As a lifestyle photographer in the Atlanta area, I am fortunate to focus on the raw, emotional connection between parents (and sometimes siblings) with their newborn whenever I have a newborn or Fresh 48 session. I fall in love with each baby and family EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. There have been moments …Read More
[Why Do I Love Labor Photography?]
Since I was a child, I always had a fascination with photography. How to process the film, what life looks like through a viewfinder, and most importantly, how to freeze time in a matter of a second. Now, as a believer in God, I believe that He has blessed us with a magnificent world. The trees that sway. The air we breathe. The water that runs through the mountains down to the ocean. The sun that provides light, energy, and warmth. All these simple, wonderful things (which we may sometimes take for granted) and much more, I believe we are blessed with every day.
As a teenager, I loved capturing landscapes and sunsets. Being present in the moment, I would remember the feeling of serenity, tranquility, and a lot of the times, those would be my mental conversations with God. In those special instances, I would just sit and listen to what He had to tell me.
I continued to learn and develop my craft as a photographer over the years. Then realized that I can bless and gift others by capturing special moments with people, especially families. To capture the real, raw emotion.
“A picture is a reminder of limitless emotion.”
The moment hit me when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I knew that I wanted to capture the entire event. Her birth story. The birth of my husband becoming a father. The moment of myself becoming a mother. The moment of hearing her cry. The moment of her first embrace. The moment I caught her from pushing in the water. The moment I put her on my chest.
Due to situations out of my control, I was unable to get those moments from a professional photographer, which I have accepted and was okay with.
But what if I could provide a family with capturing that joy of welcoming a new addition? What if I can capture those raw emotions and stop time for just a brief second? The feeling of relief that “my child is here!” The feeling of “Wow! I did this.” The feeling of thanking God. The feeling of my wife and child are safe. The feeling of undeniable love. The feeling of unconditional love.
I know it may be cliche to say, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and that may be true to most. I believe that a picture is a reminder of limitless emotion. (If no one has said it now, I am coining it!) Whatever that feeling is, I don’t ever want it to be forgotten. Because it’s those moments that will be treasured for a lifetime.
As a lifestyle photographer, labor and delivery can be a very intimate and special time for a mother. I understand that labor is difficult and challenging. To some, it may be downright too much to bear seeing something so graphic. And it may not even go according to your plan. It may be too painful. But this is the beginning of a child’s life on Earth. Isn't that a moment worth taking? Wouldn't it be nice to look back and remember the feeling you had when you welcomed the gift of life? The feeling of becoming a family, no matter how big or small?
Whatever your birth plan may be, whether you believe in miracles or not, believe in the overwhelming, beautiful feeling that is worth capturing.
If you didn't have a chance to have labor photos, it's not too late to capture special moments with your family. Life is too short to not have any lasting memories. Click here to inquire about family lifestyle shoots!
[The Firsts of Many]
At 11:08 PM, I got a text message “My water broke…”
Alright. Let’s do this.
I packed my gear and snacks (yes, at 37 weeks pregnant, I needed some snacks) and headed out the door to the hospital.
As soon as I got to the room, I saw the soon-to-be parents, Meg and Grant. They were expecting their first child. I noticed the shirts they were wearing. It was a perfect way to send positive energy in the room. Grant was wearing “Strong”. Meg was wearing, “BElieve in YOUrself. ” Even their doula, Jennie, was wearing a shirt saying, “Welcome Home”. Those were a few of the small reassurances that this birth was going to be amazing.
The lights dimmed in the delivery room. The soft sounds of worship music was playing on Grant’s phone. Then the song, “It Is Well with My Soul” played. I cried. How beautiful! It was the perfect setting for a baby to arrive. Meg labored majority of the time in water. It was very soothing and calming. At moments, she would be in a trance-like state after a strong contraction. And like many women, she powered through and let her body do what it needed to do for her baby.
Through every contraction, her husband was there to be the support Meg needed. A hand to hold. A shoulder to lean on. An embrace to feel.
She transferred to her bed and finished laboring there. She pushed. Calmly. Quietly. And with determination. She was present with every push, every contraction, and every surge.
Then he was here. Brady. All seven pounds of perfection.
As the birth photographer, I was able to capture the firsts of many.
The first touch from a father.
The first kiss from a mother.
The first latch.
The first bath.
The first first lesson of love.
Meg & Grant - Thank you for trusting me to photograph this monumental and intimate moment of your family. It was an honor to document the birth of your first child. It was also a gift to witness the birth of a mother and a father. You are such a beautiful family. Many blessings.
xoxo - Rosanna
A birth can only happen once. No retakes. So why not photograph it? If you would like to document your child’s birth story, contact me HERE. Each birth story is a unique and intimate experience. Now booking for 2019!
[The First Look]
There he was. His back turned to her. Taking one last deep breath before he saw his bride. There she was. In an elegant white dress. Made perfectly for her. She walked gracefully up to him. You heard her shoes click with every step she took. She tapped him on his right shoulder. He slowly turned around. She smiled from ear to ear. He took one step back, elated. He gazed in all her wonder. He couldn't believe it. The love he met in high school will soon be his wife.
Both of their eyes met. They both beamed with bliss. His entire being was filled with love. He held her tight. And closed his eyes. Holding back a tear or two. The day they have long been waiting for was now here.
This moment was only the beginning to their forever.
Shannel and Terry,
When I first met your family three years ago, I could feel the incredible amount of love as soon as I walked inside your home. Both of your hearts are so warm and sincere. Your contagious smiles have always been so welcoming every time we meet! Your daughter, family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen were so genuine and sweet to me and my team!
I'm so honored to have been able to photograph your wedding. Thank you for allowing me (and my baby bump) to be part of your family for the day. It was truly so special to me. I'm so excited for you to see a few of my many favorites!
Cheers to you, Mr. & Mrs. Jones!
THE CREATIVE TEAM
The Wedding Venue: Summerour Studio
Wedding Planner: Terry Saxe of Special T Events
Floral Design: Alyssa Ice of Ginger Rose
Bride's Makeup: Widalys Santiago
Photo booth: Robot Booth
Drape: Atlanta Pipe and Drape
Cake: Sweet Creations by Candi
Videographer: Eugene Bussey of Wedding Films Pros