Nova’s Birth

I got a call around 4pm that it was happening. I booked a flight, packed bags and flew to Salt Lake landing around 11:30pm.

They told me to sleep for a couple hours and they would call. I slept, tossing and turning, half awake…not wanting to miss their call. 3:30am I was on my way driving through deserted snowy streets to St Mark’s hospital.

You might think, with me being 34 weeks pregnant, that I would have been suffering from complete exhaustion…but amazingly I was awake and ready. There was a baby coming and parents laboring. The world was asleep but we were wide wide awake.

I shot this sweet couple’s wedding almost 7yrs ago. It was amazing to see them entering this next stage of their life together. Ryan seriously blew me away with his doula skills and Brittany….Brittany was a solider. Laboring naturally, gorgeous and glowing.  Did you know there are about 240 babies born EVERY MINUTE of every day? I love thinking about that as I grow my own babies. I loved thinking about that as I watched Brittany working so hard for her sweet daughter. She and so many others in that exact moment giving so much for another.

Nova was born, perfect. Making noise, ready to eat..with a room full of tears and kisses. It truly felt like a celebration.

Did you hear they named her Nova!! They first got the idea from my own precious bundle and as I watched Nova #2 take her first breaths I felt so elated to have another gorgeous Nova join us.

After the adrenaline wore off me and Ryan both started feeling the exhaustion. I do think it took me a couple days to come out of the birth haze. Worth it. So totally worth it.

What a gift to be invited to photograph these moments for people. I am truly truly grateful.




10 thoughts on “Nova’s Birth

  1. Rachel, you are an amazing friend! Good luck with your pg! Thoroughly loved your pics. Great depth of field use and natural lighting. I am your fan!


  2. Who are you, Rachel Thurston? Someone who has elegantly and auspiciously come into this world to capture such magnificence and importance of humanity. I have a good mind to submit you for a prestigious humanitarian award for the light you’ve blasted through the people of the earth’s souls. High drama, I know, but I find myself over and over again moved in the most shocking manner by what and how you do this. Ok….and to top it off best friends bunched into one room of miracle…I am happy. So happy.
    I love you on such levels.
    Ryan and Britt….this gum-drop of happiness is worth it all. Can’t wait to pretend she’s mine.


  3. Just FYI, I’m seriously considering having another baby JUST so that you can photograph the birth! Wouldn’t that be just great at age 45!
    I am in LOVE with these images! The one of Nova reaching up in the dark right after her birth is my fave. But they ALL are so amazing, Rachel! What a treasure for this family.


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