As the baby was crowning, Megan Mattiuzzo was clicking away. This might sound like a normal scene for most birth photographers out there, but Mattiuzzo was up against an extra layer of difficulty: she was photographing her own delivery.
“I almost didn't take the photo because of a failed epidural. But I knew I would regret it if I didn't,” Mattiuzzo said of her resolve to document the birth of her son. “I told the doctors as I started to push to turn the room lights off and just keep the spotlights above the bed on, to make for a better photo.”
It's hard to imagine the grit required to even keep a firm hold on a Nikon D5 during such a moment, but it was the natural way for her to catch a first glimpse of her son Easton, Mattiuzzo explained.
“[My husband] then handed me my camera and as I curled my chin to my chest to push I balanced the bottom of the camera on my stomach looking through the viewfinder. I then captured the best moments of my life,” she recalled. “The first time I got to see my son... the first breath he took. It was the best day of my life, and I know I will always remember it. Photographs keep moments from ever being lost. I'm glad I captured my son's first moments!”
Mattiuzzo’s story is both beautiful and quirky in a way that perfectly personifies the obsessiveness and persistent pursuit that often comes with being a professional photographer. This takes the idea of using your children as test subjects to the next level.
For the parents out there: what is the wildest photo shoot your brood has had to endure?
All images used with permission of Megan Mattiuzzo.