I have had the honor to be present and photograph 4 births within the past 4 years. The most recent birth that I photographed was my amazing sister Nanette and her husband Cliff’s baby girl Lyla Rose, who born on May 29 at 3:29 p.m. at the Sutter Maternity Center in Santa Cruz, CA. It is so great to see the progress, from those first “baby bump” maternity photographs, through the birth and then following a child as he or she grows up. My style of candid, story telling lifestyle photography really captures those precious moments for each family, and the images become part of their family history. The majority of the birth experience to document is the interaction between the mother and her partner, and the mother and her mid wife or doula if they are there too. The graphic part of course is part of the documentation, but just a small part. (Don’t worry, there are no graphic photos in the this post!) I love to tell the story of the day as it unfolds, from the intensity of the contractions, the support given to the mother by her partner, through the precious time spent with a newborn on that first day of life.