birth photographer

Ayara F. Birth Story

Durham Birth Photographer

The Birth of Ayara

A Powerful Uncensored Homebirth Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And of course a thank you to Sankofa Birth and Women’s Care 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 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!

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

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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

The Motherhood Project: Part One

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part 1

18 weeks - 24 weeks

As I sit here about to go on call for this little one's birth I am astounded by the story we have created so far. I started this project as a way to cleanse myself creatively, try new things and tell 1 story all the way through. I put this odd dream out into the universe at the End of 2017 with very little expectations or even plans. Just a handful of photos I wanted to take. It then took me months to actually narrow the different moms down and decide finally on working with L. She is the mother of 4 boys, pregnant with her fifth. I've gotten to watch and photograph so many different moments of her motherhood journey since this year began and gotten to learn so many things about who she is.

She is organized, giving and confident in so many ways.

She listens to her children but takes time for herself.

She rarely wears makeup and slays in a bikini. 

She laughs the most at knock, knock jokes and her sweet husband.

She is quiet sometimes but fills the award space with so much warmth.

I'm sure once we finish this series I'll know so many more things. And I'm excited to get to tell all of these stories that add together to create such a complex and strong person. I've had this thought so many times since we started, how awesome it will be for her children to know her in this way when they are older? Know her beyond the caretaker or the nurturer to the raw parts of who she is as she experiences pregnancy then birth and all the months that follow. I also think about how incredible it will be for her to get to know herself one day. When all the kids are grown up and she enters the new season of woman hood. I've had this conversation with my own mother, her pain looking through old videos and old photos because she just can't remember the woman in them. The energy she once had and the purpose. I'm excited for L to have this series as a way to know herself as a mother and a woman and for all who have followed along to get to know her too. I get approached constantly from all different people, they always know about L and her journey, they all make votes about boy or girl and I honestly can not wait to share once, this little one arrives. (seriously any day now)

For Part one I'm sharing the first two sessions we did this year one of vulnerability the other of the motherhood routine. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

18 Weeks

Throughout the last months there have been days of celebration and days of vulnerability and I think once this little one arrives those days will explode even more. I started the series with L's pregnancy journey at the 18 weeks mark. It was scary to ask someone to be so vulnerable after just meeting but L was incredible. She wanted to celebrate her growing body, acknowledge the joy and stress of mothering not just this little one growing inside but the carrying of her whole family in so many ways. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

24 Weeks

For this session I just wanted to get to know L in her element. See her day to day and meet the whole family. From an afternoon with just her youngest playing legos, to picking up the older boys, the library, cooking dinner and sharing a meal all together. It was purely documentary and truly set the stage for getting to know L as a mother.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer