Maryland Birth Photography

August 16, 2013

It’s hard to know where to begin when describing an experience like this. It starts with a family trusting me and inviting me to take part of what is perhaps the most vulnerable experience of their lives. For weeks before the due date my phone never leaves my side and I jump every time I get a call, and then the call comes. We are giddy at the first pains, we tire as we labor together through the night, we worry a little, there is a lot of love and tenderness, we laugh in between the rushes, and at the end I always cry as the struggle ends in life. I think no other experience in my life has been as moving as being able to witness and photograph births. It sounds cliche but when you watch it unfold it really is incredible, a miracle.
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27 Responses to “Maryland Birth Photography”

  1. Anni says:

    I actually teared up scrolling through these, and I’m not a crier at all. There’s something so tender and magical about these photos. The one where he’s putting chapstick on her lips? Or sitting on the floor laughing and waiting? You did such a beautiful job.

  2. omg. this is amazing. great job on catching the magic. the photos are so real. It’s like I’m really there, watching it unfold in front me.

  3. Ross Harvey says:

    Absolutely wonderful. All emotions captured. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Well done 🙂

  4. tobiah says:

    What an honour and privilege, absolutely beautiful.

  5. naomi says:

    this made me cry.

  6. Bec says:

    awesome, I have goosebumps. What a beautiful beautiful post. I can’t pick a favourite image!

  7. Lara says:

    So, so, so beautiful, Sarah.

  8. Teresa K says:

    Everyone should document the birth of their children….this post makes me so very happy!

  9. Anton Chia says:

    This will make such great memories. Beautiful.

  10. Rachael says:

    Absolutely beautiful story telling.

  11. Karey says:

    These images are stunning! I feel a connection, because my son was born in that very same room!

    • Sarah Culver says:

      Karey that’s so great! Special Beginnings was a really wonderful place, I know Marcella was very happy with her experience there 🙂

  12. This is incredible and one of my personal favorites (probably because I know Marcella, Alex, and little Olivia). You did an absolutely phenomenal job documenting the birth experience. Your storytelling ability is just out of this world. <3

  13. Camille says:

    I teared up at the chap stick picture. Beautiful.

  14. Sunny says:

    These are really beautiful. Way to use the low light to your advantage…I love the film like quality of the black and whites especially. Well seen.

  15. Daphne K says:

    These are beautiful Sarah – I don’t know why, but tears started to fall at the shots of the husband kissing the new mother and baby. They’re intimate, vulnerable, powerful — yet beautiful at the same time. Bravo Sarah! 🙂

  16. Valerie says:

    Absolutely stunning. Sarah. You took the trust this family placed in you and invested it in priceless memories. So inspiring, love you and your work!

  17. Pam J says:

    That brought me to tears just looking at the images. What an amazing gift you have, and what an amazing gift you received by being invited to share this miracle.

  18. Nathan B. says:

    Sarah. This is outstanding. Your technical structure balanced with a deep spiritual connection with the unfolding story makes this perfect. Beautiful work.
    Wanna come to Missouri in February? 😉

  19. So wonderful, Sarah!

    Love these so much.

    Birth is such a beautiful thing and you really captured that.


  20. This is so beautiful and raw. They are going to treasure these more than you know, Sarah. <3

  21. Lori says:

    I’m proud of you, Sarah.

  22. Nessa says:

    This is incredible. And as a woman, a little scary. So many emotions. <3

  23. Wow never seen a birthing shoot before! you captured it very well.

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