Birth photography is not something I ever really envisioned myself doing when I thought about starting my own photography business but that was probably mostly due to the fact that I didn’t fully understand what birth photography really was. Over the last couple of years, I have learned as much as possible about this emotional and raw form of artistry and have definitely wanted to try it for myself.

Photographing a birth has many things I love all wrapped into one experience :: photojournalism approach to photography, being involved in such an important day in people’s lives and that intense, amazing, indescribable feeling you get when you witness a new life coming into the world. I have loved babies since I was very young and at one time I actually thought about being an obstetrical nurse so really, when I think about birth photography, it fits what I love about life and what I want to do for a living to a tee. Each family I have shared this personal experience with has a special place with me and always will.

Little miss Piper’s Mom and Dad, Ashley and Kevin, are close friends of ours. I met Ashley when I worked at Imperial Oil … we became instant buddies. Ashley photographed our birth experience when our son Landon was born so when she asked me to be in the delivery room with her as both a friend and photographer, I obviously wanted to return the favour and of course was extremely happy and excited to be there on the big day.

I received Kevin’s call around 6:30 am on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Ashley had been admitted to the new South Health Campus hospital and was currently in early labour and enjoying the benefits of her epidural. Her water broke hours before then and things were just starting to move along … so he promised he would call when things officially moved to active labour. As this was Ashley’s first baby, I didn’t expect a call until much later in the day. Just after 10 am, I was on my way to the hospital to bring Kevin a coffee, thinking he would need some caffeine to keep him company throughout the day. On my way to the hospital for the visit, I got THE call instead – Ashley was fully dilated and ready to push in just minutes. Way to go Ash!! I had my camera gear with me and headed into the hospital, ready to rock and roll.

At 1:44 pm, Piper Elizabeth Anne Hill graced us with her presence. What a miracle she was … perfect in every way. Being there to see her breathe her first breath … there are no words. Ok maybe just one … ah-mazing.

As you can probably tell, I could go on and on about birth photography, babies and how awesome all of it is to me. But instead I will take you to Piper’s birth story video so you can see how her birth day unfolded ::

Ashley and Kevin, congratulations on your sweet little girl. Thank you for allowing me to capture this incredible event.

All my love,

Erin xo

A sneak peek of images from that glorious day …

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