Four weeks ago today, I had the opportunity to watch one of my best friends in the world become a mother. Alex & Jessica were admitted to the hospital on Monday night and began their induction on Tuesday morning. Everyone trickled in that morning with bags and cooler packed, ready to send their support from the waiting room. When I got there, Jessica was in good spirits and everyone was buzzing about the room with excitement. We set up the essential oils diffuser and settled in for the day.
I'll never forget the Sunday morning that Lauren called me to tell me she was pregnant. I knew she was supposed to take a test that morning, so I waited with anticipation, clutching my phone in my hand all morning. We had been suspicious for a few weeks, but it had been too early for her to take a test. As soon as the phone rang, I answered and knew from the moment I heard her voice that good news was soon to follow. This mama of two boys was soon going to be mama to a baby girl.
Today is the day! It's officially LAUNCH DAY! It feels surreal typing those words because it was only two short months ago that I was voicing this big dream to my best friend and wedding photography business partner, Rachel. It seemed far-fetched and out of reach, but with the support and encouragement from so many close friends this day has finally become a reality. My heart feels full as I turn this site over to you, sweet mama. My goal and purpose for creating this website and blog is to encourage and support you as you journey into motherhood. This is a time you've waited and prayed for, and my hope is to provide you with beautiful imagery that will inspire and ignite you to embrace your birth experience with strength and confidence.
Have you ever been confronted with a dream opportunity that seemed so far fetched, you weren't even sure it was a realistic dream? Shooting a home birth has been a dream of mine long before I ever knew I would be specializing in birth photography, so when Whitney approached me about shooting her intimate home birth I was THRILLED! Jon & Whitney were expecting their third baby and second daughter, Sarah Jane, who like her brother and sister would be born in the comfort of her own home.
Birth photography is a new(ish) specialty in the photography industry, and is quickly becoming a more sought after service. Two years ago when I was asked to shoot my first birth story, I hadn't seen or heard much about it at all, so doing research leading up to the due date presented it's own unique set of challenges. Most of the photography work I had done up to that point had been in controlled setting with posing instructions, and some documentary work on wedding days. With birth photography, I would say that 95-98% of what I do is documentary work. There is very minimal direction (if any at all) from me because all I want you to be focusing on is your labor and your delivery.