Essential Imagery doesn’t miss a beat capturing the details, emotions and beauty of this birth. My favorite photograph is of the second image which captures the busyness and intensity inside the operating room. And of course, who doesn’t love the look on mom’s face seeing her baby for the first time?
From Essential Imagery: This mama was in labor for more than 72 hours before having a C-section, and I was given unprecedented access to the operating room during the procedure. The calm in the chaos is remarkable as these parents meet their baby, Brooks, for the first time.
Tips from Essential Imagery:
1. Roll with the punches. Epidural failing? Emergency C-section? 17 hours of coverage and counting? Anything can and will happen — but you must keep calm, stay professional, and realize that Mama’s feelings are much more important (and intense) than yours during the delivery and birthing process.
2. Slip into invisible mode. At one point, my clients wondered why I was so quiet when a doctor or nurse entered the room, when we had been chatting like gangbusters two seconds before. It’s my goal to draw absolutely NO attention to myself when I’m photographing a birth, as medical professionals are in charge of my fate (and my access to procedures and delivery) from beginning to end.
3. Say thank you. To every nurse, doctor, and medical professional you encounter. Courtesy and respect go a long way toward endearing you to the professionals around you during the craziness of a birth.