• Ashton

Schenk Birth Story- Utah Birth Photographer

Have you ever witnessed a birth?! It's no secret that I LOVE babies. Like, gimme a million and a half newborn babies please. I had never been in the room for any births prior to this, and it was such a surreal experience.

My sister is a labor and delivery nurse at McKay Dee Hospital. I jokingly asked if I could take pictures of her birth, and a few months later she brought it back up to ask if I would take the pictures! I was shocked and excited all at the same time. I could hardly stand waiting for her to go into labor from that moment on.

I got "the call" at work around 11:30 am on . She was admitted to the hospital and was laboring, dilated to a 5! I took off from work and headed down to Ogden. I knew that it would be awhile before the action really started. I got there, took some detail pictures, chatted with my mom, sister, and brother-in-law, then grabbed a salad from the cafeteria with my parents.

We headed back up just in time. She was almost complete, and was starting to get to that uncomfortable stage. From a photographer's standpoint, this is where the magic happens. The emotions start to run high, the couple starts to come closer, the realness is REAL.

One thing people worry about with birth story photography is that you will be exposed, or I'll be "down there". I can assure you that I will keep your privacy, and that every image you'll receive will be tactful and beautiful. With as many people that are in the room, I really try and stay out of the way anyways. The head of the bed above you is where I like to stay. There's no awkward angles, I have a clear shot of the babe and doctor, and I'm outta the dang way!

I also get to capture those precious moments right after delivery when you get to meet your tiny baby. The tears always flow, and I'm usually wiping them behind the camera as well. This is the moment you're gonna want to remember for the rest of your life. Pinky promise you will. After I sent this gallery over, my sister responded with "the emotions all flooded back to me looking back through these pictures. There were moments that I had forgotten, and I cried looking back through them!"

It's such a special time, and I'm CONVINCED it's my calling to photograph all of the births!!

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