I have been fortunate enough to photograph 3 of Heather’s births. Two within their home and one at the birth center. These moments are personal and intimate for a family and I am always humbled to be present. It’s a roller coaster of excitement and anticipation for two solid weeks. This was the first time I had photographed a birth for them before 2am. Quite convenient Heather-thank you.
The room was filled with quiet activity-giggling, excited squeaks from two big sisters and a big brother and some thumb sucking when things got intense, medical supplies being prepared, a mother’s hands repeatedly massaging pressure points, steady breaths, calming words from a husband and clicks from a camera. Everyone’s attention was on one person and reading her every move.
As a photographer, my mental check list of techniques and knowledge start flooding my head when it comes down to a moment that I’ve only got one shot at. Do I have the right lens, double check lighting and ISO. Before you know it, there’s an extra life present in the room and you are just trying to hold it together and do your job.
With assistance from Rebecca the midwife and her husband Frederic, Heather delivered Gideon Andrew on June 20, 2014 at 10:06pm at home and three of his four siblings were there to greet him. They were all excited, but one just a little more than the rest. Malachi-the one and only boy (beside his daddy) had been fervently asking (begging) God to give him a baby brother. There was no question that Malachi was going to be a focal point. They weren’t so sure he should be present at the birth, but he insisted and the look of joy that filled his face when his daddy announced he had a brother is a moment I’m sure Malachi will remember for the rest of his life.