Until April 2nd I had never seen a birth or even been near one. I really wasn't sure I wanted to, but I knew I wanted to photograph the experience. I'll be honest, I was wishing I hand't eaten lunch just before, and when it was time to push I wanted a trash can. I guess I'm a wimp, but I was strong and held on, and boy was I glad because it was the most beautiful thing to see this baby come into the world. To witness the excitement of family, the instant love of the parents and sibling, just the amount of love and caring in that labor and delivery room. When Ryder decided it was his time to arrive I drove to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton to photograph his birth. I arrived about an hour before the pushing started.  I must say, the doctor and nurses were amazing. They let me photograph the entire time, so I was able to capture photos for the family of everything! I wished all hospitals were this amazing. If/when I ever give birth this is a must have; I'll do whatever I have to so the hospital will let a photographer cover the entire thing because having those first moments documented is priceless.

Welcoming Ryder Austin - 7 lbs 7 oz - 20 inches long - born 1 pm on April 2nd, 2011

(nothing is too graphic, but to see the rest of the photos click the link after the last photo on this page)

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