go on a moments notice.  but this one, i was really nervous.  noelle walked around for weeks at 4+ cm dialated.  i jumped every time my phone rang.  i’m so thankful that it worked out i got to be there.  a-maz-ing birth experience.  i cried when she was born.  and when i was proofing.  and when i finished the slideshow.  yeah, i’m a sap, but it really was just that amazing.  this birth experience was fast.  and intense.  and filled with emotion.  and love.  i hope i have captured that.

click here:  the birth of maddie-rose

her water broke at 9:30 and by 11:17 maddie-rose was here.  that’s fast.  the labor was intense, noelle barely had a few seconds to recoup between contractions and she’d be overcome with another one even more intense than the last.

this is also the first birth that i had the joy of working with doula, emily bessey.  when noelle first started telling me about emily she said i would love her and she was right!  her demeanor, her calming voice, she was awesome during the entire birth, but especially when things got very intense.  she was cool, calm and collected and knew exactly how to support noelle and her husband.  i was impressed!  if you are in the austin area and looking for a doula, i highly recommend her, i’d hire her in a heartbeat, except for i’m done birthing babies.  i would love to have her come talk me down and keep me sane when the 5 o’clock witching hour hits with my three kids though…now there is an idea…a parenting doula!  an untapped market!!

and the music!  turn those speakers up loud….the music rocks!  a huge thank you to balmorhea for allowing us to use their music for this slideshow.  i have fallen in love with so many of their songs and have become a huge fan!  they just released a new album in march called “all is wild, all is silent” and this song is on that album.  you can check it out on their site or download their album on itunes.

and finally, to noelle and brad……thank you for inviting me to capture the birth of your beautiful daughter.  it was an honor.  and thank you as well for letting me share your birth experience, i appreciate it!

2009-04-23T07:50:56-05:00April 23rd, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Austin Birth Photography

I decided to throw together a little page about birth photography since it currently isn’t included on my website. If you are in Austin or the surrounding areas and would like to book Life in Motion Photography to capture your birth experience, please drop me a line at [email protected]  I only book one per month to be sure they don’t overlap, so plan ahead and contact me early!

2009-01-06T19:11:47-06:00January 6th, 2009|Announcements, Client Work|
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