Baby W | Birth photography

Thank you to the A family for the honor of having me photograph your boy’s very first day of life! 🙂

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What I’m thankful for…

As my daughter and I wind down from what has been our best holiday season yet, I am reflecting on the year, and all it has brought. Two more babies born just last week {blog pics to update!}, and just in time for Christmas! What a wonderful gift; I cannot think of a more pleasurable way to wrap up what has been an amazing year of growth in my life. Enjoying all the little things, being thankful for what my daughter and I have, wondering what 2012 will bring, and looking forward to supporting many, many more women and their families. Since July of this year, I have supported ten women and families. Ten in six months; awe-inspiring! Not only have I been fortunate enough to support them from the few hours of labor, to the days of labor (six to be exact); reminding my client and her partner of the joyous end in sight… So far, I have been able to support all ten clients, at all ten births! Feels wonderful to be supported {and backed up} by some amazing doula sisters, but even more awesome to have that 100% track record to boot. 🙂 While I know my day will come that extra support will be necessary and needed, I can rest well knowing I’m in good doula hands.

One of my most favorite shots from my doula work this year; I actually come out from behind the lens from time to time. 🙂

A big Thank You!

I’ve just wrapped three births in the past two weeks. As I catch up on life, {and take a breath!} I realize just how life-changing this experience to serve women is, and what a positive impact I can attribute to woman’s lives, to their partner’s lives, and to the extended families.

To see the pure joy in the room; a child is born. New life. A fresh start. It’s exhilarating to say the least, what an honor to be in such a sacred circle. Thank you to my past, current and future client’s. You are all amazing and inspiring!

Introducing ::: Benjamin Bao!

This family has been enthusiastic from the first moment I met up with them. Welcoming me into their home, and sharing with me their wishes and desires for their child’s ideal birth. I would like to warmly congratulate the glowing first-time parents! I hope you enjoy these photo’s as much as I have editing each frame, and bringing me back to their birth time after time. On August 14th, at 7:27 am, Benjamin Bao was born. Weighing in at 7lbs and 2.8 ounces, 20 inches long!

Some classical music streaming to lighten the mood.

Some mommy and daddy skin to skin time!

More love from the proud papa…

Congratulations Lam and Azar!

~Melissa {© 2011 Melissa Thompson Photography}

Introducing ::: Grace Angell!

This child arrived with grace. It’s no surprise her name was chosen perfectly. She also took her sweet, sweet time { 😉 } to make a grand entrance, just in the nick of time for her birth day; arriving at 11:54pm on July 12th, 2011. A six pound 4 ounce bundle of goodness stretching 19 and three-quarters inches.

Please help me welcome baby Grace Angell to the world! Congratulations to her proud parents, and adorable big brother Samuel.

~Melissa Jane; All images © Melissa Thompson Photography 2011

A day in the life…

I’d like to start posting something personal~ a comment; an image; a random quote. I’m hoping this can become an interactive way to convey feelings and thoughts from my subscribers (and those who like to have a look at my blog from time to time)…

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” ~ Dr. Seuss