Telling the story of pregnancy as a photographer involves a great deal of fun! We managed to pack a baby shower and beach session into around 2 hours of photographing! It’s all about building on the journey… more of Sashini & George’s story to come!
WARNING – GRAPHIC BIRTH IMAGE
Okay, here it is! The image that won a Silver with Distinction at the SA Professional Photography Awards this week.
This beautiful baby girl was born in Adelaide at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, in a room full to the brim with specialists and support people. Her heart condition meant this sweet baby girl would be rushed to NICU for treatment and would undergo heart surgery in Melbourne as soon as possible. The midwife’s hand over the baby’s heart, guiding her into the world as the baby cries with vigour symbolise the spirit and journey of this little girl.
I am absolutely honoured, not only to have been invited to be one of those people in the room and to have captured this moment for the mother, but that this mother was so thrilled to share this photograph with the world! As with the ability to reflect on profound experiences with the help of imagery, I know this image has helped the mother deal with the birth journey she endured. To me this shot is so incredible on so many levels.
Birth Photography is an amazing genre that has an array of heartfelt things to offer us. It really isn’t all about the shots of a baby coming out and a part of me gets annoyed about this stigma (which I’ve now possibly added too by sharing this image with the wider community). Birth photography is about the journey, the lead up, the individuals involved, the emotions, struggles and joys, and how that’s all put together. It’s about documenting the beauty of life at its most vulnerable yet powerful point. I love every minute of what I do and how it honours women.
This image is now on exhibition!
2013 SAPPA Exhibition
The AIPP SA division invites you to view all of the images that scored a silver with distinction award or higher.
Where: National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide.
When: Official Opening 6:00 – 8.00pm Monday 15th of July.
Exhibition can viewed from Friday 12th to Friday 26th of July.
The following shots are also Award winners from this and last year’s SAPPA’s.
I am following the story of a very special mother-to-be as she prepares to bring her first child into the world. Kirsty is a warm-hearted young women with a fun-loving spirit, supportive partner and close family. She also happens to be the cousin of a special friend of mine, Shelley – who’s home birth I photographed late last year. When Shelley told me about her cousin’s pregnancy, I hoped I’d have the opportunity to follow her story.
Her pregnancy has been far from uneventful, which is part of what makes her journey particularly special. At her 20 week scan, Kirsty was shocked with the news that things were not “normal”. All her questions and anxieties were left up in the air. She was referred to the WCH and it was then that Kirsty discovered the full extent of her cherished baby’s development. Baby Williams had Heterataxy Syndrome. The result of this being that baby’s organs only include those from the right hand side of the body. Additionally, little baby Williams has Right Atrial Isomerism and will require heart surgery within days of being born. This procedure will need to occur in Melbourne and we are all hoping that there will be a room available for Kirsty and Brent at Ronald McDonald House over there!
Baby Williams will require a further 2 lots of heart surgery before the age of 5. This news would be daunting to any expectant mother, and Kirsty’s strength and resilience is a true inspiration.
As I attended Kirsty’s baby shower it was clear to me just how much love and support she has around her. I hope you enjoy sharing this journey too as I follow her story and the journey of Baby Williams.
I am a birth photographer. If there was one aspect of photography I could do alone, this is it – this is the genre. It’s wholeheartedly my passion, it quenches my maternal, artistic, emotional thirst. I put my life on hold whenever I’m called to do this work – 24/7 I’m on call. I never know how long I’ll be away from my family. I will travel around the corner or to other states to do this type of work. There is no greater reward for any other job I’ve ever known. It’s not a job – it’s like being a mother – it’s just something you do and love and need. Every time, it’s different. Every breath, you’re in the moment. Every tear you cry is real and nothing else could be more honest.
When main stream media run an inadequate news story on a topic I’m passionate about, one that holds so much power and emotion for all those it touches, I get upset… But I have faith that those who really know the meaning behind capturing births won’t be swayed by narrow-minded ideals.