a birth story.

annalee’s birth story.

This is one of my favorite shoots of all time. It is the first (and only, so far) time that I had the privilege of shooting what can be described as the most beautiful and unique experience in a mother and father’s life – the birth of their child. Every birth is so unique and I can honestly say now that I feel like every birth should be captured in photos.
There are obviously photos that I’m not sharing with you here, as they are only suitable for the Varnell family (as oddly discreet as they still turned out to be!), but I hope these capture and convey the experience and beauty that was Annalee’s birth.

On that note, I feel there is an intrinsic beauty and sexiness that comes along with a mother giving birth. Call me crazy, but I see it here.

Know a pregnant woman who should have this experience captured? I would love nothing more. Please have them contact me at alana.t.photography@gmail.com
I wrote a while back about why I’m the person for the job, so, besides the photos here, you can read my thoughts on that, if you’d like.
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what’ll they think of next? ’cause i’ll shoot it. or…maybe not.

i’ve been thinking about something.

there’s a somewhat new craze for birth photography sessions.
my thoughts:  this is right up my alley.

why?

well…

1)  i’m a mom.  i’ve given birth twice – my daughter was a natural birth, my son, cesarean section…i know the goings on of these things.

2)  i’ve been in the room for others giving birth.  even had the awesome privilege of cutting the cord for a friend!  never will forget that experience.  i would be unobtrusive, where you would barely even know i’m there…unless you want to know i’m there…i have been counted on for my sense of humor in these situations as well.  let’s just say that most people find me very comfortable to be around, and know that i like to laugh…a LOT.  i’ll totally cry over the birth of your baby, too.  can’t help myself…it’s the coolest, most awe-inspiring experience in the world.  but, i will see through my tears to get some rad photos.

3)  remember how i love emotion in my photography?  how i love to tell a story?  well, shewwwwwt, what is more storytelling and emotional than the birth of your child???  let me just answer that.  nothing.  absolutely nothing.

4)  i wouldn’t plan on taking any shots that you wouldn’t want to show your friends…if you know what i mean…’cause there are much more crude ways for me to put that.  i think you get the gist.

yeah, i love births.  i love birth stories.  i’d love to help you tell yours.  i just don’t know how many people think this is of importance enough for me to make it something i offer in my photography services…thoughts?

that brings me to the subject of newborn photography.  i don’t think i’m a newborn photographer.  i think i’m a photographer of you WITH your newborn, but, not so much the photographer of your newborn propped in a boot, or a flower, or a pea pod, etcetera, etcetera…
don’t get me wrong…i took SO MANY PICTURES of my son after he was born, and, yes, millions since, in this past year and a half.  it’s not that i don’t like newborn pictures…it’s just that it goes back to that whole storytelling/emotion thing…as adorable as i find your baby, i find it even more adorable how adorable YOU find your baby, and that is what i want to capture.  make sense?

p.s. there is another new craze of wedding night photography sessions…like, not at the wedding.  nope.  just with the bride and groom on their wedding night.  yup.  no, i’m not kidding.  and, no, i’m not interested.

here is one photo from our son’s birth…how i wish i had even THOUGHT about hiring a professional to capture such a time.

no photographer would’ve been allowed in here, but, having one a couple of hours later to capture the sheer amount of love written on our faces would have been priceless.