I hired Melissa to photograph the birth of my daughter. She had a copy of my birth plan, and knew exactly what I was expecting the process to be, including what her role was.
Due to certain complications, the original plan had to be abandoned last minute, and I was not in any condition to consult with a photographer about it. I do not necessarily remember Melissa's presence during my labor, nor during the birth. She did not distract me or the medical staff in any way, but I know she was there because when my daughter was just a few days old, a preview of our photographs arrived.
Melissa photographed the pain and fear of my labor, the miracle of the delivery, and the overwhelming joy of holding my baby for the very firsr time. Every moment seemed to be captured in a natural, unique and artistic light. Somehow, I even look GOOD in some of the pictures (haha)
She did such a great job that I've actually hired her twice more to do newborn and family portraits.
She has a unique gift and more than anything I appreciated how unintrusively she