Four years ago, I captured my first birth on camera. It was Ali and Joel's first son, Caden and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. A couple of years later, I was able to photograph the arrival of their second son, Cole. Although I wish I could do birth photography full time, I can only do about one per year as it's just too hard to be `on call' with three kids and a photography business with weddings (aka inflexible dates!). One day maybe. I told Ali, my long time friend of 12 years, that I would do my best to be there but couldn't promise anything.
On Thursday, May 16th, at 7 am, I got the phone call! Ali was in labour and headed to the hospital. Last time I arrived just in time so I knew we didn't have much time. I was able to get my kids off to my sister's house (thank you Maria and Pam!) and was at the hospital by 8 am. Ali did not want any pictures of her labouring, just the first few minutes with babe. So, I spent some time with them as she laboured and then I went to the waiting room to wait for the `she's pushing!' call :) It was a tough one and it's so hard to see a friend going through it. She was amazing and tough and she did it! I have never pushed a baby out (oh, did I try!!) and I am in awe of the strength of their minds and bodies every single time.
At 9:20 am, I entered the room as mom and dad met their newest son!!!! They didn't know what they were having. What a beautiful baby boy. 8lbs 6oz. Great lungs. Brown hair. Cute. Very cute. I let out a sob or two (how can you not?!) and then captured some photos of them celebrating his arrival.