Updated: May 11, 2019
My first birth behind the lens.
As a new photographer, I had a very good friend of mine who was pregnant and asked me take her maternity portraits. I, of course, was quite happy to. Her maternity photos came out beautiful. She is a relatively conservative person, and when I first asked her if I could take #birthphotos, her original response of "absolutely not" wasn't surprising. Who wants bloody images of emerging babies or photos of your stretching 'hoo-ha'?
It took little convincing once I showed her what actual #birthphotography is all about.
The essence of birth photography
"Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength." -Barbara Rothman
Birth photographers are special. We are a group of women [mostly] who thrive on womanhood. We love what we do, and we'd choose no other profession if given a choice. We have a large community. We share stories and images, failures and miracles. At the bedside #birth photographers are there for the first breaths of life, and sometimes the last. We are there to capture these beautiful memories for you. Meeting your baby for the first time, daddy's tears in holding his baby daughter's tiny little hands, bother or sister meeting the newest family member, grandparents holding their first grandchild. It's definitely the most rewarding and enjoyable career choice- theres no wonder why I love it so much.
Once I showed this friend birth photos from other photographers, she quickly said sure. She called me from the hospital to let me know she was in labor. I arrived with not much time to spare. Baby was born quickly, a big strong healthy boy. One of my best friends became a mom that day, and I was so happy to be there and welcome her to the club. Women are miracle makers. We are incredibly strong. We love with all our hearts. We are amazing.