birth of shane michael | prince edward county birth photography

Awe.

noun
1.an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. (from dictionary.com)

 Awe is very much how I’d describe my first birth photography experience.  I’ve always had a special passion for birth and the miracle of new life, and this August I had the opportunity to actually witness and photograph one.  Enter Tiffany, a friend going back to elementary school who was expecting her first born.  We had reconnected over our shared interest in natural birth and attachment parenting.  Tiffany had chosen to have a home water birth attended by midwives which had been my plan with my fourth child.  She asked if I might consider photographing the birth for her as she knew I had had my own most recent birth photographed which I had shared was an amazing experience.

I could hardly stand the excitement and anticipation when she texted me to let me know she was in early labour.  I awoke the next morning and sure enough it was go-time. The next few hours I can only describe as awe-inspiring- Tiffany was such a natural.  So peaceful, so calm, so strong.  A quiet strength.  She made it all look so easy.  Her husband Dale was such an attentive and perceptive support to his wife and by her side throughout.  It was a dream of a birth to photograph.  Their bathroom, newly renovated, featured a massive tub perfect for a water birth.  This sat under a large window that let in the beautiful natural light of that August morning.  When little Shane made his arrival, the emotion in the room was palpable- he was so loved even before he came earth side but to be held for the first time in his parents arms was just breathtaking to witness.

I hope in sharing this slideshow that you see how amazing and beautiful birth photography can be and get a sense of the awe that I experienced in witnessing the birth of Shane Michael.


Thanks so much to Tiffany and Dale for sharing this amazing experience with me!  If you are interested in birth photography services or would like to learn more about what it entails, feel free to email me at: hilary@lunariaphotoghy.com.Welcome to the world Shane Michael!

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16 Responses to “birth of shane michael | prince edward county birth photography”

  1. Amanda says:

    Beautifully captured home birth out of Prince Edward County. I wish I would have considered birth photography myself.

  2. Corey says:

    Beautiful work! You captured the birth of their son perfectly!

  3. Brenden says:

    What an amazing birth photography experience. Going through the images I could really feel the story of labor. You can see the love between the couple, the length of the delivery, and the joy when the pushing is all over and you get this perfect little bundle of life.

  4. Birth photography is my absolute favorite. I love everything about it. You did a great job of capturing this beautiful home birth.

  5. Sarah Sunnucks says:

    What a beautiful story. The light in the tub was angelic. Such a miracle.

  6. Caitlin says:

    This series of home birth photographs, is absolutely beautiful! Birth photography is such an intimate experience, and you captured it perfectly. I know the family will cherish these for a long time to come! Price Edward County is lucky to have you as a photographer!

  7. Birth photography is so amazing in the way that it shows how raw the emotions are! You can feel the pain as well as the joy when it is all over! I am looking for a birth photographer for our 3rd baby and I wish I lived closer to Prince Edward County!

  8. Suri says:

    I love birth photography. Such a natural way to preserve memories.

  9. I think that birth story photography is so beautiful when done correctly – I love the connection between this mom and dad – you did a beautiful job capturing the emotion and love with your images. Well done!

  10. Jessica Collins says:

    How amazing is it that you were able to capture this home birth? Birth photography is such an amazing piece of art that families will cherish forever. Prince edward county is lucky to have a photographer like you!

  11. Christine D says:

    Oh…just incredible. The images that get me the most are the ones where she is kissing dad. That proves she was relaxed through it all. I would love to photograph a birth one day, and I only hope I can do a job even half as beautiful as you did here.

  12. Ashley Eiban says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL home birth! So emotional and yet exciting. I love when couples consider hiring a birth photographer- these are the biggest moments of their lives!

  13. Jennifer says:

    What an amazing story you where able to capture for this family, as I watched through your slide show I felt almost as I was there you included so many important shots like the time on the clock! The sweetest moments are how many times mom gave dad a kiss everytime he was near and doing something to help her along the process. Prince Edward County has one very talented Birth photographer!

  14. Sonya says:

    This birth story is incredible. Giving birth is a beautiful thing. Your images capture a feel that make the viewer feel as though they were there during the process. You are an awesome birth photographer.

  15. Jesikka says:

    Absolutely beautiful birth story and images!! You are a wonderful birth photographer!!

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