A Birth Story

This is a photo essay I shot more than 2 years ago but I wanted to share it because I’ve been missing my sister and nieces lately and looking at it again is inspiring me to shoot more, not to mention bringing back the emotions of that day.

When my sister went into labor in October 2009, I rushed down to Galveston, TX from Spring ( a 1 1/2 hour trip) on a Thursday night, around 8 p.m. Unfortunately, the next day was the most important day of the week at the newspaper I worked at; it was our production day and all my stories were due. It worked out though, I ended up finishing everything at the hospital on my laptop and e-mailing them to my editor with plenty of time before Elliot was born.

I did my best to capture the birth in a tasteful way (there’s limited blood and gore) but as realistically as possible.

— Holly D.

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