If you’ve been watching the news or are keeping informed on all things childbirth, I’m sure you’ve heard about the newest phenomenon of birth photography by now! As most of my readers know, I had the pleasure of photographing an AMAZING birth back in May and going forward, this is something am adding to my repertoire! Why? I LOVED the experience. Everything from the anxious anticipation of the birth itself to presenting the proud parents with their very own finished birth slide show…and everything in between! Birth photography tells a story. One of the most treasured stories of your life. A story that is very often forgotten or only remembered by a few select snap shots taken by a relative amidst all of the excitement. Having a birth photographer present to document your home or hospital birth changes your entire experience and memory of that time in very big way.
In working with Alicia’s family at the birth of baby Rohan, I saw this first hand. When I arrived it was the wee hours of the morning. Alicia had began labouring in the birthing tub. Shane was sitting behind her lovingly coaching her through. Alicia’s two sisters were tending to their nephew Elijah and both of Alicia’s midwives were busy coaching, encouraging and working hard to ensure everything happened peacefully and smoothly. Things were as they should be. As I tiptoed around and snapped away I wondered how they might remember this if I weren’t there. Maybe a few cell phone photos after the fact? It made me happy to know that I was able to be there for Alicia and her family. It made me realize how much I truly believe in this type of experience being documented. Sure, birth photos may not be the images you hang on your wall or keep in your wallet. But more than that, they are photos that you can keep close to your heart to reflect on for years to come. When you look back at some of the most intimate moments of your life, aren’t they some of your most treasured? I know that’s definitely the case for me.
Here’s what Alicia had to say after her experience with me (which I would like to say, made me so emotional after reading!)
“The birth of my first son was so life changing, but sadly I have very few pictures from that eventful day. In planning to do things a little differently the second time around with a home birth rather than a hospital birth, I knew I wanted quality photographs to document this momentous time in our lives. Not only was I impressed with Danielle’s previous work, I felt extremely comfortable in her presence and trusted her instincts and professionalism. With little time to spare during the quick birth, Danielle swept in that day and was merely a fly on the wall, however, you would never know that after seeing the quality of her photographs. The blissful look on my face as I birthed and held my son for the first time, the strength and support of my Husband, the calm prepardedness of my midwives, the happiness on both of our faces as my midwife announced “It’s a boy!”, and even my intense facial expressions during the last phase of my labour – these are the real memories, actions and feelings that I never want to forget. I am especially thankful for the many shots of my birth support team working behind the scenes that would have been missed otherwise. I tear up everytime I look at my photographs. I can’t get over how much emotion Danielle captured in such a short time frame. Birth is a miracle and I am forever grateful for these beautiful keepsakes. Thank you, Danielle, for sharing your amazing talent with my family. If there are more children in our future I hope you’ll have your batteries charged and camera bag packed because I wouldn’t want to do it again without you!”
To watch baby Rohan’s entire birth slideshow, click here!
Going forward I am looking forward to photographing more Ottawa births in the months to come! To inquire about my special introductory rates for 2012 births, please contact me today!