giving birth

Luke A. : Fresh 48

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luca A. : Birth Story

I think it's pretty easy to look at birth and get sincerely fearful. You've grown up hearing from movies, television and your mom that its a crazy sweaty painful mess to be forgotten and while it's worth it in the end to have a little one, the build up is this terrifying unknown. I also grew up thinking that it was inevitable that since I was a pretty loud and talkative person that it meant I would also fly off the handle with anger and obscenities during birth. Because as I understood it, handling pain is almost impossible so you'll need to cuss and scratch the eyes out of every human around you. I was pretty sure I would not have any control over what happened. And that in and of itself is the worst assumption many people make about their birth; that they will have no control of what happens. 

The birth of Luca was a beautiful example of a mother who chose joy during her labor. She chose to rely on her husband rather than use him to unleash any fear or pain. She needed him and he helped sustain them both through each contraction. There were moments where fear or worry flooded the room but their bond was the force that allowed peace back in. It was incredible to see. Her strength came out in her moments of laughter mixed in with her intensity to bring this little boy into the world. Whether she felt in control of these emotional responses I don't know but I can attest that she flawlessly was an example of grace and strength all through her birth. 

Birth is so much more  beautiful than culture gives it credit. It is indeed a sweaty painful mess sometimes but gosh, it also has a way of making time stand still. When Luca finally arrived the room felt like we were on pause and then we finally pressed play. There was so much joy completely unleashed into the room. And I've never experienced a sweeter moment then when Luca's big sister finally came in to meet him. She was welcoming him into the world singing "happy birthday" in the cutest voice and pointing at baby like her life was finally made.

These incredible unique pieces of each birth story are why I love being a birth photographer. Each mother is different and strong in their own fierce way and every support team plays a role of care and steadiness from the nurses to the husband to the mother of the mother. It makes me cry almost every time. 

If you've ever thought about Birth photography or wondered if it might fit your ideal birth atmosphere I'd love to talk. It's a passion of mine to make birth photography a more normal and a more culturally understandable concept. I love being able to show the world the unique and beautiful ways each little life is brought into the world. Birth can be more than hospital gowns, pain and one cell phone photo, you can capture the incredible powerful images that tell the story of new life. 

Motherhood in Labor | Hospital Birth Photography | Black and white portrait | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father supporting his wife during Labor | Hospital Birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
The couple works together through the labor and delivery of their little boy | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother bears down during labor while her husband comforts her | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Husband and wife hold hands during labor | Hospital Birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother labors down with the support of her husband during delivery | Hospital Birth |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother breaths through her labor pains | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother gets checked during labor in black and white | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother births with joy | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother breaths through her labor and delivery | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
teh mother smiles during birth as she chooses joy during her delivery | hospital birth |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
The mother breaths during her labor and delivery in black and white | hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother and daughter during Labor | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
a close up of mother during a contraction at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother in the hospital bed laboring | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Husband wipes the tears away from mom as she toys to build her courage during the pushing of labor |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the couple holds hands in black and white | hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother during labor at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother cries after delivering her son into the world | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the mother and father kiss after the birth of their son | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the mother holds her son right after delivering him into the world | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
 baby is checked under the light at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his little boy for the first time | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
baby is held by his father after being delivered | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother holds her brand new son against her chest | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his son for the first time | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
portraits of baby right after being born | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father holds his son Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father helps mom and baby nurse | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his son in black and white | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother nurses her son after birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography

Titus L. : Birth Story

I met E. and J. through mutual friends when I first moved to Kansas City. We all bonded over mutual love for drinking good beer and despising intense political debates. Of course that was until E. announced her little one was on the way; then we bonded on birth and how freaking amazing it is. 

I'm not sure these two ever thought about having their birth photographed. They were pretty set on keeping the space little Titus came into as intimate and calm as possible. Which I'm also, all about. After time I finally just asked if they might want to go for happy hour and talk about what it could look like. I didn't want to push but I just knew them and knew they would love this as a part of their birth plan and experience. After a quick conversation about how unobtrusive my style is and my schpeel about how beautiful and valuable I think it is to capture this miracle; they were sold.

One of my favorite parts about telling these birth stories is the communication and bond created between me and all my couples. I get invested in the their pregnancy through the updates and long chats about birth plans. I honestly love the topic and could chat for hours about it.

Finally the night came  and it was just a straight up, "Hanna, my water broke." I rushed over to the hospital and joined the crazy amazing process. There was a lot of moaning and a lot less sleeping but the labor (while horrible and painful to E. I'm sure) is just such a beautiful process. It's a gradual story of working toward such a miraculous goal. That moment when Titus is finally out and breathing is when the world stops and I feel that for every birth I'm photographing.  

Each birth is filled with its own beautiful and epic story of Life. It's the beginning to so much hope and fear and excitement. It's the most beautiful part of being a human, It is our beginning and our most challenging, most painful and most rewarding. There is no moment similar that comes before it or after it

For E. and J. I knew the process would probably feel out of body but that's truly why I think birth photography can be so incredible. While you're doing the work I'm able to come in and tell the story. I am lucky to call this my job and my passion because it's something truly incredible to be apart of. 

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Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer
Titus L. : Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo Birth Photographer | Documentary style birth photography | Research med | birth without fear | Fresh 48 photography | Raleigh Birth photographer | Raleigh Fresh 48 Photographer

Moseley C. : Hospital Session