Fresh 48

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

Addison H. Fresh 48

I love getting to capture one family in different seasons of their story. From maternity to birth to newborn, each season has a different personality and energy. I got to meet this sweet family right before little Addison made her earth side appearance at their Maternity session. I got to capture them in their home snuggling up and preparing for their little girl to come and rock their world. Addison was going to be their first little one so it's definitely expected to go through a bit of awkwardness when it comes to celebrating with photography a little one you haven't met before. But I kept telling them both that once she was here this type of thing would immediately become easier. It's just a lot more natural to adore on a beautiful baby than just a growing baby bump (especially for new dads)

So I was not surprised to show up at the hospital right after Addison was born to see both mom and dad completely in their natural place. So much joy and comfortability filled the room. Nothing mattered (especially not me photographing them) because now their sweet little girl was in their arms. It's a beautiful transition to get to capture from all the curiosity and unsurity of pregnancy with your first to meeting your little one and getting to know them for the first time. Being overwhelmed with joy and praise at the tiniest little noises and faces. 

I was so honored to capture this family's story from Maternity to Fresh 48. Seeing the beautiful joy and change one little person can bring into the world. 

Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Addison H. Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography

Titus L: Birth Story Revisited

Titus L. : Birth Story Revisited | 1 Year later

One year ago today this little one was brought into the world. Photographing births has always been a deep passion of mine; one that truly felt reignited by this little guy's birth. I remember walking out the hospital the morning he was born and literally jumping because I had finally been reunited with my passion. Watching Ellen fiercely work through her contractions, make hard choices, fight through the exhaustion while still maintaining this pure sense of peace and joy that she would soon meet her son was just the amount of empowerment I needed to see. Whatever fear she felt she continuously fought against it. I remember the room being filled with their birth playlist which was this incredible mixture of soft hymns and the most joyful gospel music you can think of. I remember how after sleeping in the hospital room all night we woke up to this gorgeous morning light. I remember looking up to see Jaremy just holding Ellen's hand, laughing and praying with her knowing that their little boy would be there soon. That morning light made each photo and moment that much more hopeful and captivating. It streamed through the room just as Titus was brought earth side and I remember thinking "my god, this job is everything." 

You may be wondering, why is Hanna rewriting and sharing a blog post from one year ago when she is 15-30 blog posts behind. Well thats a great question. I realized that in one year my passion for birth photography has grown like a wildfire in my spirit. My style and desire to capture that authentic, raw emotion that is present in every sacred birthing space has only solidified. That spirit and style was just re-beginning when I wrote this story last year. I was just remembering a passion I held a little captive in my heart. Without even reason I found myself going back through this birth and finding new details and moments I had lost when I posted it before. I found myself reworking the color, light and composition and wanted to be able to share it again in celebration of both growth as a business and my passion for this work. This new blog for me is a reflection, reinvigoration of an already beautiful story just with a new perspective one year later. I obviously won't be able to reblog every birth each year as my style grows and changes but there really was something so special about this birth that made me feel pretty much just called to re share and retell it in a new way. 

If you want to take a look at last years orignal post you can do so through this link.

http://www.hannahillphotography.com/blog-1/2017/3/8/titus-l-birth-story

You'll see that I've added a lot more moments never before shared. It's crazy how much can change in 1 year. Cheers to little Titus today on his first birthday! 

 mother labors in hospital birth story Duke Medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mother breathes through hard contractions labor waves hospital birth Duke Medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 Mom uses the restroom to help keep things moving during labor hospital birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 Dad gives back rubs to laboring wife during long hard birth waves contractions hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 watching the heart tones of baby throughout the birth story hospital birth duke regional medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
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 dad watches in awe of his beautiful wife strongly going through contractions and labor in the early morning | North Carolina birth photographer | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
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 mother lies in bed summoning peace and serenity throughout her labor and contractions hospital birth Duke regional medical center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom holds on to the bed as she breathes through an intense contraction, close up on hand with tattoo of her husbands initial hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 husband prays over his wife while she fears pain during her labor and birth he gives her peace and comfort hospital birth North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 strong momma takes a breath in between contractions taking in the morning knowing baby will be there soon hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 Mom smiles at her husband knowing baby will be here soon and taking a breath in between contractions | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 husband and wife hold hands talking while in between contractions labor pains birth waves | Hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mother feels the contraction intensely but stays strong and perseverant through her labor waves | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 peaceful momma breathing through contractions hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 morning light fills the birthing space a mom gets ready to bring baby earth side | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 The empowered strength of this gorgeous mother as she moves through the last contractions of her birth completely in the zone in tune with her laboring body | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 dad comforts his wife as she reaches transition of her birth and labor contractions | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 Mother begins pushing during labor bringing baby closer to her with each contraction | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom changes position during pushing to feel comfortable and bring baby out safely and quickly | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina Birth Photography 
 baby is finally placed on mom's chest moments after baby is brought into the world, with a little cone head and pink skin | hospital birth story Duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom lets out an emotional expression seeing baby for the first time while dad watches on with love and joy, that beautiful first moment as a family of three | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 those first moments of quieting her little one as he transitions from womb to earthside life their in his mother's arms as dad looks on with so much joy and adoration | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom holds baby close to her chest as the umbilical cord releases it's remaining nutrients and blood to their little one | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby's fingers grasp their mother's finger for the first time while both parents smile down with joy and emotion | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 Baby looks up in wonder at the world he was brought into with his little wrinkly fingers in his mothers arms | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby snuggles up in moms arms right after being born earth side little wet baby headed curls| hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mother smiling with joy holding her brand new baby against her chest hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby toes feet reaching out from under the hospital blanket right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom holds baby on her chest breathing in the knowledge of motherhood | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby fist and fingernails as he is weighed and examined for the first time | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 little baby getting first exams there in the hospital with little birth baby curls hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby getting his head measured hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom holds baby against her chest keeping him warm right after birth | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby keeps warm against mothers chest right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby meets grandmother for the first time right after he is born and brought into mom's arms | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom holds baby close looking out the window reflecting on this motherhood journey | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 dad holds son skin to skin to make a beautiful connection with him right after birth | Hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby looks up at his dad with so much wonder and love as he experiences skin to skin with him after birth | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby and dad skin to skin right after birth | Hospital birth story Duke Regional medical center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby looks up at the world while skin to skin with his dad | hospital birth story natural Duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby and dad skin to skin looking into each others eyes | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 baby is given back to mom to try and breast feed for the first time | Hospital birth story | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom and baby work on their first latch there in the hospital bed right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina birth photography 
 baby breast feeds for the first time getting nutrients and milk from his mother first latch | Hospital natural birth photography Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina birth photography 
 milk drunk baby looking at the world, his mom | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
 mom and baby work through breast feeding there in the hospital room while Dady texts in excitement the news of their baby | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 

Santiago : Birth Story

Santiago : A Family Centered Home Birth

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

Santiago's birth was one of fierce strength and the epitome of what a family centered birth can really be like. Home birth is such a sacred and incredible way to bring your child into the world. There is just a sense of peace and comfort by being in your own space surrounded by the people you love and the atmosphere you've made home. It's hard to put into words really. Behind every birth there is a lot of fear, anticipation and worry about all the things that may or may not go wrong. It's why most women choose a hospital to bring their little one into the world. In so many ways that makes sense and I love those hospital birth just as much. But home births are in and of them selves accepting that birth is empowering and that you were actually built to handle a birth. That sense of strength and vitality always puts a completely different vibe into the air. A vibe of "you can do it" "you are strong" and "this is a true celebration." 

The morning Santiago came into the world I woke to a text at around 5:00am. I was actually on call as backup for his arrival not the main photographer. In the world of birth photography having a back up is absolutely essential. As much as all of us want to be 24/7 available to out clients, life also happens and births are so unpredictable. I love that in the birthing community there really is a sense of friendship and community because just having someone else that you trust who's art is also beautiful and qualified brings you a sense of peace rather than competition. 

So back to the story I woke up to a text from the main photographer Anna, of Anna Pollit.com, saying mom was in labor and that baby was coming today. Santiago's momma was on her 3rd baby so I knew that meant probably a swift labor but honestly had no idea how quick this little guy would arrive. I woke up showered and waited from a text from the mom to hear how far along things were coming. By the time I was done and dressed she had texted and was seriously ready for me to head that way. When I arrived I was met with the smell of home cooked soup, two sleepy brothers who had just woken up to all the commotion and a momma fiercely laboring. 

She was a true warrior, one minute she was laughing and joking with her two year old son and the second she was peacefully yet intensely working through her contractions. The two big brothers were seriously making us all laugh, they were so incredibly excited to witness and meet their new little brother. The oldest just kept saying, "I'm so excited to meet him." and would run in every once and while to check if his little brother was on his way or not. The family focused vibe was so incredible and beautiful. This momma wanted those she loved to surround her and Santiago with as much relaxed and positive energy as possible. 

I was seriously only there about 2 hours before this little boy was ready to come and see his family. This momma maybe pushed 3 times and he was out and crying, ready to meet his new family. The emotions in the room were uncontrollable, so many tears and laughs filled those first moments. Their oldest son just was over the moon that he now had another little brother to love on and their second son was so curious about how his life had just changed before his eyes.

I got to stay and watch this family of 4 become 5 and it was an incredible sight to see.I got to capture all of those incredible firsts that happen right after he comes into the world from his first feeding to getting his measurements done. It really was such an honor to be apart of this birth and seeing the incredible joy and celebration that comes along with telling birth stories. 

 Mom peacefully works through contractions during her water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother explains to her oldest son about the birth of his new little brother | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and family photographer
 mom lets out a sigh of joy and relief as she labors during her water birth at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 little brother looks on with snack in hand while mother labors during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 mom works through a particularly hard contraction during her at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer 
 mom grips on the edge of the pool during a contraction in her water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
Santiago birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother waits in the pool during her water birth at home | Hanna Hill photography  Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother lets out a breath during a contraction while her husband holds her hand during a home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 husband comforts his wife through labor during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 so much joy and so many sighs of relief after baby is out and happy during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 that sweet moment when husband and wife see their baby for the first time during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
 baby's first cries after a swift at home water birth \ Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 brother meeting his new little brother moments after baby is born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 introducing the big brother to his new little brother after birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 a moment of calm after birth in a water birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
 motherhood looks so good on this mom getting to know her little one for the first time during a home water birth | hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
 mother and child having their first moments together during an at home water birth | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 a close up on baby and his little hands right after being born into the world | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 so much wonder and love for baby right after he has been born | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 the whole family meeting baby right after he was born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 so much pure joy in this mother hood moment right after giving birth at this at home water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 that beautiful moment of motherhood right after you've Brough your baby into the world during an home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
 sweet newborn making the sign for love right after being born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother and baby resting after a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mom hold baby right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 a sweet moment with baby and mom right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
 mother and baby right after birth relaxing together at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 baby holds mom's finger moments after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 baby lets out a sweet smile and laugh moments after birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 first exam right after baby is brought into the world at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 Sweet little baby getting his first exam right after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh Birth and family photographer

Luke A. : Fresh 48

Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Greenville, SC | Hanna Hill Photography

It's been a crazy year for my best friend Kimmy. She and I share a birthday and have tried over the last years to celebrate together in some form each year. Right around our 25th birthday last November we found out she was expecting. It was truly a crazy emotional time. It was not the way she would have planned it but none the less this year of knowing Luke was on his way changed everyone she met.

With my whole heart I wanted to be there by her side to capture the birth of this little boy. He had meant so much to me, even from the second we knew he existed. But Luke had a different plan. I was flying down for a week a little before the due date till a little after. You'd think I would know how completely unpredictable birth is by now but still I wanted so bad to be able to fly there and plan it out. Of course he decided to come the night before I was meant to be there, no flights available to change it and while I threw around the idea of driving all night, my husband told me that was crazy. So I showed up right before he had his second day in the hospital and stayed with them for their second sleepless night and got to cuddle him on and off every couple hours so Kimmy could get some rest. The next morning I woke up and the sun came into the room with so much life. I seriously just had to capture this precious morning. 

These moments were about capturing motherhood and that indescribable bond being formed. They were about seeing Kimmy change into a mom before my eyes. They were about seeing Luke as a human not just a thing in my imagination but actually here with a personality and adorable face. I wanted to remember the peace of that morning with him just laying in his basinet looking directly at me and the way Kimmy looked at him like she saw a glimpse at her life in a whole new and beautiful way. 

I'm so thankful I was allowed to enter this sacred space and capture this beautiful hour there in the hospital. Before they even went home and started life. The fresh 48 session captures that small window of time that without a few photos might have been forgotten. 

Luke A.: Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography