Photographing the birth of beautiful twin girls.
Born at John hunter Hospital Newcastle, 23rd July 2018.
It’s funny to think Rachel and I were strangers just over a month ago. Rach had responded to a fresh 48 model call and I knew straight away her family would be the perfect fit for what I was looking for. When I seen that Rachel’s due date aligned with Blake’s school holidays, I jumped at the chance to see if she would be interested in having her birth photographed… And just like that I had locked in my first birth.. TWINS! I couldn’t believe my luck.
Those of you who know me, know that I’m a bit of a birth nerd. Most of my newborn sessions are made up of 30% taking photos, 70% sharing birth stories and I could scroll through birth photos from sun up to sun down. I love everything about it but I’ve never been in a position where I could offer birth photography to my services due to the on-call nature of the job, so this opportunity meant everything to me.
Rach had planned to have an unassisted natural birth, after finding out at 32 weeks that the girls were in breech and transverse position, Rach began to try everything she could to assist the girls (chiro, reflexology, spinning babies exercises, acupuncture, pregnancy massage, you name it she did it!). Due to a tilted pelvis which prevented the girls from turning head-down and a rare heart condition it was decided that the safest option was to birth the girls via C-section, scheduled for the 23rd of July.
The day before the girls were born I attended the ever so talented Kate Kennedy’s Birth Photography workshop. I left completely inspired and excited to photograph my first birth the very next day.
I met Rach and Dallas at the hospital first thing in the morning. It wasn’t long until we were all prepped and ready, then we got the all clear for me to be present in the OR! First to arrive earth side was beautiful Sunny followed closely by her gorgeous sister Nyah. After some bonding and nursing in recovery it was down to met their big brother Phoenix. Never have I been so lucky to capture such an incredible moment. It was even more magic then I had imagined, so it goes without saying I absolutely LOVE birth photography!
Huge thank you to Rachel and Dallas for taking a chance on me and sharing their journey with me.