about birth photography
I loved birthing my children and saw those two days at the most empowering times of my life. I treasure the professional photographs taken during my son and daughter’s births because they allowed me to view the event in a way I was unable to during labor- the look on their father’s face when he saw his baby for the first time, the celebratory mood of the staff present, the overwhelming look of strength that appears on every birthing mother’s face. It’s all so beautiful, and I missed it all because I was busy birthing.
I think when people envision a photographer at their baby’s birth, they shy away, thinking only of photographs of a baby crowning. But labor can take many hours and the actual birth is only a small part of the story. Even in those beautiful few seconds, some of my favorite images are not of the baby coming out, but, as in my own photographs, of all the surrounding details that make up the larger story.
I do my best to tell this story as a witness to your day. I want to capture the smallest details, the passing of time, the strength and vulnerability, the emotion, the life change. I am quiet and respectful, compassionate and educated and ready to help in other ways as needed. I am here for my families, staying as long as desired so that first feedings, meetings, and sibling greetings might be captured.