Lauren & Joan’s Birth Story

I am so thrilled to be able to share with you the birth story of Joan and Lauren! We met through mutual acquaintances in a San Francisco area mommy group, and felt a spark as soon as we made contact. I first met Joan and Lauren at their beautiful home in Moss Beach, California, near Half Moon Bay. Their two beautiful daughters played around us as Joan and Lauren told me all about the upcoming birth of their son.When the day of their birth arrived, I received a text message at around 6am. About 30 minutes later, I arrived at the home, ready to photograph. Lauren was walking and laboring in the backyard with Joan. She would occasionally pause to examine plants, chat, laugh, and share the moment with her wife and children. It was a beautiful moment for me to witness, and I able to capture it from a distance.

As Lauren’s contractions grew stronger, she moved inside to the birthing tub. Her parents were there, along with two doulas, a midwife, her children, and Joan. The love among everyone present was tangible. I will never forget the moment Lauren’s father touched her forehead, kissed her, and said, “This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I am so proud of you.” Joan supported Lauren throughout the entire labor. Seeing her hold Lauren, wanting to take her pain away, was intensely powerful. When their baby was finally born, healthy, the amazed, radiant look on both daughters’ faces was absolutely precious.
Birth PhotographyIt was such a privilege to document Joan and Lauren’s birth story; many of their moments will stay with me for a long time.
If you would like me to photograph the arrival of your little one, or know someone who wants to record their birth or adoption story, please contact me.