Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Labor/Birth Sessions

When most people hear the words "Birth photo session" they think...really?  People want to be photographed when they are in labor?  Birth is thought about like how the movies portray it...a woman sits down in a fancy restaurant with her husband and all of the sudden her water breaks and they rush off to the hospital only to result in either a totally unrealistic beautiful woman in no pain at all, make-up still in tact; or a woman covered in sweat, hair all over the place, mascara running down her face, unable to speak from exhaustion.  Neither of those situations are very real.  Sure it may happen but is that what we really think of labor?  Birth photography is changing the landscape of what we think of labor.  The birth of a child is a beautiful thing, and one of the most important days in a couple's life...why would we NOT want to photograph and remember that day?  As a mom of three, I know that while labor feels like it lasts forever in the moment, as soon as baby is born, time melts away and you have hardly any remembrance at all of your labor.  A few weeks ago I was able to witness two fabulous women give birth to their children.  It was an exhausting week but also, it was amazing.  I've birthed life into the world three times but seeing someone else give birth, witnessing it from the other side is, well...pretty darn cool.
The interesting thing about labor, is that it's ALWAYS different.  You can never guess what exactly is going to happen and when.  I attended two births and they were totally different in mood, and feel, and technique.
If you are expecting a baby do yourself and your child a favor and choose to have the day memorialized through good photography.  How cool will it be to sit down with your kid someday and show them some photos from the day they were born?  How you were feeling, how you both chose, and didn't choose the method in which things happened.  Thank you to both of my new and new again mommas who let me attend their special day!



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