I get asked all the time what my favorite thing to photograph is, and without hesitation I respond "births". I love newborns and families, but there is simply nothing like witnessing a baby come into this world. It is beautiful.
When it comes to birth photography, people are usually on one end of the spectrum or the other. Either they think "no way! I don't want a camera in the room!" or "yes! it is going to be one of the most amazing days of our lives, and I want to be able to remember every detail!". And, I will let you in on a little secret...usually it is the dads that are the most hesitant. Many think, "My iphone takes really great pictures. I've got this." But, it is usually these same dads that come up to me afterwards and tell me how thankful they are that I was there. They are thankful because they didn't have to worry about anything other than being there for their wife. They got to hold her hand, not a camera!
Luckily for me, this dad didn't need much convincing. And, I am always so thankful when a couple trusts me enough to be in the room with them for such an intimate family moment.
When I got the text that Holly was headed to the hospital, I was in Atlanta doing engagement pictures for my cousin and her fiance. As soon as we finished their session, I hopped in the car and headed north, praying that I would make it in time! Holly's sister and I arrived at the hospital at the same time and were told that the nurse was checking her, so we could come back to the room in 10 minutes. While waiting in the waiting room, we got a text from Holly's husband that she was at a 10! Talk about perfect timing. I was able to get some "before" shots while we waited for the doctor to arrive, then I headed back out to the waiting room to give Ben and Holly a few minutes alone before "go time". I got the text to head on back, the doctor came in, and 6 minutes later a perfect little girl was snuggled on her mom's chest.
What an amazing, calm, and joyful way to enter the world!
This particular hospital has a strict 1 hour "nobody in, nobody out" rule. What a perfect time for mom and dad to bond with their new baby. The baby is not even weighed or measured (as long as the baby appears healthy) until the hour is over. So often the babies are whisked off immediately after birth to be weighed, measured, poked, and prodded. I really applaud this hospital for recognizing that those things can wait! Snuggles first, exam later. I like it!
Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the slideshow I put together for Ben and Holly!