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Birth Photography: Capturing A Precious Moment

Either way, inviting a photographer into the most intimate moment of your life is a weighty decision, but as photographer Deanna Gerlach discovers, a personal and professional beauty can come of such a moment in a very memorable and touching way.

“Tremendously exciting and terrifying all at once” is the way Deanna recalls her first birth shoot with new parents-to-be Rebecca and Nick. Deanna was erring on apprehensive about being invited into such an intensely personal moment between husband and wife. But, as she eased herself into the background of the birthing suite, she began to relax into the journey.

The experience was extra special for Deanna, saying ‘I had laboured in that very room with my second child and had a similar birthing experience to Rebecca with my first. The first few hours I was very much in the background. But as the journey wore on Rebecca and Nick invited me in more and more.”

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This touching video montage of baby Ford’s birth will take you on a visual journey where words fail, and raw emotion takes over. The giving of life, the sharing of unconditional love between a man and a woman and the sheer awe of the human body. We take you on a beautifully intense and uplifting experience through Deanna’s lens.

Song ‘Delete’ by DMAs 
Photography by Deanna Gerlach 
Thanks to Rebecca, Nick and baby Ford

Have you had a birth photographed? What are your views/experiences…tell us below.

Written by Yvette Le Grew

Yvette Le Grew is the former Online Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, former Head of Digital Content at Westfield & freelance fashion, travel, health & lifestyle writer for titles across the UK, Asia and Australia. Yvette now contributes 'at large' for


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