I asked Liz and Shep if I could photograph the birth of their child. They didn’t have a problem with it, barring HIPPA and hospital rules. I sent a text to Liz asking how she was and then I called in to touch base with Liz’s friend, Liana, on Wednesday afternoon, who would be helping with the birth, and not five minutes later, I get a text that Liz is in labor. Damn, I got some intuition. Liz, her husband, Shep, and Liana arrived at the hospital around 6:30pm Wednesday evening. I arrived about 7:40pm. This would be my first experience witnessing and photographing a birth. I felt like I could bounce off walls, I was so excited to help Liz if she needed me, to be there for support, whatever. I am so thankful, so extremely thankful, that I was allowed to photograph and be support during the birth of Liz and Shep’s first.
I captured about 10 photographs between the hours 8pm and 5:30am. Watching, waiting, and helping with the process of Liz’s labor. At just before 6am, it was time, Liz’s body had prepared her for the delivery. At 6am Thursday morning, the next stage began, and Shep, Liana, and I was so excited to finally meet the new baby. Liz chose not to use any drugs, (damn, I wish I could have her pain threshold) and baby Lilley was born at 6:43am. When Liz thanked me for being there, I couldn’t say a word. I was way too emotional, and was speechless (yes, a rarity for me) to give her a proper thank you. Thank you Liz and Shep for allowing me into your lives to photograph the birth of your first born. I’m coming to visit in the next couple days, camera in hand. 🙂 Interested in having me be your Tahoe Birth Photographer? Drop me a line. 🙂