An amazing birth photography opportunity we could not pass up.
When I step back for a moment and think of the bigger picture of what my life has amounted to, sometimes I am left with a deep and aching gratitude for all of the goodness surrounding me. I have a healthy family who eat three meals a day and sleep under a strong roof and love one another without condition. We have the love and support of many family members, both near to us and far, but all just heartbeats away. We live in this sweet bubble of Lancaster County where the soil is fertile enough to grow many volunteer fruits and veggies without much nurturing. Our friendships are deep, meaningful and supportive. And our job, what we have chosen to support this idyllic life we live, is often filled with these shockingly sweet moments that take my breath away.
When I offered to come and photograph either during or shortly after my good friend’s birth two months ago, I was so excited that they agreed. They were planning on having Leo at Birth Care, a midwifery birth center near my home. It is a small building that is comforting and filled with love and strength. It’s the kind of place that almost makes me want to have another baby. Almost. There is nothing sweeter than those hours of anticipation, the sweet cry of new life or the look on a parent’s face as they greet this newest piece of themselves.
There was a quietness in the dim room when I arrived and you could just tell that a miracle had just occurred. Maile had a beautiful glow that is a mixture of exhaustion, relief, gratefulness and intense love. I found myself tearing up just watching her watch Leo and Shawn learn each other’s faces. They had family there all talking in hushed tones and passing Leo around to whisper their hellos. The privilege of being privy to these moments and capturing them for Leo to enjoy later, is not lost on me.
Birth Photography is something I love, so huge thank you to Shawn and Maile, for the honor of including me in these precious moments. Love you guys so much. If you would like to hear an amazing account of Leo’s birth from his Daddy’s perspective, please visit Shawn’s great blog post about it. He is an accomplished author, blogger and biographer in Lancaster, PA. Be forewarned that you will cry and then you will want to continue reading his blogs and his books until you have swallowed up every morsel.