I had done Elizabeth's maternity photos and we had planned on Fresh 48 images as well. When she reached out to me about birth photos, I told her I simply couldn't commit.
Birth photographers have to be available 24/7. They have to be able to leave and go to the place of birth at 2:00 pm or 2:00 am. They have to be willing and able to stay for 3 hours or 36 hours.
After talking on several occasions I discovered that she would be staying at her mother's house, who happens to live right down the street from me! This peeked my interest and made the idea of photographing her birth seem more doable. Then she told me that all of her previous births had lasted about 2 hours... 2 HOURS?!
I told her I was in! We discussed the possibility of me not being able to stay if this birth became any different from her last 3, lasting longer. Then, one early morning, my phone rang.
It was almost 4:00 am. Elizabeth was calling to tell me that she was in labor. I wasn't quite awake yet and I thought out loud saying, "today is just not a good day." I immediately woke up, realizing what I had just said to a woman in labor! I told her I'd be right there and hung up.
To clarify, my husband was having a procedure done that morning and we had to leave about 7:00 am to take him to the hospital, so I was concerned that I might not be able to photograph the birth after all. I explained the situation, apologizing profusely, and learned to never say anything other than 'be right there' when I get a birth client's call lol.
I was the first to arrive (aside from her husband being there). Then her doula, midwife and her assistants, and they woke up their eldest daughter to join them in welcoming their new little one. I remember looking over and seeing everyone gathered around Elizabeth with love and care. The positive vibe and energy in the room was so thick and amazing!
And then, 2 hours later, Joseph was born! And what makes everything extra special is that big sister helped catch him as he came out.
Did you know that I'm now excepting more births?! New doors have opened and I'll have time to commit to more mamas during this life changing event in their lives. Birth photography is an investment that you'll never regret, but sometimes it can be hard to do it alone. That's why you can set up your own "registry" for family and friends to help you achieve that perfect gift. Click on the link below for more details!