Sharing such a letter of praise and thanks makes me squirm just a little, however, as I know for many birth photography is still a peculiar concept, so here from the other side of the story, I give you Sarah…Dear Chloe, When my husband and I first approached you to inquire about the possibility of engaging your services to capture our personal “Birth Story” I was in the later stages of a stressful pregnancy and we were both undecided about whether or not this was something we definitely wanted to include as a component of our carefully considered birth plan. We had seen examples of images from other birth experiences that you had recorded in the past so there was no uncertainty in my mind that to have such sentimental photographs from the birth of our first child was a gift I most definitely desired – however, I am intensely private by nature and the documented images of such an intimate and important experience were still not something I was prepared to have done if there was even the slightest chance it would not be an entirely positive piece of our important journey to becoming parents. Upon meeting you, it became incredibly clear that your approach to offering this service was rooted in a genuine desire to provide clients with an unscripted and beautifully intense reflection of their own birth story – in all of its wonderfully unique and intimate glory. Your time spent listening to us, to get to know us; where we were coming from and where we hoped this chapter would take us – was shared generously…as was your passion and deep appreciation of the fact that this service was different in nature to most other photographic engagements. I was soon graced with no doubt, that you would without compromise in all circumstances value the individuality of our experience, protect our sensitivities throughout the adventure, maintain our private information and details with utmost confidence, respect our space and above all else – truly honour our story; in the most professional and well intentioned way possible. At every meeting with you, and within every communication shared during the lead up to our delivery day we were further reassured that you were dedicated and invested in being there for us when the birth began. Your words were always filled with support that this was to be a most celebratory occasion but I felt you honestly also understood how this period of time may equally be filled with nerves for parents-to-be, and your gentle presence never failed to calm my mind. As it turned out, when our big day arrived – for many varied reasons our birth story detoured somewhat from a more predictable timeline of events…and yet you never missed a beat. Throughout the hours as the pages of our story continued to be written you were right there with us, and for us 110%, yet at the same time almost magically; not there at all. A loving fly-on-the-wall who was quietly but intensely focused on every second of this raw experience and who I knew without reservation matched my own reverence for this moment of welcoming a brand new life that would never be, and could never be – exactly as it was – ever again. These life-changing slices of time which quickly cascaded from one to the other without notice, leading straight to the pinnacle of finally swooping our beloved daughter onto my chest – the greatest accomplishment my husband and I have ever shared in our history together – were all skilfully captured through your lens, absent from any staged interference and are as absolutely breathtaking as the moment did exist in reality. Not only do the photographs allow us both to forever appreciate a ‘through the key-hole’ perspective of the beauty and strength witnessed the day our daughter greeted this big wide world – but I have complete resolve that there is no greater way we could express or share the intricacies of this new branch on the family tree with those we love most – who at this time are all so far away from the city we currently live in. As the weeks and years roll forward from this auspicious day of birth, when a long standing ‘We’ became ‘Three’…the value of these priceless seconds that you have frozen in time for us to frame and forever adore – will surely continue to grow beyond measure in our hearts; as will our gratefulness for meeting you and that you were so truly a completely positive influence while assuming one of the now treasured roles in our birth story. Thank you Chloe, a million times over as my favourite little feather lays here curled in my arms – for who you are, what you do, and how you do it – Thank you. From two very new, very proud parents.