I watched my sister meet her daughter

I have 100s of pictures from Monday…most of them I want to share, but it isn’t my story to share. So, here’s few because I just can’t help it. I tried writing captions, but it just kept getting too personal. I am beyond thrilled to finally meet my niece, but I am even more excited that Lesley & Eric have their daughter in their arms. Motherhood…Fatherhood…words can never describe or prepare someone for the intensity of what it means to be a parent. They have their daughter in their arms. A very brief look into my Monday…

Isn’t it amazing how pictures can tell a story….so that is part of my story of meeting my sister’s firstborn. I love her.

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  • Jackie - Such a sweet story to be told – one of the oldest, but one you can never tire of hearing (or seeing)!

  • Lanny Stanard - Oh how I love this post… I have tears rolling down my face! so so sweet. :)
    Lanny…

  • Christine - Congratulations again, she is beautiful!!! You tooks such great pics :)

  • Shannon - Very very sweet! Those pictures! They are going to be some amazing memories for your sister down the road. I love how you capture the whole story and not just the grand finale! Very nice.

  • Jodi - This post gave me goosebumps! Your story telling was perfect! Congrats to your family and God Bless your new addition. She is perfect!

  • Anna Joy - Ohmygoodness. You captured the experience so well. I am tearing up and I don’t tear up for anything. Paisley is so beautiful. Congrats to Lesley and her family! PS, my good friend delivered her baby boy on Monday as well at 350am. :)

  • Sarah - what a beautiful post. that picture of Eric kissing Lesley is so full of emotion. I got teary eyed just looking at it!

  • Stacey - The pictures are amazing (as usual)… I think my favorite one is the one of (I’m assuming) the waiting grandpa’s hand on the waiting room chair. Bah! I got a little teary when I saw it. The new babe is so beautiful and I had my first daughter last summer and I too know about all the feelings your sister is going through right now. It’s a great and amazing time. Many congratulations to you all!

  • anne c - I love it! she is perfect!

  • Jill R - Beautiful baby girl! Can’t wait to see pics of her meeting Firecracker.

  • chantelle - thanks for my first cry of the day…….you are so sweet, you love for your sis and family is like no other!

  • Liz Hurst - So sweet Ashley…I have chills. What a beautiful family!

  • Cate O'Malley - Geez, Ashley, you’re making me tear up. Wonderful pictures!

  • jenny - so incredibly sweet. Pictures tell a story that sometimes word cannot do justice.

  • Jamie - Those pics are awesome. They made my eyes water! And that is something that never happened before I was a mom myself. What a precious baby!

  • maria - I love the way you told the story, so glad she is here safe and sound!

  • Ryan - I love this Ashley! I’ve never met someone who is more of a photographer, in every sense of the word, than you.

    And what a gorgeous baby! Congrats to everyone! :)

  • Stephanie - Those photos brought tears to my eyes! Great job. Congratulations to your family.

  • Rachel W - I am so happy for Lesley and Eric! Your pictures made my eyes tear up! :)

  • Shannon Phillips - Amazing! Congrats to you Auntie Ashley.

  • Rachel C - Lesley & Eric — she is beautiful!! I love the picture of the two of you holding hands. It tells such a sweet story of love and support. I am crying at my desk. What a special family. Love you all.

  • Elizabeth - Did the birth only take 5 minutes??????? That is about how long my 3rd took! We almost didn’t make it to the hospital!

  • Kelly - Oh goodness! I’m all choked up & teary! That picture peering through the guard on the bed – you can see the raw emotion on Daddy’s face. And then the pure joy on the faces of your family when they hear the news that she’s finally here – you can’t beat that. These picture brought back a whole flood of memories. Congratulations Auntie!

  • Megan H - I got all teary! What a precious blessing. Congratulations!

  • Kari - Such an exciting post! Congrats Aunt Ashley! Your sister is very lucky to have such a talented gal to take photos during her baby’s arrival- photo’s that she can treasure forever! Great job!

  • meredith - Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. There are few things as precious as a sister’s love.

  • Kirra Sue - Totally crying. Thanks for sharing that story- it was so precious. I loved every picture. Congratulations to your sweet family for it’s newest member! Your sister is beautiful and her baby girl is too.

  • Jen V. - Those are beautiful pictures…I, too, got teary looking at them! What a beautiful story (and a beautiful little baby!) Congrats on being an auntie!! Those pictures could stand alone as a scrapbook (something from Shutterfly even) for Paisley when she’s older – the story of her birth from auntie’s view. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  • susie whyte - so sweet. loved the shot of QT. made me laugh. my fave is the one the through the railing. i love those shots. congrats to the whole family!!

  • tammy Kay - so beautiful Ashley. Totally made me cry. Maybe its because my newest is just nine weeks old and time is passing much too quickly. I wish your sister the best. Paisley is beautiful! ( I love the picture of your grandpa’s hand! )

  • Caitlin - I love it. Tearing up and I don’t even know them!

  • Erin - These pics tell a great story! So glad everything went well and she is perfect! Nieces are the best, you will spoil her beyond belief!!

  • becky - She’s gorgeous! Congrats to Leslie – those pictures actually made me cry :-)

  • kristin - Best story telling pictures ever! Kudos… great job (as always).

  • Desiree - I got all choked up and teary-eyed looking at these. Thank you for sharing!

  • Haley Nicodemus - Your blog makes me so happy!

  • the inadvertent farmer - What a wonderful post to celebrate a new arrival on the planet…happy birthday little one! Kim

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, congratulations! That is just wonderful. I’m so very happy for you.

  • rachel p - CONGRATS!!! such a beautiful story … no words necessary. and now i have tears streaming down my face. my coworkers already think I’m nuts ;)

  • Tysha - Beautiful. Congrats all the way around!

  • Stefanie - There are no photographers in my family – I’m the only hobby photographer. When we had both our children, we didn’t have much other than our point and click…and I wasn’t going to start clicking on my own (I was a little busy pushing) so I resolved to remember everything. That says A LOT because I don’t have a very good memory.

    These pictures are going to be forever treasured by her family. What a wonderful gift to be able to offer!

  • Sarah - I teared up going through these pictures.
    Beautiful.
    Congrats to them and to all of you!!

  • giozi - WOW I don’t have words, pictures say all.
    Gorgeous pictures, beautiful moments. Your sister is lucky. All the family with her, so many love around her, and you there, to take beauty pics :)

  • Jane - You’re amazing Ashley! I wish you were my sister and could have captured such beautiful photos of my children’s birth. I’m sure there are dozens more that are just as beautiful.

    As I’ve mentioned to you before, I’m a pediatrician. This gives me the huge privilege of attending many deliveries – I’ve attended literally thousands by now. I’m not an OB so I don’t do the actual delivery, but I’m called when there is a potential concern with the health of the newborn. Luckily, babies are very resilient and usually things are fine. Sometimes they are not fine, but with some resuscitation efforts the baby does well.

    Although I’m nowhere in your league, I’m known among the nurses and doctors that I work with as the photographer. They all know I have an interest in photography and take an insane amount of pictures of my own kids. I’m also known for being the delivery room photographer (if not busy resuscitating a baby, of course). Sometimes people forget their camera in the shuffle of an emergency C-section. The batteries are dead. The camera is in the car. Countless times I’ve taken a pic with at least my iPhone and emailed it to them so that they have at least something from the first few minutes of their child’s birth. I’m always happy to see a D-SLR in the delivery room because I know at least they’ll have some decent pictures vs. blurry point-and-shoot pics. I love taking family pics because the fathers are usually too freaked out by the whole experience to think of it. Sometimes, it’s hard for the father to snap pics, especially in the OR if there was a C-section because he’s stuck behind IV poles, the anaesthetic machine and suction equipment. So, I take their camera and take pics for them.

    Many congratulations to your sister and your whole family. Babies are so wonderful.

  • Yanet - Babies are blessing to all in the family so congrats to you ALL! I LOVE pic #14 of Eric holding her hand while looking at her. He has the must tender look on his face. BTW, How can your hair look so cute at 2 AM??!! No fair.

  • Jill J - I LOVE the picture of the family clapping and smiling in the waiting room! I can even imagine the smell of the hospital with this series. GOOD JOB, AUNTIE! :)

  • Danielle - i love this post. gives me chills thinking back to the birth of my boys. so happy for your sister and her hubby! what a blessed day. god is so good!

  • Tabitha - I’m tearing up just looking at the pics. So much love. Congratulations!

  • Maike - tears in my eyes, I’m so happy for you all! Can’t wait to meet my sisters firstborn in hopefully the next few days…

  • Allison - this was so perfect! She’s adorable. Congratulations, Aunt!

  • Robyn Farmer - Wow! Pictures are amazing and the gift you have in capturing those moments made me feel like I was peaking in on that precious day. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see more pics. I also look forward to Firecracker with her sister-cousin Paisley.

  • Michelle Z. - How wrong is it that I have a crush on your dad?

  • Kellye P. - Your talent has left me speechless.

  • crystal - Thanks for sharing such a sweet, touching, wonderful story!

  • Jasie - No captions and I still cried. Also, I love the one of the donut coming at you. I thought for a moment your family might wonder what you’re doing, then I remembered it’s you. You take pictures of everything. They probably didn’t even notice because they’re so used to it. lol Thanks for sharing that with us!

  • Flier Judit - She’s so beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Tricia - Amazing how a story with no words can bring you to tears. Congratulations to your sister and brother in law. She is just sweet perfection!

  • patti - she’s perfect. and so was that photo story. just enough. thank you for always showing how beautiful the little things in between are and how important they are to the story. congrats to all!

  • Mallory - These images were just wonderful, brought tears to my eyes. I absolutely love love love your blog. I’ve never commented before, but I just have to let you know that you’re kinda sorta like my idol…I’d love to be as cool of a momma & awesome photographer as you, but first I would need kids…and a husband…but I’ve got the camera! :)

  • Lauren Roberts - Congratulations Lesley and Eric, and Ashley, and the whole family! I know this baby is another truely amazing blessing to your wonderful family.

  • bopha - the pictures are great and to have it all captured will be so special to them. congrats to the new parents and the new aunt!

  • georgia - Tell your sister I said welcome to motherhood. She is going to be great at it.

  • Whitney - Beautiful! What a blessing for your sister to have these moments documented! It makes ME emotional….I’m sure your family is over the moon.

  • Shaun L. - It was so fun to see you up there Ashley! Love seeing familiar faces when I work :) I knew you would put pics up. She is precious!!

  • Kendall - Congrats, Auntie! What sweet pictures. God is so good, isn’t he?

  • Jenn G. - CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is soooo incredibly beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her.

  • Rachel - Wow! Our God is an awesome GOD!
    Congratulations to you and your family.

  • Kristine - there is something so beautiful about a new baby. can’t believe ours is already 6 months.

  • Janica - I’m totally crying! What is it about babies that have that power?! My favorite pic (besides the BEAUTIFUL little girl) is when proud dad gets to share the news w/family:) Great job Ashley!

  • Dick - How precious!!
    Great post

  • Brooke - Congrats to her, that is so special!!!She is just adorable! and the name couldn’t be cuter. Congrats to you too, auntie! What an amazing time. We can’t wait for our birth, despite it being a little bittersweet for us, it is such an amazing miracle all the same! You do such a wonderful job capturing moments. That is always my goal. Sorry for random assortment of sentences. Rambling.

  • Shea - Congrats Auntie! She’s beautiful and I know your sister will cherish her story captured in photos from now until forever.

  • Kelly - Ashley, I just found your blog a few days ago. What an inspiration you are! This post made me tear up. Love the pictures- just amazing!

  • Cindy - loved seeing it happen through your pics… amazing! Lesley and Eric are so blessed to have all this captured! You niece is beautiful.. .My favorite pic is Lesley holding her and smiling!!! Motherhood is awesome!

  • Danielle - Beautiful! I was thinking wow I wish I had a couple of those from my son’s births!

  • emily anderson - oh. i can’t wait for the day when my only sister has a baby. she is only 19, so it might be a while…but hey, i had my first baby at 22, so one can hope that her sister would follow in the same path? right? ha.
    beautiful pictures, and congrats to your sister.

  • Jess - Oh man, Ashley. I have tears rolling down my face. Even without words, those pictures tell such a sweet story. You can just feel the love in your family. And that little girl is precious. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Kristin S - I don’t even know her and am bawling at your photo story. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lesley - Wow. Thank you all for the amazing comments about our big day. I am so blessed and there aren’t enough words to express how thankful I am to have so a wonderful sister and family. Ashley, the pictures are so amazing and I will cherish them forever. Thank you for sharing your gift of photography with us on this special day and thank you for being such a great example of a what it means to be a mother with me. I have always looked up to you as your little sister and I’m so proud my daughter has you in her life.

  • cathy - I am living in Austalia and just want to say a thank you for opening up the world to your beautiful personal photos of such an incredible moment. Your photos are truely perfect and capture every split second, they are gorgous, just like your daughter. Congrats.

  • Sandy - It is truly amazing how pictures can tell a story. I love this story. My favorite is the photo where he is telling the people in the waiting room. The joyful looks on their faces brought tears to my eyes.

  • Christy - Even before I read your last sentence, I thought, “What a beautiful story!” Great job!

  • Kathy Eller - I LOOOVE how you started this by saying that it wasnt your story to tell but then went on telling it:) I love it because my husband and I have welcomed 5 children into our lives on our won with just us there. I love it because as we add children in children get older and THEY are the ones excited. I hope someday for my boys to be excited for their sister and their nieces and nephews and have the extended family that we have not.

  • emily - this is the sweetest post!
    dare i even ask how you take such lovely pictures inside the horrid lights of a hospital…

  • Amnah - Jeez, why am I crying??
    Gorgeous pictures. I wish I had someone to document my daughters’ births like this. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on Auntiehood!

  • Jess - sigh

  • karen - wow, that was perfect! I love the shot through the rails of the bed…perfection!

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