Milly L. Fresh 48

A Rainy Day First Meeting at Home

| Milly L. Fresh 48 Story

A huge part of a birth story is the moments after. The moments of coming home and meeting the loved ones that will forever surround you. This story seriously melts my heart every time I look through these photos. The moments this little brand new baby girl met her big brother. It was everything you want in a first meeting. 

Amber and Chad were awesome, they got home from the hospital a day or so after bringing this little one into the world. They took the time to wash up relax and introduce little Milly to her new surroundings. And they planned to have little Elias come meet his little sister the following day and have me there to photograph the genuine and real reactions and love that was poured out. Now toddlers are often the hardest kids to react the way you may want. I always encourage parents to have pretty low expectations when it comes to first meetings and fresh 48s because thats just a whole lot of change for little mind. But since Amber and Chad are incredible documentary photographers, they knew exactly what they were getting. They wanted to full joy, crazy antics, tantrums and true life that now being a family of 4 would bring. 

The moment Elias got home he ran straight to his mom, snuggled in on her and asked for a snack. There was no notice of little Milly sitting in the center of the room, he was right in his mode and it was so sweet to see. After getting his chicken nuggets (a must) Chad prompted him a bit to go explore the living room. Those reactions were seriously priceless. He was curious, joyful and a little shocked. When Amber went to feed little Milly, Elias was so focused on her not eating mommy and insisted she eat some of his nuggets. It was seriously the cutest thing, him shoving chicken nuggets towards them, even laying them in her little basinet as a tempting lure away from his mom. 

I think it was important to let Elias do his thing. Find some joy and get back to his energetic self. So we all followed him into his room where we watched him find wonder and normalcy amongst his balloons. The beauty of this moment was watching Chad and Amber in their pure patience. There was no "right" way for Elias to react except the way he did.  

As our session continued there was a serious storm rolling in, clouding up all the windows. in order to get enough light I suggested we take some photos outside while the rain still wasn't coming down. It was peaceful to see the clouds roll in and daddy cuddling his brand new baby. It was also adorable when their sweet neighbor came by to drop of treats and meet their new little girl. We were out there maybe 10 minutes before the wind picked up and swept us back inside but those moments of joy and family sitting on their porch were truly some of my favorites. 

I love this session because it really takes you through the story. The first meeting to the processing little brain of a new big brother. In so many ways Home fresh 48s may be the way to go. Especially when you have older siblings, those moments of first meeting can be all over the place but what better place to do them, than in the comfort of their own surroundings. Letting those new big brothers and sisters work through the change and joy they feel all while surrounded by the normal home they know. 

If you want to see the first part of this story (little MIlly's birth) go check out the story HERE it also includes a short film with clips from this Fresh 48 session! 

Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Hey Starlena,   I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to get back in touch and see if you had any questions about the pricing guide or info I sent over.  I'd love to be apart of telling your beautiful birth story, these moments of parenthood are truly precious and unlike anything else.  Feel free to be in touch whenever you get a chance and congrats again on your pregnancy!  Sincerely, Hanna
Milly L. Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

Milly L. Birth Story

A Beautifully Fast Natural Hospital Birth in

Cary, NC

| Milly L. Birth Story

With almost every birth, mom goes through a series of plans and hopes that she wants to include in her experience. Answering questions of where to birth, how to birth, who will be present etc. But the crazy yet beautiful part of birth is how unpredictable is can be. One moment you're filling up a tub for a home birth and the next you are sitting in a hospital bed. As much as we love to plan it out and wish our plans into reality, sometimes birth, babies and bodies have a mind of their own. 

The day I met Amber and Chad was pretty crazy. They had randomly called me a few days before and were due in under 5 days. They were in a bit of a panic/rush to find a new birth photographer since other options had fallen through. Amber's previous birth had been early and fast so they really had no time to wait, they just wanted to meet and get something confirmed. I came over to their home office the very next day and they confirmed on the spot. 

Days went by, every morning I would wake up thinking I was missing it but Amber would text me to say all was good and still no notable contractions. So i went on with my days, did some family sessions and made sure those families knew I may have to rush off at any moment. But still Amber's due date came and went and we waited and texted almost everyday. Our local Baby Co. birth center went on a diversion earlier this year. Amber had been hoping to deliver there after having to deliver at a hospital with her first. So with each text we also hoped and prayed that Baby co. would lift their diversion just in time to let Amber birth at their center. 

One evening our friends asked us out to a local Blues club. Chris and I love going out with friends but rarely find the time during the week days. But this Wednesday we were down and Chris had just finished his semester so we wanted to celebrate. Of course that was going to be the night of this little one's arrival. The moment we walked into our home after dancing with our friends and enjoying live music, I got the text from Amber that they were heading to the birth center. My mode immediately changed and I was in birth photog zone. I got changed and packed and wondered if I should wait for a follow up text. (Often I like to wait till mom gets some sort of check or conversation with their care provider since I like to be there only once active labor starts)  But I included the phrase, "but let me know if things start to progress quickly on the car ride" I am so glad i said that because within about 10 minutes Amber responded with basically, "this baby is coming" I got in the car immediately. 

I met them and their sweet midwife from Baby Co. in the Lobby of Wake Med Cary. (unfortunately the diversion had not been lifted at this point, but the incredible midwives of Baby Co. were still committed to caring for Amber while delivering at the hospital) I was waiting for a few minutes before they all walked in, Amber in obvious active labor and trying to move as quickly through paperwork as humanly possible. 

We all rushed into the room. Chad was completely devoted, sacrificial and loving throughout every contraction. He whispered words of truth and strength to her when she needed it.

My favorite moment was when amber said, "I can't do this." and He gently replied, "you already are."

They worked together like a team and thats one of the most beautiful things to see in a birth space.

Amber was fierce and so sweet I could not handle it. She would breath through an exceptionally hard contraction and then in the short moments between smile and laugh at the random joke given by the nurse. She had such a sense of purpose and joy as she labored her daughter into the world. She was determined, the move fearlessly through her contractions and to let her body release the tension as much as possible.  

That baby was in Amber's arms within 1 hour of checking into the hospital. Her contractions moved from ready to more ready to pushing all within 40 minutes of each other and she brought little Milly earth side so smoothly and gracefully! The incredible support from their midwife at Wake med Cary and their midwife from Baby co. truly blew me away. Amber was able to labor fully natural and pretty hands off. I know Amber had hoped for a birth center birth but in the end the care that surrounded her was truly perfect. She was able to feel safe with her choices which in my experience should always be an important goal for birth.

Sweet Milly was born Happy, healthy and snuggly. Amber and Chad had waited to find out the gender and when little Milly was lifted up, there was just a sweet resounding cry of, "it's Milly." Amber's reaction of joy was one of my favorites of all time, pure laughter and joy that now she had a little girl. 

The day we had all first met I remember them telling me that while dating they had talked about names they would want for their children. They agreed on two names, 1 boy and one girl. Elias and Milly, and now they have both. That thought kept ringing in my head as I was photographing that first hour of all three of them together. 

There story was riddled with the unpredictable beauty of birth. But Amber and Chad stayed strong and flexible in the face of changes. I was able to do my very first fusion birth video for them. I'll link it first for those who want to take a look at their story or if you want a reason to cry :P Stay tuned as well for their Fresh 48 session where little Milly meets her older brother Elias for the first time. Gosh I love this family's story so much!

Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Milly L. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
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Milly L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography

The Motherhood Project: Part Three

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project :

Part 3

32 Weeks - 37 Weeks

With every day we get closer and closer to meeting this little one. I go to sleep each night thinking, I may be called at 4:00am to rush to L's side and witness her miraculous birth story. I get a little too invested in all of my clients but this one is tugging at my heart. I want to witness the moment where L says, "it's a girl or boy" and calls this sweet growing baby it's name. I want to experience her strength and witness her Hypno baby ways.

I am also excited to move into this next part of the photo series where its all about the motherhood reality. Pregnancy is inspiring and life changing but pales in comparison to the lifetime of child rearing. I can't wait to document the bringing home of this baby, the sleeping and not sleeping, breast feeding and juggling a million things at once. Not for me but for L. to have this proof of her invincibility and tenderness when faced with 5 little ones. 

Part three is of our last few sessions before their beautiful birth story (which I'll probably do as it's own part all together!) We got to celebrate L. and her sweet marriage, her relaxed moments of solitude waiting for this sweet baby and the chaos of being a very pregnant mom with 4 older boys in the heat of the summer.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

There is something rare and fierce about a couple experiencing a pregnancy together. It shapes you, challenges you and prepares you for together guiding and caring for this little one through life. To do this now 5 times is an incredibly beautiful thing to watch. L. and her husband reflect the joy and courage it takes to bring up 4 boys and still get so excited to talk about baby number 5. For me it was fundamental to the story to get to document their love and intimacy there in their own bedroom and space. 

[ Also that gorgeous land we did the outdoor photos on is their neighbor's back yard. Which seriously has the most lush landscape I've ever seen! ]

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

A milk bath session in one of her favorite places in her home. Her remodled bathtub where she goes for rest and empowerment. 

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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

37 Weeks

Summer is hot for all of us and North Carolina has not been spared the hellish temperatures. But I can't even imagine how it feels to also be really pregnant, have all 4 boys home from school for the Summer and be dealing with the heat. L. of course doesn't ever let it phase her and literally swims in the pool almost every day. When we met for coffee the first time back at the beginning of the year, this idea of her being 37-39 weeks pregnant and chasing her kids around the pool was a memory she never wanted to forget. I could not wait to capture this chaos and joy for their family. It was the perfect way to finish the first half of our series. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

The Motherhood Project: Part Two

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 2

26 Weeks - 30 Weeks

If you are just tuning into this Project, I encourage you to start off with Part One. But for those who have been following along, I'm excited to share some of my favorite photos of all time. After L and I started planning and processing this project I think we both realized the beauty in curating some of the sessions while also capturing the day in the life moments that we often forget. So in the end we moved forward with a balance of documentary style and more creatively composed. With each stage of pregnancy we wanted to capture something significant to that season.

Looking through them now, its powerful how, with each week baby grew he/she became even more of a focal point of our sessions. Where may have started with L and her mother bear strength and tenderness , this growing belly and baby started to eclipse all else in the.  Seeing L carry life and grow her tiny human was easily the most unique part of each session. When she is holding her sons, that baby belly is there and when she is laughing with her husband, that baby belly is there. It's a beautiful truth and constant through this series so far. 

26 Weeks

Her 26 weeks moved us into the really getting to know this baby season. I asked her if i could tag along on her prenatal exam at Women's Birth and Wellness Center. She got her belly measured and we listened to heart tones. It was special to capture this simple part of every pregnancy. The exams leading up to baby are usually forgotten about, but that anticipation and joy is such a beautiful thing to remember. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

30 Weeks

This may be by far my favorite session of all time. We took the family out for a Mother's Day Picnic at the Lake. This for us was just a way to give her beautiful photos of her family, living and loving life before this little one arrives. L bravely wore a bikini and looked like a goddess of the Lake carrying that 30 week belly and splashing with the family.  I learned so much about the family this day. Mostly that L is so loved by the boys/man in her life. They see her strength and joy and they find so much comfort in that. 

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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Part Two | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

The Motherhood Project: Part One

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part 1

18 weeks - 24 weeks

As I sit here about to go on call for this little one's birth I am astounded by the story we have created so far. I started this project as a way to cleanse myself creatively, try new things and tell 1 story all the way through. I put this odd dream out into the universe at the End of 2017 with very little expectations or even plans. Just a handful of photos I wanted to take. It then took me months to actually narrow the different moms down and decide finally on working with L. She is the mother of 4 boys, pregnant with her fifth. I've gotten to watch and photograph so many different moments of her motherhood journey since this year began and gotten to learn so many things about who she is.

She is organized, giving and confident in so many ways.

She listens to her children but takes time for herself.

She rarely wears makeup and slays in a bikini. 

She laughs the most at knock, knock jokes and her sweet husband.

She is quiet sometimes but fills the award space with so much warmth.

I'm sure once we finish this series I'll know so many more things. And I'm excited to get to tell all of these stories that add together to create such a complex and strong person. I've had this thought so many times since we started, how awesome it will be for her children to know her in this way when they are older? Know her beyond the caretaker or the nurturer to the raw parts of who she is as she experiences pregnancy then birth and all the months that follow. I also think about how incredible it will be for her to get to know herself one day. When all the kids are grown up and she enters the new season of woman hood. I've had this conversation with my own mother, her pain looking through old videos and old photos because she just can't remember the woman in them. The energy she once had and the purpose. I'm excited for L to have this series as a way to know herself as a mother and a woman and for all who have followed along to get to know her too. I get approached constantly from all different people, they always know about L and her journey, they all make votes about boy or girl and I honestly can not wait to share once, this little one arrives. (seriously any day now)

For Part one I'm sharing the first two sessions we did this year one of vulnerability the other of the motherhood routine. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

18 Weeks

Throughout the last months there have been days of celebration and days of vulnerability and I think once this little one arrives those days will explode even more. I started the series with L's pregnancy journey at the 18 weeks mark. It was scary to ask someone to be so vulnerable after just meeting but L was incredible. She wanted to celebrate her growing body, acknowledge the joy and stress of mothering not just this little one growing inside but the carrying of her whole family in so many ways. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

24 Weeks

For this session I just wanted to get to know L in her element. See her day to day and meet the whole family. From an afternoon with just her youngest playing legos, to picking up the older boys, the library, cooking dinner and sharing a meal all together. It was purely documentary and truly set the stage for getting to know L as a mother.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
IMG_0648.jpgThe Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer