I was so completely honored last fall when Lauren Garrison, of Lauren Garrison Photography, contacted me and asked if I would be interested in photographing the birth of her daughter. I have never done birth photography before, and admittedly, I was quite nervous about it for a couple of reasons. One, a birth is definitely a once in a lifetime kind of thing, even more so than weddings! 😉 Two, it is always a bit nerve wracking shooting for another photographer who knows the ins and outs of the craft. In the months leading up to the delivery, my nervousness increased, hoping that I could give them what they were looking for and praying that I wouldn’t sleep through the “big call” and miss the whole thing! It’s funny how waiting for something like a birth kind of alters your life because you start planning your day around how long it would take you to get to the hospital, would there be time to get home for equipment first, do I have enough snacks and water for my pregnant belly packed in case it is a long labor. We waited and waited for the day to arrive, and sweet baby Alyssa decided to make a casually late grand entrance a week past her due date. Lauren was induced 8 days after Alyssa was due to arrive, which made it nice for all of us because the delivery took place during the day! YAY! 🙂
Once Lauren and her husband Chad were all checked in at the hospital and they started the induction, I headed that way, fully expecting to be there for a good portion of the day. When I got there, the atmosphere was nothing like what I expected. I expected Lauren to be in a lot of pain, so maybe not as sweet as she had been every time I had talked to her (normal expectation during birth, right?!). Instead, I found Lauren in such good spirits and we spend the next couple of hours chatting about our sons and about photography and telling funny stories between contractions and we had a lot of fun! I never thought that I would see someone so calm and happy and smiling while in labor! Lauren was amazing! I did feel badly at one point because Chad and I were making her laugh during some of her contractions because we couldn’t stop laughing ourselves (imagine that? Tara can’t stop laughing?), and I know that it must have been SOOOO painful! It was kind of like when you got the giggles in church as a kid and you knew that you were not supposed to be laughing but that made it even worse and you laughed even harder! It was horrible! We spent so much time laughing and actually having a pleasurable time that I think everyone was a bit shocked when three hours after I arrived, the nurse said that she was going to get the doctor because Lauren was ready to start pushing! I think we were all a bit stunned! Lauren pushed for about 20 minutes and Alyssa joined the world!
I seriously could not imagine being a part of a more amazing moment or time! I feel like I missed out on a lot with the birth of my own son because I had a C-section, so it was so magical to be there for Alyssa’s birth! I started to tear up when they laid Alyssa on Lauren’s chest immediately after she was born because it was such a magical and amazing moment! Their lives are forever changed and I was there to see and document the very first moment of Alyssa’s life and their new lives as a family! It was truly a blessing to be there and I couldn’t have been more honored to have been asked to be a part of it!
Here is a tiny slideshow of a handful of the images from the amazing day. Thank you Lauren and Chad for letting me be a part of it! It meant more to me than you will ever know!