Buffalo Birth Photography at the Birthing Center of Buffalo | Welcoming Audrey

When preparing for the monumental day of bringing a child into this world, it is so important to not only choose a birthing location that feels right for your specific needs, but to ensure you are with a provider who is always going to have the best interests of you and your baby in mind.

Last August I had the honor of photographing two all natural births at the Birthing Center of Buffalo, and in addition to being amazed at how strong both mamas were in their labors, I was equally amazed over the hard work, care, and attentiveness that Dr. Katharine Morrison and her assistant, LuAnn, provided to both laboring women and their husbands. In my experience photographing such a variety of birth stories, I've had the opportunity to see different providers in action, both in the hospital and out. And Dr. Morrison was definitely one of the most attentive providers I've had the pleasure of working with.

My hope in sharing birth stories of women throughout the WNY region – regardless of location and provider – is that it helps to break this idea that birth has to be a certain way, or in a certain place, or fall within a specific time frame. After all, each birth story is truly unique and special and we should celebrate all the different ways mamas choose to labor and babies choose to enter this world!

And now some first-hand thoughts from this powerful first-time mama:

Why did you choose the Birthing Center of Buffalo for your labor and delivery?

I chose the Birthing Center of Buffalo because it was a wonderful medium of a comforting homelike atmosphere with the expertise of Dr. Morrison and LuAnn Conte. They also require you to have a doula attend the birth and that was something I was very interested in! I hired Kayla Rogers of Divine Lotus Doula Services and she was wonderful! She made sure to not only to make sure I was comfortable but my husband as well. 

What was your favorite or most memorable moment from your birth story or labor/delivery experience?

I think delivering but that’s a given so I’ll go with the next. I remember after I had rested for a while and Audrey was being weighed and measured I was eating these Grapes, triscuts, and hummus. It was the most delicious and mouth watering thing I ever remember eating in my entire life! The grapes we so sweet, the crackers were so crunchy, and the hummus was so creamy!

Why was having your baby's birth photographed important to you?

I have a bad memory so I didn’t want to forget anything about that experience. In hindsight I’m very thankful because I had my eyes closed for a majority of labor so it was great to know after the fact what was happening behind the scenes!

What does having the photos of your labor & delivery mean to you?

Having these photos means I’ll be able to share these with my daughter and show her how raw and beautiful it was when she came into this world. 

A Delaware Park Maternity Session With The Growing Butler Family

I've been photographing the Butler family for the last several years, and it always brings me so much joy to have them in front of my camera because they are 100% themselves at every photo session. Silly, wild, and free – and I'm not just talking about the kiddos! Their easy-going personalities and understanding that the best photos come when not overly forced, truly allows me to capture the spirit of their family together.

This session was extra special to be a part of as they are about to be adding not one, but TWO more kiddos to their family! To document this time in their lives, we roamed Delaware Park, hiding out briefly from a passing rainfall under the trees, followed by looking for trolls under the Delaware Park Ivy Bridge, and "rawr!"-ing our way all the way back to the car. It was such a blast... even though we never did find those sneaky trolls (I guess next time we'll have to dance a bit longer)!

Oh dearest Butler family, I am soooo excited for you in this next chapter going from 2 kiddos to 4 in a single leap. You're going to rock this and just think... our next session is going to be 2x more fun! ;-)

Sessions like this, filled with the laughter and silliness of those in your family, are hands down the best way to show off these days together, whether you're anticipating your next arrival or not. If you have an energetic and playful family, I am now booking a limited number of Real Life family (and maternity) sessions from now until November. I look forward to hearing from you!

Buffalo Birth Photography at Millard Fillmore Suburban | Welcoming Ava

The most wonderful thing about birth is that each story is truly unique. The method of delivery, the location, the time of day, and of course the way in which each mama labors. Well, let me just say, this mama was a total rockstar. I got the call to go to Millard Fillmore Suburban for her labor and delivery in the overnight hours, and there was such a calm in the room as I entered. Dad was getting some rest and mom was handling her contractions like a champ solo! We shared in conversation to distract mama from her contractions and help pass the time and before long, they were welcoming their beautiful daughter into the word! Then just like that, they were off to get a bit of rest just as the new day was beginning, and I exited their delivery room just as quietly as I entered. It was probably the calmest and quietest of births I've photographed, just like the morning hours in which it all took place.

If you are interested in having your birth documented, I'm excited to announce that I still have several openings for October 2018 and onward. My offerings have expanded as well, so that not only will I continue to offer the on-call birth photography services I've had the last several years, but I am now offering Off-Call services (for last minute inquiries) as well as First Hours (Fresh 48) Sessions (for those who just want coverage post-delivery). If you are interested in learning more about any of these services, please don't hesitate to inquire today for a free consult! I'm happy to go over any questions you may have and walk you through everything either over the phone, or (preferably) at a comfortable in-person location.

And if you're having a hard time deciding if birth coverage of any kind is for you, take a few moments to read this mama's first hand feedback of her experience! And then of course, be sure to stick around for the beautiful images that follow!

Why was having your baby's birth photographed important to you?

It was so important to me because I have two older children that I didn't have their births photographed and I regret not doing It. It's such a blur and there's so much to try to take in and remember during the chaos of the moment that I wish I remembered the moments more. I knew that being able to capture our last child being born would help me/us remember the moments that much more. Sure enough, looking at these pictures helps us remember it all, that much more.

How would you describe the experience of having me in the room with you throughout the waiting and delivery process? Was it helpful to pass the time, a distraction?

Having Dawn in the delivery room while we got through labor and waited for the baby to arrive was literally a godsend! It was all throughout the night and very late into the morning hours and she was amazing. She distracted me and was very reassuring and helpful offering her own help often, on top of capturing great pictures the whole time! My fiance slept most of the process lol! Dawn jumped up and took control being a great support person. She truly was amazing! I'm so glad she was there honestly!

What does having the photos of your labor & delivery mean to you?

It means the world to me to have these photos. I'll never have this time back, of having our daughter. It's truly a once in a lifetime deal. You'll only get this moment once and you cant get it back after. I'll always be able to pull out these photos and remember the day though, like it was yesterday, thanks to having them now. Thanks to Dawn we'll have these memories forever.

Jenessa + Clint's Unique Buffalo Wedding at Asbury Hall by a Buffalo Wedding Photographer

Doggie in a bow tie. Rooftop first look. Dinosaurs on the dinner table. Geode cake, name cards, and decorations. Giant LOVE sign. And a balloon drop during the first kiss! Jenessa + Clint's wedding at Asbury Hall in Buffalo this spring was full of unique and fun touches that perfectly reflected their laid back and fun-loving personalities, but above all else it was a day centered around the; a celebration of their love! It was such a blast to be a part of this day and I'm so excited to have kicked off the 2018 wedding season with them this past April!

Special shout out to all the vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Asbury Hall @ Babeville
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Austin Scaccia II
Officiant: Kyle Bradstreet
Photographer: Dawn M. Gibson Photography
Florist: Wegmans
Caterer: Exquisite Catering @ Asbury Hall
Cake/Bakery: Blackbird Sweets for the cake, cupcakes, and cookies // Paula's Donuts for the donuts
DJ/Band/Entertainment: Toy Bros. Entertainment (also provided the Social Booth)
Invitations: Minted
Hair & Makeup: Lizzy Dugan @ Salon Elizabeth
Bride's Attire: Sottero and Midgley - The Emery
Groom's Attire: Groom - Express
Shoes: Badgley Mischka / TOMS
Accessories (jewelry, hairpiece, cufflinks, ties, etc): Hair Piece from Salon Elizabeth, Her Ring: Ken and Dana, The Sarisa and the Bella, His Ring: Lashbrook Designs, Meteorite in Black Zirconium
Wedding Party Attire: Girls - Modcloth // Guys - Express
Decorations/Decor Design or Rentals: Balloons, Lanterns, and Cafe Bulb Lights - Balloon Masters, Love Sign - Fine Scale Designs
Favors: Geodes inscribed with guest names made by the bride and bridal party, Gold Dinosaurs painted by the bride and bridal party, Treats from the Dessert Room to take home in DIY boxes
Late night food/snacks: Pizza and Wings - La Nova