The very first birth story that I was really fascinated by this Breanna Gravener's Apple Orchard car birth. She captured such an amazing experience, in such a beautiful way! After obsessing over this incredible birth, I spent a lot of time checking out her website and I loved the way she showcases her birth work. She captures details, big and small and her work shows that you CAN combine portraiture photography and birth photography in a unique way. Even if your clients don't deliver during golden hour, on a gorgeous fall day, in front of an apple orchard - it can still be thoughtful and beautiful. The angles she chooses to capture this story are thoughtful and creative; the colors are beautiful and the story is amazing.
Take a minute to read through this family's story and check out some more of Breanna's work through the links below.
Name: Breanna Gravener
This birth happened in the car, beside an apple orchid en route to the hospital. It was golden hour in the morning with melting dew on the grass.
Father and older sibling were in the car also and all were overjoyed and calm on the quick and safe arrival.
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I had planned a birth full of love and harmony, peacefulness and calmness. I wanted a water birth and prepared for it by taking a Hypnobirthing class and Bradley Method class. My husband and I were on board to learn as much as possible about birth and how to deliver a baby as naturally as possible. I talked about natural, unmedicated birth to anyone who would listen and wrote about it online.
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Olive was born on a beautiful spring day in her home in Central Oregon. She was welcomed by her parents Simon and Rebekah, and her big brother Peter.
The midwives at Bend Birth Center arrived only a few minutes before me, and Rebekah gave birth to Olive just 30 minutes after I arrived in a birthing tub in their bedroom. This was my first birth, and I couldn't believe how incredible it was. I pulled the camera away from my face just after Rebekah gave birth to find tears streaming down my own face.
C endured a long labor and one very long plateau at 9cm but as the heart rates and oxygen of both mom and baby became worrisome her sweet husband was by her side. He literally didn't sit down more than once throughout the 14 hours of labor. He spoke words of encouragement and stirred within C the strength to push through.