The home birth of Grace – Fort Lauderdale birth photographer
This is Leslie. She’s one of my best friends. The kind of friend who you laugh with until you pee your pants. The kind of person you’d trust with anything. She’s a friend I could go a few months or even years without seeing and then pick up like no time had passed.
We met when I was just beginning with birth photography more than 2 years ago. I hung a flyer up at the Hollywood Birth Center, looking for anyone willing to let me photograph their birth. She called, we met, and I documented the birth of her second son, Myles. It was the first time I’d seen a baby be born. Not much later, we became dear friends. It feels weird talking about her like this… So here’s my open letter:
You are such a badass. You are beautiful to the point of cliche – the whole package, inside and out. You make me laugh. You gush to the point of making me feel uncomfortable, but I appreciate every single over-the-top compliment you’ve ever given me. You needed to have a daughter and here she is. I love how much your mother was a part of this birth. I love how you thought of every detail and made everything SO BEAUTIFUL, and laughed your way through contractions, stayed so humble and funny and amazing every second of your journey. You inspire me. (That’s your line to me. I stole it.) And this is getting ridiculously heavy and sappy and I feel an urge to put some wildly inappropriate comment here, but this is a public blog… so here – Enjoy your story.
*** Special note. Leslie’s birth story was also featured as part of a news story about home births on CBSMiami by anchorwoman Rhiannon Ally. This is the link to the news story: http://miami.cbslocal.com/video/9576728-rhiannon-ally-talks-water-births-on-todays-talking-baby-report/
**** The song played at the end part of the slideshow/video is called Lullaby, and is by Maggie Eckford. It was licensed and used with permission through The Music Bed. You can find more about Maggie Eckford here: http://www.maggieeckford.com