Bethany Leisure

About Bethany & Wellspring Photography

I’m excited about how Wellspring Photography is growing and through that I am able to learn more as well as venture into new areas of photography. We now offer packages for any events in life, from as big as weddings and births to as small as your child’s first time making chocolate chip cookies. We are now even doing school photographs from preschool through high school, as well as family, pregnancy, and baby sessions. Any photography need you have, we would be honored and excited to fulfill it.

Here at Wellspring Photography we love photography and love capturing the important moments in life. Any moment worth remembering is worth photographing.

Archive: August, 2014



Daxton is Born! {Toledo Birth Photographer}

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me when people ask me to photograph the birth of their child. I just think, little old me? Why do I get to witness this incredible, beautiful, private event in a stranger's life? I really don't know how I got so blessed to be to the point where people trust me not only with capturing these once in a lifetime moments (and truly each photo is just one second and then everything changes), but also trust me emotionally with their stories. Here is Daxton's story:

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I got a text at about 6am, Kayla was in labor and had been for 3 or so hours. Her contractions were five minutes apart. I thought to myself 'heavens! this could be a fast day!!'. I heard again at about 7:30 that she was 2cm, contractions had slowed to 7 minutes apart but she was staying because she was a day past due date. I settled down a bit knowing a first time labor can be anything! I was just reflecting on what the day might bring. Thinking about her, and Darin, and obviously Daxton. Wondering when he might come earthside, anticipating Kayla and Darin's reactions to meeting their first born for the first time. toledo newborn birth baby family photography photographer midwives natural ob http://www.wellspringphoto.com

I texted with Darin all day, getting updates as they came in. At about 5pm I headed up to the hospital. She was 8cm and doing beautifully. Kayla had opted for an epidural but it didn't quite take and the pitocin was making contractions hard for her. I never did hear her make any noise above heavy breathing. Darin was right by her side, exhausted as well, both keeping positive and working together to bring this beloved boy into their arms.

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There is something so beautiful about a woman in labor. Kayla in particular really, doing literally the most important work of her life. Working to begin a new life, not only Daxton's but her own. So powerful, yet peaceful. Pain, yet joy.

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They fixed Kayla's epidural, and so Darin got some rest before the final big work.

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The other thing that amazed me was all the supportive women who were there for Kayla, all of her sisters, her best friend, her mom and Darin's mom. While Darin rested all the women took turns rubbing Kayla's back and arms. It was exactly what she wanted and what she needed in that moment.

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Before anyone knew it, it was time to begin the last part but the hardest part of bringing Daxton earthside. toledo newborn birth baby family photography photographer midwives natural ob http://www.wellspringphoto.com

Kayla was so ready. You could just see the determination in her face.

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Darin's face says it all. I really love watching Dad's during pushing. So proud of their woman, shocked by her power and ability, falling deeper in love for her giving of herself for this new life to love.

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One last shot of Daxton on the inside. I remember looking at her belly thinking how beautiful it really was. So perfectly round, awed that there was a precious life that had grown there.

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Kayla pushed HARD for an hour…..then suddenly…

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There he was, he was here and….

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…he was mad!

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Darin's first glimpse of his boy.

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Kayla's first glimpse of her boy :).

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The impatient fan club 🙂 They had been there since 6:30am and it was like 10pm at this point. Daxton has a really devoted group of people to love and take care of him.

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Grandmas getting a good peek at their new little lovie.

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::sigh:: those brand new wrinkly NEWborn feet!

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Daxton was really wailing but then something wonderful happened.

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Darin touched he sweet little foot and he instantly quieted. He just KNEW 'that's my dad!'

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FINALLY meeting her son.

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This was the second time he calmed down. Again he knew 'This is my mom!"

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Kayla nursing for the first time. Again, could she be anymore beautiful? She made a human, gave birth to this human, and is now feeding him all with her amazing body. That is the epitome of womanhood right there. Plus they finally got to relax just the three of them, after all of their hard work and a long day.

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I know this look too. It's the "holy smokes I love you so much, and what just happened?!?"

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Finally Darin's turn to hold him 🙂 I LOVE how tiny Daxton looks in his hands.

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Darin's parents first grandchild, Kayla's parent's 9th (I think?). All four ecstatic!!

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So excited about their 9th grandbaby they took a selfie!! Also love the three generations of men.

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Congratulations to all of you on sweet little Daxton. Enjoy this precious/chaotic time:) You guys will do great, I promise.

~B

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