Raleigh photography

Ayara F. Birth Story

Durham Birth Photographer

The Birth of Ayara

A Powerful Uncensored Homebirth Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Tran Family

Raleigh Durham Lifestyle Family Photography

The Tran Family

Celebrating sisterhood in their beautiful Backyard in Durham, NC

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

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

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

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

The Motherhood Project: Part Four

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project:

Part 4

The Birth Story of Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Definitely check out their Birth Film below!

Alec N. Birth Story

Durham- Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

The Birth of Alec

and the Motherhood Journey of Lauren

An exciting family focused birth center birth

at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer

Births come in all different shapes and sizes. I’m often overwhelmed over being a birth photographer after a long all nighter waiting for a little one to arrive. Those stories are powerful and beautiful in so many ways even in the waiting but there is nothing that gets me back on my feet and ready for the next birth journey than witnessing a birth that is whirlwind fast and exciting.

I got the “maybe its labor, maybe I can sleep on it” type text right around midnight. I quickly jumped in bed (i know all the mixed sleep patterns leave me a bit of a late nighter now a days :P) I was hoping to grab any bit of sleep I could because I knew from Lauren’s first birth that when things pick up, they could go fast. Her first birth had everyone surprised and her photographer made it just after her sweet first boy was born. So I didn’t want that to happen at all so I was definitely on edge trying to grab some sleep.

Not 2 hours later and I got the second text that they were all headed to the birth center, but weren’t sure if things were really that progressed. Me and their wonderful doula, Sarah Stanley, both felt the same way and waited only a bit before just jumping in our cars and heading her way. better to be safe than sorry with a mom with a fast labor history.

I arrived about 15 minutes later to see momma already in the tub breathing through her labor like a total goddess and her sweet sleepy boy curiously watching on as mom happily explained that baby was coming. Typically moms aren’t encouraged to get into the birthing tub until active labor is for sure so seeing her there was a good sign that I had made the right decision to just go and meet them there. Lauren was handling things so peacefully that you would have guessed we had hours to go. We all settled in and Sarah arrived to give their little boy some sweet sibling doula love. They were in and out with his curiosity until he pretty much fell asleep in the birth-center’s family waiting area, where i have spent many a night (way more comfy than a hospital waiting room, so thank you WBWC)

As we all sat in the room it was quiet with the occasional laugh filling the room as Lauren worked effortlessly in the tub. At one point she decided to get out, I can’t recall whether it was to try something different or use the restroom but she just stood up. Things got extra intense all in that moment. She moved to the bed to lean over some pillows and work through labor in a different position. I was there with her but still thinking this is simply just a change of pace. We all thought this was just a moment of contractions intensifying so much that her sweet partner went out to check on their little boy and see if he could switch with Sarah to come and help do some hip squeezes to help Lauren through these intense labor waves. Within moments baby Alec was born, right into the arms of their incredibly ready midwife, Emily. I was in the perfect place but pretty much in shock because it was not until the splash of her waters breaking that I even looked down to watch as little Alec came fast furiously into the world. Lauren was even in a little shock asking for a couple breaths and pause before lifting her sweet little boy up to her chest for the first time.

Daddy rushed in moments later to the perfect smile of pride on Lauren’s face that said everything with just a look of, “meet out little boy.” It was everything just to get to watch their joy fill the room as they loved on this precious new life. He was a little bruised from his fast entrance into the world but already so calm and sweet and ready for cuddling. After an hour or so of mom and dad bonding they woke Alec’s big brother to come and meet him. Not so sure about this new little bundle of joy, Bryce watched with sweetness as he saw his whole world change. We all watched as the wheels turned in his head with curiosity. I’m so glad I got to check in with them a few weeks later to capture their sweet family session! I promise to have that up soon :) but for now I just want to bask in this incredibly and fast and beautiful birth.

The adrenaline of fast births is really unlike anything else, it’s so hard to come down to the real world :P With every story I tell and life i get to witness enter the world, I’m blown away and honored by this job. Thank you to this beautiful family for openly sharing their journey for others to see and experience. All births are unique and beautiful and the more we see and know the better prepared the next generation of capable strong women will be to meet birth with their innate power!

If you are expecting in the next 3-9 months please reach out! I would love to talk with you, answer questions and truthfully be apart of telling your unique journey of birth.

Click here to reach out today!

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The Seering Family

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The Seering Family Story at Eno River Park

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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 :)

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