Photographer goes viral after capturing the moment mum learns it’s a boy after five decades of girls.

Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography has photographed over 100 births over the past six years, but says she just photographed the best reaction to a birth ever, with new mum Dara Crouch.

Despite the outcome being 50-50, there hadn’t been a boy born on her side of the family in over 50 years (!), so she was pretty convinced she was destined to have another girl.

“My husband thought from the beginning that it was a boy. I was not so convinced. I had this weird connection to my daughter’s clothes, and since their birthdays would only be three weeks apart, I knew I could reuse them,” Dara told POPSUGAR.

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“It never really set in that this baby could be a boy until just a few minutes before he was born. I started freaking out because I had never been around a little boy and didn’t know much about raising one. When my midwife, Melissa, held him up, I was in complete shock! It was a boy, and I lost it! I was so excited, and so in love! I couldn’t imagine it being any other way!”

Neely said, “In my over 100 births I’ve photographed, I see all kinds of reactions. Some of the most heart-warming, soul stirring, tear-filled moments,” she told POPSUGAR.

“But when Dara looked over at me, and I captured this reaction knowing the innocent and very real worries we have when our second child comes into the world (boy or girl), I burst into tears behind the camera. All of that anxiety and worry vanished in blink of an eye. And no matter what we have, the love we have for our kids is instantaneous and overwhelms every cell in our bodies.”

What a precious moment to capture forever.

Do you have any similar memories captured that you would like to share?

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  • the long awaited son! what an amazing and special moment that they captured


  • Sick as a dog for the boys then in the third it was different. Everything felt different so I hadn’t even picked a boys name like I knew.


  • I can imagine the expression on the Mum’s face would have been a mixture of shock and excitement


  • What a moment, I love these photos


  • Oh! That must have been a moment of pure joy. And amazement.
    I know a couple that after 3 girls really wanted a boy. So they decided to try one last time. A girl again! After the fourth.. they decided to stop. :-)


  • An absolutely fabulous photograph of the excitement and reaction to the little boy’s birth. Priceless keepsake.


  • Beautiful ! Absolutely priceless !


  • Great photo and amazing first boy in so many generations!


  • What an awesome photo, great catch by the photographer!


  • We knew we were having a boy and everyone told me they might be wrong. But the ultrasound was almost like a cock and balls cartoon. There really wasn’t any mistaking it.


  • We found out gender during the pregnancies – but we’re still thrilled to see it confirmed.


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