To watch a woman become a mother, to see her strength as she brings forth life, to view those who love her surround her with support and care, to witness a child take its first breath and squint under the lights of earth, to see a father cradle his tiny one, is truly priceless. These precious moments are the true definition of once-in-a-lifetime. It is my heart’s desire to make beautiful, powerful images that tell the story of your birth experience. Read more about my philosophy and approach to birth photography below.
We refer to many of our life experiences as once-in-a-lifetime, yet nothing meets this definition more than the day of your child’s birth. Your partner’s hand holding yours, your baby’s first breath, the joy and relief hearing their first cry, the instant they are placed into your arms, their wrinkles and squinty eyes adjusting to new light. These are the memories you cannot get back. These are intimate and priceless moments that deserve to be documented by a professional. My goal is to apply all my learning and ability to the ever changing environment of birth and make images you will love for years to come.
For nine months he has walked this journey with you, rubbing your back, picking out names, dreaming big dreams for your little one and even sometimes, talking you down from a ledge of hormones and fear. He anticipated supporting you, cutting the cord, hearing his child cry, holding a tiny life in his big arms. Dads deserve to be celebrated, not forgotten, a valuable main character in the story, your rock and your baby’s hero.
Birthing a baby is often the most significant journey in a woman’s life. She is in the moment, the pain, the anticipation, the work that will result in the greatest gift in life. Yet, she is rarely alone. From her mother, to mother-in-law, sister, friends, doulas, and mid-wives, her team surrounds her with love and light as she brings forth life. They deserve to be celebrated and documented, freed from holding a camera to be fully present for her.
The arrival of a new little life has ripple effects beyond the parents whose arms now hold them. Older children anticipate their new roles as siblings, grandparents wonder as their baby has a baby of their own, aunties and uncles dote over a new niece or nephew. Joy fills the air and hearts of so many. Dads, grandmas, uncles, aunties, siblings, cousins are all born in this moment as well. They are a forever part of the story, documented from day one.
Tiny toes, wrinkles, squinty eyes, hair stuck to their forehead, arms and legs curled up tight in this new open space, fingers gripping, lips latching. These are the details we delight in when a new baby arrives. Parents pour over every inch of their baby, grandparents oh and awe over eye shape and hair color, nine months of anticipation and speculation over. Yet, these details so often are fleeting and quickly change. Documenting them allows for delight in these quickly fading details for years to come.
Whether scheduled or a last minute change of plans, a surgical birth brings your long awaited love into your arms. Your story is still priceless and worthy of being told. Documenting a c-section birth may even help tell some of the missing details you cannot see or remember. As with any birth story there are plenty of beautiful moments to be cherished that are unique to you.
While we all pray for a healthy baby the reality is that some little ones need extra care and attention once they are earth side. NICU babies and families are some of the strongest I know and documenting them is a true privilege. While it is not always the story we wish for, one day you will look back and the images and see just how far you have all come.
Birth is Beautiful! I could pour over birth images for hours and see the raw beauty of a woman in the midst of birth. Yet often birth is her most vulnerable and least modest moment. Some women are empowered by this, others more timid. Some want their stories shared for the world to see, others cannot image them being seen by anyone except themselves and their partner. Both choices are beautiful because it is your choice and your story. I strive to tell it with grace, dignity and respect. You are inviting me into this moment and the magnitude of it is never far from my mind. I strive to respect your wishes for modesty and privacy. We will talk in length about what type of images you want of yourself and your story. You will be given all images in a password protected gallery and they will never be shared online or in print without your consent.
Your body, your birth, your story, told through my art, a truly wonderful partnership.