Ever since the birth of my son, I have wanted to do a birth photography session. I had both a photographer and a videographer at my side to document my son's birth.... but I'm not going to lie, it took me 6 kids to get to the comfort level to do that. I wish I had that experience with all my children! The birth of a child is one of the most magical moments in a young family's life together, and having beautiful images to tell the story of the day is just a gift that is irreplaceable.
My dream to document a birth finally came true in October with the birth of Baby E! Her brother, Mr. T, spent every month from the time he was 12 months until 2 1/2 years in front of my camera! I've had the privilege to document Christmas memories, family photos, and Baby E's baby shower. I was so honored when Mommy asked me to be there for Baby E's entrance into the world. The birth was a scheduled cesarean, and Mom was just happy and calm and amazing throughout the entire day. She truly is my hero! I stayed with her through the preparations after she arrived at the hospital, then waited through the delivery with the happy and anxious grandparents to meet that sweet baby girl. I have to admit, I cried when I saw that little miracle lying under the heat lamp. Her mother looked radiant, and daddy beamed with pride! I took several photos of the new family and grandparents with their newest family member, then left so Mommy could have some time to rest. Later in the day I returned to watch as big brother came to visit for the first time. Mr. T was so excited to meet his little sister, and fell in love with her at first sight. He knew it was Baby E at last, and his smile spread from ear to ear.
The miracle of life is spectacular, and I was so humbled and privileged to document it for my friends. In the hospital/home birth setting shortly after birth, the most natural moments in a new family's life are so fleeting and dear, I would love to photograph many more in the near future!