It's official: I am head-over-heels in LOVE with documenting birth stories.
birth is so unlike anything else I photograph -- it's real, real life. not posed like a portrait session, not planned down to the last detail like a wedding. birth just happens, it's unpredictable -- each birth is a mystery.
birth is raw, & emotional. it's beautiful, it's personal. there's a special kind of love + magic about a birth.
labor (hopefully) begins calmly, peacefully and quietly. early labor is heavy with excitement, nervousness and anticipation. then, it becomes intense + passionate. intimate. this is when mamas & their husbands really connect, she really relies on him. it gets increasingly difficult and dramatic, and sometimes loud and hectic.
then, all at once, it's miraculous. and joyous. (and adorable).
birth is breathtaking, it's awe-inspiring.
I've been present for three births now -- including my own -- and the experience is truly indescribable (hence my thesaurus-like use of lots of descriptive words, just trying to explain it). but seriously, if you ever get the chance to attend a birth, take it!
Baby A, your mama is so strong and she worked really, really hard to bring you into this world. your daddy was patient + kind, and helped in any way he could while anxiously awaiting your arrival. you are very loved and have a great pair of parents!
A huge thank you to the mama + daddy who trusted me to document this very special journey they went on -- I am so glad I could, in some small / tucked-in-a-corner kind of way, join them. They requested that I keep their personal images from the day private, so I am only sharing a few details / glimpses into this incredible experience.
Also, a big thank you to All About Babies Birth Center and their wonderful midwives Donnellyn Dominguez, Lincey Knox, Elizabeth Spring & Danielle Benito, as well as the couple's doula, Debbie Van Campen of Joy of Life Birth Services, it was such a joy working this birth with you ladies.