Friday, July 17, 2009

Birth - A Labour of Love

For Dee and Troy and their beautiful (as yet, un-named) Baby boy born July 16th, 2009.

I have only photographed one birth prior to this one and was keen to give it another go but it's sometimes hard to find willing participants who are prepared to have one of life's most intimate moments documented.

When Dee said she wouldn't mind me being there, I was so excited. I had everything ready to go and when the day came around, I waited and waited and thought that maybe something had happened and I wasn't going to get a call... then at 7.40pm, the call came through.

Dee had been plodding along in labour most of the day then suddenly at 7pm everything kicked into high speed. I made it to the hospital at 8pm and managed to get my gear out and take a just a few test shots before all the action began.

A healthy baby boy was born at 8.58pm.

Thank you again to Dee and Troy for allowing me to be a part of such a life forming moment. I will always treasure the trust you put in me to record the event.

Congratulations on your baby boy.

Birth from Alicia Kennison on Vimeo.


  1. Alicia that is amazing.
    I think I was bawling within the first 5 seconds.
    Congratulations to your friends.

  2. Amazing Alicia - how lucky for you to have been there for this!!

  3. Wow! That is just beautiful. You are so very talented. What a beautiful family and captured so sensitively. Thanks to you and the family for sharing such an intimate experience. There is something completely magical about newborns. Truly touching. Kim

  4. Alicia, that was just amazing. Absolutely gorgeous! I had tears in my eyes, it was so beautiful. :)

    Congrats Dee and Troy!

  5. Alicia it was absoltely beautiful, congrats to you for the beautiful photography and congrats to the gorgeous family.

  6. I have never seen my closest friend look so strong, and determined and so naturally beautiful.. I was in tears for the whole video. Dee, baby girl, you created life.. You amaze me everyday. Love Kylie

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I cried more than a little bit. Congratulations to Dee and Troy and thankyou for sharing your special moment with us all. Alicia, you are so tallented! I'll be calling you when I have my next baby!!!!

  8. The Miracle of Birth is captured in such a delightful way. Congratulations Ash you have done it again.
    Thankyou to Dee and Troy for allowing us to share such a special moment in their lives.
    Reaching for another box of tissues. Hugs from Kadbury

  9. Alicia,
    I have always admired your photographs and your talent for capturing special moments in such beautiful ways. The birth photos that you have taken are breathtaking. You captured every moment exquisitely, what a wonderful memory for the family to have and cherish. Well done!

  10. How utterly beautiful and incredibly moving. You have managed to capture all of the emotions involved in childbirth from the nervousness of the mum and dad to be, through to the love that they have for each other and then for their newborn child. What an honour to have such a lovely keepsake of such a precious time. It's a moment that passes by so quickly and to have such a vivid memoir is extremely precious. Well done!

  11. Just beautiful.............

  12. Alicia,
    Troy and I can't thank you enough for the amazing job you did! You captured the emotion and rawness of our little boy's arrival so beautifully and we really can't thank you enough for such an amazing gift that we will forever treasure and be proud of.