I don’t even know where to start with these photos. Mama is a dear friend of mine who lives just a block or so down from me… And baby Jax was long awaited…his due date came and went and the hospitals were too full for inductions, and Jess and I did a LOT of walking to no avail. But after a 3AM call, away we went! 🙂 These photos are almost as moving to me as the few precious photos I have of my own birth.
Many people are puzzled at the concept of birth photography. Lots of “Why?’s” and “Eews” around the board. In other areas of the country, its very much the norm to have your birth photographed. When I was gearing up to have my first, I was in the same boat as the aforementioned masses. But at some point after all the poking and prodding, you just sort of get over it and realize you’re bringing a new soul into the world and why would anyone NOT want beautiful memories of something so precious?
This epiphany comes after the curse-word medley I screamed at my mother while seeing her popup flash go off during the pushing process…but an epiphany I had nonetheless. The photos she took are some of my most precious possesions, not that anyone gets to see them.
But for me, they make my heart soar and ache and melt all at the same time, much like the below photos do.
Jess, I love you.
These are just beautiful Erin. What a treasure for the family!
I know what you mean about having a precious few photos from a baby’s birth – I so wish I had more from my son’s birthday. Next time I will!
Wonderful work Erin. You are amazing!
Love!! How sweet and I agree, birth photography is the most beautiful thing. I cherish my birth photos. <3
These are beautiful! I love the whole series.
So completely moving. I have tears in my eyes! Congratulations to your friend. Beautiful!
I suddenly feel ready for baby #2, even though my first just turned 1. These photos are beautiful, thank you for sharing!
Erin….I don’t even know these people…beautiful work. I wish I knew you when I had my babes! Your words are truly from the heart and soul! Thank you for the sweet and happy tears!
i <3 you, erin! these are amazing!
Jessica Melton says
I love you Erin! Thank you so much for the beautiful photos. I know you said try not to cry, but I can’t help it. I am going to frame the photo of my dad and Jax. It is the only one we have.
Erin Elizabeth says
Holy crap, these are absolutely gorgeous, and SO moving. The ‘first love’ photo made me cry! You are so good at this, Erin. These are priceless.
Carrie Robinson says
So powerful! I wish I had done this with my twins! Amazing job!
Very beautiful. I do love First Love and the ones with Derek and Jax and Eric and Jax……So nice
derek melton says
the most amazing photos i have ever seen. brought tears to my eyes. love the pic of your dad holding the baby. amazing
Amazing photos! I wish I still lived in Oregon. What I wouldn’t give to have a birth documented this way 🙂