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An Unexpected Home Birth

An Unexpected Home Birth

Photographer Stefanie Harrington got quite the exciting introduction into birth photography when her friend's labor progressed so quickly that the living room became the impromptu delivery room! We can't tell this story better than Stefanie, so you must read on to get the full scoop on this crazy day below!

"I am a portrait + wedding photographer based out of Washington, DC. I love working with newborns and families, and I have been longing to add birth photography to my list of services despite the challenges of the unpredictability of labor and delivery combined with my own young family. Birth is such an amazing and life-changing experience, yet the memories of it are hard to hold on to so when one of your dear friends is expecting her third child and wants you to photograph her birth, you know you'll try your best to make it happen.

"However, even the best laid plans and perfect timing of a weekend labor, don't always turn out the way you'd ever imagined. After having spent the afternoon with her and her family, monitoring irregular contractions with her, no one expected her labor to progress as quickly as it did. I arrived at her house with the EMTs and started documenting as her husband, who has just delivered their son in their living room, was handing their new baby boy to her.

"It was quite the introduction to birth photography, and I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been able to capture it all, from that first look at their son to their other two children being introduced to the quiet moments of relief and gratitude in the hospital after. Witnessing a new life entering this world through my camera lens was absolutely fantastic, and I hope I am able to capture more of these types of moments for clients."

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