Births are unpredictable and even when you’ve scheduled an induction, nothing can really be planned. So when Ivy first contacted me about shooting hers out of town, I wasn’t certain how things would go. I had only done one other destination birth story, and things were cut close as he arrived just before I had to leave to catch my already re-scheduled flight home. But I had a really good feeling about it, and as always was very clear that there was a chance that I might not make it in time, and all the variables involved. I was so honored that she still wanted to go for it!
She got her induction date and I schedule my flight and hotel, only to have her call me early the next morning to tell me that she had gone into labor early. Luckily I was able to cancel those reservations, but had to hunt for the next available flight that would hopefully get me there on time! I threw some things into my bag and took off for the airport. Upon landing I took my phone off airplane mode and received a message from Ivy saying that she was already at 8 centimeters. I had no idea when she sent that , so I was extra nervous about missing it.
Luckily I made it just in time! Sweet little Sione made his appearance not too long after I got there. It was such a beautiful delivery, and I’m so thankful I was able to be there to capture it all. It was an eventful, exciting morning. There isn’t anything else quite like witnessing the beginning of a new life!
Getting to be in the presence of so much love and emotion, just can’t be described. I am so blessed to get to do this! I love that my being there frees up Dad to be completely present with mom throughout the whole experience. And eases Mom’s concerns about getting good photos of baby! Birthing situations can be challenging, with wonky lighting situations an crowded rooms. It’s reassuring to have someone there with the skills and equipment to ensure it’s all beautifully documented!
Don’t just hire someone to take photos or capture some video of this momentous day in your lives! Hire someone who has the experience to shoot in these types of situations and someone who knows how to perform in this vulnerable space. Thank yo so much to all my clients who trust in me to be that person!