Birth Photography | VanWagoner Natural Birth

August 8, 2017

The room was absolutely silent. Six people and not one of us made a peep as Ashley took each wave with perfect grace. Even though she told me later that her body was screaming through all the silence, the best way I can describe her birth story is beautiful and even sacred.

Ashley is a dear friend whom I have known for almost 5 years, which sounds like a long time, but also feels like we've known each other so much longer! I played a part in her birth story a couple of years ago when her third baby was born (brought her a slushie), but this time I was honored to be able to capture the birth of her fourth.

One thing I love about this story is that as I edited the images, I noticed a change from the raw, dramatic, painful emotion of the photos when Ashley is in labor to the joyous moment of deliverance and family togetherness! That change in editing style just seemed right to me and is part of the way I tell their story.

Having known Ashley for such a long time made taking photos of this birth a little different than the others. It was just a little harder to watch her meet each wave of pain and wish that I could give her whatever energy I could spare to overcome each one! I like to think I got just a little taste of what the husbands experience, since Danny told me that he had the same wish to share his energy.

Watching the relationship and the strength that comes from it between the husband and wife is one of my favorite parts of a birth shoot. Danny was there for Ashley 110% to rub her back, to get in her face and encourage her, and do whatever he possibly could to help!

Then finally the baby arrives and the mama feels like she's just conquered the world. Ashley described it as "Triumphant" and I definitely agree.

And then the siblings come to meet their new baby brother. Alllllll the heart-eyes for this part.

I cannot describe the feelings I have for capturing these precious moments. Each birth story is as unique and beautiful as the baby that comes from it. It's the beginning of a life that is filled with potential and the beginning of a new chapter for the family that welcomes him. There's nothing I'd rather do than be there for those moments.


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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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