When I was pregnant with Zoe, I thought about hiring a photographer to photograph the birth. But I didn’t know any local photographers and my searchers for one that did birth photographer yielded nothing. I assumed it was yet another type of photography, along with senior photography, that just isn’t done here on Long Island. It was always present in my mind but with 2 pretty major home improvement projects to do during the pregnancy, plus all the other regular prep of a pregnancy, it just never came to fruition.
Fast forward to my pregnancy with Piper and once again I thought about it. But the difference this time was I that I was now a professional photographer, but even better, I now knew local photogs! But I also knew I was having another c-section and knew a photographer wouldn’t be allowed in the OR. But when I saw one of my friends post on Facebook that she did birth photography I knew I was going to do it this time! We messaged back and forth a few times but ultimately my c-section got moved up by 2 weeks, due to my high blood pressure and sadly she was already booked that day. So another amazing photographer offered to step in and once again she couldn’t do it in the end due to other personal commitments. But thankfully, the awesome and amazing Alan Abrams stepped in and I was so happy! I had only met Alan once before, but I remembered how friendly he was and how comfortable he made feel within seconds of meeting him. And I knew I’d be comfortable having him with us for such a precious and special occasion. Alan is wedding photographer but was excited to challenge himself with a different type of shoot. We briefly chatted about the look and feel we each were going for and we were on the exact same page!
After confirming with my doctor and the hospital that we could have a photographer with us, we were all set! We had Alan come to our house in the morning before heading to the hospital to document us getting Zoe ready. He followed us to the hospital and came up the maternity ward with us (I didn’t want to worry about any issues with them letting him up since they are very strict about who is allowed in the Labor & Delivery section.) We explained who he was to my nurse and she was told us they never had anyone bring along a birth photographer and she was very excited about the process (I have to say that the entire nursing staff at my hospital in both L & D and Maternity are amazing. And I got to know many of them very well between both pregnancies and the complications that had me in and out of stays prior to each birth.)
While I was being prepped and in the OR, Alan hung out in the waiting room with our families (which has the most amazing natural light! A photographer’s dream!) and documented them, well, waiting. Some of my favorite shots are the ones of our families looking at their iPhones of the picture Rob texted from the OR of me holding Piper right after she was born! Isn’t technology incredible? The main thing I wanted Alan to capture was Zoe meeting her sister for the first time. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Zoe was super tired and fell asleep in one of her grandmother’s arms. She got to see the picture on the phone and see her in the nursery through the glass, but didn’t get to meet her face to face until that night. Had I known the day would have gone that direction, I might have insisted on having Alan back to the hospital that night! But what he did capture is an amazing gift. As Rob and I looked through the pictures for the first time, we had tears in our eyes. These pictures will always be precious to us and we can’t thank Alan enough for the gift he gave us.