Mom Photographer Takes Birth Photos of Her Own Labor
California-based photographer Lisa Robinson specializes in weddings and portraits, but when she found out she was pregnant last year, she knew she wanted to take on a new photography challenge: shooting her own labor and delivery.
The pregnancy itself was a surprise, but a welcome one. Lisa Robinson and her husband have a 9-year-old son and had been trying for years to get pregnant again, suffering two miscarriages. They had actually decided to stop trying for another baby when Lisa Robinson became pregnant with their daughter Anora, now 6 months old.
Photographing the birth, she thought, would help her stay calm and focused, and keep her mind off the pain. “I didn’t know if I’d be able to take photos or not,” admitted Robinson-Ward. “I had my mind set on doing it, but I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to pull it off.”
The expecting mother looks calm as she rests in her hospital bed in the lead up, while the baby's grandparents wait expectantly. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
She asked her doctor if he had a problem with her photographing the birth, but although he said he wasn't, he was still 'kind of amazed' that she actually went through with it. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Welcome to the world! Far from not being present, she says was still 'totally aware' of the baby coming out of her despite the fact she was snapping away. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
The proud mother says that she can remember exactly how she felt when she saw her baby for the first time - and the photos allow her to revisit that. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Tears of joy: Despite having just given birth Robinson-Ward is able to capture the emotional moment husband looks on at his new born child. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Special moments: Husband Alec helps the doctor to cut the umbilical cord as the nurse watches on. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Robinson told the Post that their daughter is calm and happy child, who sleeps a lot. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Father and daughter: Just minutes old, new born Anora clasps tightly to her dad's hand, her hair still wet. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
There are tears in her eyes, but the new mother looks blissful as she hugs her daughter tightly. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Proud: Robinson -Ward holds her new born daughter to her chest and looks serenely on. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
New family: There is now a fourth addition to the Robinson- Ward family and the happy parents look delighted. (Lisa Robinson Photography)
Adorable: Now she is all cleaned up, baby Anora looks gleeful as she clasps on to her new woolen hat. (Lisa Robinson Photography)