I have been sitting for the past hour staring at these images of this amazing, emotionally overwhelming birth story. I have been putting off sharing them because I feel I just don’t have the right words to express how I feel about it all. I have never photographed a birth before. I have been wanting to, but I felt that each time I was asked, it just wasn’t the right time in my life. But ever since I had my girls, my only regret was that I didn’t document their births. So I have been really wanting to do this for someone, but just waiting for the right time.
Tina, who is one of my best friends, asked me months ago whether I would be interested in photographing her son’s birth. Yes, yes my heart said yes. I was ready.
Fast forward to October 14th, 2019 at 4:34am, I received a text from Guillaume telling me they have a room at the birthing centre. “I know it’s early…only if you want to” he writes. I sprung out of bed, brushed my teeth and was on the road within 9 minutes.
I’m going to let my images tell the rest of their story but before you start to scroll down and see this incredibly strong woman go through over 24 hours of labour, I need to say that I am beyond honour… I’m not sure there is a word in the dictionary to express it. It’s such a vulnerable and private experience, the birth of a child and to have been asked to be part of it fills me with so much overwhelming emotion, I am brought to tears each time I think about it. I feel so connected to this beautiful family of three and I am so looking forward to watching Tina and Guillaume grow as parents and to watch Ovie grow into a beautiful little person. My heart is incredibly full.