Birth Photography | Rowland Birth

August 15, 2017

You get two births two weeks in a row because I shot them both on the SAME DAY! Within 15 minutes of each other. Not even kidding. Luckily they were both in the same hospital, so I was "Father of the Bride" -ing up and down the hall to each family. I'm sure the nurses thought I was hilarious, except the one that was just really confused to have seen me at one birth, then see me again at another one. In that case, I thought that she was hilarious. ;)

One thing I love about birth photography is that each birth is as different and unique as the baby himself! Thank goodness they look different, too, or I might have given the wrong pictures to their mamas!

Mari and I have been friends since my little family lived in the basement of a rental house in North Salt Lake in 2012. She's is very much responsible for where I am today in my photography. We got our camera's together, learned how to use them together (well, she got hers first then basically taught me everything), took INCREDIBLY embarrassing "fashion" photos for our blogs together when we first got started... I feel like our friendship revolves around self-improvement, style, motherhood, and me asking her for advice on EVERYTHING. Basically she's the best friend anyone could ask for.

Anyway, taking photos at her birth was such an honor for me and the perfect opportunity to give back a little of the kindness that she's always shown me, and being with her throughout the birth was a lot like any other time we hang out. We talked and laughed and she looked at my photos and gave me encouragement and was 100% Mariasha. When it came time to push, the dynamic changed from light-heartedness to focused concentration and in-human super strength. I barely had time to capture anything!

And then the best part came, when they placed that sweet baby boy on his mother's chest, and the bond between them was as if it had been there all along. It's one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed. Truly.

So now this mama of two boys is a mama of three!

I love what I do. I love that I got to do it for my two best friends. Life is a gift and a miracle, no matter how it comes, and I know that being there to tell their stories is something I'm meant to do.


And if you're looking for a birth photographer for your next baby (or know someone who is), please think of me! Click here for rates and policies and here to see other birth photography sessions.

Oh! And P.S. Remember this ladies? and this? and this? :') I'm such a spazz, but it was a great night! Who would've thought back then that the two of you would have sons that share the same birthday?


Susan is a birth photographer and videographer serving Mesa, Arizona and surrounding cities in the East Valley including Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Considering a photographer for your birth? Contact Susan for EDD availability.

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