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Kristina + Eric's Maternity Shoot at Cumberland Park

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Kristina + Eric's Maternity Shoot at Cumberland Park

There's nothing more beautiful than a mother's pregnant glow. Kristina radiates while baby Alex grows inside of her. Eric + Kristina are first time parents-to-be. They are overjoyed at the thought of raising a little boy! Since they love downtown Nashville so much, they wanted their maternity photos to incorporate some well known areas. We started by Cumberland Park, walked up onto the Shelby Street Walking Bridge and ended up overlooking the Cumberland River. It was a memorable session and I cannot WAIT to meet baby Alex. I know Kristina + Eric are going to be fabulous, first-time parents!

A little Nashville backdrop with the Batman building and the Shelby Street Bridge.

Eric did some reading of Kristina's favorite children's book to baby Alex.

Make Up by Regan Kevan

Maternity Apparel by La Belle Bump

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The Hoog Maternity + Family Session

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The Hoog Maternity + Family Session

I met Allison about five years ago while we were working together at a local restaurant. Allison has a radiant personality, infectious laughter and just being around her will put any one in a great mood. We would talk about her passion for design and beautiful freckled faced red-headed daughter, McKenna. McKenna is now a beautiful young lady and ready to play the role of big sister, helper and babysitter. Allison eventually left the restaurant, got hired by a design firm and became married. I secretly kept up with her on Facebook. (shhhhhh don't tell her) I was excited when I learned Allison and her husband were expecting a new bundle of joy! I was even more ecstatic when she reached out to me to capture their growing family. 

I've learned another thing about Allison. She has some major baby nursery room design style. I LOVE every little detail that fills their baby's room. They did not find out if it's a boy or a girl, but it's perfect for either gender. I cannot wait to meet their little one!

Allison ordered this absolutely adorable hand-made baby mobile from Etsy. 

I LOVE this sweet moment between mom and daughter.

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Craig + Lisa welcome Dominik at Vanderbilt by Nashville Birth Photographer Darcy Ferris

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Craig + Lisa welcome Dominik at Vanderbilt by Nashville Birth Photographer Darcy Ferris

"A Baby Story" debuted on the TLC Channel in 1998 and I was hooked! Each family's story was so unique. Some couples were preparing to have their first child while others were having another child to complete their family. The show never revealed the actual birth of a baby, probably due to legal reasons and modesty. However, they did show the preparation for the baby, the mother laboring, and what life was like after they brought their bundle of joy home. Pregnancy and the birthing process is truly a miracle. 

Like most photography, birth photography has found its place in the world. It's a very intimate type of photography. Emotions are at their rawest and there's no recreating a moment. I knew I wanted to capture a birth, but the question remained "who" and "when"?

I had photographed Craig + Lisa's maternity session in July, but I never imagined that I would get to be a part of their baby's birth. I was over the moon excited! Most birth photographers reserve two weeks either side of the baby's due date to be 'on call'. Since their first little girl decided to arrive five weeks early, Craig + Lisa  had no idea what to expect with their little boy. At 5am, the day after Lisa's due date, my cell phone rang. Lisa's water had just burst and soon Dominik would make his appearance. None of us were aware of how soon that would be. I told her to call me when they left for the hospital since I live 45 minutes one way and they live 40 minutes the other way. At 7am the phone rang again and this time Lisa was breathing heavy, real heavy. They were on their way to the hospital and she said she didn't know if they'd make it in time or if this was going to be a car delivery. I jumped out of bed, threw some clothes on and hit the road. It was rush hour with bumper to bumper traffic. I claimed that HOV lane like it was my best friend and kept making up stories in my head in case the cop pulled me over. I parked, ran to Labor and Delivery and found baby Dominik laying on his Mama's chest. She had delivered him before they even got her checked in, ten minutes prior to my arrival. In all honestly, I was disappointed that I missed the actual birth, but relieved that Lisa had made it to the hospital and everyone was doing great! I got to spend the day capturing Dominik's first eight hours of life. I felt beyond blessed! This little boy is so loved and is the first grandson.

Dominic meets his Grandmas and Grandma's reaction when she hears the birth story of how Lisa almost didn't make it to the hospital.

The first Grandson and the one who will carry on the family name.

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Craig and Lisa's Maternity Session at Long Hunter State Park.

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Craig and Lisa's Maternity Session at Long Hunter State Park.

The love between this husband and wife, Craig and Lisa, is honest. It's magical. It's romantic. It's emotional. It's real. Lisa is naturally beautiful, but the way Craig looks at her makes her glow even more. Every couple's pregnancy is special, but this pregnancy for Craig and Lisa is super special. Craig has three beautiful daughters from his first marriage. He and Lisa have a beautiful little girl, Sophia, who is two. Their newest addition is going to get so much sister love, because IT'S A BOY! 

I was so honored to photograph this growing family and cannot wait to meet their little one soon.

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Location - Long Hunter State Park, Nashville, Tennessee

Photographer - Darcy Ferris Photography

Assistant - Debra Kay Ferris

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