I am so excited to share another beautiful birth story from 2019. This mama found me over the summer as she was looking for a birth photographer for her third baby. This is the second client this year that hired me for their third birth, even though they hadn’t professionally documented their previous two births. I think so many families feel guilty about hiring a birth photographer for their birth if they hadn’t for previous children, because it can feel a little unfair. I have a totally different perspective.
I think that it is after your first birth, and maybe even second, that you really realize that the fears of being documented begin to diminish amid the desire to have those memories to look back on. What I love about documenting births with other children is that I always involve them in the birth story somehow, whether that be during labor, or when they meet for the first time. Your family and your connection are a vital part of your birth story. They are often my favorite images and footage. What I would give to have my birth stories documented with my own children!
There really is nothing like birth, and the deep story woven throughout each one. It seems that there are moments that we so easily vividly recall about the births of our children; holding them for the first time, the smells, and emotions. We are often times so exhausted by the point of delivery, and in those first sleepless days that some those memories can also be a bit more vague, especially with the passage of time.
You didn’t get to see your spouse’s face as they spoke to your baby in the warmer, or the tender way your loved ones touched you, and worried over you. My job is always to capture those moments that are most important to you, and we talk about this in the weeks leading up to your delivery.
We decided on meeting in their home for our client meeting before her birth so that I could see her birth space and talk comfortably there, it was a great opportunity to meet the whole family. She really wanted the girls involved if they felt comfortable with it, but had decided she would leave that up to them. I was so excited once I saw their gorgeous home, she has it so beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, and had printed images throughout her home. It was quite evident that capturing memories and documenting her family is a priority. That always makes a photographer’s heart swell.
She had delivered at home with her previous two as well and had delivered at different gestational ages with them both, so it was hard to say when she would deliver. She ended up going over with this one. As with all of my clients, we communicated frequently as she did have a history of fast labor. Finally, on an October evening, I got a text that she was contracting regularly, but wasn’t ready for me to come quite yet. I made sure that her doula had my number as well so that I could respond quickly when she was ready. And shortly after that first conversation, I got a text that it was time and to go ahead and come on over!
Luckily, she lives not too far from me, so I got there pretty quickly. When I arrived I quietly entered her birth space to find that she was really moving quickly and was having the occasional urge to push. I was in awe of her beautifully decorated birth space (that she decorated while laboring!), it was so well thought out and so full of so many meaningful and sentimental items. Her doula and midwife both spoke words of encouragement over her and guided her through those urges. Her husband moved in and out of the room between the girls and his wife.
Jessica ended up delivering 20 minutes after I arrived! She went so fast, I was just so grateful that I made it!
It was such a beautiful delivery, and Jessica made it all look so graceful! Her girls made it into the room after their baby was born, and they were just so adorable!
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