Jaydene: The Birth Photographer
I discovered my passion for photographing women in labour when I became a doula in 2009 and started taking photos of my clients. One client asked me to take photos throughout her labour, and after I left her birth I went home and sat on my bed downloading the pictures and crying my eyes out after realizing I was able to capture one of the most beautiful events in the world.
I had never heard of a 'birth photographer' but I knew I wanted to be one. I was one of very few women across North America photographing births and despite people's first reactions to the thought of birth photography, I knew women would come to understand the power within their birth stories.
Birth is a journey that can take many paths. Some paths may be planned, some may take unwanted turns. The journey can include laughter, tears, frustration, joy, hard work, bonding, boredom and relief. During labour, a woman pushes herself further than she ever thought possible and gets the biggest reward of her life! I am behind a lens so that those involved in the birth and supporting the mother can focus on being involved in the birth. I am honoured to photograph every birth and in return I honour the beauty of the woman and the process by capturing the emotions and joy of the occasion.
Jaydene: The Doula
As a doula, I strive to support women and their partners in their journey to birth and parenthood. I want people to feel comfortable with the idea of labour and delivery and want them to feel comfortable during labour and delivery. Even when I'm not hired as a doula, I will always assist women during birth and help them experience the best labour and birth experience possible.
Jaydene: The Mother
I am a busy mother of 3. If i'm not running off to a birth, or editing photos into the late night hours, I'm taking pictures of my own kids, making new prints and canvases for our house, searching for snails in my backyard, cleaning up play dough, or in my kitchen making snacks, cleaning up snacks or putting away snacks. I love to be busy!