Watch out, it's a long one...
I have been impatiently waiting for the moment that I get to share this project with everyone, and now that it is here I am a little bit nervous! It is a category of video that is brand new for me and the initial butterflies of sharing something so new are definitely there. BUT, the butterflies are also from excitement! :) One of my favorite things about this job is the opportunity to grow from the experiences that I am exposed to with each new project. This one definitely changed my life.
Last June, I shot Greg and Rachael's wedding. After their wedding Rachael surprised me with an email that started with "Ok, I know this is kind of a crazy idea, and I totally understand if you say no..." Her idea was for me to be present at their baby's birth and capture on film the uncontrollable emotions that they knew were bound to happen during the moments right after delivery, when she and Greg were to meet their first child.
I had never been around birth before, but I felt compelled to take the leap into this new territory. Being offered an opportunity to witness the inner workings of something that so many people go through, but that so little is openly shared about, felt exciting. None of us had any idea what we were doing. This was a first for all of us. Capturing as much as I could, being on call, and waking up in the middle of the night were all part of the excitement.
It was an adrenaline rush to be so close to such an unstoppable force, and I was in awe as Juliet was placed on her mother's chest for the first time. As Rachael and Greg cried from the intense love that they were immediately overcome with, I balled behind the camera from getting to watch their reactions as an outsider. It is something unexplainable to witness a life begin. I swear I could feel the energy in the room change as Juliet entered it. It was powerful.
I wanted to be very thoughtful with how to make a respectful and appropriate film to showcase this magnitude of emotion in a way that was engaging and relevant, but not overly graphic. My main goal is to not scare anyone off from watching it simply because it is a "birth video," because it is not a typical birth video. Like Rachael pitched it to me, it is a video about Meeting Juliet, not about birthing Juliet.
I am way way way beyond honored to have been welcomed into and trusted with such a personal event in these two's lives. Rachael and Greg are an exceptional team and the love that they showed for each other during this event was inspiring. I cherish the special friendship that we have developed from the unique and bonding circumstances that have brought us together. I still can't believe I was there when Juliet was born! That little girl definitely has a special place in my heart and I think we will have a bond that will last for life. I can't wait to watch her grow :)
Thank you Rachael and Greg, for your openness and trust in me. Thank you for broadening my understanding of love and my awe of life. Thank you for your willingness to share this video publicly and allow others a peak into this incredible event.