MABEL {BIRTH STORY}

“Have you ever photographed a birth?” asked Brittany Asay a few months into her pregnancy. “No..” I replied with a slight consciousness of where this conversation was headed. Well, I was right! I accepted the offer to photograph Brittany’s second birth of her baby girl. I love taking on new challenges with my photography but let me honest, I don’t think I have ever been so nervous to photograph something! I was constantly doing research on other photographers that shoot birth’s to make sure I knew exactly what to get, especially on a counts that I have never even been inside the room during a birth before. Did it seem strange to me at first? Yes, but after thinking about it this is basically one of the most special days in a persons life along the side of a couples wedding. Why wouldn’t anyone want to remember this incredible moment being unfolded?! I have to say this was one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had so far through photography! It was September 4th & I was actually camping in San Onofre for the weekend with some of Brittany’s family when Brittany’s sister Kandace received “the phone call”. I don’t think anyone has ever packed up a campground as fast as we did that day! The family & I headed to the Riverside Kaiser where the waiting began. Of course for me I shot anything & everything I could during this time. The night grew late & baby Mabel was still not ready to come out. By then we were aware that her birthday would for sure be September 5th. She was going to be born on Labor Day!! Coincidence? ;) The time finally arrived for this precious little girl to enter the world. I’ll go ahead & let you experience the rest of her the story on your own.

I am so proud to be sharing my first birth story with you!! Keep in mind this is a documentation of a birth & all that comes along with it. With that being said, be pre-warned if you have a weak stomach because you might want to skip this post. ¬†Even though you’re only going to be missing out on the most beautiful thing ever!! I hope you enjoy it! :)

Family waited a few hours hours for Mabel’s arrival…. Including her super excited big brother Owen!

Labor Day baby!!

Brittany’s husband Joe was an awesome support system for Brittany throughout the whole delivery!

Congratulations Brittany & Joe on your new perfect baby girl! Thank you so much for this opportunity! I’m honored that you allowed me be a part of such a precious moment!

Welcome to the world Mabel Faith Asay!

yolanda garcia - What a fantastic idea, wonderful memories with details u will never forget and beautiful family and baby. JOB WELL DONE

Kandace - Oh my gosh I love them! You did such a good job, even though you where nervous.

Lisa Martinez - Just when I thought I couldn’t be more touched by your beautiful work! This opportunity of sharing the welcoming of life into the world is rare. Such beauty brought tears into my eyes! Brittany & Joe are to be commended to allow us to be with them in their moments of joy and thank you, Alyssa for sharing those moments with the rest of us.

jessica kettle - oh my goodness! these are BEAUTIFUL. i’m so happy you were able to capture this experience for my best friend!!! so many sweet moments and you honestly did an AMAZING job. you’re a natural at birth photography!!!

Kristy Rodgers - Wow. Alyssa…you did such a wonderful job! It brought many tears to my eyes, just remember when I fell in love at first sight! Twice!! What an incredible experience for you. There is no greater gift, than a child, and I am so happy you were able to capture these beautiful photos for your friends. These are priceless!!!

Ron - Thats very cool Alyssa…Great stuff!!

Great Grandma Jo Ann - What a great moment!!! I am away and so glad to see this it brings tears to my eye’s to see this. Thanks so much for doing this so I can see it.

Jovanah Paz Martinez Hoboo - What a beautiful moment captured. Welcome Mabel. Alyssa, you are a remarkable young woman.

Jovanah Paz Martinez Hoboo - What a beautiful moment captured. Welcome Mabel. Alyssa, you are a remarkable young woman.

Amberee Raquel - Omg this is so precious.. brought back memories of when I gave birth to my bby girl.. made me cry.

Amberee Raquel - Omg this is so precious.. brought back memories of when I gave birth to my bby girl.. made me cry.

Lisa Warhol Ertter - WOW! 6:45 am and I am bawling my eyes out! My God Alyssa you are blessed with the most AMAZING gift! The way you captured the most precious thing on earth is beyond me. Classy, touching , emotional and just BEATUIFUL! Not everyone is as open to share one of the most beautiful things in life so openly. What a true blessing to be involved in that moment.Thoes moments are what bond family"s together for a lifetime…… Should I have another baby so you can do my pictures? uh no….but I WISH you wewre there to have captured Kyles Birth….( if you could have fit in the delivery room that is….I packed it in! ) <3 I love you so much lets have lunch, or hike… what are you doing today? I am off…

Jill Warhol - My sister said it perfectly…WOW. brought to tears!

Lisa Warhol Ertter - WOW! 6:45 am and I am bawling my eyes out! My God Alyssa you are blessed with the most AMAZING gift! The way you captured the most precious thing on earth is beyond me. Classy, touching , emotional and just BEATUIFUL! Not everyone is as open to share one of the most beautiful things in life so openly. What a true blessing to be involved in that moment.Thoes moments are what bond family”s together for a lifetime…… Should I have another baby so you can do my pictures? uh no….but I WISH you wewre there to have captured Kyles Birth….( if you could have fit in the delivery room that is….I packed it in! ) <3 I love you so much lets have lunch, or hike... what are you doing today? I am off...

Jill Warhol - My sister said it perfectly…WOW. brought to tears!

Ness Vasquez - Beautiful

Ness Vasquez - Beautiful

Alyssa Marie Martinez - Ahh I didn’t see this until now! :( boo. are you free at all next week?! :) And thank you so much I’m glad it was touching! It was definitely a new challenge for me!

Alyssa Marie Martinez - Thank you <3

Autumn Stowell Wells - You are very talented! I love all your pictures! I was wondering if you could tell me if you use a flash attachment, or what lense you use the most. These are amazing photos! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Autumn Stowell Wells - You are very talented! I love all your pictures! I was wondering if you could tell me if you use a flash attachment, or what lense you use the most. These are amazing photos! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Autumn Stowell Wells - What lense do you use, or more so, what f stop setting?

Alyssa Marie Martinez - Hello Autumn! Thank you so much. that’s so kind of you! I actually did not use a flash on any of these images. I figured it would be too distracting in a hospital setting, I also did not want to shoot the brand new baby with a burst of bright light. So It’s all natural light coming from the hospital lights. :)

Autumn Stowell Wells - What lense do you use, or more so, what f stop setting?

Mora Douk - Interesting stuff there you got Aleeza.

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