So this was my first time ever documenting a live birth!  Trish and I have been friends for years and when she found out she was pregnant she asked me to shoot the announcement photo.  After that I had thrown out the idea of documenting the birth to which Trish wasn't sure how she felt....and that's understandable as this is not for everyone! It's an extremely intimate time and if you aren't comfortable having someone in the room clicking away it may not be for you.  So when Trish decided it was something she wanted to do I was over the moon.  I started wracking my brain on how to approach something like this.  Then it hit me...you can't prepare for this.  It's something so completely in the moment that it would be impossible to have a plan in place.  So I decided to just be present in the moment...and take it all in and try and document everything as it was happening naturally...there are no staged shots, there was no direction.  Just pure raw emotion.  Being a mom myself and having went through this experience twice before I could appreciate everything she was going through and I shot it the way I would want to remember it....I poured my heart into it and I hope that shows in every single shot.  Trish and Mike now have a timeline of their birthing story that they have for years to come...and maybe someday to share with Camden.

Trish and Mike didn't find out the gender of the baby so it made this experience even more fun and exciting!! Trish's water broke around 11:30am, she texted me and I was in pure panic mode! I had to make sure I had someone to watch my kids before this baby was born and I wasn't sure how quick she would go! I arrived at Albany Med at 3:30pm and had no idea how long it would be! Her family and I waited patiently for hours...and hours...haha finally around 3am Mike came to tell us that she was 9.5 cm.  I rushed in there and 55 minutes later Camden Knox Brown was born!

The beginning stages....

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Trish's labor intensified pretty quick and she endured a lot of pain...the birthing tub helped to alivate the contractions but it was only temporary

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Mike helps trish fix her hair

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watching your friend in pain is not easy....but I still sat there and shot anyway!

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mom was right by her side every step of the way

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Listen when you're waiting for over 13 hours for a baby to be born sometimes you gotta play on your phone to kill some time

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TRISH

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This is Joel...anesthesiologist....and Trish's new BFF

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And there he is..the one everyone has been waiting for....Welcome to the world Camden Knox

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I have no doubt these two are going to be the most amazing parents to Camden....I can't thank you enough Trish and Mike, for letting me share in such a special moment.  I will also cherish it forever!!

 

Albany Medical Center

Albany, NY