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    • Chris MacAskill

      So many questions. Why are almost all motorsports photographers men? Why are almost all newborn photographers women? Are there any photographers who don't feel out of their elements sometimes?

      Why do we see so many photos of babies who are a few days old in beautiful settings but not so many in the hospital soon after the birth?

      In any case, my assignment is always to live with my daughter for the birth week and capture the emotions. I'm a guy.

    • Chris MacAskill

      Anne and Scott never want to know the sex of their babies so they can be surprised in the delivery room. The moments after a birth are filled with incredible emotion: wonder, relief, elation, a powerful sense of purpose, love.

      How do you even capture it? Should you? Parents are exhausted. Baby is red and needs a bath. Ew. The light in a hospital makes everyone look bad. And yet they are some of the most dramatic and unforgettable moments a parent will ever live.

    • Anne and Scott want to remember those incredible moments. This is 15 minutes after somehow enduring a delivery with nothing to blunt the pain:

    • It's a girl. She has no idea what just happened and how the person hovering above her will make all the difference in her world. He is overwhelmed with emotion and determined to give her a great life.

    • I remember the overwhelming love between parents and the shared sense of awe for the road ahead.

    • What do the children think? The only thing they knew on the way to the hospital is dad must be joking about the name: Klem Kadiddlehopper Bean. Should they be jealous of the new competition for dad & mom's attention?

    • What does it mean to be a boy in this family, sandwiched between nothing but girls? Ugh?

      As photographer, should I have changed the settings so all faces are in focus?

    • Um, mom? Dad? That was fun for 5 minutes. Can we go to the water park? We're bored. What's for lunch?

    • Those are beautiful and natural. How can you go wrong if what you're capturing is the truth about human beings?

      Disillusioned hijack: as wonderful as your images are, I'm going to guess that nobody looks at them after a generation, perhaps two, has passed. My father's death -- and the mound of family photos and film reels that he left behind but which nobody wanted -- stick with me. I hope that in your family's case, it's different.

    • Congrats to Anne & Scott!

      Your photos are beautiful Chris! My favorite of the set is the last one with mom & new baby in focus, love your caption on this one too!

    • @wxwax, I am a fan of sticking them in a photobook...just the highlights of what life was like in the months prior to birth on up to when the kid's walking. Mostly, it's for mom 'n dad. But every now and then, it gets whipped out for the whole fam to reminisce over. The mountain of pics and vids taken really do get lost in ambivalence. It takes too much effort after-the-fact, to connect the dots between the images and the moments...who those faces are...where they are...what they were doing...why it matters. I'm not huge on scrap booking. But I do take the effort to distill things down once every year or so.

      The Google Photos & Smugmugs of the world....they're a *huge* help in making it easier to manage the mountain. At least some pieces are automatically catalogued from the Exif. The next generation isn't going to be stuck with a giant mess of film and photo paper. They'll be stuck with giant messes of ones and zeroes. Still annoying...but at least there are useful tools to sift through it all.

    • Awesome and intimate pics. My SO won't take a pic unless it is from her smartphone, and automatically catalogued in the cloud. So I get most of the photo-journalist and curating tasks in my house, whether the subject is motorsports, or sewing. :D

      Should you capture it? Heck yeah! :D We still get a chuckle out of the craziness surrounding our kids' births. We took a scooter ride to the hospital, and she had a 13 hour labor! Good times... :D

      These pics'll bring back awesome memories...guaranteed.

    • Michael B. Stuart (Stu Stu Studio)

      I think that while you are a guy here, you are also the grandpa. Family has carte blanche around newborns and share the same excitement, joy, and love as the parents.
      Having a photography come in from outside this circle involves a lot of trust. There is certain a bond all mothers who have gone through child birth men simply cannot tap into. I think this is why we end up with more female newborn photographers. My wife specializes in newborn and a big portion of the job is making the moms feel comfortable and confident. What women have to go through for the nine months plus the physical and mental exhaustion after delivery is mind boggling. Having a photographer that can reassure you of your beauty and parenting capabilities moving forward sounds much better coming from someone who has also been through it. Many moms have ended up in tears just talking about it.
      Does any of this mean a man can't or shouldn't do it? Not at all. But it takes a lot more than being skilled with the camera or posing.
      All that being said, congratulations on the new addition to the family and for having the freedom to be there and document such an important event!

    You've been invited!