the birth of baby oakley

When Jennifer e-mailed me last fall with the news that she was expecting, my emotions jumped from happy to sad to excited all within a few seconds of each other. I was happy, obviously, because one of my favorite past brides was pregnant with her first baby and was inviting me to be there to capture the delivery. In the same instant I was sad knowing she was due just a few short weeks after my own due date, and I would be smack dab in the middle of my maternity leave. And then as soon as I had the thought, it passed and my sadness turned to excitement realizing that one of the perks of being your own boss is deciding what you can and can’t do during your own leave of absence. If ever there was a time to make an exception, this was it!

And so on the second Saturday in April, just a few weeks before the first anniversary of their wedding, I found myself standing in a hospital room with Jennifer and Kyle as they welcomed their daughter into the world. When I first met Jenn during the planning stages of her wedding, I was struck by how perfectly she fit the role of a bride-to-be. She talked about her plans with such excitement and grace, and I knew she was going to be a beautiful bride. As I watched her spend her first moments with her daughter, I couldn’t help but think back to that time and realize that her perfect role was not that of a bride — it was as a mother.

I could not be happier for Jennifer and Kyle and their families. Jennifer is more than just a former bride to me. She is a friend. And I can’t say how much it means to have been welcomed in and trusted with capturing two of the most important days of her life. Love you girl!


The Birth of Oakley Turner from Amanda Pair on Vimeo.



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Linda Sexton Amanda sorry for the delayed response to the most precious video in the whole world !! Even though I was there and experiencing the whole thing my memory of that day was not as vivid, it’s as if the video captured all the true feelings & emotions that I was feeling. We are so blessed to have met you. And are so grateful for all the memories you have captured, for our entire family,from the beginning of Jen & Kyle’s engagement, to her Bridal Portraits, to the Wedding and now for this precious video of the beginning of Oakley’s life here with us. God has graced you with not only the talent & gift of being a great photographer but also as a beautiful, gracious, woman and friend!
Many many thanks to you. And I look forward to many more sessions with you, if you’re available, for all the special upcoming events in our family !!
Sincerely and with lots of Love, Jennifer’s Mom, LindaJuly 8, 2013 – 10:28 am

Maggie I love when you post a birth story. Wonderful images of a beautiful family and how sweet that Jennifer started out as a bride. You are the best in the businesses!May 14, 2013 – 1:19 pm

Melissa I can’t help but tear up during these sweet memories of people I don’t even know. Your talent is such a blessing and those images are so precious. Congrats Tom mom and dad!May 14, 2013 – 8:52 am

Jennrob How sweet! What a beautiful family and I too love that one of his hand in her hair. This tugs at my heart thinking of how much they change in just a short period of time. Congrats to them and good job on the pictures!May 14, 2013 – 7:22 am

Julie Their story is much like ours in that Victoria was born 3 weeks after our first anniversary. We’re so happy it turned out that way! Great priceless photos Amanda, as always :) Love the one of his hand in her hair.May 14, 2013 – 4:15 am