Being a birth photographer means that you’re always ready. Or at least you should be, because you know, babies can come at any time. When this beautiful mama contacted me to let me know that things were progressing, it was a Saturday night and I was pouring beers at the Asheville brewery where I worked part-time. And I didn’t have my camera with me.
So of course I freak out, panicking at the thought that I won’t get there in time. But then I remember that a real birth does not progress in the quick easy stages we see on TV.
I get my affairs in order, retrieve my gear from home, and arrive at the hospital with hours to spare before this little guy makes his appearance.
“The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women.”
– Stephen Gaskin
The hours that followed my arrival at the hospital unfolded slowly, heavy with mood and never lacking in beauty. There are certain women who radiate a divine confidence & beauty, who exude such comfort in their femininity that they are just simply inspiring to be around. Christina is definitely like that, and especially so as she brought a new life into the world. Way to go, mama!
Providing natural birth photography is an honor and a skill. The birthing room is definitely NOT a setting that the photographer can manipulate. There is no asking the subject to,”move a little to the left.” It will not be possible to rearrange the furniture to get a better angle. But these are just a few of the reasons that I love to photograph births. They more than most of my other sessions beg me to use my training as a documentary photographer at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Be unobtrusive. Be unnoticed. Be a fly on the wall. Be ready.