After the Daily Mail featured some of my birth story photography, there was a little flurry of activity. The idea of having someone with you capturing such an incredible part of your life certainly struck a chord. Some people seemed delighted by the idea, others not so sure. But it got people thinking and discussing it.
The day the feature was published, I was contacted by the lovely people at the This Morning show. They wanted to discuss the article during their paper review, and wanted to show some of my images to illustrate it. I was also asked to appear on BBC Radio Leeds in the afternoon (face for radio), and I really enjoyed the chance to chat about the way I tell the story through photographs, calming a few misapprehensions people might have had.
Later that week, the news team from Channel 5 got in touch to say they wanted to interview me about my work. And in the sprit of saying yes to things that challenged me (like appearing on camera on a national news bulletin), we organised a day for the interview. Juliet and baby Ezra also joined me and we filmed at Juliet’s home, on the spot where she gave birth to Ezra. It all went well – Ezra was beautiful, I managed to chat away happily without waving my hands around too much. But a little thing called the London Olympics was about to happen (heard of that?) and our interview got bumped. So now that interview can live on in my mind as the time I spoke brilliantly and looked great on screen, instead of the slightly excited rambling and camera adding a few pounds (what’s a few more?) broadcast it would have been.
So when the producer of the Lorraine show contacted me and asked if anyone I had photographed having a hospital birth would be willing to appear and be interviewed, I knew Louise would be willing and very able. She’d loved her experience with me and was so happy to tell everyone about it, she didn’t mind an even earlier than usual alarm call on her birthday and a drive into London to be interviewed.
Lorraine was on holiday the day of the interview, so Louise got to chat to the lovely Nadia Sawalha. Baby Freja was a natural on camera, delighted everyone at the studio, and Louise was fantastic at talking about her personal experience and what having those images meant to her. You can see the interview in full below:
Here’s a quick peek at the behind the scenes images I shot at the studio.
I have to say a huge thank you to Louise and Juliet for taking the time to talk so enthusiastically about the work that I do. With an idea so new as professional birth photography, there’s nothing better than delighted mums sharing their own story and personal experiences with others. So thank you both so much for showing the images, sharing the joy of them, and explaining what it means to have that incredible story captured forever.