Where do I even begin to express the beauty of experiencing a birth? I always thought that the moment a mom and dad see their little one for the first time would be the most beautiful of all, but what about the strength of a mother in labor? Or the watery eyes of a father holding his son in the quiet moments after the nurses have left. My great friends, Kevin and Audra, blessed me. They blessed me beyond anything I could have ever expected. They invited me to share the most special hours a couple will ever experience together: they asked me to photograph the birth of their first child.
Jason Andrew Lavery was born on 1.4.14, at 5:41 a.m (lots of 1’s and 4’s!). His mama was a champ. I have never seen a woman in labor before, (aside from health class in 5th grade, so that doesn’t count) and Audra was incredible. If there was ever proof of the strength of a woman, it’s in childbirth. I expected screaming and yelling and all sorts of horrible things. Instead I found calm, patient, quiet, loving, and soft. (I’m not sure if Audra would say this is how she felt, but this is what she showed me.)
I was terrified when I walked in the room. I was afraid I would be in the way, and that I wouldn’t be able to get the shots they needed. But as soon as I stepped inside, I felt welcome. It was definitely a bustle of activity; nurses coming in and out, people helping Audra breathe through contractions, machines being moved in every direction, but no one minded that I was there. I just made my way to a corner of the room, took a quick breath, and started photographing this new life. With Audra’s permission, I wanted to share some of the things I saw that early, early morning. It was just captivating. I had to wipe tears from my eyes every two seconds so I could see through my lens, and then again as I edited each photo the next day. So I hope you enjoy the moments when this precious baby boy entered the world…I know I did. Love you Kevin and Audra (and baby Jason), thank you for letting me be a part of this.
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