BE INSPIRED | Birth Photography feature by Aubrey Bahr Storyteller

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

When it comes to birth photography, you really have no control over how it will all play out. So I try to approach a birth session with an open mind and a lot of gear, though I never use it all. I have a good idea of what my Pregnant Momma has planned for laboring and then I come prepared to tell an often unpredictable story of pure love and adventure.

What about this session was most memorable?

I don’t think I will ever forget this birth session. It’s always such a pleasure to be invited to be at something so miraculous and for that I am grateful. This sweet baby was born in the passenger seat of a Kia Soul and that in itself was remarkable. But the kind of strength and determination we all witnessed from this Mom and Dad team was a beautiful thing to document.

 Were there any hurdles?

As a photographer, I was working with very little space and very little time. I had to think quickly and find ways to tell this story from basically two angles. I couldn’t shoot from the windshield because the glare was so prominent. I only had space from the driver’s side door and the passenger side door. Luckily that seemed sufficient enough to get some beautiful captures.  

Your best photographer/session advice?

When it comes to birth sessions, trust your gut. I was at least an hour away from this location so when I got a call at 4 am that things were just starting, I decided to head down that direction. I waited at a Starbucks from 5:30-6:30 am and then got the call to meet hem at the birth center. With how fast things progressed from that point, I am so happy I left my house when I did.

What gear was used to achieve these?

All of these pictures were taken with my Canon 6d and Sigma 35mm.



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