The moment I took the elevator to the 7th floor and walked into the pediatrics ward of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, with machines beeping and attending staff running around in blue or white hospital gowns checking monitors, clipboards, and nurses’ bulletins, I was overcome by a rush of feelings. Feelings that brought me back to my time in the hospital after having given birth. Those hours and days of staying in the little sterile hospital room as you learn about being a new parent. There is that joy, exhaustion, curiosity, and pure loving amazement of what just happened. You could just stare at this new teeny life for hours. If you’ve been there, you know where I’m coming from. If this is your future journey, you are in for the ride of your life!
It’s been years since I’ve done an in-hospital session. When Annie asked me to document her unborn baby at Kaiser, I was honored and elated, yet unsure how I would approach it. Annie likes pretty images, but she also likes unposed real moments. So I decided to shoot this session with an intent to create images that documented what it felt like at that moment, even including the beeping hospital machines and classic hospital swaddle. When they look at their images years from now, I want those images to transport them back to January 11, 2017 and relive that afternoon.