For Australian photographers River Bennett and Bel Pangburn, their studio is a birthing suite.
No matter what hour of the day a baby is born, the duo is right there to capture those first precious moments when people become parents.
In their collaborative photo series, The First Hello Project, they document the blood, sweat, and tears of giving birth, and the tender, loving calm that settles in when the new baby finally arrives.
They work together on The First Hello Project, photographing labour, birth, and the exhilaration of parents meeting their new additions.
'Together, Bel and I have had the privilege of documenting some of the most incredible moments of raw emotion in birthing suites and homes around the world,' she said.
'We had been sharing some fun stories over our bucket list moments that we as photographers had the opportunity to be a part of,' she said. 'I told Bel how I would love to shoot a birth one day and she told me she had captured her friend and sister's birth and how insane it was. It wasn't long after our conversation that I was approached by a couple to capture their birth journey on film.'
'We like to think of ourselves like a 'fly on the wall' - capturing humanity's story as it unfolds,' Bennett said. 'So capturing that requires your full attention, which can be challenging in the early hours of the morning.'
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