Inspire: Birth Photography by Essential Imagery

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.

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Water Birth by DFW Birth Photographer

I asked Lynsey Stone of DFW Photographer if I could publish one of her birth sessions on IMB. Lynsey is able to capture the beauty and emotional moments of a birth despite the numerous difficulties that photographing a birth presents (more or less being ready at a moment’s notice, being completely unobtrusive, and capturing the intense moments surrounding the birth).

I love looking at these photographs of this water birth taken in December of 2009 because it tells such a warm story surrounding a new life. The photograph of dad kissing mom while she seems to take a breath of air is amazing. And oh – this little one decided to show up into this world about 10 minutes after Lynsey got there – have to be on your toes!

Any others photograph births? Would love to hear your comments about birth photography!

From DFW Birth Photographer: This was a home water birth in December ’09.  This family had hired midwife, Donnellyn Dominguez ( to attend their birth and when she arrived at their home didn’t realize how fast this birth was going to take place.  I luckily made it in time, but only just barely!  The baby was born about 10 minutes after I got there!

Tips from DFW Birth Photographer: I think my biggest tip for someone shooting a birth would be to stay quiet and out of the way!  No one wants to be tripping over the birth photographer when they are trying to provide emotional, physical or medical support to a laboring mom or baby!  :-)

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