Alicia F. Maternity Story

Durham,NC Maternity Photography

Alicia, Chris and Ori celebrate baby number two and Mom’s beautiful growing Belly

in Durham, North Carolina

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Birth and Family Photographer

This past year I got to truly follow along with this beautiful family from Maternity, birth to Newborn! They were team green on baby number two and I just love capturing all the joy and anticipation that comes along with waiting. Big sister Ori is one of the best and biggest little personalities I’ve come across, she made this session such a blast. Even when things started off a little emotional it did not take long for her excitement and silliness to win out as she got comfortable in front of the camera. Her curiosity and love for her little baby sibling were beautiful to see. It was fun to just take these three out to a favorite little park and really celebrate that this precious family of three was growing by one. Chris and Alicia took so many beautiful moments to just connect and reflect as they awaited their little one and of course laugh at their precocious little girl. We celebrated that growing baby bump too which I am obsessed with. Our bodies grow and change in such a unique way during pregnancy and I wish every mom wanted to flaunt that courageous motherhood bump. I can’t wait to continue to unfold their sweet family story and share the powerful story of birth that brought their second little one into the world! (So stay tuned…)

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Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
If photographer is unable to perform this contract due to sickness, emergency, or causes beyond photographer’s control, the photographer and client shall attempt to schedule a replacement session (fresh 48, newborn session, etc.…). If an agreement cannot be reached by photographer and client, the photographer agrees to return payments made (minus the retainer). The photographer will have no further liability. If the photographer is not able to deliver the agreed upon images due to a technical malfunction of her photography equipment, the photographer’s liability is limited to the price of a birth session.
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

Ayara F. Birth Story

Durham Birth Photographer

The Birth of Ayara

A Powerful Uncensored Homebirth Story

Where to even begin with this story! It’s been almost a year since this little girl made her way into the world and still to this day it has been one of the births that has resonated the most with me. This beautiful mom worked so hard for this baby girl and her autonomy as a birthing woman was such an inspiration to me. She knew at her core the things she needed to safely bring her through the long hard labor and to bring her little girl earthside. She honestly didn’t need any of us because her intuition and strength is 100% what brought this little girl into the world, though I am honored to have been there to capture her story, to tell it now and to have documented the beautiful harmonious support of her husband and birth team.

Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth

I got the text from Carlita and Demarion the night before, that things were finally starting. This little girl had started her journey only a few days past their due date so I was not shocked to hear I could be called in soon. I ate some dinner and got into bed semi early to await the call to come. Around 4am I got the text that the midwife was on her way and would give me an update but I remember feeling super awake at the call and wanted to just get ready and head their way. So within 15 minutes I was in the car heading to her home.

When I arrived things were in the labor zone completely. The sun was still waiting to rise and the tones were quiet and excited. But hen I arrived we found out that Carlita was still in the early stages of labor. Usually when this happens I’ll do one of a few things, try and get some rest there on a couch, head home to return at another time or simply wait it out while giving mom plenty of space to progress at her own pace. I of course want to capture all the beauty of the labor phase but I also don’t want to slow things down by being in the space when things aren’t as “active.” So in the end I decided to go with the assistant midwife to grab a bite to eat down the road at Waffle house and come back in an hour to see how things were. When we returned I just felt that things were moving and didn’t want to miss a thing so I decided to stay.

By late afternoon mom was in full labor, active but this baby was definitely taking her time on the journey. Mom tried resting, being in water, dancing(swaying mostly), she ate and laughed with us and also took moments to be alone and talk to her baby. The beautiful thing was that her partner truly never left her side. He was such a rock all throughout her labor progression, helping her to laugh, relax but also feel supported and cherished in those deeply intense and emotional moments. He really was her “person” and it was beautiful to see. When the world could not reach her because of the intensity of each contraction it always still felt that her and Demarion were connected and in tune by a string or force.

As the sun went down there was an energy of being so ready for this baby to arrive all over the home. Mom was growing in her exhaustion but her heart was set on home birth. Baby was happy, healthy and content in her mom’s womb and was taking her time descending. Those last few hours were so emotional for us all but especially Carlita and Demarion. For all homebirths the option to transfer to a hospital is always there, even when it’s not “medically” needed sometimes the exhaustion can really be overwhleming. Some moms realize after hours that rest is the next part of the journey and choose to head in for a little pain releif and rest before pushing baby out. I had been there almost 22 hours and they had been laboring for over 30. So when the option to transfer was opened up I remember Carlita and Demarion really just needing a moment to be alone. I laid down on the couch next to the assistant midwife, waiting to hear what out next moves would be.

All in maybe 30 minutes/an hour we heard a call from the midwife down the stairs, “Angie, get my bag.” We both shot up. She rushed up the stairs with supplies and followed behind waiting to hear what was going on. The door to the bedroom was closed with obvious people right beyond it. It sounded as if mom was having baby right between the door and bed. There was no time for me to sqeeze in so I waited for the midwife to open it back up, seconds later I heard a baby cry and the midwife opened up the door to show mom sitting right there on the carpet holding her freshly born baby girl right beyond the door frame. It was amazing, a sight I think I’ll never get out of my brain! All Carlita needed was a deep dive into herself to seriously push that baby out. And she did it, when she went up to her room the hour before she pretty much locked herself away and during that time the shift of emotions turned into that final jolt of power every mom needs to take complete ownership of her body.

For the next hours I got to capture all of those raw and beautiful first moments of them as a family. They both spent the moments just adoring her little features and starting their beautiful bonding with breastfeeding. I really can’t believe this day was almost a year ago because when i look back through each image it transports me to the emotions of this day so vividly. That’s at it’s core the beauty of birth photography, having the ability to not only document a momentous change in your life but also to be able to relive the excitement for every day afterward. In those moments of doubt or exhaustion that come with parenthood, these images are a little source that never goes dry to remind you of your power and joy.

A sincere thank you to Carlita and Demarion for being open to sharing their empowered journey! It’s because of families like yours that more women in our culture will be given the tools to have a powerful birth story; not focused on pain but on strength and transcendence. Because when women see births and women like them giving birth and they come away feeling knowledgable and strong enough to take power over it for themselves.

And of course a thank you to Sankofa Midwifery for your continued support for home births in our NC communities!

Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
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Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth

You can also watch their beautiful birth film below! Seriously one of my favorites I’ve ever created!



The Tran Family

Raleigh Durham Lifestyle Family Photography

The Tran Family

Celebrating sisterhood in their beautiful Backyard in Durham, NC

Spring is finally here and giving us all the color and rain storms here in North Carolina which I absolutely love! I rarely get out for photos in the Spring surprisingly, my vibe tends to be Fall I guess :P Or maybe it’s my own allergies that keep me indoors. But the sweet moments I do get to explore the outdoors in the Springtime are some of my favorites! Capturing all the fresh blooms and alive green color are what perfect photos are made of.

I got to meet these two sisters and was blown away by their sweetness and silliness. Their mom really just wanted a simple session of her two precious girls loving each other and life in their backyard! And it ended up being the most beautiful garden backyard around! From rose bushes lining to fence to stunning herbs and plants curated perfectly throughout the outdoor space. It was tranquil and colorful! Typically I insist that we photograph the whole family, not just the kiddos, because one of my main goals with my work is getting the parents in front of the camera, at least for a few moments. Even if you aren’t feeling photogenic ,which i totally get, having a few moments of how you loved on your kiddos will mean so much in the future. For both you and for them, to see the memories captured.

But due to scheduling and the rose bloom schedule we ended up having to do this fun sisterhood session while their mom was out of town. Thankfully I got their dad in a couple shots but was so excited with how these fun sisters pulled off one of the silliest and sweetest sessions around. They had energy and even with the bugs relentlessly in our business these girls wanted to capture their sister love and I was so excited to do that for them.

The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
The Tran Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer

The Motherhood Project: Part Four

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project:

Part 4

The Birth Story of Hayes

Well if you are just jumping in then I suggest you first go check out Part One, Part Two and Part Three because watching this Motherhood journey from the beginning is SO beautiful and so worth it. In 2018 I got the opportunity to follow along on the journey of one incredible mother of 5! I watched as she grew a tiny human, loved her 4 older boys and husband unconditionally and stayed powerful and stunning in her womanhood. L’s story has been one of the things so many people have reached out to me about and so many people last year followed along to see. I’m so sorry for my lateness in sharing the next installment of their story and debatably the most epic. Today I’m excited to finally share the birth story of their fifth baby! In all its raw beauty and power!

Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography

After 4 births with all different arrival dates Lindsay was pretty shocked when this little one decided to keep us all waiting almost a week past his due date. That’s pretty typical for moms but when you’ve had a few early and few a on time I know we were all shocked when this little one was pushing us to 41 weeks.

I got the text/call late one Thursday night that L. was barely feeling contractions. Now this still meant a lot for me because with a fifth baby literally any sign could mean we are close to this little one slipping out :P I got myself ready, dressed and out the door by the time they texted 15 minutes later to say they were heading to the Women’s Birth and Wellness Birth Center.

When I arrived i was actually there right before they made it and we all walked in together. With them was L., Her husband, 4 boys, both grandmas, a great grandma and one grandpa. It was a party to say the least :P Most family sat in the waiting room getting the boys situated with places to sleep or just wait while L. went straight into the birth space.

L. is a Hypnobabies coach and total goddess when it comes to meditating through her birth. She was already in a state of hypnosis when she arrived with her headphones in. With every wave she breathed in and out like she knew exactly when and where this baby was coming down the birthing canal. She was so connected with baby and so in tune with her needs throughout. She knew when she needed a cold cloth, a hand hold and for everyone to just give her space. She described this part in her own words this way,

“Even though my eyes were closed during most of transformation I just felt so loved and supported by my birthing team.

My doula was reminding me to use my cues and telling me how amazing I was.

My nurse was helping to keep the ice water as stocked as possible.

My midwife was sitting on the floor just watching the birth unfold and telling me that I was doing a great job.

My husband never left my side and was holding the cold rags on my forehead.

During this time I was focused very inward so I could remain in my hypnosis and stay very comfortable…

I would think to myself how amazing this must be for everyone to watch.

I was totally rocking my birth and I knew it! I had never experienced having a birth photographer before and I was so excited for these moments to be captured so I could get to see what everybody else was getting to watch. With my eyes mostly closed and me focused on my hypnosis it wasn’t something I could get a sense of in my prior births.”

I may be remembering this wrong but I swear we were not in the birth suite longer than 20 minutes, I was still deciding whether i was going to turn some more lights on or pop out my flash, before L., sitting on the birthing stool, reached down and lifted her fifth baby boy up into her arms. I was standing right in front of her trying to grab each detail and moment in almost the complete dark. I looked down and saw babies head and knew it was time and seconds later L. had already gasped out her “i just birthed my fifth baby” breath. In all the commotion grandma or doula ran to yell for the whole family to come in (they had all planned to be there to witness the moment of birth) but since baby came out so fast they were all rushing in when baby was being lifted up. Here is how L. described this epic moment,

I brought the baby up to my chest and just stared in amazement at this new little life. My oldest son was first into the room and he saw me bringing the baby up to my chest.

The rest of our children and family came in right behind him. I remember saying, “My precious baby! You are finally here!”

My husband gave me a hug and a kiss, and we took a few moments to take it all in before looking down to discover we had another son!

What a blessing! What a miracle! We were just overjoyed!

L. and her husband wanted to be the first to announce the gender and if you watch the video, I’ll post at the end of this series, you can watch their live reaction. Oh so much love, shock and joy filled the room when they said, “it’s a boy” All the brothers gathered around like they had gotten their wish, filled with so much laughter and begging to hold him. It was a pretty amazing to witness.

L. just sat taking it all in, absorbing all the energy surrounding her, the oxytocin clouding the space and smiling at her strength to bring another little one into the world. They named him Hayes something they had taunted us all with saying, “girl or boy the name starts with H” So we had all come up with a million ideas but perfect little Hayes was it. As he snuggled close each boy got a chance to hold him and shower him with love. The room filling with excitement was truly infectious to us all.

I was so honored to first of all make it to this birth but to get to tell this incredible story of what it looks like to birth her fifth little boy amongst her family tribe and to feel so much power in your body that you literally reach down and bring your own little boy up into your arms. L. is a badass goddess and her birth story was one of my favorites to tell!

Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
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Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
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Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography

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Jack O. Newborn Story

Raleigh-Durham Newborn Photographer

The Newborn Story of Jack O.

Celebrating the Homecoming of this precious little brother in Raleigh, North Carolina

Newborn sessions are by far my realest and most laidback session I offer (outside fo documentary birth of course:P). By nature they are all about capturing those little details and moments and each newborn story is so unique to the personalities of each family. I go into each with the same idea of pairings, groups and details but I swear no session ever turns out quite the same.

For this stunning family I was there to celebrate the homecoming of sweet baby Jack. Who was surrounded by the love and adoration of not only mom and dad but two big personalitied sisters. Seeing the laughter and joy in their home was truly beautiful. I love how with home sessions you really have to learn to adapt, rarely does every person want to participate at the same time (especially juggling older siblings too) so you just learn how to dance to the rhythm of their unique family. In the moments that these sweet sisters wanted to love on baby brother we captured it and when they were ready to do their own thing we were able to take those moments to cherish some intimate moments with just mom, dad and baby. Each frame was filled with the authentic silliness of their family of 5 and the sweet sacred details of bringing a new life into their home. Baby Jack literally just went for the ride which I foresee being his laidback personality to come. He just loved to be close to them all and adapted to the attention and snuggles.

Thank you so much to this family for letting me celebrate your family in this way and for welcoming me into your home to capture these memories for you. It is always an honor for me!

Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer
Jack O. Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Newborn Lifestyle Photographer