Where do I begin? I have been wanting to photograph a birth for a while now. I finally got up the nerve to ask a couple people I know if they would allow me to document their birth experience. My first prospect fell through due to an early birth around the holidays and I was so disappointed. I quickly asked my nephew and his wife if I could attend their baby’s birth. Once they googled ‘birth photography’ and figured out what it entailed they were all for it. I thought I was going to miss this one since she was induced the evening of New Year’s Eve, but she was still laboring the next morning so I drove the hour and a half to be there. And funny enough, I still almost missed it! These births can be tricky as I’ve already learned. When I arrived, mom was resting so I went to the waiting room to talk to their parents. Twenty minutes later I returned to find her PUSHING! I nearly panicked. I stood next to a nurse and pointed at my camera laying on the table across the room and asked if I could go grab it. Three sets of pushes later and the baby was out. So, there are no early labor pictures, but I think the after stuff is the best anyway. It was super special to have my first birth be the baby that makes me a Great Aunt. I promise, I’m not that old! I makes me feel a tad old though… ha! I’m definitely hooked and want to do more 🙂 Congratulations to the lucky parents and I cannot wait to snuggle that baby this week during her newborn session!