Birth photographers capture baby's first moments

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Alissa Bray is with families for some of the most intimate moments of their lives.

The photographer, from Charlotte, takes portraits of newborn babies in her studio.   Those types of photos make up the majority of the work she does.

However, she can also be hired to be "on-call" to take photos in the delivery room while the little one is being born.

"There have been times I've left my own son's birthday party to capture the moment," Bray tells WBTV.

She is one of a few photographers in the Charlotte area who are happy to spend hours in the delivery room to capture baby's "birth day".

"I go when mom is five centimeters dilated.  We take pictures of the doctor putting on the gown and the gloves.  We show dad caressing her back and easing her pain.  Even if it is a pained look on her face, that is part of your baby's story," Bray said.

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Bray will not capture every moment.  She says she stays above the shoulders during the actual delivery. Doctors won't allow her to take pictures of those moments, anyway.

"I don't want to see that and mom doesn't want to see that," Bray laughs.

But she says her great joy is taking in every detail of the day through her lens and sharing with parents the moments they would normally never see.

To see one mom's baby birth day photos and to learn more about the rules in the delivery room when photographers like Alissa join families, watch the videos on this page.

To learn more about Alissa, click here.

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