Kaelee Denise Photography
7Mar/160

Asheville Birth Photographer ~ Fresh 48 Session

Im happy to introduce my new  The Fresh 48 Sessions!

A Fresh 48 Session is a special photo session for those new families who want the first few hours of their newborn’s life captured without having the entire labor or birth documented.

Held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life, these lifestyle sessions are perfect for remembering that first day forever. Shots of your little one’s first yawns, cute little wrinkly baby feet, fingers and belly button will be documented. First feedings, diaper changes and those special quiet moments between you and your little one. This is not a traditional newborn session; I will not pose the baby or bring props & lights. This will just be me capturing your baby’s sweet new moments in a fresh natural way! A candid and all natural approach- a life style session.

Asheville Birth Photographer

What is included in a Fresh 48 Session?

• The Fresh 48 Session takes place when you call, during daylight hours, within the first 48 hours of birth. I like to be there as quickly after the birth as possible, so the sooner the better!
• It can take place at the hospital, birth center or at home and will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
• Lifestyle photography similar in style to my birth photography – unposed, natural or available light. A mix of black and white and soft color images.
• Includes all edited images on a custom USB Drive with a print release form. Allowing you to print the images and share with family & friends.

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Due to the on call nature of birth and Fresh 48 Sessions I only book a limited number of these sessions each month. Please call and book ahead.

If you would like more details, information and pricing info@kaeleedenise.com

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

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20Jul/140

Brevard Newborn Photographer ~ Liam and Hazel

I cannot believe Liam and Hazel are finally here!!!! I feel so blessed to have been able to capture virtually every BIG moment in Owen & Sarah's lives. First their engagement portraits, their wedding, maternity photos and then at the hospital when the twins were less than 48 hours old & newborn portraits! I love this family! I am so excited that my little one will get to grow up with Liam and Hazel.

DISCLAIMER- if these images don't give you baby fever you need to see a doctor!

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

Brevard Newborn Portrait Photographer

4Feb/145

Asheville Birth Photographer ~ Hazel has arrived

I keep replaying the day of Hazel's birth over and over again in my head. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that she was born at home (and not on purpose). It was around 5:30am when I got the text from Catherine telling me she thought it was time. Any photographer who has ever photographed a birth knows how on edge you are the days leading up to a client's due date. As soon as I heard my phone go off I jumped out of bed. Catherine told me she would text me again when they left their house for the hospital. Tick tock, tick tock. An hour passed and I still had not heard from them. I sent another text asking how things were going. Tick tock, Tick tock. Then finally Catherine's husband called me telling me they were on their way to the hospital but that she had Hazel at home! I arrived at the hospital not long after Catherine and Hazel arrived by ambulance. Hazel decided to make her entrance into the world QUICKER than anyone expected. Catherine knew the minute they got into the car that they werent going to make it to the hospital. Luckily EMS arrived at their house only minutes before Hazel was born. Needless to say Catherine had an "all natural" birth! Baby and mom were fine- everyone is happy and healthy.

Catherine you are amazing! So strong. When I arrived at the hospital she was so calm and collected (Dad too). I think everyone was still shocked. Beautiful baby Hazel made her entrance exactly the way she intended to- not sure if this is any indication of what the future has to hold for this little one- but mom and dad hold on tight because I have a feeling she isnt going to slow down!

Even though I wasnt able to capture the birth of this beautiful girl- I did get to capture these intimate moments at the hospital. Surrounded by family and friends this girl sure is loved, especially by her big sister!

 

I captured this first image as I was walking into the hospital!

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

4Sep/130

Asheville Birth Photographer ~ Grayson is here!

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to capture something so magical and intimate. I only get asked to photograph a couple of births a year and I LOVE being there to capture those first moments as a client's child enters the world. I took Grayson's birth in a totally different light because in just a couple of weeks I will be the one welcoming our first child into the world. In the last few moments before Grayson entered the world Baby Beeson started kicking away in my tummy. His/her way of saying you can do it! 🙂

Take a look at these sweet moments. Stay tuned later this week for Grayson's newborn session. He is one handsome little man.

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

Asheville Birth Photographer

6Apr/130

Birth Photography is on the RISE

Birth Photography is on the rise. More and more couples are realizing that these are moments they want forever captured.
The moments when their child first enters the world- meets mom and dad for the very first time. The first snuggle and finger grasp.

Thank you to Holly for posting this wonderful review for Kaelee Denise Photography on photographing her daughter's birth

"The birth of our fourth child, and first baby girl, was an amazing experience that I knew I never wanted to forget. I'm so happy that Kaelee Denise Photography was there to capture this special moment in our lives. With Kaelee there, my husband was able to focus entirely on me and the birth of our little one, because we knew we would have amazing pictures taken by Kaelee. And we did....from the labor (though there wasn't much of that as I got to the hospital at 8 cm), to her birth and first cry, to the look on my husbands face when he saw her (still makes me tear up), and to all the little things (like a picture of the clock showing her arrival time) that you forget with time. All of these special memories will be with me forever thanks to Kaelee and her amazing talent with photography. I couldn't say enough good things about her and her work and I'm so happy we decided to use her as our birth photographer." ~ Holly

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Check out this amazing article the NY Times published last summer the on the rise of birth photography.
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Article by: Elissa Gootman

Lynsey Stone does not set foot in the shower without placing her cellphone on a nearby ledge, lest she miss an urgent text from a woman in labor. She schedules vacations 10 months in advance to ensure they do not conflict with due dates, and on family outings she and her husband leave their Granbury, Tex., home in separate cars, in case she needs to race to the hospital.

Ms. Stone, 33, is not a doctor, nurse, doula or midwife: she is a birth photographer, part of a small but growing profession devoted to chronicling a rite of passage that is no less significant than a wedding — though a bit trickier to capture on film.

“In the beginning, I almost thought that people were joking with me, like, ‘Really? You want me to come to your birth?’ ” said Ms. Stone, whose business took off after a pregnant acquaintance, impressed by pictures Ms. Stone had taken of her own family, asked if she would photograph her delivery.

Birth was once considered a behind-closed-doors affair — a messy, painful and fearsome event where neither mothers nor babies looked their best. Then, expectant fathers entered the picture, snapping photos or taking videos with shaky hands. Now, there is both a surge of interest in the experience of childbirth — not just as a means to a baby but also as a moment to be relished in its own right — and a greater desire to capture all of life’s moments (and often share them on Facebook).

Birth photographers have set up shop in recent years across the country, from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to Cincinnati. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers — a group started by a Texas photographer who was bombarded with inquires from women in other states seeking a birth photographer near them — now has roughly 400 members.

The photographers and their clients have grown accustomed to puzzled looks and probing questions (Pictures of what, exactly?). But their rationale is simple: If you are going to document a child’s every bite of mushed banana as if it were a historical event, does it not make sense that his or her entrance into the world be photographed by a professional?

“I want to see that moment when I’m in labor,” said Rhisie Hentges of Long Beach, Calif., who paid $1,895 to have Briana Kalajian, a co-owner of Shoots and Giggles Photography, document the birth of her first child. “That moment when both my husband and I look to see what the sex is? That’s something that I want to see happen.” (As it happened, she had a Caesarean section last week, and the photographer was not allowed in the operating room, although she got many artful shots of the before and after.)

Some photographers offer birth packages among a panoply of options, including pregnancy and family photography; others, like Ms. Stone, focus on births. She got started six years ago after she photographed her first birth and the mother shared the photos with friends in a local mothers’ group.

Ms. Stone now averages five births a month, charging first-time clients $700. She tries to arrive when a woman is six centimeters dilated, to capture the later stages of labor. This has resulted in numerous speeding tickets.

Other hazards of the job: women who are crestfallen when their births do not go according to plan and C-sections are ordered — not the image they wanted to capture. The “divas,” as one birth photographer put it, who request that their faces be depicted from certain flattering angles. Babies that arrive too quickly.

“One was born in the parking lot,” lamented Keren Fenton, a birth photographer in Orting, Wash., near Seattle and Tacoma.

In Cincinnati, one woman called Melanie Pace and Kelly Smith of Beautiful Beginnings Birth Photography the day she got her pregnancy test results, Ms. Pace recalled. Several have called when they are five or six weeks pregnant.

“I’m like, ‘Seriously?’ ” Ms. Pace said. “Can you go to the doctor first and confirm this pregnancy?”

Still, some hospitals ban photography while women are giving birth. In many, the doctors and nurses on duty unofficially set their own rules, with some even allowing birth photographers to be present during C-sections. Videotaping tends to set off more alarms than still photography, one reason most professionals stick to still pictures. In home births, photographers say, the mother calls the shots.

“The hospital rules are pretty straightforward — there’s no video and camera photography up close and personal in either an operating room or a delivery room,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. “Official policy and what’s enforced are two different things.”

Dr. Moritz said that if someone trumpets the arrival of her professional birth photographer, “it’s going to be, ‘Really? Get out of here.’ ” He said he had seen more women come in “with their quote-unquote friend that happens to have two Nikons with high-quality lenses on them.”

Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, the author of “Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank,” said many cultural cues could make some women feel the need to make their births “photo-shoot-able.”

“There is a lot of pressure to not just cherish the birth experience but to promote it as this beautiful thing,” she said. “Then you’re going to get into your skinny jeans the next day and have a beautiful photograph of you looking absolutely beautiful and well rested with your perfect-looking baby, like all the celebrities.”

Still, Dr. Epstein said, “Now that I have an 18-year-old, it would be wonderful to look at these beautiful photos of him being born.”

Her son, she added, would probably disagree. “He doesn’t even want his picture taken now,” she said. “He’s not going to want one on the way out of my vagina.”

There is one question the photographers are asked most often: Um, precisely where do you stand when the baby comes out? The answer: Generally near the mother’s head, unless she requests a crowning shot.

“People will ask if I’m going to take the National Geographic birth photo,” Ms. Kalajian, of Shoots and Giggles Photography, said, referring to the most graphic of childbirth shots. “They ask it in 10 different ways.”

Another frequently asked question: Why can’t the father, or partner, simply take the pictures?

One potential answer lies in a picture that Ms. Fenton, the photographer in Orting, Wash., took last year of a father whose baby was born by C-section. He did not react so well. But because Ms. Fenton was on the scene, that moment, too, will be remembered.

“He passed out on the floor,” she said. “I have him in a chair, holding a juice cup and looking really sweaty.”
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