I recently photographed my first birth and all I can say is “wow!” What a miracle to witness God’s beauty in the birth of a child. I’d never thought about photographing births and when I was asked to, I really didn’t hesitate. What an honor – how could I say “no”? I figured it would be a lot like documenting the mission trips we go on, or even a wedding in some ways — just capture the moments. Kayla was in labor for many hours and for 17 of those I was on hand to document everything. What was so interesting for me was that she had the baby at a birthing center, by a midwife, with no drugs. And she was a true champ. I’ve never seen someone so focused and so calm despite the amount of pain she was in. I put together a little slideshow of the experience for Kayla and, with her permission, am finally posting it. Her beautiful daughter’s first images were taken just a week and 1/2 later in my studio and I’ve posted some faves. I think little sweet Lorelei will always have a special place in my heart. What a beautiful girl!!