motherhood photography

Alicia F. Maternity Story

Durham,NC Maternity Photography

Alicia, Chris and Ori celebrate baby number two and Mom’s beautiful growing Belly

in Durham, North Carolina

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

This past year I got to truly follow along with this beautiful family from Maternity, birth to Newborn! They were team green on baby number two and I just love capturing all the joy and anticipation that comes along with waiting. Big sister Ori is one of the best and biggest little personalities I’ve come across, she made this session such a blast. Even when things started off a little emotional it did not take long for her excitement and silliness to win out as she got comfortable in front of the camera. Her curiosity and love for her little baby sibling were beautiful to see. It was fun to just take these three out to a favorite little park and really celebrate that this precious family of three was growing by one. Chris and Alicia took so many beautiful moments to just connect and reflect as they awaited their little one and of course laugh at their precocious little girl. We celebrated that growing baby bump too which I am obsessed with. Our bodies grow and change in such a unique way during pregnancy and I wish every mom wanted to flaunt that courageous motherhood bump. I can’t wait to continue to unfold their sweet family story and share the powerful story of birth that brought their second little one into the world! (So stay tuned…)

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Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
If photographer is unable to perform this contract due to sickness, emergency, or causes beyond photographer’s control, the photographer and client shall attempt to schedule a replacement session (fresh 48, newborn session, etc.…). If an agreement cannot be reached by photographer and client, the photographer agrees to return payments made (minus the retainer). The photographer will have no further liability. If the photographer is not able to deliver the agreed upon images due to a technical malfunction of her photography equipment, the photographer’s liability is limited to the price of a birth session.
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Alicia F. Maternity | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and 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!

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 Three

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project :

Part 3

32 Weeks - 37 Weeks

With every day we get closer and closer to meeting this little one. I go to sleep each night thinking, I may be called at 4:00am to rush to L's side and witness her miraculous birth story. I get a little too invested in all of my clients but this one is tugging at my heart. I want to witness the moment where L says, "it's a girl or boy" and calls this sweet growing baby it's name. I want to experience her strength and witness her Hypno baby ways.

I am also excited to move into this next part of the photo series where its all about the motherhood reality. Pregnancy is inspiring and life changing but pales in comparison to the lifetime of child rearing. I can't wait to document the bringing home of this baby, the sleeping and not sleeping, breast feeding and juggling a million things at once. Not for me but for L. to have this proof of her invincibility and tenderness when faced with 5 little ones. 

Part three is of our last few sessions before their beautiful birth story (which I'll probably do as it's own part all together!) We got to celebrate L. and her sweet marriage, her relaxed moments of solitude waiting for this sweet baby and the chaos of being a very pregnant mom with 4 older boys in the heat of the summer.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

There is something rare and fierce about a couple experiencing a pregnancy together. It shapes you, challenges you and prepares you for together guiding and caring for this little one through life. To do this now 5 times is an incredibly beautiful thing to watch. L. and her husband reflect the joy and courage it takes to bring up 4 boys and still get so excited to talk about baby number 5. For me it was fundamental to the story to get to document their love and intimacy there in their own bedroom and space. 

[ Also that gorgeous land we did the outdoor photos on is their neighbor's back yard. Which seriously has the most lush landscape I've ever seen! ]

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

A milk bath session in one of her favorite places in her home. Her remodled bathtub where she goes for rest and empowerment. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

37 Weeks

Summer is hot for all of us and North Carolina has not been spared the hellish temperatures. But I can't even imagine how it feels to also be really pregnant, have all 4 boys home from school for the Summer and be dealing with the heat. L. of course doesn't ever let it phase her and literally swims in the pool almost every day. When we met for coffee the first time back at the beginning of the year, this idea of her being 37-39 weeks pregnant and chasing her kids around the pool was a memory she never wanted to forget. I could not wait to capture this chaos and joy for their family. It was the perfect way to finish the first half of our series. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

The Motherhood Project: Part Two

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 2

26 Weeks - 30 Weeks

If you are just tuning into this Project, I encourage you to start off with Part One. But for those who have been following along, I'm excited to share some of my favorite photos of all time. After L and I started planning and processing this project I think we both realized the beauty in curating some of the sessions while also capturing the day in the life moments that we often forget. So in the end we moved forward with a balance of documentary style and more creatively composed. With each stage of pregnancy we wanted to capture something significant to that season.

Looking through them now, its powerful how, with each week baby grew he/she became even more of a focal point of our sessions. Where may have started with L and her mother bear strength and tenderness , this growing belly and baby started to eclipse all else in the.  Seeing L carry life and grow her tiny human was easily the most unique part of each session. When she is holding her sons, that baby belly is there and when she is laughing with her husband, that baby belly is there. It's a beautiful truth and constant through this series so far. 

26 Weeks

Her 26 weeks moved us into the really getting to know this baby season. I asked her if i could tag along on her prenatal exam at Women's Birth and Wellness Center. She got her belly measured and we listened to heart tones. It was special to capture this simple part of every pregnancy. The exams leading up to baby are usually forgotten about, but that anticipation and joy is such a beautiful thing to remember. 

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

30 Weeks

This may be by far my favorite session of all time. We took the family out for a Mother's Day Picnic at the Lake. This for us was just a way to give her beautiful photos of her family, living and loving life before this little one arrives. L bravely wore a bikini and looked like a goddess of the Lake carrying that 30 week belly and splashing with the family.  I learned so much about the family this day. Mostly that L is so loved by the boys/man in her life. They see her strength and joy and they find so much comfort in that. 

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