Our Best Surprise Yet! Birth Photography in the OR

October 21, 2015  •  8 Comments

All of my children are perfect.  Stubborn, strong-willed, do-it-their-own-way, perfect.  Robby is no exception.  He surprised us at every turn. Perhaps no one else was surprised, (as I consistently heard "Are you sure you're going to make it to October?" throughout my pregnancy) but I certainly was.  I never expected my water to break during my morning fitness class.  (While demonstrating jumping jacks, push ups, and toe touches to kindergarten students, by the way...)  I never expected the NICU to be full that day, or the rest of that week.  I never expected God to weave together such a perfect baby boy to be gifted to us.  And yet, here he was.  SURPRISE!

I have always loved birth photography.  I never thought it would be a possibility for me, since only one person is allowed in the OR at Bronson.  When Robby chose to surprise us and come at only 34 weeks, I knew I had to have some sort of artistic documentation of this time.  I contacted a friend and fellow photog at the last minute to see if I could figure out a way to have her there, but there was no way it could work out.  I was heart broken.  So, I coached my husband on how to frame a shot. I held up all of the medical professionals in the OR on the day of my c-section as they sat waiting to prep me while I set my white balance and exposure to make sure everything was perfect.  Then, I prayed!  

Either my prayers worked, or my husband is a photographic genius, (or maybe both...) but I am so in love with the images he captured for me.  The next day, of course, I was able to hop out of bed and start taking images of our blessing too, but Rob gets all the credit for everything on that amazing day.  

Robert Christian made his entrance into the world by an amazing team of doctors on Wednesday, September 30th at 12:48pm!  He weighed in at 5lbs .08oz and 17.75 inches long

His first cry was the most beautiful sound! My heart was so full all I could do was cry the most joyful tears as I held him for the first time!  I still cry every time I look at these images.  

Thanks to Bronson's new policy, even mother's who have c-sections get to cuddle their babies immediately now.  This was the first time of my three births that I have been able to experience this awesome moment, and it was everything I had imagined it would be and more!

Robby enjoying some alone time with his parents while he can get it!

One proud daddy!

Getting checked out in the NICU.

Meeting his siblings for the first time!

We are out numbered now...

Brothers <3

Kangaroo cuddles with daddy <3 Being consoled after one of the many tests he endured.  The nurses were so kind and loving, and took such good care of us and Robby.  We are so blessed to live near such a wonderful hospital!

Smiling for the camera!

I love baby feet <3

That hair!

   Daddy and his boy bonding <3 He is quite the smiley guy! (Or maybe it's gas...)  Jesus loves our littlest man!

That foot!

Getting ready to go home and saying goodbye to one of our amazing nurses!

Thank you to everyone who prayed with us and for us!  We appreciate all of the help and care we received from our church family at New Hope.  My mom has been a HUGE help and we are so glad she was able to stay with us.  We are so grateful to be home and healthy.  God has blessed our family so much with this sweet baby boy!  We are accepting healthy visitors for short visits currently, however, we have been advised not to take him places yet.  We will be out and about before you know it.  This little guy is full of surprises and I am sure we won't be able to keep him contained for long!

I had my studio set up most of last week for my newest model, so keep an eye out for some posed newborn pictures to come soon!


Behold, children are a gift from the Lord,

the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 127:3


Every good and perfect gift comes from above.

James 1:17


For you formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother's womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

and my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139: 13-14


8.Emma Willich(non-registered)
Congratulations! I wish I had thought to hire a birth photographer for my last little one. Maybe I have one more chance. These images are beautiful. Such a handsome little boy.
7.Jan Graber(non-registered)
Great pictures what a great memory. And yes Michelle is an amazing nurse I'm so glad she took care of Robbie. I would have Hand picked her you.
6.Amanda Sonntag(non-registered)
Such AMAZING pictures. I loved them. Bronson was where I had my c-section and I was so relieved to be able to hold my fiery red head, Autumn, after she came out screaming. One of the most previous moments of my life. Congratulations and I can't wait to meet him.
5.Myra Busscher(non-registered)
God bless your beautiful hearts and the 3 little blessing God bestowed on you and Rob. I have a cold so I cannot come and visit but know I am thinking and praying for only joy for your family in the weeks and years to come! XO
4.L. Blank(non-registered)
Thanks Tara for sharing! Beautiful pictures and a wonderful blessing
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