When Emma asked me to photograph her home water birth last week, a few eyebrows were raised here and there and who could blame them? Birth is not really one of those events that gets captured on camera all that often and it was the first time I’d been asked to do so. I’m often photographing bumps and babies but never before the actual birth, the missing but essential piece of the jigsaw I guess.
I felt pretty nervous when I got the phonecall to say that things were progressing and to head over as I had no idea what to expect. My two girls were hospital births so it was so amazing to walk through Emma’s front to door and to be greeted by two Great Danes, the smell of freshly baked bread, the pool by the log fire and the dulcet tones of the hynobirthing music on the ipod… it felt all too normal and homely. Could this really be childbirth? I retreated into ‘quiet Sarah mode’ and sat back, subtly watching and capturing the most amazing event unfold before my eyes.
On occasions I suppose I did feel like I had to pinch myself as it almost didn’t feel real that I was there and everything seemed so idyllic. At 1:55am on the 30.11.10 a perfect new addition to the family was born, joining his five older brothers and sisters. Emma is a total inspiration that’s for sure. She invited me to play the DVD of images at her local homebirth group tonight so I happily went along and it was great to see other Mums and Dads-to-be inspired by photos of Emma.
P.s – incidentally I love that Emma is rocking her Chambers & Beau necklace during her water birth seeing as they are actually designed to celebrate the special people in your life with personalised tags and birthstones. I just received mine today (after dropping some big hints to my husband for my birthday) and I have a feeling it won’t be leaving my neck for a while either!