cason // birth documentary

I’ve been an active photographer for about 5 years now and have loved every minute of it.  I’m fortunate to say I have a successful business that allows me to to what I LOVE to do, and what I LOVE most about my job is working with the people I work with.  I love weddings, I love portraits, I love interacting with people and watching their emotions, and being part of those memories.  I find it rather corny to say that “I love capturing moments” . . . bleh, it just sounds soooo corny to me.  But, what I love most is just being a fly on the wall, a front row seat in the lives of others . . .

About 3 years ago, I came across a set of documentary images by a good friend of mine, Daniel Shaw, who captured an amazing documentary of his wife giving birth to their son.  Being the father, it was easy for him to be front and center, and the emotion and pure wonder of child birth was captured with striking imagery.  Since then I have always wanted to document an actual birth, and I finally mustered up the guts to do it.

My experience was a whirlwind of 20 hours that is still quite vivid in my memory.  They arrived 8pm the night before, and Cason was finally born around 2:15pm the next day. I got very little sleep, but, I didn’t mind.  I loved just being able to be there, in the same room as the family, and experience life’s most amazing and sacred events.  Maybe I didn’t sleep because I wanted to know what it might feel like to not sleep at all, to help me put myself in a father’s shoes moments before the birth of his first child.  In short, I walked away completely amazed at the miracle of life, and how amazing both Kelly and Roger are.  Thank you so much for letting me be part of something so special, I will never forget it!

Now, this is the first time I’ve created a slideshow for the blog, would love your thoughts and I’m sure the new mom & dad would love to hear your thoughts as well!


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11 Comments

  1. Jacque Williams
    July 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm ·

    I just cried. Like a child. I JUST had a baby, but we plan on having more. In four years or so…PLEASE be my home birth photographer. Lol I might have to put you on layaway till then.
    -Jacque Williams

  2. Josh Lamoreaux
    July 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm ·

    Spencer – did you shoot film for this? If not, it sure looks it! I really like film. Sometimes it’s just the better thing to use.

  3. Spencer
    July 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm ·

    Josh, I sure did! Good eye :)

  4. Katie Gaertner
    July 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm ·

    Beautiful. Just… beautiful.

  5. eevi grossarth
    July 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm ·

    Amazing job, Spencer. You sure have a wonderful gift of making special moments last forever!

  6. Lilianne
    July 29, 2010 at 11:26 am ·

    So, maybe this made me cry a lot. I couldn’t help myself!! Spencer – you are the man! The Bentley’s are so lucky to have such a wonderful piece of history that is so full of emotion, beauty, reality and so much more! WOW! I love this new twist on your work. So awesome!!

  7. July 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm ·

    wow, that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen..birth is the ultimate miracle..

  8. July 30, 2010 at 12:03 am ·

    WOW how beautiful to watch…everything was captured wow I cried.
    May God Bless your new Baby!!Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Sadie Ray
    August 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm ·

    Since I am due with a baby boy in two weeks, I have been hearing about this documentary from a few people. I finally checked it out and was blown away. Thank you for sharing and making me even more excited to give birth so soon.

  10. Jason W.
    August 16, 2010 at 12:39 am ·

    Wow.

  11. LaVonne
    August 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm ·

    I only have one word to say “Beautiful”

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