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Beautiful Birth Story Photography

The beginning of baby Eden's birth story

I’m not a huge fan of maternity photos.  I feel like I wouldn’t know what to do with them afterward.  I’m also not big on newborn photos either.  Don’t get me wrong…newborns are cute, but they change so quickly, so I’d rather have photos of them once they’re a little older.

BUT, I am kind of obsessed with birth story photography.  It’s the best of both worlds.  You get photos of your pregnant belly AND photos of your newborn baby at the same time in a photo journalistic way that I love.  I love photos that tell a story.  When I got married I didn’t want a ton of posed photos, but rather photos that captured emotions and the feel of the day.  Because birth story photography does just that (tells a story), I feel like they are such a lovely accompaniment to a birth.

I’m not sure if I’d do it myself, because I don’t know if I’d want a random photographer in the delivery room getting shots of my business, but I love the idea.  Lucky for photographer Arden Jenkins when it came time for her to deliver her little girl Eden, her friend and fellow photographer Heather Essian was there to capture the story beautifully.

I wanted to share some of these photos, because I feel that they really and truly are some of the best birth story photos I’ve ever seen and I love how Heather was able to really capture the love and story of the day.  Such a beautiful home birth!  And congratulations for Arden and her husband Paul on their beautiful baby girl Eden!

See the photos after the jump!

 

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  • 4:30 a.m. 1 of 12
    4:30 a.m.
  • Attentive husband 2 of 12
    Attentive husband
  • Bracing herself during a contraction 3 of 12
    Bracing herself during a contraction
  • Getting some rest in the tub 4 of 12
    Getting some rest in the tub
  • 7:00 a.m. walk to get things going again 5 of 12
    7:00 a.m. walk to get things going again
  • Resting with husband in between contractions 6 of 12
    Resting with husband in between contractions
  • Switching to a new postition 7 of 12
    Switching to a new postition
  • Back in the tub for the final push 8 of 12
    Back in the tub for the final push
  • Baby is here! 9 of 12
    Baby is here!
  • It’s a girl! 10 of 12
    It's a girl!
  • Proud Daddy 11 of 12
    Proud Daddy
  • A sweet and restful moment with mama 12 of 12
    A sweet and restful moment with mama

Photo and Story Sources:

All photos by: {Heather Essian}

Full Birth Story and more photos: {Arden Prucha Photography}

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