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ezra’s birth story

I’ve always known I’d love it. Call it a gut feeling. And this not-insignificant gut of mine knows it’s feelings.

From hearing the birth stories of friends, to watching open-mouthed and teary-eyed as one was born every minute on TV, I just knew that I would adore photographing the first moments of someone’s life.

Every time the phone rings, or buzzes with a text, you jump with expectation (and a little nervous energy) to see whether this is it. Whether this is a grab your camera, jump in the car, prepare for something amazing moment. But this first time, mine and theirs, you ready yourself for a wait. Because baby #1 is always late, right? Creeping past the due date, making you twiddle your thumbs, watch the clock and tick off the past due days on the calendar.

Wrong.

5 whole days early, mercifully after Downton had already finished on a Sunday night (how thoughtful), I got a text on Monday evening which read “…crampy again – assuming this is contractions but don’t really have a clue!”

One restless night later, Matt calls, invites me over and later welcomes me into his home where I become witness to something amazing, photographer of a little miracle, storyteller of a much anticipated arrival – a baby girl born in the water, warmed by Juliet’s heart and hands.

newborn in mother

Beautiful baby Ezra. Hello my lovely. How wonderful to meet all 7lbs 11.5oz of you.

If you’d like to read all about Juliet’s experience hypnobirthing, then just click here. But to witness the full birth story, watch the slideshow below. Be brave. Go fullscreen because this is a PC rated birth story. Nothing from the business end of proceedings to be seen here.

(If you’re a Google Reader reader, or following on an RSS feed, you’ll need to click here to view the story.)

I’d like to say a huge, heartfelt thanks to the wonderful women of the Royal Surrey’s Homebirth Team. Thank you for showing me what incredible work you do on a daily basis. Thank you for creating a calm, kind and caring atmosphere for Ezra to emerge into. I’m quite sure that the work of such dedicated midwives is not recognised nearly enough.

And of course, thank you so much to Juliet and Matt, the wonderful new parents who cooked up this gorgeous bundle between them and trusted me enough to capture her first breath for them. It was a privilege and an experience that I’ll never forget – I hope these images will always help you remember the little details and the big moments of the day.

 

 

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  • November 28, 2011 - 9:06 am

    Sarah Thomas - Quite simply that moved me to tears.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Kerry Harrison - I promised myself i wasn’t going to read any blog posts this week… but I couldn’t miss this one. So, so SO beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Jo Hastings - Incredible, powerful yet tender images. You made me cry half way through. These will mean so much to them for the rest of their lives. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Cerys - Simply beautifulReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Julie Skelton - Have just sat here wide-eyed, open-mouthed and teary – was sobbing by 1:20 because all the memories came flooding back. I always feel sorry for the guys who must feel so helpless! What an amazing job you’ve done with recording this for them xxxReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Kirsten - That was so so so beautiful. I love the kettle into the pool shot. They are all gorgeous though. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Adele - Beautiful! XReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Laura Virgoe - Just BEAUTIFUL – now where are the tissues? – I need lots! xxxReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Andrea Ellison Photography - Just stunning Kate..they will treasure these..you captured every moment so beautifullyReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Rosalind - Glad you finally got to do this Kate. Think your gut feeling was right – you have definitely got a feel for this type of work. They are beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    rosie - Wonderful. And I mean that I am full of wonder at the beauty of these. Such emotion, you have of course captured it all beautifully. Well done my friend xReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Lucy Stendall - Kate, this is breathtaking. So many beautiful tender captures.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Claire Penn - Wow…. incredible photographs Kate. You’re quite good aren’t you? 😉 xxReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    April@The 21st Century Housewife - This is gorgeous – so beautifully photographed, so many emotions captured, and the way you put it together moved me to tears. You didn’t just capture the birth of a baby, you captured the birth of a family.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    Jane Packard - The first moments in life are so precious. You captured them wonderfully Kate. Images that I’m sure will be cherished forever.ReplyCancel

  • November 28, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    Tamara - Amazing… Made me cry… What an fantastic set of images for this family to be treasured forever!ReplyCancel

  • November 29, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    fanni - These are truly stunning Kate! You have done an amazing job and no doubt these photographs will be treasured in their family for generations to come! Somehow feel very proud of you and them 🙂 Well done you! xxReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Zoe Collyer - Kate these are gorgeous, made me v.teary & you captured the event so beautifully, Well done.ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Jenny - beautifulReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Liz Snedker - Love it!
    Rather like a wedding though, pretty scary as only one chance to get it right!

    Beautiful memories to have, I wish I could have been brave enough to allow a photographer at the birth of my two children. I regret not having done so!ReplyCancel

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