Benjamin James

I just realized that since I moved over to my new website this past year, I haven't blogged a single birth yet!  I wanted to share some photos from the most recent birth I photographed.  This birth was incredibly special to me because this was the tenth birth I've photographed, and it also happened to be for the same amazing parents that invited me to photograph my very first birth over four years ago.  I’m so thankful to Monica + Sam for the opportunity to photograph their son, Benjamin James, and they were so gracious to let me share these photos with you.  

Birth photography is something I had never imagined myself doing, but I stumbled into it and it has quickly become one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  I have always loved taking candid photos much more than posed photos;  I love the life, movement, and authenticity in candid photos.  Birth photography is really the epitome of that -- no one is posing, no one is trying to look good for the camera, and, for the most part, no one even realizes I’m there because they are focusing on having a baby.  I love how much raw emotion all of these photos convey.  I love having the opportunity to really tell a story with these photos.  I love how much of a rush it is, that I’m grabbing my camera and running out the door to get there in time, and then working so quickly to be sure that I’m not missing any shots.  And, more than anything, I love that I am capturing moments that will only happen once.

I’m so touched and humbled that parents have allowed me to photograph these intimate moments for their families.  It is such a privilege to be present when a new life comes into the world.