Posts tagged Dallas Home Birth
Baby's Huntley's Dallas Home Birth
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I can't believe another one of my birth babies is already a year old!!! I was thrilled to attend the home birth of Huntley (how cute is his name) last August. As a Dallas area birth photographer I attend births in hospitals and birth centers but more and more families are choosing the comfort and freedom of home birth. This particular family had a home gym and it ended up being mama's favorite room in the house to labor and birth. 

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When I arrived this strong mama was such a champ during her contractions, trying out many positions to move her baby down and be as comfortable as possible. 

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Her birth team included midwife Kasie McElhaney of Dallas Birth Center and doula Melissa Espey-Mueller of North Dallas Doula Associates. They surrounded her with hands on support as she powered through her fast and furious labor.

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I will seriously never get tired of parents' reaction faces, so much love and excitement. And if you didn't catch it, her sports bra says "badass", and a badass she definitly was!!!

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Those first tender moments with their new son.

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And a celebratory glass of champagne. 

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Happy Birthday sweet Huntley. I hope you and your family had a great first year.

Doula - North Dallas Doula Associates, Melissa Espey-Mueller

Midwife - Dallas Birth Center, Kasie McElhaney

A Letter to the Guy who just Became a Dad
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Hi there, new dad. Congratulations! Can you believe it? Months dreaming, planning, painting, assembling furniture, and now your baby is in your arms. 

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Not that many years ago dads stayed far away from the birth space. But not you, not anymore. You held your partner's hand, you kissed her forehead as she powered through labor. You grabbed the water bottle, the wash cloth, the chapstick. You were there every minute of the hours long process. You even tried to help fix her hair.

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You were unsure at times, as anyone would be. You might have doubted your role and what you had to offer. Despite your discomfort you stayed present. You rubbed her legs and whispered words of affirmation. I see you push through the uncertainty and continue to show up for your partner. It’s a stunning thing to witness.

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And then, there she is! You reached out as her head emerged and caught your baby. Your hands are the first thing she felt outside the womb. She will return to them again and again to find familiarity and comfort. You are a dad now.

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Your expression, it says it all. There are photos to prove it. You are melting inside as you see your baby, the one who came from you. You are the one who will see her first smiles, her first steps. You will teach him how to kick a ball, give him rides on your shoulders, wrestle him on the living room rug. You will hear all of her thoughts as she grows into a chatty toddler and you will send her off to school. It’s just the beginning of the incredible journey of fatherhood.

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The new way you look at the woman who grew and carried your baby, it’s breathtaking. She just overcame one of life’s biggest challenges and now you know she is a badass.

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I see you studying those tiny features. I notice you slide your thumb into that tiny hand. Your tender strength is on full display and it’s the most beautiful thing to see.

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Your eyes glisten with joy, your giant arms swallow up your tiny baby. 

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Welcome to the greatest journey of your life. You’re already a natural. 

Kathryn J Birth Stories is a birth photographer in Dallas, Texas. She loves photographing dads seeing their baby for the first time, it’s one of her favorite moments in each birth story.

Why Hire a Birth Photographer?
Your family's love and connection deserves to be remembered like this

Your family's love and connection deserves to be remembered like this


A few years back, when I was expecting, the thought of hiring a birth photographer crossed my mind. Then I started thinking about all the reasons not to hire one (like my fluffly mom bod) and I quickly convinced myself it wasn't necessary. 

But then I gave birth.

And the thing about birth is that it is SO fuzzy and blurry after the fact. Regardless of your birth, epidural, c section or drug free, you turn into a beautiful pile of mushy gushy oxytocin bliss and everything is just so fleeting, its easy to forget all the special moments. Thankfully I have a few photos my doula took, but MAN do I wish I had hired a professional so I could revisit those powerful, life changing first moments as a new family. I wish I could see the way my husband held my hand, my smile when I heard that first cry, our reactions to the moment we first saw our new little guy.

So don't mind me as I nerd out about how meaningful it is to have photos of yourself and your family facing and overcoming one of the greatest challenges of your life. And bonus, it turns out professionals do know how to make it photogenic! As birth photographers, we are equipped to handle whatever your birth journey throws our way. I've trained with the top birth photographers in the world, with a mission to catch every pivotal moment of your birth.

Without further adieu, here are some of my favorite birth photography moments that make the investment in birth photography truly priceless. Click on any image to see it larger.



Look at you overcoming that intensity with the support of those you love!  See how selfless and brave you are. 


The first moment you lay eyes on your baby

The energy and emotions of this moment are just more than words can describe. 


Your "I Did it!" Smile

Yes you did mama, yes you did.


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Babies change so quickly, you are going to want to remember how adorable they were!


The way your partner kisses your forehead

He is beyond proud of you.


Such gorgeous details

Wrinkly baby feet and incredible umbilical cords.


Your partner's reaction to becoming a dad

I mean, that small person in those giant arms. *swoon*


So. Much. Love.

Your baby is finally home in your arms.


Your other babies meeting their new baby

And instantly becoming giants! Such excited big brothers and sisters.


Your parents meeting your baby

One of my favorite reactions to photograph. I mean, c'mon! They just burst with love and pride.

So there you have it. Some of my favorite birth moments to photograph. I seriously love what I do. 

No matter how many births I shoot, every time I enter the birth space with camera in hand I get a bit giddy.

Giddy that I get to give the gift of documentary birth photography to another sweet family.

Giddy that I can enter the birth space as a fellow mama and supportive sister.

Giddy that this mama has recognized how incredible it is to have her beautiful birth story told in photos.

And if I am blessed enough to have another child, I will definitely be hiring one of my fellow Dallas Fort Worth Birth Photographers. No way I am going to let my body image insecurities prohibit me from documenting such one of a kind, best day of your life moments. 


If you're expecting in the Dallas Fort Worth area I would love to meet you! Contact me here, I'm excited to hear more about you and your birth plans. 


Kathryn Johnson is a Dallas Fort Worth Birth Photographer who celebrates motherhood through maternity, birth and newborn photography. 

If you're looking for a photographer outside the DFW area, here is a directory of professional birth photographers worldwide.