Kirsty (nervously) mailed me one day with the idea of documenting her third daughter’s home birth – telling the story in a moving series of black and white photographs. Of course I was intrigued – and somewhat petrified with the idea (birth isn’t pretty, so I’ve heard …) – but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to experience something so incredible. I had to be on standby, but like clockwork baby Arnold was ready on the morning of her due date: 18 December 2012. Dad Mike phoned me in the morning with an anxious ‘it’s time’, and I rushed to Kommetjie with my camera. Excited and ready to go, he opened the gate and stood there and said: “It’s done, she’s out”. “What?! Already?”, was my response. He had called me twenty minutes ago! Dumbstruck and a little disappointed I had missed the grand entrance, I was amazed to hear that labour was so short that not even the midwife made it there in time and Mike had the terrifying but wonderful task of delivering his own daughter. Real life movie stuff! But not all was lost, as I had the privilege of photographing baby Paisley’s first two hours with her family.
Dad Mike and mom Kirsty hold her for the first time. Sisters Charlotte and Phoebe soon join the spectating. Love this family portrait.
The midwife helps baby Paisley with her first drink. She is perfect.
The midwife looks through some photo and scrapbook albums of the other girls. Phoebe entertains herself in front of the television once the majority of the excitement is over. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hold Paisley when she was just an hour old.