Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the birth story of sweet, little Hudson. I was so honored when my friend Julie asked me if I would be willing to be there with her and Chris to capture the birth. Not only was it my first opportunity photographing a birth story, but it was also my first experience witnessing a baby being born. It was truly amazing!
As someone who has never personally gone through the process of childbirth, I honestly didn’t really know what to expect going into it. I had done a lot of research ahead of time on birth photography, and one of the things that was repeated over and over was that as a photographer I was to merely stay in the background. I didn’t want to be a distraction and get in the way. I am sure that in a lot of situations this would be the correct approach, but throughout Julie’s 12 hours of labor it felt like we were just hanging out and catching up on life. It was great. Now, I feel like I should also mention that Julie is seriously amazing and one of my heroes. She handled labor like a champ and has the highest pain tolerance of anyone I know! I am sure this contributed greatly to her ability to carry on a conversation through contractions at 7 cm dilated. Like I said, she’s amazing. So we spent the day talking about anything and everything. It was a lot of fun for me, and according to Julie it was a great distraction from the pain.
The actual birth was beautiful and happened after 5 minutes of pushing. Hudson arrived at 6:03 PM on June 6, 2017. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I am still unsure if the world of birth photography is something that I want to really venture into, but I am grateful I got to have this experience with one of my good friends. Photographing this birth story really pushed me as a photographer, and is definitely one of the most rewarding things I have done so far in my photography career.
Welcome to the world, Hudson!