Why birth photography? Most people hire a photographer for their wedding day. It’s a beautiful, momentous occasion that marks one of the biggest days of your life. I think giving birth is just as important an event!
Birth photography documents the excitement, the anticipation, and the tender exchanges between you and your partner during labor. It documents that precious moment when you meet and snuggle your baby for the first time. It documents all the exciting moments following the birth, too… finding out the gender, the size, and don’t forget meeting the rest of the family (especially any big brother and sisters)!
What precious moments that so often are missed because there’s just not enough hands. I want to capture these moments for you. They cannot be recreated and they should be celebrated and remembered forever!
Lifestyle Newborn Photography
There’s nothing as sweet as a newborn baby. And nothing changes as quickly as as a newborn baby! In your lifestyle newborn session we’ll capture the thrill of adding a new member to your family, all from a fly on the wall perspective. The goal is to create a little peek into your baby moon period, which is so fleeting and magical. So there will be lots of baby snuggles with Mom and Dad, sibling love, and close ups of all those precious little parts! Many moms also request some breastfeeding shots, as breastfeeding photography is near and dear to my heart. My goal is to give you images that will help you remember those early weeks with joy and fondness, as they tend to be forgotten in the whirlwind of feeding, changing and just trying to stay awake! Your Lifestyle Newborn session will take place in your home between 3 and 10 days old.
What’s to miss about being pregnant? The flutters of activity inside your belly, the excuse to have a second piece of cheesecake, and that incredible hair and glow, that’s what! A maternity session can help you preserve those memories (the incredible hair and glow part, at least)! You may prefer to be outdoors in a long flowing dress at sunset. Or to curl up on the sofa, barefooted and in jeans. Some mamas ask me to come photograph their Mother’s Blessings (otherwise know as Blessingways). Henna on the belly is a popular tradition at a Mother’s Blessing (otherwise known as a Blessingway), and also a beautiful way to showcase your baby bump. Whatever your style, I want you to feel radiant and beautiful, so we will discuss the best location to reveal that. Maternity sessions typically take place around 36 weeks.
Breastfeeding photography is something near and dear to my heart. I breastfed 4 babies and had a difficult start with each one of them. So for me, breastfeeding was a journey paved with anxiety. I avoided public breastfeeding at all costs. Not only was I self conscious about my body, but I was afraid of what people would think about me baring my chest in public. My last baby was breastfed until she was 18 months old and I can count on 2 hands the number of times I breastfed her in public. While I am incredibly proud of how long she nursed for, I am very disappointed that it was not something others really felt like celebrating with me. I really wish I could go back in time and tell myself to not be ashamed. I wish I had taken more pictures of us nursing, because I miss that bond tremendously. I began photographing breastfeeding mamas in honor of World Breastfeeding Week in 2012 and was so delighted with how many were willing and eager to participate that I launched a project to normalize breastfeeding in public in 2013. I also capture some very natural and beautiful, yet private, breastfeeding moments during my lifestyle newborn sessions. But the public breastfeeding images are captured from a truly documentary standpoint, and have had the most impact on my audience. I am inspired by the women I have photographed, both in the comfort of their homes and out in public. It is both an honor to help normalize breastfeeding via my art and help break down misconceptions about breastfeeding in public via my project.