Baby Brooks - The First Hour + Fresh 48's

"There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart."

- Washington Irving 

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On June 8th, around 9:00pm I arrived to the hospital. It was just beginning to get dark outside and I was so incredibly excited to meet you! I was sitting in the lounge getting my gear assembled and ready to take photos and not even half an hour later, I heard your cry and your grandma came out to let me know your momma was asking for me. 

I grabbed my bag, had my camera ready around my neck and I quietly, full of anticipation, walked into the room to see your beautiful momma and proud daddy entranced in you, a healthy beautiful boy! You were laying snuggled up to your mommas chest with your eyes so bright and open taking this big new world all in. 

It was a peaceful and quiet atmosphere in the room and you literally were surrounded by love. There is something so special about that first hour after a baby is born. The room felt magical, you stayed skin to skin with your momma, did your first feed, then that first assessment where your proud parents get to see how much you weigh! The first hour is so important and so special to witness, and I am beyond grateful that your parents had me join them to capture these first few hours of your life, Brooks.

Victoria and Keith, it has been so much fun getting to capture your pregnancy and now the first few days of Brooks' life with you guys.

Victoria, our friendship means so much to me and I'm so excited to be able to be part of your journey into motherhood. I'm beyond thrilled that our children will get to grow up together like we did. You have such a sweet soul. You are one of the most giving people I have ever met, and your smile radiates happiness in whatever room you are in. Your heart is full of love, and you already are such an amazing momma. Brooks is one lucky boy to have you as his mommy. Being there as you held Brooks in your arms for that first hour was beyond beautiful. I truly am so grateful that I was welcomed in there with you guys and it is a moment I will hold in my heart forever.

Keith, watching you in the hospital room admiring your son is something that I will never forget. It is always so beautiful watching dads meet their children for the first time. The love you had in your eyes that evening was something else. I know that it may not have been your first choice to have me come in and do photos but I truly am beyond grateful that you invited me into such a private and special place with you, Victoria and Brooks. The love you have for both Victoria and Brooks is so evident in the way that you are so attentive to both of them. You have such a kind heart and you really are an amazing dad. Brooks is going to have a great role model to look up to you in you. 

Baby Brooks, you truly are such a special boy. You are welcomed into this world by parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who love you beyond measure. It has been my absolute pleasure and I truly feel blessed that I was able to capture those precious first moments of yours. I am so excited to watch you grow and become the person you are meant to be in this world. May you always remember how loved you are, and may you always remember the endless possibilities that your life may hold. 

Welcome earth side Brooks Wilson. 

You are so incredibly loved.

XOXO

All my love,

Julia

Below is a small collection of the images I captured during the first hour and fresh 48 sessions for Brooks and his family.