As a photographer, my natural reaction to a significant moment happening is a desire to record it. This is a long list of photos, the reason we are sharing so many images is to show the beauty of the long, well-endured labour. Ariel was happy for me to take shots at times throughout the labour to document her journey, it was a long process over four days, but the strength and courage she showed was incredible. 
I'm so in awe of this woman. She focused, breathed, prayed, and composed herself with inspiring self-control and meekness. Throughout the labour I would play the guitar and worship God quietly, and his presence was near, we felt his peace lead us. Although there were things that could have scared us, We felt a real peace throughout. 
"When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
    your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
    your consolation brought me joy."

- Psalm 94:18&19
Joy Hannah Stanley
Born 26th August 2017 at 8:45am
2 days of mild contractions, 12 hours of full labour. 
1 strong, inspiring mother,
2 proud parents.
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