Raleigh Family Photography

Fall Mini Sessions 2019

Raleigh Family Photography

September 21st | Fall Mini Session Day

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


Fall Mini Sessions 2019 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer | Durham Family Photography | Chapel Hill Family Photography

What a crazy 2019 it’s been so far. Chris and I found out we are expecting our first baby right at the beginning of the year which really shook everything up for us! But we are so excited for our little to join the adventure sometime this Fall! This is why we will only be having ONE Mini session day this year. The big day is September 21! And there will only be a few slots available so if you are considering a session in NC this year, now is the time to grab your slot!

Each year I love getting a chance to reconnect with past families and meet new parents too! These 30 minute Mini sessions are such a sweet and simple way to get frame worthy pictures that celebrate the year you’ve had! I’m keeping things very laidback this year, relaxed locations and only 5 spots for the entire day.

Each Session will be 30 minutes at a location mentioned below!

They will include 6 fully edited images

with downloading and print release.

This year is just like last year, you will receive a full viewing gallery

and be able to select your favorite 6 or purchase additional files if you would like!

Mini Sessions this year are

$200

with full payment needed at contract signing to reserve your session.

All payments can be made through PayPal. 

Once you're paid up and contract signed

you'll be officially on the schedule!

Fall Mini Sessions 2019 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer | Durham Family Photography | Chapel Hill Family Photography

RALEIGH-DURHAM

SEPTEMBER 21st, SATURDAY

MORNING SESSIONS

At Brumley Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill

8:00am | OPEN

8:45am | RESERVED

9:30am | RESERVED

SUNSET SESSIONS

At Forest Hills Park, Durham

5:45pm | RESERVED

6:30pm | RESERVED

sunsets at 7:15 pm

Fall Mini Sessions 2019 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer | Durham Family Photography | Chapel Hill Family Photography

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I book? 

Click one of the "Request a Date and Time Here" links above. Or Here! All session requests come through me! I'll answer questions and then send you the contract followed by the invoice for payment. All contracts must be signed and invoices paid within 24 hours of request in order to confirm your slot. Out of fairness to everyone, I cannot hold any session times beyond that point. I'll respond to requests in the order that I receive them. Please NO FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM Messages. 

What Should I wear?

This is a great question! This year I want to encourage all of my clients to really take time to get a little dressed up(while still feeling comfy) to make these incredible photos that much more special. My style of photographing is very laidback, emotive and intended to bring out the natural joy and beauty of your family, but that doesn't mean getting a little styled wont take these family moments to the next level :) I'm linking below a Pinterest board for inspiration but I would love to be in contact before then if you have some outfit combination ideas! I'll also send a couple "dos and dont's" once we are officially confirmed! 

https://www.pinterest.com/hannahillphotog/wardrobe-inspiration/

What Should we bring? 

Always bring a blanket! I'll have a very neutral one in my car this year just in case but there is nothing like a family quilt or colorful throw to add a little pop of personality to your session. We will do a mixture of walking, standing, sitting, snuggling and even lying down if the organic mood strikes us, so be sure to have something to relax on other than the cold ground.

Also leave the snacks in the car or in small amounts.

But definitely bring along books or small toys if your little one may need a little distracting and you’re ok with them being in some of the images. These sessions are fun, not posey in anyway so letting them wander and explore, pick up sticks or flowers is definitely allowed (and a little encouraged!)

Can we bring our pets?

Sadly, no pets allowed this year :( If you would like to upgrade your session to a full family session to include your favorite pups, rabbits or whatever animal in your home you treasure, please let me know as soon as possible and I will do my best accommodate you and your family this Fall! Unfortunately the limited time frame of these sessions just doesn't give us what we need to balance little ones, snuggles and wiggly animals. 

How many images will I receive?

Included with each session is 6 Hand-edited, high-resolution images with a personal print release. You will receive access to an online viewing gallery of edited files(25-40) for you to select your favorite 6 for download. 

You will also be able to purchase additional photos individually, in sets or purchase the entire gallery if you would like! 

How long will my session last?

Sessions will last 30-35 minutes from "hello" to "see ya soon!" It is important to be about 5-10 minutes early so that everyone is ready when we meet and prepared to walk up or down to our exact location! 

Where will the session take place?

Each "Mini Session Block" has a specific location. Where to meet will be sent at confirmation of booking or right before our session. Both spots this year have very minimal walking, Brumley Nature Preserve has a beautiful trail that will give us a few location stops while the special location within Forest Hills is an secluded yet open field that keeps things very simple!

What happens if the weather doesn't cooperate?

Overcast, even drizzly weather can make for good photographs...Umbrellas and rain coats are adorable and fun!! But, I do understand that it’s not feasible for all situations. On the day of our Session I will make the call on whether we will try and attempt or not, I will do my best to move sessions around to get everyone photographed within the day. But if the weather is truly pouring down and we have really no choice... 

All sessions will be moved to the following day (SUNDAY)

Can we use our slot for Maternity or Couples photos? 

Yes!

If you are expecting a little one or celebrating your love, you are welcome to book these Fall Mini Sessions! 

Is there a limit on how many can come to the session? 

Yes,

since we are limited on time, only the nuclear family is welcome to your session slot (ie. parents and children) If you would like to include grandparents or share you session with other members of your family, just let me know and we can upgrade your session to an Extended family session this Fall and customize it to a location and time that works for the whole family! 

Fall Mini Sessions 2019 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Family Photographer | Durham Family Photography | Chapel Hill Family Photography

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 Seering Family

Raleigh- Durham Family Photographer

The Seering Family Story at Eno River Park

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth & Family Photography

The weather is finally clearing and slowly warming and that fills me with so much joy for life. I don’t know about you but I go into serious hibernation between Christmas and Spring. The winter just gets to me after a while :P but I’m so glad the color is finally returning and we are all able to get out with Family and enjoy nature once again! Celebrating family is seriously one of my favorite parts about life and especially my job. Getting to not only capture those first moments but also the re-occurring celebration of a growing family. Little ones exploring and parents flying by the seat of their pants trying to give and parent the best way they know how. Those candid beautiful moments are so worth tear and getting to photograph them and gift them as memories is one of my favorite things in this life.

For this beautiful family, they hadn’t had photos in quite some time but you would not know it from the relaxed fun they had playing at the Eno River. They were adventurous and silly and I was laughing the whole time trying to just bottle up the sweet energy of their family. The two girls showed their unique personalities as they loved on their parents and splashed each other in the water. Mom and dad just looked on with joy and were so down to join in the play! I really wish every session could be this care free! Dad was also hilarious, singing the “Little Sebastian” theme song from Parks and Rec all throughout just to keep his girls laughing and in good spirits. I can’t wait for this weather to just keep getting warm so I could be out doing more fun sessions like this one!

For more info on getting your Family booked for a session this year, reach out HERE! I can’t wait to hear from you :)

The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Seering Family Lifestyle Session at the River | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

James M. Birth Story

Raleigh-Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer

The Birth of Baby James and

the first time motherhood journey of Amanda

A peaceful and patient birth center birth at Baby Co. in Cary, NC

The woman’s body knows how,

The body has intuition and power beyond what society tries to limit,

The body is made to carry, nourish and birth life,

There should never be a moment when we doubt the body of a woman.

James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth

It was a peaceful rainy morning when i got the call/text from Amanda that this little one was on the way. We had chatted throughout the night about early contractions and some waters breaking but when I finally got the call that they were heading into the birth center I was so ecstatic. I got myself ready and headed to Baby Co. in Cary. When I arrived Amanda was about 6 cm and handling each contraction like a champ. Evan, her husband, was a constant source of love and support. He waited and held her and gave her words of love and encouragement. Amanda had such a profound focus through each wave and you could only hear in the room the primal and beautiful moans of motherhood and the sweet whispers from Evan, constantly repeating, “you can do this, just keep doing that, i love you”

Soon afterI arrived those moans grew into a powerful vocalization which let all of us know that this baby was coming down and that we were close. The midwives of Baby co were so attentive and amazing. They kept her moving and changing positions to help that little one move as seamlessly and swiftly down. Amanda moved from tub, to bed, back to tub , birthing stool and finally delivered right there on the bed being held by her love to welcome their precious little boy, who they named James Zion.

In the moments when Amanda was not sure she could do much more, her body took up the slack and intuitionally pulled them both through. And in the moments when her body was ready to give into the exhaustion, Amanda’s incredible focus and readiness to meet her baby boy overcame everything else. It was a powerful sentiment to the intuition and focus of the woman’s body. For a first time mom to move through her contraction and labor with so much ease and persistence was so inspiring to see. Her peace and comfort in the space and those around her were so evident too.

And that moment when she saw baby James for the first time was an emotion filled moment I will never forget. So much pure joy and waves of accomplishment flooded Amanda and Evan. Their connection with James was so immediate. You could feel their tender love for one another and this little gift just pouring out in buckets. The moment they introduced him to her mom and dad waiting in the other room was completely unadulterated pride and happiness. To be able to share their little gift with family and feel that sense of “i did this, we did this, look at who we made.” was such a beautiful sight and brought me to tears!

I am constantly blown away and honored to have the permission to capture such life changing moments for families. Especially those first time moms. The walk through those first 9 months of pregnancy is one of so much unknown and powerful emotion that all comes to this mountainous release when they meet their little one. Those moments are palpable and powerful and I love that documenting these types of moments are my life’s passion.

If you want to learn more about having these powerful moments that change your life captured, reach out to me anytime, here :)

James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
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James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth

Checkout their Stunning Birth Video below!

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