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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 Birth of Eve

Raleigh-Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer

The Birth of Eve &

The Motherhood Journey of Chiara

An Empowered Homebirth at Windy Hill Farm

Birth does not fit into a box.

Birth is powerful in it’s unpredictability.

Birth can be long.

Birth is beautiful.

And Birth has a plan of it’s own sometimes even when we really wish it didn’t.

The Birth of Eve The Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

In the wee hours of the night I got the call that Chiara was in labor. Things were progressing gradually and her incredible doula/sister had a feeling baby would be there soon. When I arrived at the farm I was overcome by the beautiful setting. The sun still hadn’t risen but you could hear the early morning birds and feel the cold morning chill. When I entered the farm house I was hit with the incredible smell of homemade soap, wall of family photos and only the faint sounds of Chiara progressing beautifully through labor.

The room was in almost complete darkness as Russell and Chiara held one another and Johanna (sister/doula of Loving Hands Doula Care) constantly sat by their side. Along with the 4 of us we had present Chiara’s mom (also a practicing hospital midwife) and Deb Fiore and her team from Carrboro Midwiffery. Basically it was a house full of birth loving strong women, Russell who was literally one of the most supportive husbands around and curious cats! The birth sisterhood energy in the room though was palpable!

Soon after I arrived Chiara decided it was time to get into the pool. She worked gracefully and intensely for several hours as the sunlight spilled into the space. Contractions started to slow down though so she was encouraged to get up and move around a little. Chiara had talked about how much she wanted to labor outside and have photos outside. I was so excited when the weather was warm enough and perfect for her to take multiple strolls all over the property.

When baby was still not descending in the late afternoon it was time for rest, get off her feet and try and let her body relax for the hard pushing to come. She had been trying so many different positions and movements over the last 20 hours that her body needed to just restore. All of her support women and me just sat about quietly and shared stories on the porch swing and waited.

It felt like a very long day and I know Chiara was feeling discouraged and exhausted. She was doing absolutely everything she possibly could with strength and peace but that baby was just in the wrong position (though we didn’t fully know it at the time) There are some births that just weigh heavily on your heart. Chiara’s journey was definitely one of them. Because after more than 40 hours of labor (I was present for about 30) it was decided baby’s position was longer head down. Mom had to make the very hard decision to go to the hospital to get checked, knowing that most likely she would be sent for an emergency Caesarean upon arrival. After all this planning and hope for a beautiful farm homebirth I think everyone felt that loss for Chiara. Thankfully everyone was healthy and little Eve was born in the early hours of the next morning.

I was personally unable to be in the OR for this little one’s birth, it felt emotional for me that we had come this far and I was having to go home. But at the same time I knew Chiara and Russel needed to process this for themselves, surrounded by the support of their amazing doula and family.

I was able to revisit them together on the farm a few weeks later. I wanted to capture a moment for them reminiscent of their birth story. So we did a little recreation of the “baby being placed on your chest” moment. I got to meet baby Eve, see her little curls and celebrate this new life with her and her beautiful strong parents.

I will always keep a special place in my heart for this story, some of my favorite images I’ve ever taken are from this birth but mostly because that day is one I’ll never forget. There was something about the beauty in her power the sisterhood peacefulness and the shared emotion of waiting that keeps me coming back. I just love that in birth, I know I will always learn something from the experience. I’m constantly growing and receiving the knowledge of the women and mothers who have gone before us, who have poured out their wisdom so that we can know the beauty and power in the way they bring life into the world.

The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

The Birth of Eve Film Story

 

After choosing a Caesarean and being taken to the hospital through ambulance. because of the emergent nature of the situation, I was unable to be in the OR and we decided that I would give Chiara and Russel time to process and heal.

They brought a healthy and happy baby girl named eve in the wee hours of the night.

I got to catch up with them a few weeks later at there cabin (also on the farm property) where the have been making a sweet home together.

The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

Lewis P. : Newborn

Lewis P. : Newborn

In Home Newborn Session in Jacksonville, FL

Samuel M. : Newborn

Samuel M. In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session |

Raleigh Birth & Newborn Photographer 

"I hope you don't mind

that I put down in words

how wonderful life is,

now you're in the world"

-Elton John

Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer

You may not be an Elton John fan but that song still to this day plays in my head when I photograph newborn sessions. Pretty much any session with babies where it feels like the whole world has just changed because that little one is finally here. Even as a photographer I can feel the shift each time I come into a family's home to photograph the sweet newborn season. Things are quieter, messier and oh so much slower. It's a beautiful thing when a new baby can help a family slow down and take stock of the joy and gifts they have.

Yes of course along with this transition and joy comes exhaustion and change but with Samuel's  Newborn session the main thing I kept thinking was, this little one has brought so much joy and peace. He has filled a space in this home that was once empty. As the bright morning light poured in all around our session, little Samuel dozed off to sleep. It was serene, he wasn't too fussy and he truly wanted simply be close to his mom and dad. It was a beautiful thing to watch. 

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions have such an energy and personality to them and I love that. Everything from the way they decorate their home to their affectionate touches all plays into this beautiful story of their family. These are candid celebrations of who Samuel is and how his joyful childhood will continue and I get to be the first to capture that part of their story. It's a true honor. 

If you'd like more information about booking your Newborn Session simply Say Hello Here

Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer

Mothers Day Special

Motherhood Sessions Special : In Celebration of Mothers Day

Growing up my mom was always the creative type, an artist and nurturer at heart. She always had a paint brush in hand, craft project in process or camera up ready to capture our life. 

She valued documenting our everyday moments before it was even in style. We even have these videos from back in the 90s of when we were all little ones. She would wake us each up with the video camera and capture everything we did in those 24 hours, from potty training to preschool to putting us to bed at night. Her love for just making a record of our family history has been something that has stuck with me my entire life. 

I remember though that while she captured life as art in a beautiful way, she struggled herself to get in front of the camera. She always wanted to be the person taking the photos of our family road trips, spaghetti covered faces and even the one to volunteer to snap the group photo at Disney world. She avoided being in the frame as much as possible.

 She is in no way a rare case and I can admit I’ve gotten that gene too. Once I started to become a photographer it made it that much harder for me to force myself in front of it. It’s weird how walls come up and how safe it feels to be in control of capturing the moment rather than being present in it. I think as women we all have a bit of anxiety when it comes to being seen and photographed. 

Especially as moms, the moments that you are spending with your littles and being present just don’t usually feel like your most glamorous. We can all agree parenthood isn’t perfect, and that mistakes and messes are made. But these seasons of childhood, raising your kiddos and documenting those in between moments have such an importance. Remembering the way you routinely woke your little ones up each morning, the way you took your kiddos to school with coffee in one hand and your youngest sleeping in the carseat, the sweet giggles that fill the house at bath time or the way your kiddos love to play outside until dark.

So for this Mother's Day instead of offering mini sessions or mommy and me sessions I thought I'd offer simply a few new types of Motherhood sessions with a limited time discount in honor of Mother's Day.

$150 off any Motherhood Session

A session that captures your family at it's most comfortable and captures your gifts as a mother at their most vulnerable, real and beautiful.

I'll be offering this limited time discount for my 2 new Motherhood Sessions (listed below) as well as my standard Newborn session and In Home Maternity Session. 

Book Anytime between now and May 13th for the discount! Gift cards are available for those who want to give these precious memories as a gift to the celebrated mother in their life! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

The Day in the Life Session: Capturing 4-5 hours of your day to day life from waking up your littles in the morning to tucking them in at night. This is a chance to get beautiful documentary style photos of this unforgettable season of motherhood.

$750 - Includes 50 fully edited photos with print release 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

 

The moments of motherhood Session: Capturing 2-3 hours of your day. In your home or back yard. This is all about comfortable celebration of your candid and beautiful lifestyle. These are perfect for any season, any age and any time of day. 

$400 - includes 30 fully edited images with print release

 

Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Newborn Session: Capturing 1-2hours of that beautiful and unforgettable newborn stage. This can be scheduled anytime between the 1-4 week mark after birth. Celebrating those intimate sweet moments of your family gaining a new little life. These are done all in home. 

$200 - Include 20 fully edited images with print release 

To see what Newborn Sessions are like with Hanna Hill photography check out these recent blogs! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

In Home Maternity & Motherhood Sessions: Capturing 1 hour in your home celebrating that growing baby bump or precious motherhood bond. Perfect for expecting moms, mom's just coming home from their birth who want an intimate picture of their postpartum journey or even moms who just want to celebrate their close bond of breastfeeding or bottle feeding. 

(Herbal & Milk Baths may have an added charge for supplies)

$125 - 10 fully edited images 

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Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

All session pricing listed is with discount include. Gift cards are available to be paid in full at purchase and can be used to schedule a session any time within the 2018 calendar year. This discount will only be applied to sessions booked or gift cards purchased between April 10th and May 13th. 

Standard Family Sessions In home and outdoors are $300 for 45 minutes. They include 12 fully edited images and print release! (these sessions can be booked at any time but are not subject to the Mother's Day discount)