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Capturing Baby's First Year | Liam

Our Wonder Years takes place over the course of one year, including three sessions: newborn, six months, and one year. This membership allows us to create a cohesive visual narrative for a growing family and even more special is when families take it a step further and add on a maternity and birth coverage.

Birth Story Coverage When Natalie reached out to me in 2022 and told me she was pregnant, she filled me in on their story of loss. My heart immediately broke for their family. Having walked through 3 miscarriages and never getting to meet my babies or hold them, I could only imagine that it must feel like to have carried a baby for a third of your pregnancy only to meet them already gone. I could sense her fears and caution in our conversations. When I met them for her maternity session I could tell that she was guarded and holding on to a glimmer of hope that everything would be okay with their little guy. When it came time for her delivery, she was admitted into the hospital because of high blood pressure. She was admitted on November 1st and they started the induction process and waited in anticipation to meet their baby boy. On November 2nd we communicated back and forth and it seemed as if things were progressing slowly but she would likely deliver that day! Another day passed and November 3rd came. For sure a baby would be born today! I couldn’t imagine how exhausted (and hungry) she must be. Not to mention her fears and worries filling her heart and mind- I knew she couldn’t wait to hold that sweet boy and for everything to be alright. When Your Birth Doesn’t Go According to Plan

That evening I decided to head towards the hospital in Braselton. While I was on my way there she let me know that they were likely going to have to go in for a C-Section since she stopped dilating and her contractions were spacing further apart. When I arrived at the hospital and made my way up to the Labor and Delivery unit, Natalie’s mom was in the room with her and Josh. They were sitting talking between her contractions which seemed to come sporadically. About an hour later the doctor came in and let Natalie know that it was probably best to move forward with a C-Section. A birthday party was still going to happen, just in a different way than planned. I could tell Natalie was scared and filled with uncertainty, but luckily for her, her RN that day was one of her great friends Julia. Julia filled her with confidence and walked her through every step of what she would see, hear, feel, and even smell in the OR. I could see a wave of relief wash over Natalie and Josh's face (even though a little shock and nerves were still settling). They knew the end was in sight and they were about to meet their rainbow baby.

Per hospital policy in Braselton, I wasn’t allowed back in the OR, but I was able to meet them back in recovery and meet their little boy Liam. The joy in the room was palpable. It felt as if after the past 10 months Natalie and Josh could finally breathe and enjoy the incredible gift of their little boy’s life and health. Being able to photograph their story is one I will never forget. The love of these parents is so strong. They would do absolutely anything in the world for this sweet boy. When Josh’s mom and sister and Natalie’s mom come back to meet Liam for the first time, he was wearing a onesie that Josh made. It read “Handpicked for earth by my Big Sister in Heaven”. Not a dry eye in the room- a true testimony that great joy and grief can coexist in the same moment.

Liam’s Birth Story Video

Liam’s Newborn Session in the Clarkesville Georgia Studio

Just a few short weeks after capturing his birth. I had the chance to photograph baby Liam again for his newborn photos in the studio. There is something about seeing babies in the studio after witnessing their first few moments on the earth that always makes me a little teary, especially when it is a story like the Hale family’s.

Liam's 6 and 12 Month Milestones

We were able to create more beautiful and consistent images for both Liam's 6 month and 12 month milestones even in spite of transitioning to a new studio.

I know that the options can feel overwhelming as you search for the perfect fit for your milestone and family photos. I want to provide as much help as possible.

If you would like to reserve your maternity, newborn, or family photos, in my Demorest studio, outdoors in North Georgia, or inside your own home- you can contact me here

Hello Jude Photography provides newborn photography in North Georgia for busy moms who want a stress-free and luxury portrait experience. Also offering maternity, family, and baby photography, our studio is located in the heart of Demorest, between Clayton and Gainesville. We serve families in Habersham, White, Stephens, Hall, Rabun, Banks, Jackson, Gwinnett, Forsyth, and Dekalb Counties, and all throughout the North Georgia region.

We offer a high-end, full service experience including a pre-session consultation, exclusive access to the carefully curated Studio Wardrobe and cozy bright and airy studio space, a beautiful gallery of story-telling images, and an array of family heirlooms such as albums, prints, custom framing and more to pass down to your children. If you are searching for the perfect maternity, birth, newborn or family portrait photographer near Habersham and are wanting to create heirlooms for your family, we can’t wait to serve you.


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