Not many people invite their business partner along when they are giving birth.. but photographers know what their priorities are! But when Aurelie told me that her previous labour had been around 2 hours long, we both knew that it was quite possible I might miss the whole thing.
So here I was on "day 14" of this birth photography assignment, back at the hospital on a fresh crisp morning. I was determined that I was NOT going to miss this birth now!
It was an email on a rainy Monday morning, which as I read, grabbed my attention instantly. I was completely ignorant of how surrogacy works, but I did know this scenario would be so full to bursting with emotions.
So on Sunday I went on a short walk around Bollington with a policeman.
You will hear me at length talking about how what your children wear makes a huge difference to a photo. But in true documentary photography dictates that as with news documentary photography you don't interefere with your subjects and you don't change the scene...
I always give my clients some advice about what to wear on their photo shoots but I was delighted that mum was so keen to get a coherent and subtle look for the family. She did a fantastic job and their wonderful gallery really shows how much clothing can really make a difference.
It was fantastic to shoot baby Evie's newborn photos. It was a bit déjà vu because only 3 years ago I did the same for her big sister, and they are so much alike. They were also great models, nice and sleepy ..
Just over 3 months ago I had the pleasure of photographing his birth, and it came with a bit of a surprise. It was a gorgeous home water birth. But the midwife didn't arrive in time so me & dad ended up being the ones to deliver him.
I was going through personal photos tonight and found a photo I don't even remember taking. That's not unusual. You know, I do take quite a lot of photos.