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I was excited, nervous, honored and all of the above for the birth in Akron of Ryan and Marianne’s baby. They are past bridal clients of mine. I photographed their wedding almost 8 years ago. It worked out that I would document the birth of their first child.
A few months before her due date, Marianne contacted me and inquired as to whether I knew anyone that could photograph the birth of their child. I thought to myself “I can totally do that”. Although I had never actually photographed a birth, all it is is photojournalism, which I do at every wedding that I document. They only difference, and it was a huge difference, is that there is no set in stone date. The unpredictability is the biggest thing with birth photography.
All births are special and are miracles. I have two boys and I can tell you this from experience. But Ryan and Marianne’s was extra special. They tried for over 7 years but couldn’t conceive. They had, literally, given up all options when it happened. Marianne was pregnant.
S0, when they agreed to allow me to photograph the birth, I was super excited. And as I mentioned, nervous. This was more important that their wedding photography in a lot of ways. Not the least of which that they tried for so long. I really wanted to nail it.
I felt that it was important to include a maternity session with my birth photography service. This helps me get to know the client better or, in the case of Marianne and Ryan, reconnect. You can see their maternity pictures -HERE-.
Ryan was point man for the progress. He kept me informed of all updates and status of Marianne and the baby. I received the text in the early evening. They were going to induce Marianne that night and that the baby could be expected to arrive within 16-24 hours. I was already packed and ready for that call. So now it was just time to wait.
About 5:40 the next morning, I received a text from Ryan that Marianne was 5 centimeters dilated. About half way there. I hopped into my car and headed to Akron. Four hours later Aberdeen Lennon Hartzell entered the world. Like I mentioned, I’ve experienced child birth with my two boys, but this was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. To see two deserving people finally receive this gift was beyond precious to me. I will never forget it and never take for granted the honor that Ryan and Marianne bestowed on my by allowing me to document it.
Here are a few pictures from the birth in Akron.