Near the top of my, "things I want to experience as a photographer list" was birth photography. Some people say, “Why?” looking at me baffled, sometimes mortified when I share this aspiration. That response always makes me smile. It is a reminder that “beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder”.
On March 13th, 2018 for the very first time a live birth fell into place for me. On my way to the hospital I was freaking out with excitement and I’ll admit I was a little nervous too, being my very first time navigating the birth of a human being with my camera. I had never witnessed a birth outside of giving birth to my own child. Completely different experience. The raw authenticity of giving birth would be the same, but this time I would get to watch the miracle unfold before me through my lens and had no idea what to expect.
So what is it like to shoot a live birth? Intense. Those who know Kierstin know she has a heart condition that makes giving birth a very tricky event to navigate through. Birth is an incredibly intimate moment that has been placed on a roller coaster and everyone in the room is on that roller coaster. There are peaks and valleys. Triumph and defeat. Moments of uncertainty and fear. moments when mom wants to give up, she is done, she can’t do it, but then she finds the strength to breathe, to gather herself back together try again and guess what she COULD do it. I was there. It was beautiful. Forever grateful to my couple Kierstin & Blake who trusted me to be a part of this moment with them. I am truly beaming with pride over my first birth session and in awe still that I took these. That I was present in this moment.
This type of photography is not for every photographer nor every client, but it is the type of photography that showcases a real moment completely unscripted, posed or directed. A moment that changes everything for a two people who have created a life together comes full circle after 9 months of anticipation right in front of you. A moment you can’t redo or fake. I will always chase moments like this with my lens because they are the moments that tell every beautiful part of their story just as it is. When this couple looks back at these in 20 years my goal is to have exactly how they felt in this moment will wash over them. When I do that, when I am able to give my clients images that take them back vividly to a different chapter of their story I feel I have succeeded in the most important way as a photographer.
I posted my blogs a little backwards so if you haven't read about Summer and her wedding to Jarred you can find it here: www.katieostarlyphotography.com/blog/new-orleanslafitte-wedding-summer-and-jarred
It is long and I put a lot of heart into it. The story is worth the read in my eyes and her bridals were and are apart of the timeline. The story. Summer was grace with the Southern Hotel in Downtown Covington as her backdrop. Truly a pleasure, a bride and her story that will never be forgotten.
Thank you to Summer for allowing me to showcase a different take on The Southern Hotel and trusting the process. Those moments as a wedding photographer when you call the bride, YOUR bride. Summer was recognized immediately as one of MY brides in my brain. Referred to me by one of my favorite brides ever, whose wedding I had already shot, so good I knew it was a predetermined perfect fit. She slayed.
After having to reschedule this session twice due to rain the third time was thankfully the charm and I was given a beautiful spring afternoon with this beautiful family.
Their daughter Evie was truly all rainbows and unicorns, seriously the happiest and most outgoing nine month old ever hamming it up smiling every time I spoke to her as if she knew it's family portrait time.
As a new family behind my lens mom and dad fell perfectly into my relaxed and natural style. Instantly it was a breeze for me to capture the love this family of three shares as the sun set on the Bogue Falya River.