The love between a mother and child is one beyond words, but the strong bond built at birth can be beautifully captured on camera.
"It was a very emotional experience for me, because I knew that she was my last," said Chrystin Pflum, who hired Patricia Cannon to take pictures of her daughter Serenity.
"You know, my birthing experience with Serenity was a very peaceful one and a joyful one. I had my loved ones around me and we just hung out and had a good time really," she said.
What is poetry in pictures is less inviting through video. It's the reason some women fear photography at birth.
"There's some misconceptions. A lot of people think it's all about -- usually say, the blood, guts and gore of birth, but that's really not what it's about," Patricia says, "What it's really about is capturing those firsts. The first breath your baby takes, the first time mom and baby lock eyes, the first time dad meets his child, the first time mom and baby breast feed. It's those firsts and the emotions of it."
Emotions that are impossible to explain for Chrystin, but she says one particular photo says it all.
"It's a picture of me sitting in the tub and I was holding Serenity, and we're just eye-to-eye, and she's like, her body's in the water and she's just staring at me with these big bright blue eyes," Chrystin said.
For her, it epitomizes her love at first sight for her new daughter.
"It's something nice to be able to share with your child later on down the road of, here's the story of how you were brought into this world," she said.
It also gives dad a chance to just be dad during the birth.
"The dad is able to be in the pictures, and not trying to take the pictures, and help his wife," Patricia said. "He's able to be there in the moment and enjoy the birth of his child as well."
The growing demand has given birth to a new genre of photographers like Patricia, who specialize in birth photography.
"I really enjoy doing it, it is absolutely my happy," she said, with a smile.
However, it's also a lot of work, which includes being on call before the baby comes.
"I got there 20 minutes before that baby was born," she exclaimed.
It was just in time to capture the lasting images that tell the story of one of life's most precious moments.
"I love that I have those photos that I can look back on and you know, shed some tears of joy and just relive the moment," Chrystin said.
If you're looking for a birth photographer, it's important to remember that some hospitals do not allow them. You can find a list of photographers by clicking on this link: http://birthphotographers.com/find-a-birth-photographer/
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