This mama has helped so many women through their pregnancies and postpartum, and now it's her turn to travel the journey of motherhood. I can hardly wait for this little babe to arrive… let's hope sooner rather than later.
I photographed this little guy when he was still just a baby bump. It was so lovely meeting him in his lovely nursery. Mama spent a lot of time nesting in this room.
There was so much love put into your room. Enjoy sleeping in this cozy little cabin.
I met Nancy only a couple weeks before her due date. I photographed her gorgeous maternity photos at Jericho Beach in Vancouver. Then we enjoyed a Starbucks together and discussed her birth plans. They didn't include 2 days of induction or a c-section, but I always say the only thing you can predict about birth is "the unpredictable."
Her birth story may not have gone as planned but she rolled with the punches and bravely listened to her baby and body the entire time. Her partner and her worked together seamlessly. She was well supported and made it to 9.5 cm before meeting her baby boy via caesarean. I had the good fortune of being invited into the OR to capture the c-section. Here is Hunter's birth story...
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Feeding your baby is one of the most incredible things a mother can do for her child. Whether you feed your baby with a bottle or from you breast, you hold them in your arms, look down into their sweet eyes and build a bond. Then they grow and your feeding relationship grows. They start pinching your skin, pulling your hair, and playing with your jewelry while they eat. Feeding your baby is a time where the day (or night) stops, and nothing else matters but the relationship the 2 of you have.
This mom wanted to freeze some of her favourite memories with her babe by capturing them breastfeeding. It was lovely, fun and so so special to photograph.
I've officially been photographing births for 5 amazing years. I happened upon this career by chance and wanted to share a bit of my journey with you all. After I graduated from university (with a degree in political science) my husband and I moved down to San Francisco so he could leave teaching and go back to school to become a chiropractor. While we lived there, I pursued many hobbies, one of which was photography. When I became a doula there in 2009, naturally I brought my camera to births. After photographing my first birth, I came home, downloaded the photos and started crying looking through the photos. I knew these photos would help that mother process her birth event and I knew I wanted to focus on birth photography from that point on.
I photographed 4 births my first year (2009) before moving back to Abbotsford, BC. I started a website in 2010 and called myself a birth photographer (a what?!?!) There weren't many of us at that time (literally a handful of websites would pop up on Google.) I started scraping for clients in my home town which was harder than I thought it would be. Finally 1 friend took a leap and said yes, and from then on things have slowly built to the business of my dreams in 2014.
Now I'm proud to say I'm a professional birth photographer and I also co-run Canadian Birth Photographers. I have captured nearly 70 births and look forward to witnessing every new baby take that first breath. I was looking back at some of those first births I photographed in San Francisco and thought I would show you my journey. Photographing births is hard… tight quarters, fast moving events, low light and crowded rooms. I improve my skills with every birth I shoot. I've always been proud of my photos; I was proud of them at the time, and now I'm even more proud. I've come so far and I look forward to where the next 5 years will take me.
Thanks to my friend Vicki who encouraged me to add maternity and newborn photography to my business in 2011. Her son was my first newborn model.
I love doing silhouette maternity sessions. It's a super quick little shoot and these shots always look great hanging in a nursery. There's something beautiful and feminine about a simple silhouette. I've never blogged any of these photos because I only take 5 photos in a silhouette session, but I wanted to collect some different silhouettes and finally share some of these beautiful photos. For silhouette session pricing, check here.