The first phone call happened a few weeks ago – “Hi, this is Anna K.” – and of course I remembered her distinctly. I had photographed her daughter’s birth 8 years ago, and Anna was now asking me to document the arrival of their son, Charlie. How could I say no?! We arranged to meet at their house, and when Quinn opened the front door for me, I remembered the little girl from 8 years ago, the blonde hair surprised me though!
The second phone call came on Friday evening, February 1st, at 10pm, to let me know Anna’s water had broken. I wasn’t home at the time, but drove home to grab my camera gear and head over to the hospital. I joined them in their room in Labor and Delivery at about 10.50pm. There were no contractions, so Anna, Mike and Quinn started to walk the hallways for several hours to try and get labor going. Around 4.30am on the 2nd, Anna was at about 2-3cm, and the decision was made that she and Mike would try to sleep for a while and I would go home to get some rest, too. They’d call me at 7.30, the next time they would check Anna.
The third phone call came at 7.31am, and my heart almost skipped a beat when Anna informed me that she was 10cm and I should come back asap! I made it from door to door in 18 minutes, a new record for me, I think! Anna waited to start pushing until after Quinn and her in-laws had arrived, and Charlie was born 11 minutes after Dr. Silver walked in the door!
I had always hoped for a birth session where the mama reached down to help deliver her baby, and I was thrilled to bits that Dr Silver suggested it to Anna! She reached down and with Dr. Silver’s help, pulled Charlie out and up on to her belly. It was perfect!
Charlie was born on February 2nd, at 8.51am, weighing 6lbs 14oz, and measuring 19 1/2 inches. He is perfect in every way!
Anna, Mike and Quinn, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to photograph the arrival of your long awaited baby boy/little brother! And thanks for being my very first repeat client, 8 years later!
Please enjoy your sneak peek of Charlie’s birth!