It’s kind of an amazing thing when you realize you have a job that you love so much that you are thrilled to be working on Mother’s Day. A job that you are so passionate about that you’re actually to be happy to be staying up all night, and missing your opportunity to sleep in or have a lazy Sunday. Spending my Mother’s Day morning with Libby and family was the perfect way to start the day.
Technically speaking, this was one of the most difficult births I have photographed. I try my best to not use my speed light. Especially in situations where mama is very light sensitive, which Libby was. At one point, the only available light was coming from the bathroom, spilling out from the door way that was only cracked a few inches. I remind myself that I am documenting a process, and that process is sometimes dark, and grainy. That I need to let go of my want for perfect lighting (or any lighting at all!), and to look for the emotion. To capture the love, the pain, the relief, the tenderness.
One of my favourite parts of this experience was being there when Charlotte’s older siblings came to meet her for the first time. JLK, now the oldest of 4, finding out that she got the sister she wanted. Nicholas, not even 2 yet, so curious. He’s not the baby anymore, but not quite a big kid either. Seeing the pride in Jonathan and knowing that he is going to be an amazingly protective big brother.
This is the 3rd birth that I have had the pleasure of documenting for Libby and Tony. Their journey to parenthood was long, and not without sorrow. Maybe this is why capturing the immeasurable joy has been so important to this family. Watching their family grow has been such a gift to my life. I can not thank them enough for allowing me to be a part of journey.
Welcome to the world baby Charlotte, you are adored!
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