Birth photography is one of my very favorite sessions to document. There is no stress about posing or props.
Birth photography is all about emotion and documenting the tender relationship between a husband and a wife.
It’s about capturing the strength that a woman has to endure contraction after contraction.
It’s all about the moment when a strong woman becomes a new mom. When a doctor places the new arrival on mom’s chest and mom with tears streaming down her flushed cheeks strokes her baby’s soft little cheeks.
Birth photography is about the pride a husband has watching his wife bring a new son or daughter into his life. I have a very important job to capture each of these moments. Unposed, raw, beautiful.
When I learn that a pregnant mom is going to deliver her baby natural my adrenaline spikes. A natural delivery takes each of these emotions to another level. Husband and wife have to be so connected. The soon to be dad has to be ever vigilant to assure that every single need his beautiful bride has is met.
The advanced preparation for both parents is so important. Deciding on the support team that will be there to support mom and dad.
Selecting a doctor that will listen to the wishes of the soon to be mom. Choosing a place to deliver that will support the couple in their wishes for a natural labor. Studying techniques to help you through the hours of labor and knowing which tools you can use for help.
Amy’s labor began in the morning and they decided to head to hospital later that afternoon. Her support team was her husband Jon and her wonderful mother. They had an incredible app on Amy’s phone that helped keep track of Amy’s contractions.
Logan Regional Hospital followed Amy’s wishes to not be confined to her bed during her labor. Amy didn’t want to be tied to the monitors limiting her ability to use the mental and physical tools she had learned to help with the contractions.
After 10 hours of labor I had to call in my wonderful associate photographer to help finish the session. I needed a few hours of sleep before a newborn session that was scheduled for that same morning. Ashlee Parkinson does amazing work for me. I can always trust that her work is going to be top of the line and that gives me so much comfort when I turn over a session.
Finally after hours of labor, it was time to prepare to meet Lilah.
I was so honored that the Amy chose me to photograph her birth story. As a little sneak peek, let’s see how adorable Lilah was for her newborn session: