Newborn Photographer ~ Baby Riley

This dear little newborn was a treat for me to meet as I photographed his Mum & Dad’s wedding in 2011! Little Riley you have some seriously awesome and fun loving parents who just adore you!! Thank you Casey and Denny for sharing more of your story with me : )

Fletcher

My eyes have already started welling up as I take my mind back to this night. This birth is very close to my heart. This is my family and I am beyond proud of them.  I’ve been staring blankly at the screen for awhile now, writing then deleting, just wanting to give their story justice. Remember below is only a selection of images; the whole story is too intimate to share.

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These two are some of the best parents I know and to be able to witness them journey through birth together was nothing short of amazing.

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Starting about 8pm, this was no easy birth. Leigh summed up the labour pretty well when after hours of slow progress and painfully watching his wife struggle, he looked at me and mouthed the words ‘this sucks!’. ‘Yep, sure does’ I thought as I nodded back at him. If you’ve heard me talk about birth before you’ve probably heard me say that I think it is beautiful, hence why I started The Birth Story. My passion is to bring new light to birth, to highlight its beauty. When I was pregnant and had never experienced birth, too many people spoke of it in a negative light. The horror stories.. you know what I mean. So here I was at about 5am holding a heat pack on her back, praying that this baby comes soon, contemplating how easy it would be to think that there is nothing beautiful about this and it was not even me in labour. Suzy is incredible in every way! She just kept going despite the pain and discouraging progress, as Leigh beautifully supported her through it all.

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Noon the next day and here comes the beautiful part of birth…  little Fletcher finally breathed his first breath.

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Tears. Joy. Relief. Pride. Overwhelming, and I’m just the Aunty. Haha.

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I’ll let the images speak the rest.

March 18, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Bec - Absolutely beautiful!!

March 18, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Laura Bish - Incredible! Such a powerful, beautiful story. No wonder you love your job so much Bree! xo

March 18, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Lauren - Simply beautiful! Love these so much. I truly wish I had something like these instead of just my groggy memories of a very long labor and the pure exhaustion after 🙂

March 18, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Jade - So beautiful! I especially love when the girls come in and their big smiles! Great job Bree!

March 18, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Giselle Port - That is gorgeous Bree. You are an amazing photographer and I love the concept of the Birth Story. What a privilege to be involved in such an event!!

March 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Rachel Phillips - Have no words for how beautiful these are! What an honour to watch in pictures the birth of my little nephew!! Could not stop the tears . . . so amazing! Have so many favourites its hard to pick one, but I think my fav is the picture of when they see it’s a BOY! Best one for a laugh though is Leigh yawning away while holding the heat pack on Suzy’s back!!

Bree . . . best birth photography I have ever seen. Truly you are so talented.

March 18, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Jasmine - Tears are welling, thanks suzi and leigh for sharing, Bree u never cease to amaze. so intimate and precious.

March 18, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Jacqui - A few tears in my eyes! Congratulations Suzi and Leigh and well done Bree for capturing those amazingly painful and joyous moments.

March 18, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Helen - Awsome Bree you are truly talented to put it together but yes really awsome Suzy what an amazing woman and mother you are, and Leigh such a great strength and support .

Xavier ~ The Birth Story Photographer

This beautiful new little family had a ‘Just Fresh’ Session. These sessions are taken as soon as possible within the first few hours after birth. What a sweet way to keep and remember this fleeting time, don’t you think?

Personally, they are the most precious photos that my husband and I possess. I especially appreciate that the images we have are of all three of us. Our story.

Welcome to the world little one, I look forward to seeing you grow!

March 15, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Corinne - Thankyou thankyou thankyou! Thankyou for allowing Bree to share this with us and thankyou Bree for capturing this super special moment. So so precious, enjoy that little angel. Xx all my love

March 15, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Larissa Younger - Thanks so much Bree, love them.they are photos we will always cherish.