Before this, I haven’t considered myself a birth photographer, so I really had no idea what to expect. I photographed a birth at Clark Memorial.
I totally skipped out on that day in health class. The day that you watch the outdated birth film. Yeah, you know the day I’m talking about.
So I REALLY had no idea what to expect.
Well, I guess I had an idea… but you know what I mean.
And it was, in a word, breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.
I popped in when Barb was early into her labor – the light was good and the meds were better. : )
After hours of hanging out, I got the text that it was officially time.
I don’t know about other wedding photographers, but I always get crazy jitters as soon as the processional music begins during a wedding ceremony. It’s all of the adrenaline and excitement for the day, compressed into the first chord of “here comes the bride.”
Well… there wasn’t a rendition of “here comes the baby” (or maybe “happy birthday” would have been a good choice), but I assure you, I didn’t need it to feel the nervousness. And it was totally a good nervous. It wasn’t just an oh-my-this-is-about-to-happen nervous… it was an I’m-about-to-meet-a-brand-new-person nervous. And THAT is a whole new kind of nervous for me. (is anyone else tired of me saying nervous?)
I’m not going to share the “for real” photos with you.
1. they’re not something the weaker-willed would want to see.
and 2. they are so intimate and special, I want to save them for this sweet family to share if they choose to.
However… while I’m holding back, I’m still sharing real birth photos. If you’re anything like the boss, and maybe birth isn’t your cup of tea… scroll quickly.
Hearing his name for the first time:“Oh, no big deal. I’m only like 20 minutes old and lifting my head, but whatever.”Edison::
Thanks for making my first official birth photography experience the most incredible thing yet. You’ve taught me that I could shoot 1000 births, and I’ll still be in complete awe. You are the sweetest boy, and I was honored to be a part of your first hours this side of the womb.