I still remember one of the very first births I attended. I walked into the birthing space (my client’s master bedroom) and I quickly realized that we were going to have a baby soon (and maybe without the midwife). My hands were sweaty, as I rapidly tried to figure out what settings would work for the dim light. I could feel my heart racing as I told myself, over and over again, DON’T BLOW THIS. YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE TO GET THIS RIGHT.
With each contraction, I found a little more confidence in the work I was doing, but I still knew that everything was happening SO fast, and I was barely hanging on. Suddenly, she was pushing and the baby was here. There was a flurry of motion as the midwife ran into the room to catch. My camera (which was set in aperture priority mode) couldn’t handle the low light without dropping my shutter speed drastically too low. Long story short: my camera was all over the place, and yet I kept on snapping images, one after the next…my heart full even though I knew I would have so much to decompress and learn as soon as I got home.
When I got home and looked at the word I’d done, there were beautiful images, but so many mistakes. And yet, I found myself tearing up as I relived her birth experience. I could see the love, strength, and joy despite the imperfections – and I knew she would too.
Fast forward a few years, and I was invited BACK to the same family’s birth space. This time, I was armed with knowledge, experience, and confidence. I knew my camera well. I understood birth so much better. I walked into the same scenario (baby was coming FAST…with or without the midwife) and I nailed it. Without any hesitation, I knew exactly how to use my camera to capture her birth. I knew how to move throughout the room, offering support to mom and dad as needed. When I got home from this birth, tears flooded my eyes again. Not only did I see the love and strength, but I also saw images I was really proud of…images that I knew matched the beauty I had just witnessed. (See some images from the first birth…and then the second birth below!)
We know that many of you are thinking the same thoughts I thought years ago:
Am I good enough?
Can I really do this?
Will I be able to deliver images worthy of my client’s stories?
The answer requires a leap of faith. It requires stepping forward in humble confidence. You may not know everything you need to know right now…but you are ready to press forward, to learn, and to commit to embracing this incredible career. The Essence of Birth was created to help people just like you. People who have a strong passion for this work…and just need the extra support and knowledge to understand the HOW behind the work. You already know WHY you want to do this incredible career…we’re here to help you make it happen.