I’ve always enjoyed and thrived on photographing very special and intimate moments. Childbirth photography is absolutely something I’ve been interested in for a couple of years now. The first time I heard of and saw birth photography, I was blown away. The photographic story of a mother going through labor, her partner at her side encouraging, loving and supporting her. A team of caring people to help her along her journey, monitoring, encouraging and also supporting. Excited family members, siblings, and hospital staff, and of course, a lovely baby at the end of the all the hard and physical work that will change everything…
I finally photographed a birth and it was everything that I thought it would be and more. I was chatting with Kristen a few days after we did her family photo session and we got around to talking about birth photography. She hadn’t really ever thought of it and after we talked about it some more, decided to go for it! I was so ecstatic and happy to be able to provide such a gift, and not only that, to have the privilege of witnessing such an important moment.
And so, please read on about the birth of Briar, a gorgeous baby girl born to two lovely people, Kristen and Mike, in September of 2015.
“Just remember this was a joint decision.”
Laughter from two expectant parents at 12:10 am on the day that their daughter, Briar, was born.
A little bit of the nightly news, then “The Office” which Kristen had never seen before, followed by a few minutes of Conan O’Brien. Finally, at least three episodes of “Naked and Afraid”. Glimpses of these shows in between contractions and encouraging words from Mike to Kristen helped passed the time while they waited for their lovely baby girl to enter the world. Just breathe.
A home like room, warm with an orange-pink glow from a lamp and pink walls and floors that glittered. In this room was Hydrotherapy, for a reprieve in a warm tub to soothe Kristen and provide some brief moments of shut eye for Mike between contractions.
A short shuffle down the hall and back to their room a little past 3 am. A few movies on the television while they continued their wait- the end of “Radio”, and maybe twenty minutes of the Ryan Reynolds movie “Definitely, Maybe.”
At 4 am “active labor” began.
An agonizing wait for Kristen, an epidural, many visits from nurses and midwives, and brief sleep followed. Breakfast was ordered around 8:15 am, and Kristen enjoyed a little bit of an english muffin expertly buttered by Mike while he had a breakfast sandwich for himself.
Enter Briar, almost 6 hours after active labor first started, close to 10 o’clock in the morning. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches long.
The first few hours of her life were mostly spent cuddled to her mother, watched over by her father, testing out her vocal chords, and adjusting to life out in the world. She was measured, examined, diapered, swaddled, and cooed over by two ecstatic parents.
Kristen and Mike, thank you for letting me be with you on one of the best days of your lives. It was a privilege to photograph Briar coming into the world, and I’m so excited and happy for you and your families. She is beautiful and she will be so well loved! I just know Payton is going to be an amazing big sister!
p.s.- In case anyone was wondering, yes, yes I did cry when baby Briar came into the world. Lucky thing I had a camera to hide my face and more important things were going on. ;)