2015 "hello Lottie"
OK, hang on... SPOILER ALERT!!!
This is a delivery // birthing shoot.
There's no blood, nothing gory, no bits and pieces you couldn't show your kids even. Grab a drink and a bucket of popcorn and ride this baby to the end...
A few weeks ago now I was presented with the EXCEPTIONAL honour of attending and recording the birth of Alexa and Korrie's first baby.
I worked with these guys on their wedding day a year ago and had such a great time getting to know then through that process. As with many of my clients I stayed in touch afterwards too.
When I mentioned to Alexa that attending and photographing a labour / birth was on my bucket list, she generously offered me this wonderful experience. And I cannot thank these guys enough.
I hope I do this experience justice xxx
I usually photograph weddings for a living, and nowadays a few baby/newborn shoots as well.
The reason this genre of photography appeals to me is laregly due to my preoccupation with the connections we form throughout our lives.
Our humanity is universal and as such universal emotions can be recognised and understood by each of us, regardless of whether we know the indivuals in the documentary or were even present at the event.
Our humanity allows us to empathise and we are able to imagine and feel something for someone we've never met. Most of us are able to put ourselves in anothers' shoes pretty readily.
I think this is amazing.
I also have a great love for the messages present in body language. I've never studied it but have an unsatiable curiosity for watching and understanding it. Maybe I'm just nosey? Sure helps me in my work though...
Watching the bond deepen between Alexa and Korrie through the unifying experience of childbirth was such an honour. I witnessed Alexa physically as well as emotionally lean on Korrie. She trusted him totally and without reservation, giving herself up fully to the experience of childbirth and to the protection of her husband in the process. And Korrie was such amazing support for Alexa. He whispered to calm her mentally and kept a cold flannel pressed against her forehead to cool her physically. Her experience was his only concern throughout the delivery. His words strengthened and encouraged Alexa and she listened to him through the pain and confusion, letting his words and his actions be her comfort.
It was a crazy, lovely, scary, silencing, wonderous experience... the ultimate human connection xxx
Does anyone else feel a little drained at this point?! What a ride!
That was the most amazing thing I have EVER photographed in my time. EVER.