As a photographer, anytime a family allows you to share in their joy and to document their birth for their hearts forever, it IS a huge honor. Their birth journey is very personal to me for several reasons. One of the reasons was the courage and love they had for their journey. So, when I tell you that I wanted to capture the experience, the strength, the love, the bond, the relationship, the whole journey,.......... I am not exaggerating. A myriad of emotions were flooding my heart as I snapped the shutter. Trying to be so quiet and document this birth as authentic as possible, without using flash or asking people to move into good light. (Who wants bright lights in their face while giving birth. No one needs an external stimulus to distract your mind when your body needs it most.) I did not want my presence to cause an interrupted pause in their journey. I wanted to hold a space around them of love, silenced by respect for the vulnerability and strength it takes to bring another person into this world.
As she labored in the pool, I could feel the pulse of life flowing through her.....then after the birth of her baby girl.....the life became an expression of love between the two of them. Love flowing between the three of them. Man, Woman, and Child- As they held their daughter chest to chest (heart to heart). It was beautiful, It was natural, It was uninterrupted, and it was intentional.
One thing becomes more obvious, every time I watch the video. When the mind, and body are allowed to work in sync beautiful things can happen.