Traci with Ellie, moments after her birth
January 28, 2010
Eloise Marie entered the world at 10:02 on Thursday morning, and I’m profoundly honored to have been there to witness it. Her parents are Traci and Nic Turchin, talented wedding photographers here in Colorado Springs. I was thrilled when Traci asked me to photograph the birth. It’s always a compliment to be chosen by a fellow photographer, but I was particularly touched by Traci’s request to be there for her family’s first moments with her daughter. Thank you, Traci and Nic, for trusting me to document such emotional and powerful moments. I hope these photos will always be meaningful to you and Ellie.
Traci and Nic left for the hospital around 6:30am on Thursday morning. A snowstorm with low visibility made their drive last three times longer than usual, and by the time they arrived at the hospital, Traci’s labor was well underway. Her husband Nic and his sister stayed by her side the whole time. After the baby was born, big brother Will arrived with gifts and kisses for his baby sister.
Birth is beautiful. Even during her most agonizing pain, Traci was surrounded by people who love her. I couldn’t help but cry to see such beauty. When she finally saw her baby, Traci’s joy filled the whole room. When Nic held his daughter for the first time, I had a vision of the two of them dancing at her wedding years from now. I was overwhelmed with the realization that I was documenting the first moments of that special relationship.
For the full story, see their slideshow: http://www.charlottegeary.com/slideshows/EllieBirth/
I love birth photography. If you or someone you know is having a baby in the Colorado Springs area, I’d love to be able to photograph your baby’s first moments. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.