The first question most people ask is "why?"
Birth is the most significant moment of a woman’s life. Far more powerful and life-changing than her wedding day. But most of the time there is no record of this amazing day except some formal hospital notes and some dim and very distant memories.
a birth story is not about what's happening down "the business end"
I'm not there to get a photo of baby crowning - unless that's what you want! No, instead I want to capture your empowering journey through labour and your experience of meeting your baby for the first time. These unique moments are full of raw emotion - sometimes good, sometimes bad - but always deeply significant for you and your partner.
all the photos I take are about the memories attached to them
Many women are also so overwhelmed with raw emotion and sensory overload during birth that they don't remember the order of events and missed many of the details. Many client cry tears of joy when they see their birth photos because of the positive memories they bring. I don't want to influence your story in any way, so I capture your birth story sensitively, without any distractions to you during your labour.
the first photo only comes once
When people are showing off photos of their new baby it's often a shaky photo from their iPhone. Years later they will say it's their most treasured picture because of the memories it conjures up. The first photo is more important than you realise right now.
birth photography captures a new story for you and your partner
This is a new phase in your life. I myself have had one normal vaginal delivery and one a cesarean-section, and even though things didn't go quite to plan with either birth I have strong memories of the intense bond between me and my partner during each birth. He supported me and was overwhelmed by emotion. Before having children we thought we knew each other intensely but birth for me, was a journey beyond that. When I had my son, birth photography was only just emerging so I didn't have a photographer, but I set my husband to work with my camera and those few images are some of the most profound for me.