Monday, April 11, 2016

Stockton's Birth Story

It was about 9pm when I walked in to the Labor & Delivery unit where Nicole and Nathan were awaiting the arrival of their little boy.  I was so thrilled to be able to photograph the two most important days of their lives: their wedding, and now the birth of their child.  When I arrived, they were both happy and excited to be meeting their baby soon.  We talked and laughed late into the night.  Before we knew it, hours had passed and baby Stockton was ready to make his appearance.  Nicole was a rockstar at birthing and Nathan was the sweetest, most supportive husband ever.  Stockton was a calm and happy baby, especially when he was close to mom or dad.  It was the perfect birth.  There is nothing that can compare to being present for the beginning of a new life.  It is a special, sacred time and being asked to be there is an incredible honor.  There were not many dry eyes in the room as Stockton was laid on his mommy's chest and they saw each other for the first time.  My eyes would still tear up every time I worked on these images because it was such an amazing experience.  I really hope to be able to photograph more birth stories in the future.