Something I will cherish forever are the photos that were taken on the day my daughter, Rooney, was born. On March 2, 2012, at 5:15 a.m., my water broke - and 4.5 hours later, Eric and I were parents.
It was a whirlwind. Surreal. Fast. Overwhelming. Hard. Scary.
There were so many emotions we experienced in Powell 624, and in such a short time, our lives were changed forever. As soon as I was pregnant, I knew I wanted photos taken of the journey - to capture all the emotions that we would encounter during labor and delivery.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I love these photos. Not because I look great (I don't), but because they are real and are the very first photos taken of my daughter and our little family.
If you choose to have your birth photographed, I recommend following these three tips:
- Find the right photographer. I decided to ask an acquaintance to take my birth photos. She has a side photography business and knows how to work a DSLR camera. I knew from her portfolio that she could do the job and wouldn't feel weird about seeing me...you know, give birth to another human.
- Black and white is usually the way to go. Hospital lights are not made the same as photography studios. Because of the lack of natural light, the photos are not super crisp, but they do what they were intended to do. Editing the photo to be black and white allows your eye to see what really matters: the raw emotion.
- Keep it clean. Of course, this is your personal choice, but none of the photos show too much of myself, if you know what I mean. These photos are not displayed publicly in my home, but they have been shared with many friends and family.