Words cannot describe getting the opportunity to witness a baby being born. There are so many emotions that will the space. Joy, fear, pain, angst, happiness, and excitement are just a few.
I often compare birth photography to wedding photography. They are both a very long day (typically) that have similar emotions and are one of the biggest days in a person's life that they want to remember forever.
I am so thankful that in my profession, I am able to capture days like that. And I am beyond thankful to have witnessed Michelle as she brought her beautiful baby girl into this world. Michelle choose to have an in-home water birth, and it was my first to witness, and boy was it amazing! Her team consisted of a doula, midwife, husband, and me [the photographer]. Watching her labor and transition with the help of her husband was absolutely beautiful. I believe that it's moments like this that show true love. And I hope that the images portray the feeling that was so alive in that moment. To say that Michelle is a superhero would be an understatement, Ive often thought about birthing without an epidural or strong "medical assistance" but have always been scared out of my mind (like most women, I'm sure). But watching Michelle do it with grace and (what looked like ease to me, but I'm sure she would feel differently), gave me inspiration that my body can do the same thing. We shall see how brave I really get as my date comes closer though!
The miracle that is birth is special, intense, and natural. And I hope that these images show that in the most beautiful way possible. Again, I couldn't be more thankful to have the experience and opportunity to be a part of something so very amazing. Welcome to the world baby Annalynn!