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Bennett Cole | {Tacoma Birth Photography}

I have an admission to make here.  I am a perfectionist and I fear failure.  I am sure that none of you can relate to that, but, it has been a struggle for me most of my life.  So, when my fellow photographer and friend, Christa, emailed me several months back announcing to me that she was pregnant for the fourth time and had decided that they wanted to capture this birth in photographs and wanted ME to do it, my first response was pretty much, “no.”  🙂  At the time, I had never photographed a birth and I was a little afraid of the unknowns…could I capture it artistically, could I handle the intensity of a birthing room, could I handle poor lighting situations….?  A lot of questions as to whether or not I could hack it.  Thankfully, Christa was not easily swayed.  Over a few emails she had convinced me to give it a try.  So, God, knowing that I am a perfectionist, decided to give me many opportunities between then and now to be involved in quite a few births…as helpers and as a photographer, and my world has opened up to a new love!  Birth Photography.  Who would’ve thought?  So, this is the first ever Chelle Nicole Photography Birth Photo Post!  Excited?  Yep…me too!  I strive to keep this blog post very family friendly and I believe that this post doesn’t go against that at all, but just in case any of you might not really want to see the actual birthing process and a few images that are a little bit graphic….now is your chance to go internet surfing!  🙂

 

So…Christa and Seth are not newcomers to the birthing room.  In fact, this baby is number four for them!  Christa and I had been in contact the whole morning of this birth because I had been, ironically, with another birthing mom for the two days prior!  But, Christa was convinced that even though she was having consistent contractions, she was not really in labor because there was NO pain!  Lucky her!  Eventually though, her doctor, who knows that she is an incredible baby maker, had her go to the hospital anyone.  And, when I joined them it was a festive atmosphere.  Christa was laughing and calm…even able to chat say goodnight to all three of her girls on the phone as she was going through contractions.
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyThe baby was being monitored and on paper looked great!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyFluids were started.birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyA little bit of instructions and joking from the nurse.birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAnd some incredible support from her husband, Seth and her mother-in-law.  Something that stood out to me hugely was a moment that Christa was chatting with the nurse and I saw her furrow her brow for a quick second.  I glanced at the monitor and could see she was in a contraction, as I heard Seth, who had been sitting in a chair in the corner letting people know they were having a baby by text, jump up and go take Christa’s hand as she kept listening to the nurse talk.  She smiled and kept chatting and the nurse left the room.  Seth said, “that was pretty bad, huh?”  Christa smiled.  WOW!  One not only was it amazing that she has such a high tolerance for pain, but that Seth had seen and reacted so quickly to the small little sign of pain.  I was impressed with him!  We went through about another half hour of contractions and she was given a little bit of meds and then…miraculously it was time.  Christa has a history of quick births…but, this was amazing to see!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAlso fun….Dad was going to be doing the delivery!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAssisted, of course, by this fun and very easy going Dr. McDonald.  She has delivered Seth and Christina’s other kids….all girls…and was a great addition to the atmosphere of the room!  birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyChrista gave one good push and then…WOW…birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyHere came the baby!  I know, lucky!! birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyDad beamed through the whole thing…and when the baby was in his hands let out a laugh and said, “we have a son!”birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyI loved Christa’s face!  Such excitement and even surprise!  They had their first boy!
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyBennett Cole was placed on her chest and Dad went to work at cutting the cord.birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyBennett was happy to just hang with mom in the midst of all the chaos…so calm.
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAnd, mom was just radiant!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyLove seeing these women with their little ones for the first time!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographySeth was a proud husband and dad!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyThen, he was quickly wrapped up and sadly taken from his warm little spot on mom….birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photography…time to be examined, weighed (8.2lbs), and printed!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyThen, he got so sunbathe under the warmer for a while, which he didn’t mind…
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photography…and chatted with dad a bit.
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographySo cute!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyHe also let us know that he was not exactly happy about not being with mom anymore!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyDad gave him his first bath….birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photography…which he also didn’t seem to mind.birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyGot his first pic with the good Dr.!
birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAnd, then got to go back to his mom again!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyWhere she ooh’d and aah’d over her little boy!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAnd, he got his first late night snack!  The first of MANY, I am sure!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyThen he got wrapped up like a little burrito and was ready for some close-ups….man, what a day!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyBennett Cole Frederickbirth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyTime for some family photos…which were up on Facebook in no time!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyLove this shot…birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyAnd, this one!  What a cute celebration of these parents and their newest family member!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photographyChrista and Seth!  I am honored to have been a part of this evening with you!  Christa…thanks for pushing me!  I am SO glad you did!  Congrats on this cute little man of yours!!!!birth photos in tacoma, chelle nicole photography

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Hannah Morrison - Chelle this shoot is amazing! Only you could capture such an inspiring beautiful moment that people look at with disgust and show them just how beautiful and natural child birth is. And what a beautiful baby boy and family. Congratulations you nailed it! =)

Lisa - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Jen Frame - Simply beautiful! Welcome to the world Bennett!!!

Autumn - Amazing job as always, you totally capture it!

Elysa - So amazing! Great job.

Danielle - wow…this is absolutely an amazing shoot…the emotion captured in many pictures is wonderful. from one photographer to another, many challenging shots were taken. and how astounding they turned out to be. congrats to the parents >.<

chelle - Thanks, Everyone! I am so thrilled to have been a part! This family is incredible!! 🙂

Karen Gustafson - Wow! Beautiful, breathtaking, so intimate! Brought me to tears. Congratulations to Christa and Seth, and to YOU Chelle!

Bambi Fegley - Chelle….Gorgeous and very touching! I love that you kept it real. Congratulations Christa and Seth. 🙂

Natalie - So beautiful! You captured it so perfect…love, love, love!!!!!!!!!

Carla B - Photos are beautiful, I am inspired to get some pictures taken of my husband and myself.

Mary McComb - saw these pictures from a friends facebook link. AMAZING JOB!!! Simply beautiful!!

Erin - Honestly, I was nervous about scrolling through this post. Birthing is beautiful and messy all at the same time, but you’ve captured it in a way that makes the messy beautiful and the beautiful exceptionally gorgeous. I don’t know those lovely people at all, but there were a few images in there that had my eyes a little tingly. The whole post is amazing.

Mary Karen - Chelle- these pictures are absolutely amazing. you have such a god given gift for this. your ability to capture such precious moments like these are touching so many peoples lives ! (:

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