Becoming five. A birth story.

Now that is dedication!  Getting up at 2:30am to shoot a birth session!  Some great advice at the end of the article for those who are thinking about trying a birth session. 1) Remember that you are a spectator! Don’t be in the way! 2) Know your angles ahead of time and where you need to be to get appropriate pictures.


Big brother meets baby sister for the first time Brand New Toesies Sisters. Holding baby sister for the first time. Sweet new little face A full head of hair Sad face for the camera grandma meets baby girl Getting ready for baby 9b Making sure they know how to work the camera before baby comes

I had been anxiously awaiting this one for awhile. It was time to welcome a new niece to the family. My sister in law was adding her third. We were all very excited. I had been on call for this one for about a week but was secretly hoping I could get through a few shoots without canceling. I did unfortunately for my sister in law it looked like she would make it to her induction date the following morning so we all went to sleep preparing for the big day to follow…….but then the phone rang at 2:30 am.

“I’m so sorry but my water just broke and we’re headed to the hospital!”

I guess baby girl had plans of her own. I arrived at the hospital at 3:30 am. The epidural had just been placed and all seemed to be going smoothly. They said she was already at a seven and we assumed things would go quickly from here.

There were a few minor set backs. A miscalculation with how far along she was was a little devastating to hear and things moved a little slower than planned. The older 2 kids arrived and we got to play and wait. Before long things were progressing quickly. The kids were sent out and we got sister in law ready to push. It was seriously 2 pushes and out came baby girl!

It was 9:12am when she arrived and we could hear the entire family out side the door anxious to get in. I will never forget hearing big brother say “I can see daddy’s feet” and “I hear her crying” from outside the door.

They all adore her and it was one of the sweetest experiences for me to be a part of. I just love birth stories but this one was different. It isn’t everyday you get to help welcome your own niece and hopefully capture it for everyone to remember forever.

Here are a few favorites from the day.

Birth Story Tips:
In order to do a birth story well you really have to know how to work with available light. You’ve got to look for it and use it the best that you can. After all you’re just a spectater in this event and it is all about knowing where you’ll get the best light and being prepared for the moment.

You’ve also really got to know your camera and how far you can push it. The lighting conditions in hospitals are very poor especially when you get called in in the middle of the night.

I rarely give direction. I might occasiounally have someone look towards me but mostly a birth story for me is about capturing the real emotions of the day

KNOW YOUR ANGLES! It is so important with such an intimate moment to know where to be and what to capture and what not to.

Gear Used:
Nikon D300
Nikkor 50 1.8
Nikkor 35 1.8
Nikkor 85 1.8

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