I’m so excited to share this birth photography story of Atlas’ birth at The Birth Center of Baton Rouge! His mom is a good friend of mine who’s a talented newborn photographer at Quibby Made here in the city. Her studio work with newborns is just stunning, and this little guy already has some beautiful images made in the days after these guys got home!
We were all pretty sure that Melissa would never have this baby, by the time he finally decided he was ready.
Here in the hot Louisiana heat of summer, it is no joke being pregnant, although Melissa took it all in stride. It felt like an eternity for her, waiting for Atlas to decide he was ready to make his entrance, but he certainly was worth the wait. <3
Atlas’ labor was long (for Melissa, at least!) and painful. Because her baby was “posterior“, it took him a while to get into position for delivery. Even though Melissa is a veteran mom, she had a tough time with this one. Luckily, her sweet husband was there to coach her through her contractions and provide whatever help she needed. Even though…he skipped out on the whole cord-cutting thing.
Know your limits, right? 😉
And how funny are his “I’m so tired” photos?! Dad legit took a nap after Melissa was done doing all the really hard work. 😉 It was pretty funny!
I love photographing families of all kinds – and with so many older siblings in attendance on Atlas’ birth day, he sure was one lucky, loved little guy.
Watching the older siblings just flood Atlas with love and attention was so sweet! Documenting the start of their relationship with their little brother was such a cool thing. I can already see the bonds forming that they’ll have forever, as they grow!
And, as a mom of boys…I can attest that there’s gonna be a lot of fighting in store, too. Just a lil’ bit.
Being confident that you’re in the best of hands as you deliver your baby is so important for expectant mothers. The Birth Center of Baton Rouge is one of my favorite places to photograph birth stories in! They always do such a great job, and this delivery was no exception. Despite a hard, natural labor for Melissa, her team coached her through and helped ensure a safe, happy delivery of little Atlas.
Check out some of my very favorite images for this wonderful, lively, never-boring little family. <3
Doesn’t it look like Atlas is smiling, here?!
Just know that if your kid wears a butterfly costume to meet her sibling…I’m basically going to be the happiest photographer ever.
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