After | Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

As many of you know, birth is one of my very favorite subjects. The births of my two sons were the most challenging, exhilarating, life-changing experiences I’ve had, and as far as I’m concerned, there is no single event in a woman’s life more impactful or profound.

As many of you may not know, I’ve attended hundreds – maybe thousands – of births as a labor & delivery nurse. I actually went so far as to get halfway through a Master’s degree in Midwifery, and if photography hadn’t come along and stolen my heart, I’d be catching babies for a living right now. Given my background, you can imagine how much it thrills me to photograph a birth. It’s a setting in which I’m completely comfortable, and an emotional high I’ll never get tired of experiencing. The images I have from my own births are priceless to me, and so when I’m asked to capture that experience for other women and their families, I am both honored and humbled: I know that above nearly all others, these images will be treasured.

Amy’s labor and birth was such a peaceful, joyful experience. There are so many variables that go into a delivery, and even the most experienced moms run into the unexpected, but from start to finish, Amy’s was all she wanted it to be. When I arrived, she was seven centimeters dilated… and just a little later, ready to push.

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

Ladies and Gentlemen of the internet, I am honored to introduce you to Asher… all 9 pounds, 2 ounces of him!!!

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

The above is Amy with her lovely obstetrician, Dr. Kacey Eichelberger. Below is where Amy’s dad arrived to meet his new grandson. The smiles here were not posed… in fact, no one could stop smiling:D

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

Falling in love… all over again:

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Becoming a parent for the second time is, in many ways, doubly exciting – not only do you have a new baby to meet, but you get to see your first child become a big brother/big sister. Emerson had been so excited for her baby brother’s arrival… and after some initial hesitation when she first arrived, jumped right into her new role. There is no doubt in my mind that little Asher is going to have two mamas in his life:D

Chapel Hill Birth Photographer
Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

Amy & Justin, I cannot say how touched I am that you invited me to be a part of this milestone in your lives and the life of your family.

Asher is absolutely spectacular.

Chapel Hill Newborn Photographer
Chapel Hill Newborn Photographer

xox,

annemie

 

Sergey - Wow! Very tastefully photographed and documented.

Amy - We cannot thank you enough for capturing this very special day in our lives! We’ll cherish these pictures forever!! Xoxo

Mary Elizabeth - These made me cry, they are so beautiful.

stacy - beautiful photos and congrats to amy and her whole family!

Erin - So lovely! Great job!

annemie - Thank you all for your comments! Amy: I think we are now officially in a thanking-each-other war!

Emily - Wow, these are beautiful. Great job, as usual Annemie!

Lori Higgins - Annemie,
These pictures are amazing. You are one talented woman. You caught every special moment in a very special way. Amy and her family are blessed to have had you there to take these pictures. Great job!

angela - What a beautiful family. Got me a bit choked up! My friend in Finland lied them too! International fame awaits:)

Before | Apex Maternity Photographer

I wasn’t necessarily going to post these just yet – I’ve got some other sessions in the blog queue – but suffice it to say that my timeline got a little compressed, and (as you can probably tell from my title) I’ve got some “after” pictures that I know a lot of people are dying to see! But people! You must be patient! First things first: some of the images from my maternity session with the gorgeous Amy… all 38 weeks of her!

Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Photography
Apex Cary Raleigh Children
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Children
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits
Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits

As you can see, this session was amazing… start to finish. Pregnancy is such a beautiful time – even at the end when we feel like we’re about to burst! And as it turned out, Amy WAS about to burst… check back Wednesday for the rest of the story!

Apex Cary Raleigh Maternity Portraits

xox,

annemie

Meg Berreth - WOW , these are gorgeous!!! What a beautiful family!

annemie - They ARE a gorgeous family, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by, Meg!

Joda - Beautiful photos. Great compositions. The graininess of the 10th photo (from the top) adds so much to the overall composition.. really beautiful.

Silas | Chapel Hill Family Photographer

I’m packaging up Mandy and Mike’s order today, and I have to say: I’m a little sad. I enjoyed every minute of working with this family – from the first phone conversation I had with Mandy when she called to find out about setting a session up, to editing and finalizing the beautiful, dreamy pictures we got at their session. This had to have been one of my favorites of 2011… despite the fact that poor little Silas ran headlong into a doorjamb about five minutes after I arrived! Nothing too forced or posed… just hanging out and doing what they love to do: spend time together.

Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits
Chapel Hill Family Portraits

The best part of this session? That Mike, Mandy & Silas live about 100 yards away from me… and next time I’m bringing my boys so we can get in on the fun, too! How could you not want to spend more time with this guy?

Chapel Hill Family Portraits

xox,

annemie

Leacey - Gorgeous, as usual! I particularly love the last one :)

Erin T - LOVE these! So many good ones! So natural and cheery. You can really feel the love.

amanda - yes, this whole session might also be one of my favorites from 2011. simply gorgeous!