When my darling friends Melissa and Bryan told me that they wanted me to capture the birth of their first baby, I was over the moon! I have never felt so privileged to have been part of such a special moment in a family's history. Melissa's due date was set just after the end of my 2012 wedding season, but I was determined to go as early as I could, just in case the little guy came early. I was in luck! Melissa suffered braxton hicks and thought she was going into labor just two days before my arrival, but happily my little bug waited for me. Less than 24 hours from the point my plane touched ground in Seattle, Kai Hayes Balmadrid was born. At 9lbs 10oz and 21" I was the winner in guessing his size :) Below is the photo-journalistic account of his birth, and a couple of newborn pics that followed.