LENA, MICHAEL & NOAH | A BIRTH STORY

October 20, 2017

I can’t express how much I love what I do, and how much it means to me each time a couple, a family, chooses me to document a milestone in their lives. Weddings and births rate among my all-time favorites, and I am beyond honored to be allowed to document them for people. This is the story of their lives together, unfolding, and I get to save a piece of it for them. It is such a precious thing to be invited in to share in such an important and intimate day, to witness the birth of their family, I am forever grateful to have been included.

I got to know Lena & Michael (and big-brother-to-be Levi) when we did a family shoot on a Michigan beach together. Lena was very pregnant at the time and wanted a day to make some memories with Levi before the baby came. Levi had the best time splashing about, running along the water, picking pebbles, and feeling the waves crash [Check out their session here.] A few weeks passed and if kids teach you anything, it’s to abandon any plans you have. A natural birth became a c-session, and at 11 pounds 5 ounces (and 2 weeks overdue,) Noah joined us, officially making Levi a big brother. Welcome to the world Baby Noah!

Check out Noah’s birth story bellow. Full gallery here.

Music Credit: “Everything” by Everyone Moves Away. Licensed by Musicbed.

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Laëtitia Donaghy is a French-born, Chicago-based, international photographer focusing on weddings and elopements. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Photography, and a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. She brings to her weddings and portraits her Fine Art training in order to bring forth the realness and emotion present, and showcase people’s relationships. Her focus is on preserving as much of the day as possible and keeping it as honest as possible. She travels the world for weddings and other assignments. She has been published on the web and in print.

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

– ELIZABETH STONE

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You captured their birth story so beautifully! Such lovely images

Thank you! I love telling birthing stories, I think they’re so special!

This birth story is so beautiful, well done.

They’re some of my favorite to tell, they’re such a magical moment in parents’ lives!

oh my goodness this is so gorgeous! what an amazing story

Thank you! Yes, births are truly incredible to witness and document!

What a special day you were able to participate in! Birthing stories are so special! Something you will never forget!

I know, I feel so privileged to be invited in the room! Often mothers are limited to only having two people with them. Obvious their partner is there, so they give up their doula in order to have me, it’s such an honor!

Beautiful images – I bet they will treasure these forever

Oh be still my heart!! So much emotions in these pictures. You did an amazing job of capturing this birth.

Interesting story and great photos. Thank you for sharing.

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