The Hiltons and I met at a pre-natal class. It was there we chatted about the beauty of birth photography and wonder of those first moments of a little person’s life.
When they called and booked me to capture the arrival of their first born, I was delighted, not only were we going to capture an honest documentary story of their journey into parenthood but it was to be my first birth story in Dubai.
Capturing birth stories, for me, is the most amazing form of photography. It’s real, raw and insanely beautiful. It’s personal and intimate, and as a photographer it is an honoured position to be in, one which I do not take lightly. Days before a Mum’s due date I go on call, my gear gets prepped ready, I stay close by and my phone stays on 24/7. On average I spend over 12 hours with each couple at the hospital and visit more than once.
It was early evening when I got the call to join them in hospital, things were progressing for Mum-to-be and it looked like the little one would be with us soon. An intense eight hours later and their teeny tiny Leavy arrived. It was emotional, overwhelming at times, but with ten fingers, ten toes and a full head of glorious hair she was perfect. From the moment they laid eyes on her beautiful face Mum and Dad were in love. It had been a long few days for them all so after a few initial shots, I left them to enjoy some rest and bonding time. As soon as I got home I popped over a couple of images on SMS to the very proud new parents of a beautiful baby girl.
I finally climbed into bed at 4.45am, it was Thanksgiving morning. November 28th. And what a reason to be thankful. New life. New love. A new family formed.
Here is a sneak peek into her journey.
The first few days together as a family are precious. A time for bonding. Full of happiness unlike any other. A brand new life story beginning. And as a birth photographer, it’s these moments which are as important as all the others for me to capture : that love, those eyes and a touch so full of adoration we can all feel it.