I’ve always wanted to photograph a birth. It’s such an intimate moment in life that I felt my first should be with someone I know. When I found out my friends Tiph and Josh were expecting, I approached them about possibly documenting this moment in their lives. They were all for it. So there we were, for months, praying this baby would come during the week. We knew that photographing a weekend birth during wedding season, wasn’t an option for me, ha.
The baby listened to our prayers and came on a Wednesday evening and even after rush hour too, however a bright hospital room would have been nice to shoot in, but NOT complaining. It’s not the first time shooting in a dark room and it certainly won’t be my last.
Being a mom myself, this was such an amazing moment to capture. My labor was way different than my friends. Having twins and having a few complications during labor only gave me so many options. Being able to witness Tiph’s birth in the most natural way was really incredible. It has given me even more love and awe towards women in general after experiencing this. If I ever hear anyone say anything along the lines of women not being strong, I may smack them. Giving birth takes incredible strength.
There were moments during this birth that straight up scared me. I arrived at the hospital around 8:00. Having talked to her at 7:00, things were still uneventful and she was painting her toenails, I thought I was in for an all nighter. But when I got there, things had progressed rather quickly in that 1 hour. By 11:30, Charlette James was born.
During her final moments of labor, things got intense. I saw worry in Josh’s face, I caught glimpses of him praying. The baby had the cord wrapped around her little neck and that was preventing the baby from getting through the canal. The seconds after the baby was delivered, Josh was just praying. Praying for crying. And she did.
I’m so incredibly proud of them. They were such a great team. And their Doula, Kristy, was amazing. Having her there made a huge difference. It’s amazing what correct breathing, physical touch, and having the support of your partner can do for your labor. If you are on the fence about hiring a doula, get off the fence and do it.
Enjoy this beautiful Birth Photography of Tiph, Josh, and Charlette.