That One’s Birth

Many of you know one of my favorite friends, Jenna (aka That Wife, aka Mrs. Avocado).  I still remember the day last year (on August 5, btw) when I got a gchat message saying “I just got a positive pregnancy test” from someone in mild shock, I believe.  I worked very hard to keep my schedule mostly free in the middle of April and we both prayed that I would be able to make it.  I did!  Jenna was having several signs of labor so I drove up Sunday morning.  For anyone interested in hearing the whole story and seeing more pictures, I’m sure Jenna will be posting it on her blog in the coming weeks (or months, you know how newborns are).

For now, here are just a few.

And then,

He was here.

And he was beautiful.

April 12, 2010

2:40 pm

8 lbs 4 oz

21 inches

Happy Birthday little guy.

44 thoughts on “That One’s Birth

  1. Jessica says:

    These brought tears to my eyes, so grateful you were there to capture their special moment! Jen and TH will be amazing parents and T1 is so lucky to have them. These are beautiful

  2. Emily says:

    Really beautiful photography Kelli. Absolutely breathtaking. It makes me want to get pregnant again?! Did I just say that?!? What an incredible experience! Jenna looks radiant and that sweet little boy, just precious. Well done friends!!

  3. jennred782 says:

    I love the ones of their hands linked while in the tub and that one of dad that baby by the quote obviously just after is one that I could see being framed on a wall so touching. Love them and so glad you were able to capture her day like she wanted. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  4. jessicamaylords says:

    These are incredibly beautiful and moving. Jenna is lucky to have such a wonderful photographer and friend! I can’t wait until she’s writes about the birth, but this is just fantastic for making all her readers really feel like we’re a part of the experience. Thank you.

  5. Linda says:

    Kelli, you are so talented…these photos are spectacular! I love the one of Jenna right when T1 came out and I also love the picture with TH & T1…wonderful job!

  6. CHRIS says:

    These are so beautiful. You are meant to capture moments like these. Congratulations to everyone….mom, dad, beautiful boy, and amazing photographer.

    • Kelli Nicole says:

      Hm, I hadn’t really thought about that (though I did think about supplementing Jenna’s with things I remembered). That’s a great idea though! However, I will never be the writer Jenna is!!

  7. Brooke says:

    AMAZING!!!!! I too was moved to tears, just amazing, I’m speechless…all that comes out is beautiful and amazing!

  8. Em says:

    Oh yeah, I’m crying…these are amazing. What a truly special experience to take part in 🙂 Can’t wait to read more over on TW!

  9. Colleen says:

    Kelli – These are absolutely beautiful! Such an amazing thing to be able to capture so intimately.

    I’m curious if there was a reason you chose to display most of these in B&W – Just trying to learn something from a real photographer! 🙂

  10. Bethany says:

    OH my goodness, these are absolutely breathtaking! Amazing work Kelli, as always. I am so glad you made it, what a blessing to witness another miracle! I’m sure they are just so happy you could be there, I know I would be! 😀

  11. Cécy says:

    Ok, I want to have a baby now!

    Sweet, sweet pictures. I love the third one in particular. I hope for a home birth too (when we do decide to have kids), and I hope my husband will be able to give me the same support TH obviously gave Jenna.
    Sweet exchanged and lots of love in the middle of the hard labor.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Kelli Nicole says:

      Thank you! I think I’ve photographed about 5 other births (2 home births, one in a birthing center, one hospital, one home birth transfer c-section where I did get to photograph everything since it was my sister). I’m sure I’ll continue to do them occasionally for very close friends and family (when I’m able). I really really love it!

  12. MCH says:

    This makes me very emotional. I’ve been following Jenna for a while (Fledging Photographers blogroll) and this is just a huge gift. What a beautiful birth, beautiful boy, beautiful name, beautiful marriage and I see all of this in your beautiful photos.

  13. Marisa says:

    Kelli, you did a fantastic job capturing the moments, and I have to tell you, this is the first time (literally) I’ve teared up while looking at birth photos. I’m speechless.

    Jenna, TH – wow. WOW.

  14. Elizabeth Pruitt says:

    Kelli – You captured the intimacy, emotion and story of T1’s birth in a wonderful way. I love how you let the viewer in, and yet you still left enough to the imagination. I love these photos…they moved me to tears. Well done.

  15. Katie aka LatteLove says:

    I love the photo of TH and T1, but I have to say my favorite is the second photo of T1 after birth where he’s looking up at Jenna and she’s pouring water on him.
    I just tear up every time I see it…
    “are you my mother?”


  16. Kristy says:

    I just popped over from Jenna’s blog. These are amazing! What an experience!

    Something about his mouth in the photo where he’s lying on Jenna’s chest and she’s pouring water over him looks JUST like Jenna. And then the last photo looks JUST like TH.

    Thanks for sharing!

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