Life always has a way of surprising us when we least expect it. For those that follow my blog you know that I have been working on moving my business more towards birth story photography for a couple of months now. I’ve had lots of interest and even booked a couple of births. This was not one of them.
I was on call over Christmas for another photographer who had to go out of town. All week I carried my gear expecting the call but nothing. The night she was supposed to get back Rog and I went to dinner with some friends. Right after we ordered I got the call; it turns out the other photographer missed her connection and I was headed to shoot my first birth story.
There really is nothing more beautiful then the strength of a mama giving birth to a new life as her partner lovingly holds her hand and cheers her on. This was their fourth baby and was more quiet and peaceful than I could have ever imagined. As little Arwen took her first breaths, she was put on her mama’s chest as her proud dad placed a tender kiss on mama’s forehead. Her first hour was consumed with snuggles and nursing with mama and later she got her first bath and was held by her daddy for the first time.
I told a friend that I got to shoot my first birth story and they asked me if birth was really beautiful like people say it is and without hesitation I had to say yes. There is nothing more special than witnessing a new life coming into the world. Congratulations, Heather and Darryl and thank you for trusting me enough to share in such a joyous occasion.