San Antonio Family Documentary Film - The Smith Family

I am so in love with Family Documentary Films!!

I met the Smith family when they were expecting their second. Their lifestyle newborn session is one of my favorites to this day.

They're the sweetest (and most gorgeous!) family and I was so honored to do a film for them. I ask families what it is they want to remember most. That's what I want to document.

Is it making pancakes on a Saturday morning? Board games? Curling up and reading together? Perfect. Let's do it! We had a lot of fun this day and their film turned out perfect. 

ENJOY! -B


San Antonio Newborn and Birth Photographer - Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak,
Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Family Documentary Film, please click here.

25 Favorite Cesarean Birth Images - Cesarean Awareness Month

I'll never forget the first time I was asked to photograph a cesarean birth. I was so nervous when the day came. I got to the hospital to meet mom and dad. The nurses gave me a suit, hat, shoe covers, and a mask. I was sweating. "What if I mess up?" "What if I don't get my settings right and miss the birth?" "What if I pass out?" "OH MY GOSH! WHAT IF I PASS OUT?" (I didn't...)

I stepped into an OR and within minutes, baby was here. It was magical. I cried. I could not believe how beautiful the whole experience was.

I have since been allowed into the OR 10 times for 14 of my cesarean birth clients and every. single. one. is beautiful in its own way. I decided to create a blog in honor of Cesarean Awareness month. I compiled a list of 25 of my favorite cesarean birth images from over the years and interviewed some mothers on their thoughts about their experiences. I hope you're able to see just how amazing and beautiful the journey is.

ENJOY!
-B


One last kiss before heading back to meet their baby boy!

One last kiss before heading back to meet their baby boy!

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What is something you wish you would have known prior to having your cesarean?

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That it is natural. I heard it described as a last option, when everything else failed, and was something you worried about... but just not now, only when it happened. But after having an emergent c-section, a VBAC, and an elective c-section - I see that it is just another tool and that tons of women have them. There is nothing "unnatural" about bringing a life into this world. No matter how you do it." -Victoria

"That it is major abdominal surgery and that you will still bleed! I for some reason thought they would take it all out when they did the surgery!" -Kim

"That I'd have a Foley catheter for 24 hours after! Yuck!" -Elisabeth


"That you have to go into the OR by yourself, get up on the table by yourself, let them administer the anesthesia while you're by yourself, lay down on the table while nurses and doctors are setting up for the surgery...all by yourself. That the best feeling in the world is when your significant other is finally allowed in to hold your hand." -Anonymous

Dad patiently waiting to join his wife in the OR.

Dad patiently waiting to join his wife in the OR.

I've dealt with some pretty amazing anesthesiologists while photographing births. At this birth, she is calming mom and whispering in her ear that everything is going to be alright.

I've dealt with some pretty amazing anesthesiologists while photographing births. At this birth, she is calming mom and whispering in her ear that everything is going to be alright.

I'm so in love with this image. I try to come up with the words to describe it and there are none. It completely speaks for itself.

I'm so in love with this image. I try to come up with the words to describe it and there are none. It completely speaks for itself.

What is a common misconception about cesarean births?

"That we want them and they are easy! It had to be the HARDEST thing I have ever done! The mental challenges you go through are a whirlwind. Imagine having a beautiful healthy baby and you can't pick them up. You have to have help to do everything! My husband had to help me go to the bathroom and everything in between. It was the moment I realized what true love was - a man who will change your pad and help you with your leaking boobs and be compassionate as you go through the most emotional and painful time in your entire life - is a keeper!" -Kim

"That it's easy. There is nothing easy about being cut open and recovering from major abdominal surgery all the while taking care of a newborn." -Anonymous

"That it is less than a vaginal birth. I've been fortunate to experience both "sides"/methods and they are both beautiful and they are both a mom doing what is best for her and her baby." -Victoria

"That it's the easy way out when it comes to childbirth. There is a ton more physical and emotional healing that comes with it!" -Aurora

"That you end up with a hideous scar. Mine's flat as a word and super low. My OB is a ninja in the OR." -Elisabeth

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A series of images of a cesarean birth

A series of images of a cesarean birth

What is one thing you wish people knew?

"That I wasn't disappointed or felt like my birth experience was any less because I had a cesarean. Women often give me a sad face when I tell them my son's were delivered by c-section. I wouldn't change a thing about their deliveries." -Elisabeth

"We don't want to have to justify or explain our c-sections. We birthed a baby...period. We don't ask "oh why did your baby come out of your vagina?" At the end of the day we had a baby and are mothers!" -Kim

"I'll never get the experience of birthing a baby vaginally. Yes I'm happy that my babies all came out healthy and so did I, but it's still the loss of the experience that I need to grieve over. Please allow me that." -Anonymous

"Birth is what you make it. It is one of the first things you do as a mother. You have choices to make through listening to others, gathering information, but ultimately doing what you feel is best. That's all you can do - what is best for YOU!" -Victoria

"It's still giving birth! It's one the most difficult, selfless, emotional, and rewarding things!" -Aurora

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This is from the very first cesarean I ever attended. Baby girl was hanging onto her cord here and started waving it around.

This is from the very first cesarean I ever attended. Baby girl was hanging onto her cord here and started waving it around.

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This was a repeat cesarean client and it was a SURPRISE gender! So much fun! (It was a girl, btw!)

This was a repeat cesarean client and it was a SURPRISE gender! So much fun! (It was a girl, btw!)

Definitely a favorite from when the anesthesiologist dropped the curtain so mom could see her baby boy.

Definitely a favorite from when the anesthesiologist dropped the curtain so mom could see her baby boy.

This was the first clear drape birth I witnessed AND the first where they let dad cut the cord.

This was the first clear drape birth I witnessed AND the first where they let dad cut the cord.

I love that mom was able to do immediate skin to skin and breastfeed in the OR

I love that mom was able to do immediate skin to skin and breastfeed in the OR

Overjoyed that they have a baby girl!!

Overjoyed that they have a baby girl!!

Supportive partners are so important.

Supportive partners are so important.

Celebrating!

Celebrating!

I love Dad's hand placed on mom's cheek. Almost as if he's saying, "You did it, baby!"

I love Dad's hand placed on mom's cheek. Almost as if he's saying, "You did it, baby!"

"The wound is the place where the light enters you." -Rumi

"The wound is the place where the light enters you." -Rumi

Any advice for future cesarean birth mamas?

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If you get the chance, get a mirror or a clear drape so that you can see your sweet baby be born! It is the most amazing thing to see!!" -Aurora

"Hire a doula and a birth photographer - treat your c-section like a vaginal birth. At the end of the day it is a birth and you deserve it!" -Kim


"It'll be ok. It's not easy, but this is your story. This is your baby's birth story." -Anonymous

"Two words, abdominal binder!" -Elisabeth


"You are doing a wonderful job momma! Sometimes it may not feel like it but you are. You are there and you are trying. That's all anyone can do. Try. Try. And try again.
And sometimes have a glass of wine after they go to bed. "-Victoria







A special thank you to all of my clients that have allowed me to document such a special time in your life.

HUGE thank you to the those that opened up to me and helped with this post.

Love you all!
-Brittany





 


Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and
newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Birth or Fresh 48 session, please click here.

 

 

2017 Mommy + Me Sessions

I am soooo excited for our Mommy + Me Sessions this year!

The sessions will take place on a white couch, with white blankets and pillows
(like the sample images).
White, cream, ivory, and neutral colored outfits are preferred but not required.

Sessions include access to Brittany's gown collection. Majority of our gowns are made from a stretchy jersey knit material and can fit most sizes.

Brittany also has outfits for children 6mo-1 year for boys and girls.
Outfit ideas for older girls: neutral colored spring/Easter dress.
Outfit ideas for older boys: jeans with no top or fitted white tops.


Sessions will be held at Brittany Brooks Photography Studio located in San Antonio, Texas
Address:
2379 NE Loop 410
Suite 22

Session fee is $325 and includes 10 digital images.
All mothers will receive a 5x5 leather album as a gift for Mother's Day!

Additional print products are available for purchase.

$100 is due to book your session. The remaining $225 is due no later than April 7th.

**All ages of children are welcome!


Click HERE to book your session!

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San Antonio Cesarean Birth Photographer - The Birth of Eivin

This was the second birth that I've documented for this family! I love having repeat clients and watching their family grow right before my very eyes.

Shortly after announcing my own pregnancy, Aurora let me know that she too was due with a little one! I told her that I would do every thing possible to make sure I could attend her birth.

Just six weeks after having my son, Aurora was admitted to the hospital. The morning of Eivin's birth was FAST. I got a call that they were heading back into the OR and I headed out the door. I ran...I mean, I walked quickly through the halls of the hospital to the OB triage. The nurse was expecting me. She had everything ready and helped me put on my bunny suit and we headed back.

There I saw Isaac. Patiently waiting to be with his wife. After catching my breath we sat and talked and waited for them to call us back. It always seems like eternity when we are waiting to join mom in the OR.

The time came and we went in. I saw Aurora laying on the table. I think when you document someone's birth, something happens and you're connected to that person forever. So not only did I see a mother there, I saw my friend. A strong, selfless woman, preparing to meet her son.

ENJOY!
-B

 

Probably the most powerful image I've ever taken. No words are needed.

Seriously. They're the most gorgeous family!

The following day I went back up to the hospital for a Fresh 48 session. These are always perfect for siblings meeting the first time!

Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and
newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Birth or Fresh 48 session, please click
here.