A Beautiful Beginning: Isabelle Louise.

If I had a nickel for every time things magically worked out, I’d be rich. Kelly was a week away from her due date and been contracting since the middle of the night. I was hoping that she went early thst morning because I had a twin newborn/family session in the evening that I couldn’t reschedule. As the day progressed, Kelly labored slowly. It got close to my session time and she decided it was best to stall herself out so I could make it.:)So instead of using gravity and walking and doing all the things we know to do, she moved little or not at all. HA! Things intensified at the hospital just as I was finishing my session and she was 7-8cm. Intuition told me to switch memory cards, prep my settings and switch lenses at my clients house just so I could be ready as soon as I walked into L&D. I drove too quickly and as I was a few hundred yards away on Montgomery Rd from bNorth hospital, Kelly’s SIL texted me at 6:59pm … “she’s pushing!!” GAHHH. I tried to floor it around all the grandma drivers stopping 18 seconds at all those dang stop signs in their parking lot, but it didn’t work. I had to, of course, park a million spots away from the door and sprint as fast as I could to the entrance. That is, with a big camera flopping on each hip, a backpack with other lenses and my laptop (like I woulda had downtime to work!), my purse, all while in rain boots! The worst! Through the long as heck halls of Bethesda, up the elevator, to her room. ALL of that by 7:04 pm. FIVE minutes. Do you know I was breathing harder and louder than the woman PUSHING OUT A BABY WITHOUT MEDS?! Yep. Thankful Kel brought her camera and Jenny was able to get the first 5 images of her laboring for me because I had exactly 4 minutes to shoot before Donny delivered their first baby girl into Mama’s arms! It was perfect. Overwhelming. Beautiful. All of it. Complete reassurance of why we run ourselves ragged for this business. Those first moments, you can’t compare it to anything in the world. Now Kelly has these images to see her strength and see the joy and pride on everyone’s faces surrounding her! Sweet little Izzy was 6.15lbs, 18in, bigger than we expected with Kelly being so small her whole pregnancy. She was healthy and here for all of us to enjoy! Hooray! I’m so proud of you Kelly, for yet again, laboring and delivering so gracefully. I mean, I know you were in intense pain, but you’d never know. Well done! And not to my surprise, the next morning when I went to leave for my next birth, there was a white feather woven into my equipment backpack. A little confirmation to me from up above of why things worked out so perfectly the evening before. <3

So much love, Melanie.

L - October 12, 2015 - 6:44 pm

**chills forever**
such beauty in the photos and story alike.

i can’t wait for the approaching date to bring our babies into the world… i just hope i can do this with the beauty and strength that i’ve witnessed so many times on this blog, and in getting to call you a friend. <3

Stella Hall - October 12, 2015 - 3:36 pm

WOW..This Is Amazing Video Of Izzy’s Birth.I Must Say That The Music Went GREAT…It Brought Tears To My Eyes To The Fullest…Congratulations Donnie, Kelly and The Boys.. Ross and Patty..This Kind of Love Is Amazing!!!

JennyBZ - October 12, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Oh man, I was already crying before I even started the slideshow. This is so amazing and beautiful (and terrifying!). And oh my goodness is Isabella beautiful!!! I’m a mess over here. Big congrats to Kelly and Donny and families. And Mel, THIS is why I need you here in February. You are so amazing at what you do. Big love, friend. xx

Welcome Gabriel Bruce. {Just Born}

It’s now Kelly and her boys! Gabe sure is a scrumptious little sweetie. Finn and him will be best buds soon…just give it a little time. Ha! So glad all is well and he’s being such a good boy for you! Hope he keeps it up! Congrats!

Welcome Gabe | Born October 6, 2015 | 8.11lbs | 20.5″


Love, Melanie

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Welcome Haley Marie! {Just Born}

Rachel and Erik anxiously awaited the arrival of their second baby. Rachel’s surgery was first thing Friday morning and the whole family was on the edge of their seats to find out who they were welcoming into the family. I’m not even sure why they hired me because there was like zero cheer in the room when Daddy picked up the PINK girl bag to announce the gender. I was thinking, I mean, at least someone smile or something?! For reals, everyone was crying, myself and the others in the waiting room as well. It was perfect, as you can see below. Rachel was still in shock herself since she was 110% certain it was another boy. I hope Kaleb is excited for a sister!! Congrats to you all! She’s so squishy, sweet and rocking an amazing head of hair!

Welcome Haley Marie | Born October 2, 2015 | 8.7lbs | 21″


Melissa F - October 11, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Those reaction photos are the best ever! And also the one of everyone watching his photo…priceless!

JennyBZ - October 8, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Oh goodness!! She’s so perfectly squishy!!! And that hair!! Love!!

A Beautiful Beginning: Lewis Gregory.

Becki and Mike were planning their baby before the wedding festivities even happened. They were ready and everyone was so excited with it only just being their 1st anniversary a couple weeks ago. Her younger sister surprised everyone by having the first grandchild just a month before Becki (the other baby in slideshow:)). Now Kelley and Greg are telling everyone they have “twin grandbabies” since they’re so close in age.

Becki did a great job laboring at home and checking in, already 6cm. She was tired and ready to relax and enjoy the rest of her delivery with her family all around them. Once the epidural was in, she was back to all smiles. That is, until it was confirmed that baby was moving from posterior to right OP. UGH! After lots of manuevering of Becki and baby via wrist deep Dr :0, she was able to start pushing. And she kept pushing… They turned down the epi in hopes to let her feel how and where to push better. Beck felt the pain rise and was getting nowhere. Ultrasound showed not only was baby facing sideways, but his head was cocked back and he was quite stuck. They opted for a cesarean before it became an emergency. The nurses, Dr and I had formed a bond by this point (7hrs together) and allowed me to “scrub in.” WINNING! Originally I was supposed to be allowed in once baby was in warmer, but the charge nurse ran over and let me in just before he was out. YES. Because he was so stuck and it required said nurse to reach up and push him from downtown, while the Dr pulled up and out via incision, it became an emergency. They took him out and whisked him to the warmer where he needed some extra TLC because of being so “stunned” after his tough transition out of the womb. Thank the Lord and with some help from Mike’s Mom from up above, baby Lewis responded well and it was back to routine after a handful of minutes. Grandma Elizabeth Louise is his namesake with the male version, “Lewis.” I truly felt her in the room during those first few minutes and especially while watching Mike hold his first born for the very first time. Emotions were high.

The rest of the gang rallied on in the waiting room, excited to hear of the healthy 7.11lb, 19 3/4, head full of hair,first grandson! So much fun watching them all swoon. Because Lewis hadn’t quite adjusted to the outside yet, they kept him on Mama’s chest while he learned to breathe a little easier. Since it was already nearing 2am and it wouldn’t be for another couple hrs till they moved him, they told me to go home and rest. Now I just have to wait to squish him all up at their newborn session! Then he’s alllll mine!:)Thanks for letting me hang out for half a day. It was fun for me, maybe not so much you guys at parts, but I always value my time with the Blehs! You both did amazing. He so dang cute! I can’t wait for my kids to meet him.


Love, Melanie

JennyBZ - September 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Holy ish. I started out reading this excited, then absolutely terrified, then bawling. What an amazing story and perfect little baby Lewis. And I love that pic of you and dad w the masks on! Big big congrats to Becki and mike. Oh and I absolutely positively NEED you there in February. I will hold this baby in until you can get here. xx

Ruth Hitchcock - September 17, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Beautiful, awesome, special, adorable, precious pictures!!! Congratulations to the Jean and Bleh families!