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The best thing about being a photographer

Without doubt the best thing about making your living as a photographer is the opportunities it gives you to witness things that might not otherwise be possible.

I have to confess that I am a nosey sod, so I find most things interesting, but I was thrilled to be invited by Ben and Cathrine to document the birth of their second child following some pregnancy studies I had made of Cathrine in December.

While I was present at (and to some extent, photographed) the births of my own three children,  I always felt too close to the event emotionally to do it any justice. In the case of Ben and Cathrine I was able to be an impartial observer, but it was still a magnificent experience. Here’s a taste of what I caught. Oh, and if you know of anyone else who’s expecting and would like to have it documented let them know that I am looking for more subjects as part of a larger project.

birth, labour, baby, water birth
A two image narrative of the birth of Espen
Birth, water birth, husband and wife, gas and air
Cathrine manages the pain of labour with the support of husband Ben and some gas and air
Birth, baby, umbilical cord, midwives, water birth
Espen weighed a considerable 10lb 1oz at birth


  1. Amy (DangRabbit)
    Amy (DangRabbit) February 12, 2011

    Hi Michael…
    I saw your link in comments over on Steve Huff’s site and wanted to check out your entry. It’s beautiful and inspiring; Well done both photographically and from a story-telling standpoint. What a magnificent experience to have this couple allow you to photograph them on a very emotionally-charged and intimate day.

  2. Sarah
    Sarah June 23, 2013

    Hi there, I was wondering if you are still doing birth photography? It is something I am interested in. Please email me, as I can’t find your details on this site to contact direct. Thanks.

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