Birth, from a photographer’s perspective
“Oh f*ck, you’re here.” is now up there on the list of phrases I’ve been greeted with as a photographer. Nothing like shaking up an artist before they start work. Let’s just say I’m happy to say that I get quite the opposite response post session and if you’re about to give birth within the next few hours, you can say whatever you need to me, I’ll still take your photo. 🙂
A couple weekends ago, I’d photographed a 13-hour wedding on Saturday. After recovering from my wedding day hangover, I had a 3-year-old birthday party to get to Sunday afternoon. Tobi’s water broke just 30 minutes before I had to leave the house. EEEEEK! My heart started to race with excitement and anxiousness. I zipped out to West Van and then got a message saying that it was still too early. After my session, I sat in the car not really knowing what to do. I got home and paced around as if I was the one having a baby and before I could start my journey again, I got the call and zipped out to Abbotsford.
On the way to the Abbotsford Hospital, all sorts of thoughts raced through my mind. Would it be like in the movies? Will there be a doctor and nurses running around in scrubs? Will it be totally dark with 1 spotlight? Will I have to get dressed up in scrubs!? What if I panic? What if I pass out!?
“The room rushed into excitement very quickly and right away baby was placed on mom.”
I arrived shortly after they’d gotten into the room and just as I poked my head in, I got the death stare. Eek- It wasn’t what I was expecting, but really, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I placed my bags down and got my cameras set up quickly. There was a bit of anxiety in the air. As Tobi laid down in the hospital bed, she yelled out as if something terrible was about to happen. I have no idea what it feels like to have a contraction. But it sure as hell does not sound pleasant. I watched the nurse and midwife work around her, both cool as cucumbers. I assumed I had nothing to worry about since they weren’t in any sort of panic. In between contractions, Tobi introduced me and even gave me a few cheeky grins to the camera. 🙂
Hubby and Brixton were in the bathroom going through their regular bath time routine which I thought was beyond adorable. The minutes went by and I watched as the nurse took the baby’s heartbeat every once in a while. In what likely seemed like a lifetime for Tobi, was about an hour of screaming & pushing, and then in a very quick few seconds, baby Cassius arrived. The room rushed into excitement very quickly and right away baby was placed on mom. Brix, of course, was quite distressed from mom’s cries but the moment she laid beside her, everyone was calm.
Thanks Tobes for inviting me to capture this amazing experience for you and your family. This experience was super special and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and the fam this year!
JMESHOOTS | BURNABY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER
My name is Jamie and I have documented the life & love of many families. Expecting a wee one? Want to learn more about capturing the birth process? I’d love to chat!