I think the best, most awesome, and amazing part of my job is photographing the birth of a baby. I can clearly and vividly remember each birth I have been blessed to witness. Surprisingly all of them to date have been little girls, all their momma's friends of mine, and all of them miraculous.
Miss Ellie Pearls arrival into this world was no exception to all those things. She came into this world with a little difficulty and a lot of love waiting for her on the outside. Her momma, is a good friend and together we have been through the births of six children. Watching and documenting her journey into the mother of four was truly amazing. One really touching moment during the birth took place immediately after baby was born, she needed some extra TLC from the nurses and momma wasn't able to see what baby looked like. I spend that time snapping pictures of baby, and running over to mom and sharing with her the images off the back of the camera. Seems like one of the most important jobs I have had in a delivery room.
Ellie and her momma made it home and into the waiting arms of dad, brothers and a sister. I stopped into visit the family and take some newborn pictures of this sweet little lady. Apparently little Ellie sleeps all the time, except when I am around or try to touch her! This little lady was tricky to work with. The best laid plans for a newborn session are often disarmed by the baby!
I set up my sets, turned on the white noise and away we tried to go. Ellie does sleep all day, just not on blankets, props, and wrapped up in scarves. She sleeps on momma and daddy, ( as she should). SOOOO I quickly reworked my plans, adjusted my sets and we managed to find poses that made her happy, and also made for some fantastic pictures.
For this in home newborn session, I used only natural light and camera settings. I am quite pleased with the results and I think mom and dad are too! Here are a few highlights from the birth and newborn sessions. Enjoy!
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.