ryker's birth story

when melissa contacted me to photograph her baby's birth, she was just a few weeks from her baby's due date.

more than one week past her due date, it was apparent that her baby's birth wasn't going to be the exact story she had envisioned. it was still his story though and it was important to document.

and so early one morning, i met her and ryan at st mark's in salt lake, as they prepared for the arrival of their (larger than) 9lb baby boy via cesarean. it was a happy morning, filled with so much love and excitement. even in the midst of major surgery- you can sense melissa's courage and peace. the first moments this family shared together were so special to witness and document.

lucky for me, i was allowed in the operating room. here is ryker's story caught on film. the moments were so precious. i am always in awe at the miracle of life. and when i get home from photographing a birth, it always makes me want to hold my dear ones that much closer. congrats to this beautiful family on their special day!