As a photographer I get invited into peoples lives for the day sharing their most precious moments. It is something really special and i have had so many incredible experiences.
One of my most memorable and special photo shoots took place recently when I was asked by Jemma and Brett to photograph the birth of their baby girl.
Jemma explained to me they had sadly lost their baby boy a year ago and so it meant even more to them to capture their baby girls birth in photographs. I knew this was so important to them and i knew i had to do this shoot, i had a feeling it was going to be very special.
Birth photography was something unheard of until recently but it makes sense, after all most of us photograph every other important event in our lives. What could be more important than bringing a new life into the world :)
Jemma had given me her due date and we hoped and prayed that I would be free when she went into labour. On the day of the birth i was just about to leave the house to go to my church group in St Helens at http://sthelensparishchurch.org/ which I try to attend every Wednesday. So lucky enough I was ready to go!
Jemma had a home birth and had decided to go with a birthing pool. When I arrived Jemma was already in the pool and was looking fabulous considering she was in labour. There was soothing music, 2 lovely midwives and the atmosphere was really calm and lovely.
I have to mention 2 things that i will always remember and were inspiring to me. The first thing was how incredibly brave and calm Jemma was and throughout the birth. I have to say to all you mums and lady's who have gone through this you are so strong and totally inspiring to me.
The second thing was how incredibly supportive Jemma's partner Brett was throughout all of this. Their bond and love for each other was obvious to see. Throughout the birth there were some really touching moments that really moved me, a look between Jemma and Brett, sometimes words just arnt needed and would never be enough anyway... for me to be able to photograph two souls so in love who have created life is just beyond magical to me.
At exactly 9.49 Beautiful baby Isla was born into this wonderful and crazy world we live in, that moment was certainly emotional, at one point i almost forgot to take pictures and was just gazing at Isla amazed at how truly beautiful she and this moment was...as the midwives scooped Isla up to lay on Jemma, Brett wrapped his arms around them both and they just gazed in awe of their beautiful miracle, silently weeping from joy, exhaustion and relief ( jemma not me ha ) i took some more shots of this incredible and beautiful moment.
I Want to also mention what lovely ladies the midwives were, they were warm, friendly and cared so much :)
Thank you for allowing me to come into your world and photograph this beautiful moment in your lives, I will remember it always and i hope that if I am blessed in life with becoming a Mum and having a baby of my own i can do it as bravely, gracefully, peacefully and as beautifully as you Jemma :)
Jemma & Brett have given me permission to share with you this beautiful experience :) i have a short slideshow with music to watch below and I've chosen a few images for you all to see :)
please do do leave any comments below , it's always so lovely to read your feedback :)