I’m not particularly good with words, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up documenting some of the most important aspects of peoples lives photographically, as a wedding photographer.

I class myself as an observer of people really, and I’m fascinated by human interaction; the way that we, as a species, deal with each other, our emotions, our humour, our sadness even.  When I’m photographing weddings it’s that that is going through my mind.  I like to photograph touch, eye contact, humour etc.  I think each of these (and more, of course) can make an image.

My clients often tell me that I seem to capture the very essence of people’s personalities, and of that I’m very proud.  Outside of wedding photography, I spend a lot of time shooting on the streets and shooting social documentaries.  Not necessarily for commercial gain, but, to be totally honest, because I enjoy it.  I enjoy photography and I enjoy people watching.

When Agata and Robert approached me to see if I would document perhaps the most precious of moments; the birth photography of their daughter, I of course jumped at the chance.

Agata is a very accomplished lifestyle photographer herself (check her site out, she’s awesome) and I was honoured and humbled really I guess to be there when their beautiful baby girl, Maja made her entrance to this world.

Below is a slideshow of the story of Maja’s birth.  It’s best to view full screen, with the sound up a little. I hope you like it. Below that are couple of the colour stills from the birth photography, all shot with a Fujifilm X100S, that form the documentary of the very first moment that Maja was born.

We’re home at last (got back yesterday) and Maja is sleeping so I have a moment to sit down and write.

We both got really emotional watching the slide show – we held hands and cried. We are so grateful for what you have given us. For me many (most!) details of the event would have been lost if it wasn’t for the images you took. Lying down I couldn’t really see much and later, when the operation started, I got into a state where I didn’t really see or hear much. There was the green screen and then there was my baby. This is about as much as I remember.
You were great on the day – so patient and respectful. It was a pleasure to have you with us.

– Agata & Robert

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If you would like to discuss social documentary or birth photography for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Maja’s birth was a Caesarian but there is opportunities for birth photography even for natural births.  Perhaps you are having a home birth or a water birth and would like these remarkable moments captured?

These are amazingly sensitive and emotional times, and to be able to present a photographic commentary of it to clients is an amazing feeling for me as the photographer.  Do give me a call or drop me a mail if you want to discuss birth photography or, in fact, any kind of documentary photography that you think may help you keep your memories in print for ever.

Don’t forget the play the slideshow as well as look at the stills.  The slideshow tells the whole story through the birth photography.

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8 thoughts on “Birth Photography: Caesarean

  1. Oh Kevin this is just so…words fail. What precious memories of moments otherwise forever forgotten -Krish

  2. Wow brilliant work Kev and a brave man too. These images are a wonderful reminder of an amazing time. I may cover a birth at some point and hope I will be brave enough to capture some images like this one day :-) I will certainly recommend you to my mums if they are interested in birth photography.

  3. Fantastic stuff! Beautiful work and truly precious pictures.

  4. Andy Phillips

    Really good work Kev – my eldest was born on the 17th Jun 1971 and the only images are those left in the mind – Andy

  5. JSM

    Hi Kevin, I am loving your blog and works. This post struck a chord as I have some very similar pics that I do not share. Simply because it is personal for me. (Of course my pics are not as great as these). However, some stories need to be told and I did bring up the courage to tell my story some years later with very selected images. Not all things go to plan and I say birth is one the most taken for granted things in life. We are so use to hearing the great beautiful stories whilst the many sad stories go left untold. I wish I captured my story better but I had other things on my mind at the time. You did a great job for Agata & Robert and I am sure they will be forever grateful. Feel free to read my story, well before I got the shutter bug as sometimes (most the times) birth just does not go to plan. Still beautiful. Well done. http://theshutterjournal.com/2013/12/10/a-fathers-journal-part-one-the-darkest-night/

  6. Just beautiful story telling of what is probably the most intimate moment in someones life. Stunning Kevin.

  7. Kevin, you’ve done a great and amazing photos. This is the most sacred momment of a person. You’re very brave to take these photograghs. If i ware you, i coudln’t do this. Congratulations on your photos, man!

  8. Matt Davis

    This is beautiful to see. It brings back memories of my sons birth. The photo of Agata bent over slightly as they put in the spinal anaesthetic really struck a chord. I have a few wonderful photos of my son the moment he arrived in this world, although it’s hard to take photos with tears in your eyes. I bet this is a truly wonderful collection of images for them.

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