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This week, I had the opportunity to join one of my dear friends, Carly, as she welcomed her second baby boy via c-section delivery. The hospital that does c-sections where I live, is very strict about only allowing one support person in for the surgery, so this wasn’t something I ever thought I would have the opportunity to witness. Lucky for me, the daddy needed emergency surgery himself that same morning, and being the back-up person, I got the call (not so lucky for dad- who is now well). It was an odd feeling to be so excited that someone needed to have emergency surgery… I felt guilty for about 39 seconds.

This was Carly’s second c-section. She was a pro. She was calm, and collected, filled with excitement more than fear. She has forever reframed what a c-section means to me. In the past, it was presented as something to fear, but seeing Carly meet her baby… cue the alligator tears, there was zero fear. In fact, I might have been a little too into it. I found myself glued to her midsection as it was cut open layer by layer. The nurses warned me about feeling dizzy, or queazy, but I was downright fascinated. I was kneeling on my little stool so that I could get a better view over the blue curtain. My camera up to my face, I waited…  I saw the water break, and then all of a sudden out popped a head! A photo frenzy began.

Taking this little man out to meet his family was so exciting. The look on his daddy’s face, just priceless. He’s already so loved. Thank you Carly and Nate, for having me be there, it was nothing short of amazing. xoxo

  • C-Section Birth Photos | Today Health Channel - […] was an odd feeling to be so excited that someone needed to have emergency surgery,” Jessica writes in her blog. “I felt guilty for about 39 seconds.” Stooped on a stool with a camera pressed to her […]ReplyCancel

  • stacie richmond owens - Thank you so much for posting those pictures. I have also had 2 c sections and thought it was so magical. I am glad someone has taken a bit of the fear out of c sections. My husband wasn’t able to make it to our second delivery but a kind nurse took what pictures she could and they are the most beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Irina Orlenco - Dear Mrs Jessica!

    I was very impressed by the way you could catch the beautiful moments of the complicated surgical intervation! I gave birth to my son via the Cesarian also. I was very afraid of it and didn’t know what to expect. It was my “black” day which turned into my “white and happy” day. I am sure that women who are to be operated soon will cope with their fears due to your great photos!

    Irina (Chisinau, Moldova)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - What a treasure these pictures must be for the family! They are so beautiful. I wish I could have had something like this document my two C-sections. Amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Elly - Colorado, USA - Absolutely beautiful photos. I had an emergency c-section and was scared to death, mainly because I was not prepared for it. The cord was wrapped around my precious little boy twice, leading to no vaginal delivery. Nothing short of a miracle. Thank you for capturing these pictures for the world to see!ReplyCancel

  • David Grimes - Hi,

    Wow, what an amazing thing you were able to do for your friends. Your pictures are awesome. The love shines through :)

    Have a great day,


  • Lyssa - I unexpectedly had a C-section myself (5 weeks early). It wasn’t an emergency, but it certainly didn’t enter my mind as part of my plan (or the possibility of it). My partner found himself quite amazed by the process, and has documented it, though I can’t quite admit to having watched the entire video. Viewing your photos reminds me of hearing that first little cry and meeting our son. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - I have had 3 csection so far my last one being just 2 weeks ago. My first was 13 years ago due to pre-eclampsia. I felt like less than a woman because I wasn’t able to vaginally deliver my children to a certain point until now. I am a certified police officer so fear of pain or anything definitely wasn’t the issue just wasn’t a woman God meant to deliver vaginally. I’m so excited to see this words cannot express! Oh and my newest little man tried coming all on his own had to be taken back kinda quickly because he was getting impatien and he was slightly stuck in the birth canal. I to give those who are able to deliver vaginally their pats on the back but we deserve some credit too because the recovery time is painful and longer for a csection!ReplyCancel

  • From Belly to Baby (Literally) » Jessica Bender Photography - […] oh did he arrive. During our maternity session, Felicia commented on the recent c-section shoot that I was lucky to be able to do this past August. She joked that if she went to c-section […]ReplyCancel

Happy Valentines Day everyone!! Sure it’s a holiday that has been distorted by the media, commercialism, and greed, but hey, what fun is life if you can’t celebrate things by eating goodies right? Everly, and her 2014 Valentine Kingston celebrated their Valentines Day in just that way; goodies, goodies, and more goodies! Oh, and of course funny faces and giggles!

The day of Valentines mini sessions that I hosted, also went really well!! It was so much fun picking up all of the custom Valentines these little ones sent out. I have received feedback already(!) that friends and family are dying of the mailbox delivered cuteness!

A huge thank you goes to Laura from Schur to Please Wedding and Speciality cakes for making the cake, cake pops, and lip lollies! They were as yummy as they looked. And also, a big thank you to Amy, from the Fete Fest & Faire team for the beautifully made wardrobe (Everly’s), props, and styling. Amy also made the cookies, and as you can see- they were well received!!


The Fall/Winter of 2013  can be summed up in one word: BUSY!! Some days I didn’t know if I was coming or going, lol! Fortunately I was always headed in the right direction though. I saw 21 families for full sessions, and 37 families for mini sessions. Work even took me to Vancouver twice, to meet a whole bunch of new (and fantastic) clients!! I designed two wedding packages, three birthday party packages, and two baby shower packages.

We hosted a Ghosts of Anarchy Halloween party for the children’s friends, it was a ton of work, but seeing how much fun those little monkeys all had made it worth it!!

In the month of November, we had the flu, ear infections, pink eye, strep throat, and pneumonia all run through our house. The celebratory bottle of Baileys, and tins of hot chocolate have been opened. My days are now filled with Christmas crafting, and a little bit of boring catch up admin stuff.

As much as this little break was needed, I can’t wait to get back to work, lol! I am waiting on two little babies to be born in the next few weeks, and have a couple family sessions between Christmas and New Years for people near and dear to my heart. I am working on my 2014 calendar, and I can’t wait to get started on all of the fun things that I have planned. 2014 is going to be the year of “getting it done” for me. My goal list is huge. I’m a little bit scared, but that’s how I know that I have aimed high enough.

With the endless support of my family, friends, and clients, I am able to take this business to a place that I never imagined. Doors open, and I am so excited to be greeting the opportunities that lay behind them. Thank you, to everyone who is reading this. You have been part of an amazing year for me, and hopefully I see all of the beautiful faces in this post again soon!!!