Rachel Greiman, of Green Chair Stories, lives in Denver, Colorado, and is one of the most genuine photographers I know. Her work captures the spirit of family - she artfully captures the candid, beautiful moments that so quickly slip away. When we noticed that Rachel was doing birth work, Jennifer and I were thrilled to see where it would take her. We knew she'd produce more beautiful, life-affirming work. We're honored to be sharing one of her births on our blog today. If you want to follow Green Chair Stories, you can do so here:
Hannah's labor and delivery was only my second birth. And it was almost completely different than the first. This was her and Nick's first baby. And I have been saying it was a tale of two births, because there was a huge distinction between the first half of the day and the second. She transitioned to almost 10 centimeters in comedically easy fashion. Over the course of a few hours, all she needed was a few deep breaths, some pressure on her back from Nick and a soak in the hot tub and she was almost there. We thought she would be pushing within the hour.
And then we waited.
For eight and a half more hours.
Hannah did this drug-free. She was a rockstar. And then she was finally allowed to push. Which she did. For four hours. Did I mention she was a rockstar? With a little assistance from the doctor, Nora Madeline Grace made her appearance at 2:30 in the morning. I've never seen such complete relief and love on people's faces. Nick and Hannah were so elated to meet her and so ready to start their life as a family of three.
Being there that day meant more to me than they'll ever know and I don't think I will ever tire of seeing new life come into this world. There is so much hope. So many possibilities. Never-ending love. If you see a baby being born and don't get all spiritual, I don't know what's wrong with you. That shit is a miracle.
Thank you again Rachel! If you'd like to learn more about birth photography or simplify your workflow, we'd invite you to explore the following Birth Becomes Her tools:
Birth Photography Toolkit: You can learn as you go by trial and error over many months and years, or you can take the shortcut of the comprehensive Birth Becomes Her Photography Toolkit. Monet and Jenn sat down and compiled this guide based on their experiences at over 100 births in all types of settings. Topics covered include Birth 101, BirthEtiquette, On Call Life, Camera Settings, Social Media and What to Pack in yourBirth Bag. This resource is the only one of its kind in Birth Photography education.
Lightroom Presets : Birth often takes place in non ideal lighting conditions. These presets were developed by Monet and Jenn to use in their own editing workflow to solve the lighting challenges they commonly faced. When applied upon import into LR these presets can save you hours of editing time and give you the results you want from your photos.