Emery Drew | Birth Story

A Homegrown Love Story

Hey again! As you can clearly tell, I did NOT do very well blogging in 2017. I shot so many beautiful weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and births this past year but gosh darn it I am terrible at setting aside time to blog about all of these beautiful Homegrown Love Stories that I get to witness. So, as I've been prepping for 2018 I've decided that I'm going to have to plan to schedule days for blogging! Wish me luck! And I'm not blogging at least 1-2x a month, someone holler at me and kick my booty in gear because I just have too many great love stories to share!

Where to begin? Oh, right, back to the birth story of sweet Emery Drew! It was a rainy May morning when I got the call that it would be the day! I gathered all my things and talked with my mom, making plans to drop Ellie off at her house a little later. Once things finally picked up pace I headed out to BRMC. 

Mary Kate + Jared, thanks for inviting me to be part of such a special day. I hope these images and your video are so treasured and that one day Emery loves seeing the story of her birth day! It was such a joy to be there and celebrate with you and your family!

-Emily

Beau Steven | Birth Story

A Homegrown Love Story

So I'm back. And this time you better grab your tissues because I have the sweetest birth story.

 I love all births but this one is extra special. You see, Caitlin and Tyler are my first bride and groom to book me for their birth story. I can't really put into words how much it means to me that a couple would continue to trust me again and again with some of the most special memories in their life. It makes them just feel like the sweetest friends. And honestly, these two are so special to Mike and me! They just love Ellie (she even attended their wedding). At their maternity sessions it was just the sweetest thing seeing Tyler play and chase her around with a piece of hay! And after seeing that and the pride on his face right after his baby boy was born, I have no doubt he will be a fantastic dad. And Caitlin, I cried editing this video and the photos because she is so tenderhearted, so full of joy, and motherhood suits her so well! 

I want to give a little back story for you. You may wonder, why did you take a bunch of clips of the rain? Well, on Caitlin and Tyler's wedding day it decided to pour the rain...just like it did the night that Beau was born. I loved it because God orchestrates even the smallest details of our stories! 

Caitlin and Tyler, you guys are awesome and I am so thankful for your friendship! I hope you absolutely treasure these images and video for years to come. I pray that when you watch the video, it takes you right back to that very late night that little (or not so little ;] hehe ) Beau made his grand entrance and you can remember that flood of emotions, the tears rolling down your cheeks, the sweet smell of baby, and how it felt to hold your boy for the very first time as a mama. I love you all!

-Em

So grab a tissue and enjoy the birth story of sweet Beau Steven!

Isla Bardot | The Birth Story

Since I'm a wedding photographer, it always seems that the births I document happen to be in the fall and early winter. It works well that way. I get my fill of spring and summer weddings then I get a lovely dose of beautiful babies being born in the fall and winter. That's not to say I don't book weddings in the winter but it just happened that way the past couple years. 

Anyway, moving on. 

Several months back I got a message from Traci asking me about birth photography that sent me over the moon. I obviously love births but Traci is a fellow photographer so it's even more of an honor that my work resonated with her. We actually met back at Southwest Virginia Community College in 2009 while taking a basic photography course. We've kept up with each other over the years so I really enjoyed getting to know her family even more and witnessing her sweet baby girl's birth day!

As Traci got close to her due date we would text back and forth every few days so I could keep up with how she was feeling and what her doctor was saying. Around Labor Day weekend it seemed things might be ready to happen fairly soon. Traci, Brandon, and their son stayed with family closer to the hospital in Johnson City (they live almost two hours from the hospital). Monday evening Traci decided they should head home because nothing much had happened. Well, no sooner did they get home and hop in bed that that contractions came...and hard. Just a couple hours later and they quickly hit the road back to Franklin Woods Community Hospital!

6:00a.m. rolled around and Mike was shaking me awake...

I had fallen asleep in Ellie's room when she needed help getting back to sleep in the night. He told me to get dressed quick, that Traci was already to 5cm and things were moving fast. My heart was pounding out my ears as I jumped out of bed, waking up Ellie and leaving her in tears (yes, this broke my heart). I threw clothes on and grabbed my gear, water bottle, some yogurt for breakfast, and a hoodie. I flew to the hospital the entire hour and fifteen minutes there! I prayed for safety, that Traci's labor would hold off just a tad, and I thanked Jesus that it wasn't the weekend of The Battle at Bristol (it was just a few days away)! Also, I want to mention that it was the most beautiful sunrise that morning, just perfect for a baby's birth day!

7:25a.m. As I ran into the Birth Center Brandon met me and explained that she had slowed down a little, had an epidural and was doing great. My heartbeat gradually slowed to a mostly normal pace and Traci and I were able to chat for a few minutes. We laughed about Brittney Spears jokes ;] and talked about how she hoped Archer would do great when he met his baby sister in a few hours. Suddenly there was a change in the room as Traci felt sick. Finally a nurse and dr came in to check her only to find that baby was literally almost there. There was a VERY fast shuffle of nurses and delivery items coming into the room and then suddenly there was a baby! No joke. It was that fast! I hardly had time to get any labor pictures because baby Isla was in a big hurry to meet her mama and daddy. 

Just an hour or so after Isla made her speedy arrival, Dr. Archer got to meet his baby sister. It was the sweetest, most precious thing! You'll just have to watch the video to find out his thoughts on meeting baby Isla! 

Traci and Brandon, thank you for trusting me with some of your most precious memories. I am so grateful you invited me to be part of such a special time in your lives. Your whole family is absolutely the sweetest and it was so great to be able to meet them. I hope you treasure these photos for years to come and that Isla can one day enjoy hearing stories about her birth day! Thank you for letting me tell your story!

And now, introducing Isla Bardot...

Special thank you to Will Bundy for the original music!