I don't really market myself as a maternity photographer, but when the opportunity presented itself to shoot a birth, I couldn't pass it up. I knew Ingrid and Scott as friends of a friend, and they approached me about a month ago, looking for a photographer who wasn't a total stranger, but also not someone they knew very well. Childbirthing is so intimate—and, let's face it, potentially fraught with awkwardness—that you probably don't want your best pals hanging about with you in the delivery room. At the same, it might be uncomfortable to have a complete stranger there, asking you to smile for the camera or pose awkwardly while you're out of your mind with contractions. So, this yeah, we've met a few times before dynamic ended up working perfectly. It was a real honor to be there with Ingrid and Scott, and I think the experience definitely made us closer friends in the end! They've kindly allowed me to share some of their photos here, and while the images mostly speak for themselves, I've added some explanatory captions for a few to better fill out the story. If you'd like to read these, just roll your cursor over the images as you browse.
I can't say I'm ready to out-and-out throw my hat into the baby photographer ring, but I would absolutely shoot another birth given the chance. An amazing—literally amazing—experience, and I'm so happy Scott and Ingrid shared it with me. It was also fantastic prep considering Julianna, my own very pregnant wife, will be going through the same thing in mid-March with our first child. I can't wait.