I’m not sure if I will be able to articulate my feelings in to this post, but I will try.  Photographing births is such an amazing experience, I get to document a life changing right before my eyes, a first breath, the first moments of a new family, with pain, joy, and so many other emotions mixed inbetween.  Every single time I photograph one, it brings me to a place in my heart that realizes what this world, what life, is about.  It also brings me to a place that makes me realize that what I do, makes sense.  Of all the things people capture with photography, all the milestones, the ‘i do’s”, the beloved snapshots, the gathering of family, it makes sense to capture the beginning moment.

I am so honored to have captured this birth, these memories, this life, for my colleague and dear friend Michele.  Photographing a home birth was a first for me, as was photographing an unmedicated birth, a water birth and all for another professional photographer.  I was nervous to say the least.  Not knowing what to expect, but also, wanting desperately to do a good job for someone as talented as Michele is.

There were so many wonderful moments on Amerlyn’s birth day…..thank you Michele for allowing me to share so many of them.  Click here to view a slideshow:  The Birth of Amerlyn Grace.

In addition to the slideshow, here are just a few of my favorites from the day…..one my first favorite moments was catching a glimpse of Michele and her husband sitting on their bed, watching the sun rise out of the window, on the day their daughter would be born . . . .

It was amazing to watch her work with her body, moving through the pain, connecting with her husband and just allowing her body to do what it was meant to do.

Welcome to the world beautiful girl….

Michele and family, thank you so much for entrusting me to capture the birth of your daughter, it was an honor.  Congrats again from the entire Stradtner family!

  • […] wanted to wait until Lyndsay had finished up the birth images before I posted the birth story. And then I saw the slideshow and […]

  • I know you and I are both excited to share this experience with the world. Your post made me cry…again. I cannot thank you enough…you did an incredible job! More for you here: http://pinkletoes.com/blog/2008/12/22/her-birth/ Much love, Michele

  • OH MY GOSH! I am sitting at my desk, in tears. This is more than amazing work. I admired your work before, but now I don’t even have word to express how amazing your work is. I am so glad I found you through Pinkel Toes! I follow your blog, (and her blog) daily! I look forward to the next slide show where I have no doubt, I will need a box of tissues! Cheer and happy shooting 🙂

  • Incredibly moving – as always!!! Amazing!

  • Kristi

    Amazing, beautiful and breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are so wonderfully talented!

  • So amazing, truly beautiful!

  • MERCY ME! That is a fantastic set! What an amazing gift for this family to have that set of photographs. Stunning. The last one is stellar.

  • You are AMAZING Lyndsay! You did a wonderful perfect awesome job hun! Tears tears tears….are a good thing!

  • julie b

    wow! truly amazing (as usual) !! you captured some incredible moments, just WOW! almost makes me want to have another baby so you could photograph the birth! (almost!).

  • Christian

    Unbelievable Lyndsay. You are incredibly gifted. Your photographs will surely move the world!

  • Julia

    Beautiful, as always.

  • Scarlett

    Such an amazing job Lyndsay. It brought me to tears. So incredibly beautiful and moving. The emotions shines through each capture. Thank you Lyndsday and Michelle for sharing this with all of us.

  • emilia

    beautiful, as always!

  • Justine S from Seattle

    Wow. I’m simply amazed at the beautiful photographs you take. This slide show made me cry. You are SO talented!

  • So amazing. You give such a great gift to these families, Lyndsay.

  • You did a beautiful job, Lyndsay.
    The slideshow brought me to tears.


  • Hey Lyndsay, I fancy myself a pretty good birth photographer who has viewed a lot of birth slideshows and let me just say this is one of the best ones I’ve seen. You did a wonderful job capturing all of the emotion, details, angles, etc. Just beautiful. What a gift you’ve given Michele. Blessings to you.

  • Mary V

    breathtaking!!! moved me to tears. both the pictures and your words!! incredible.

  • Incredibly beautiful.

  • that was spectacular – the slideshow brought me to tears. you did an amazing job lyndsay. you can come photograph my next birth!! ok – i’m totally lying – no way am i having another but it sure sounds good on paper. but after watching that video – kind of made me start to lactate. happy holidays!

  • lindsay, congratulations you dud a wonderful work with michelle. love the pictures and the video

  • wow! Lyndsay you pictures are just amazing.

  • Jesseka

    To say your work is unbelievable would be a complete understatement. Your talent is outstanding and Michele obviously picked the perfect person to capture her baby girl’s day. 🙂

  • Dana

    Lyndsay, I have been a follower of you for a long while now – back from the Knot/Nest – you’re daughter and mine are the same age – I was also on ILP – JSO/Biz…just wanted to say what an absolute GIFT you have given this family, to be able to remember the day of their daughter’s birth in such a beautiful way, with the emotion just POURING through your photographs. In my humble opinion, I really think your calling is birth photography, it is by far the most outstanding work I have seen of yours.
    I would love to ask you some questions regarding the logistics of making birth photography work (timing, hospital rules, etc) ….if you ever find yourself with some free minutes (I’m sure not often, if ever) I would love to ask you .. danamp3@yahoo.com. If not, no worries, I know minutes in each day are fleeting and are rightfully dedicated to your family and business.
    I do hope you realize the gift you have, and are able to give to others. Thank you for sharing this! – Dana

  • Wow, truely amazing!! Those images are touching and so amazing – the miracle of birth. Thank you for sharing them with us Michele & Lyndsay.

  • Cristina

    OMG!!! This wonderful slideshow has touched me so deeply, I am in tears from the emotions that your work has given me. You are an incredible artist!! I have just seen your work for the first time and I am overwhelmed!! You are an inspiration!

  • Fanny

    Dear Lyndsay
    My dad’s a professional photographer and I’m about to give birth for the 2nd time… I’d love to be able to watch the slideshow: The Birth of Amerlyn Grace, if it’s possible. When I click on the link the page cannot be found. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
    Fanny (France)