I wasn't in a position to photograph anything too disturbing. He was cleaned up before the first image, which I think was after I cut the umbilical cord. We love those photos. They show that he had a personality from the moment he was born.

Since the maternity ward was too busy that night for my wife to get a private room, I couldn't spend the night there, so I went home and souped the film, scanned it when I woke up, and e-mailed images to the family before returning to the hospital in the morning.

I shot Tri-X pushed one stop with a fast lens, no flash, incidentally, and was surprised to see the photographer in the article using flash, even bounced. I think it's a myth that it could be harmful to the infant, but who wants the annoyance in such a situation? There's plenty of light in a delivery room.