Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Australia has recently caused an outrage among birth photographers. This week, the hospital has formalized its decision that no professional photographers can be present during the process of birth. The decision was met with great disapproval and even led to an online petition to change the hospital’s policy.
Among hundreds of photos I scroll through every day, it doesn’t happen often that one image captures all my attention and sends shivers down my spine. But a powerful photo of Wellington-based photographer Sarah Simmons managed to do it.
She captured the twins’ connection, the celebration of life a heart-wrenching grief in a single photo. And this is the image that won Portrait Masters contest among 7,000 other entries.
What if you could be anything you ever dreamed of. Actually, what if you could do it in your sleep. Photographer Laura Izumikawa is doing just this for her baby girl Joey, and the best thing is… when she gets older she’ll be able to look back on so many adventures.
The concept is very easy, when Joey’s asleep, her photographer mom, Laura, dresses her up as if she is in a wild adventure. Then she takes a photo. Those photos are posted to Laura’s Instagram account for the world to enjoy. And enjoy they shall. Or at least give a big smile.
Ever since she started the account it grew to have over 306,000 followers and rapidly growing with recent exposure from Huffington Post and other media outlets.
When Sandi Ford began photographing newborn babies she noticed that they would occasionally let out a huge grin. Having learned to recognize the little signs that an “infectious and heart melting” is on its way, she now knows when to be ready with the camera to capture the prized moment.
Sandi says some babies are more smiley than others, and while some people pass these grins off as “just a bit of wind”, she can tell that’s not always the case.
I won’t say this wonderful series will make you want to run out and get a baby (though it might), but it will definitely make you miss the days when you could just lay back, relax and not worry about a thing other than passing wind.