I will start by saying this - every birth I photograph is special in infinite ways. Every mama holds a special place in my heart, along with their partner and their birth team. Every baby's birth I'm able to witness will stay with me, forever.
All of that being said, there is something extra special when I have the opportunity to document a birth of someone who I care for, or have had a relationship with outside of birth photography. Anna is a special person just like this. When I first started my photography business, Anna was the first person in the birth world to reach out to me and show me support. She is a talented Acupuncturist herself, and I've always remembered this kind gesture. I then began treatment with her, and always felt so calm and rejuvenated after a session - she has an incredible, healing energy. So when she called me with the exciting news that not only was she expecting, but that she was interested in birth photography - I was thrilled, and honored. Whenever I'm able to provide my services for those in the birth world, it's a pretty big responsibility that I don't take lightly. I find I do my best work under this type of pressure - and this is definitely one of my favorite collections thus far. And, to top all this specialness off, I was able to share this experience with my wonderful midwife from Autumn's birth - Peggy Thurston - pretty amazing!
Anna, I'm still in awe at your strength and calm throughout labor. Adam, it brings me such joy to see how incredibly loving and supportive you are. And Samuel, you made an entrance that I will never forget! Thank you so much for inviting me into your birth space, I love you all!
[Gear Info: All images captured on a 5DMarkiii with 24mm f/1.4 ii, 35mm f/1.4L ii, 50mm f/1.2L, and 85mm f/1.2L lenses. All images shot with available light.]
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Special thanks to Peggy Thurston, Maya Horrocks, Katlyn Carter, and Marina Smith!