I was featured recently on Voyage Dallas Magazine talking about my life as a DFW birth photographer. I absolutely love what I do. I love supporting families during one of the most intense and breathtaking moments of their lives and I try to show that through my work.
Homebirth in the early morning hours
It was just passed 2am and I had just fallen asleep next to my 8 month old when my phone rang. It was Jamie, Chris’s midwife asking me if I was on my way. Confused and half asleep I told her no one had called me. (Chris’s labor had started fast and with the intensity they had forgotten to give me the heads up.) Jamie assured me that it was go time and to get there as soon as possible. From the call to the car was a total of 5 minutes, adrenaline in full swing.
When I arrived the house was dark and quiet and the smell of impending birth filled the air. As I set up my camera Chris hurried passed me into her sunroom to a bed she had set up for the birth. Her 2 year old daughter was awake and ready to see her brand new baby sister.
Shortly after I arrived Chris was ready to push. Her doula, midwifes, and husband all helped support her. After a couple pushes Chris, her husband and team of amazing midwives all helped catch their baby. Their oldest ran into the room right after the birth and was just smitten. Such a beautiful, peaceful homebirth!
Midwives-Jamie Hinton and Christy Martin
Doula- Kathy O’Brien
Want to see the magic of hiring a professional photographer to shoot your birth? Some are subtle and others are quite dramatic changes. I hope you enjoy!
Not a birth but I love this milk bath before and after too!
Newborn lifestyle sessions are so fun! I love how relaxed they are and how to capture the essence of a family! We had so much fun capturing what newborn life was like with Griffyn and his big brother! Thank you for inviting me into your home! <3
Fort Worth Family Centered CESAREAN
What a honor and privilege it was to walk along side Camila and Brandon as they welcomed their little girl into the world through a beautiful family centered cesarean.
Hauyi and Andrew hired me for their Fresh 48 session early in the second trimester of her pregnancy. We met for coffee to go over the details of what to expect and I awaited their call in the coming months.
They texted me the morning that they went into labor to give me the heads up. I was so excited to meet their little man. After he was born we scheduled for me to come and photograph their new family of 3 the next afternoon.
When I arrived we chatted about their birth for a bit and then I started photographing. They were seriously naturals. Sweet little Norman was so calm and alert. And to make the session even better, Norman’s grandmas got to join in on the fun.
Thank you guys for letting me capture these precious moments for your family.
What a beautiful homebirth!
During this crazy flu session I was called to Ashton's birth as a back up photographer.
Mom and dad worked seamlessly together the whole time and their midwives (My Sister's Keepers Midwifery) were amazing. They went above and beyond supporting Vanessa during her homebirth.
I am so thankful for the birth community I am apart of and so honored to back up a fellow photographer, Lane B photography.
Fast and Furious Natural Hospital birth!
When I found out Kaley was pregnant again I was over the moon. I photographed the birth of her first son back in 2014 and couldn’t wait to meet her new baby. Not only did they hire me for their birth but they would be my first repeat clients, how cool is that?!
After her long OP labor the first time, Kaley decided to hire a doula for her second birth. She hired Jamie Hinton, who is a Midwife and doula so she is seriously the best of both worlds.
Kaley texted me in the early afternoon to tell me she thought she might be in labor but wasn’t entirely sure since she was only 38 weeks. After a couple of hours her doula texted me and told me they were headed to the hospital to get checked out just in case because they lived an hour away. We decided it would probably be best to meet them there as Jamie felt labor was about to pick up.
When I arrived I found Kaley and Andrew in a room getting her BP tested. She was cracking jokes and smiling. She thought for sure she was in early labor if she was in labor at all. When the midwife arrived and checked her, she found that Kaley was already a 7. Kaley was in complete shock. It took 36 hrs to get to this point last time and it had only been 3 or 4.
Soon after, transition hit and contractions became intense and back to back. Her husband, mom and doula were such an amazing support team and kept encouraging her to keep going for the natural birth she had dreamed of.
Less than an hour after they arrived at the hospital it was time to push. After a couple pushes their second surprise son, Griffyn, was born. She got her natural birth she had longed for.
It was an honor to be invited back into Kaley’s birth space. She totally rocked it!!
Doula- Jamie Hinton
Midwives- Acclaim Midwives of Fort Worth
Check out his birth video below. Please be advised there are moment of birth photos included in this slideshow.
This past June Celebrate Birth Midwifery celebrated 10 years of serving families in DFW! Christy and Jamie have poured their hearts into our community and to see all of the families they have had an impact on is incredible! They are dedicated, loving, knowledgeable, supportive, and an all around amazing pair. I can not recommend them enough. DFW is lucky to have them!
If you are searching for an incredible out of hospital birth team, they should definitely be on your list of midwives to interview! <3