The night before Halloween my client welcomed her second baby into the world at 42 weeks and 3 days. She birthed her baby surrounded by her family. What a wonderful way to be brought into the world. When I arrived things seemed pretty calm. S. was in the ensuite bathroom listening to her hypnobabies tracks while her husband sat close by supporting her with each wave. Her friends were in the kitchen making spaghetti and looking after their daughter. But then it moved into her hips…. The purse was her daughters camera. She was ready for the action. 🙂 That moment of disbelief that things were really happening. A few moments later it was clear S. was not getting out of the tub. And just like that she birthed her baby’s head into her hands. No one had a chance to catch. S. reached down and pulled the baby up to her chest. Yes there was 8 of us in the ensuite bathroom…. ha ha Big sister coming in to check out her new baby. The family snuggle. I love midwives. Their friend carved a special knife to cut their babies cord. It worked really well. I was impressed. What a beautiful thing. […]
One of the most common questions I get asked is what is in my camera bag? I know a lot of people think it is my magical camera and lens combo that creates the beautiful images you see on my website. I wish that were true, but it is not. I have been working on my craft as a birth photographer for over 5 years where I have attended over 250 births. I also completed an intensive two-year full-time Professional Photography course at Langara College. I have never stopped learning. I never feel I have reached my fullest potential and that is why I love my job so much. There is always more to learn. Calling yourself a professional birth photographer means you will be working in low light, fast moving, challenging environments, and you should have the professional gear to help yourself achieve the results you and your clients are hoping and expecting. So yes, professional equipment is essential to be a professional birth photographer but you will also need to learn the craft of photography. So with that, here is what I carry with me to births. What camera bag do I have? I have a Manfrotto […]
Have you photographed your friends birth and now you are hooked? Have you been photographing births for awhile and you feel like your images are not as high quality as you would like? Are you always looking at your favourite birth photographer’s page and wondering how did they do that? Finding a birth photography mentor sounds like something you should look into. How do you find the right person? Ask yourself the following questions to help find the perfect birth photography mentor for you. 1. Figure out who is your favorite birth photographer. Birth photography has exploded over the last five years. Now you can find all kinds of birth photographers from all over the world! Make a list of birth photographers that you love. Follow their social media pages and blogs for awhile. See if you like their content and their message. If you are not enjoying what they are putting out to the world then you might want to reconsider if they are the right photographer to work with. 2. Figure out what you want to learn. Do you want to learn about editing, equipment, running your business, getting clients, editing video? Make sure your […]
“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” ~ Laura Stavoe Harm When you feel the waves of contractions days and weeks before your baby comes, it can be confusing. How do you know when it is really time? Most of my clients know when it switches, they usually call me and say OK this is it, it feels different. After getting the THIS IS IT call. I arrived in the evening, set up the pool, and sent these two off to bed. They laboured together snuggled beside each other until it became too intense and they decided to make their way into the living room. Right after this moment my client told me she was in transition: Honestly I didn’t really believe her… well because look at her she is dressed, upright and pretty engaged. Not the picture we imagine of a women in transition. We decided to call the midwife so she could get a dose of antibiotics in before her baby arrived. The antibiotics were hung, then suddenly my clients waters broke and the head was right there. It was the most calm, surreal birth experience […]
Last week I got to attend this very special birth, my doula sister birthed her first baby into her hands just as the sun was about to set. Welcome to the world sweet girl. Ready to push her baby out….
My client had a fast and furious second birth this past week. I will be honest when I walked into the room and saw her in this gorgeous dress I was hoping the baby would be born while she was wearing it, that would make for some pretty beautiful pictures. Instead she got up to Room 13, climbed into the tub and rocked her 11lbs 8oz baby girl down into her into her hands. She climbed out of the tub and birthed her baby in under 30 minutes of mother lead pushing. After her baby was out she repeated “I did it, I did it” over and over again for a good 10 minutes. It was beautiful to witness the power of birth and believing that your body can do it! T. has shared with us why she is sharing her images and story publically. I think it is a really important message that is told best by a woman who makes and births large babies. Thank you T. and D. for sharing your story and inspiring others! Our bodies are pretty smart. “I wanted to share these pictures because I hope to inspire other women that birthing large babies vaginally and without pain medication is possible. […]
#Liberated + #Confidence These are words that describe Kim Kardashian West when she posts images of her beautiful body on Facebook. Her sexy naked body images have close to a half a MILLION likes. Trust me with that much traffic these images are getting reported but somehow they are still up. Even though the following image is directly against Facebook’s nudity rules “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.” Facebook keeps these images coming into news feeds because sexulizing women is important for our society to keep on oppressing women. Source: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KimKardashian I wish my clients and other women could feel #Liberated and have #Confidence with their unsexual birth images. I keep thinking the world has changed and we are no longer shoving “women’s issues” behind closed doors. But then I wake up to find a message from FB saying that I have been banned for 30 days and my business page, with 22,000 followers that I worked really hard to acquire, is going to be unpublished because I posted an educational image of a baby being born. This image did not show “full buttocks” and definitely did not contain “sexual content.” The image that they removed showed a powerful […]
The love in this birth movie is so powerful you might find yourself drenched with tears. Grab yourself a tissue, get cozy and watch as my friend births her third baby in her living room surrounded by her amazing family. Want to see more images from this birth? Here is the blog post with just images. If you want to see another home birth video click here. Both of Moshe’s parents wrote their birth story and have offered to share it with you. Here is the written account from both of their perspectives. Enjoy! Papa’s Birth Story of Moshe Audio Alan McCourty Born 6:05am, November 24, 2015 The 23rd was a Monday. I had the day off. I had already been off for a few days. It was nice to be at home to help make sure everything was just the way we wanted it to be. There was a lot of planning and preparation leading up to the highly anticipated birth. Mama had been beyond physically ready to have the baby come join us, and get it the heck out of her body! It had been a very challenging pregnancy. There was of course, a lot of feelings sitting with Mama […]
E. & R.’s Home Birth Story E: I woke up in the middle of the night on Wednesday with contractions about 10 mins apart. I tried to get some sleep and by morning they were irregular so I decided to try and get some rest on Thursday since I had a feeling this was the real deal. I went for a walk later in the afternoon and things picked right back up. R: It was a normal Thursday for me. I went to work without knowing that E. was in labor and today would be the day that changed our lives. I came home with Ramen noodles for dinner around 7pm. E: We called our doula, Jessica, and she came to check on us around 9pm and said she’d likely be back in an hour or so because things were starting. We called her back around11:30pm as I was starting to feel them really intensely and was struggling a bit. She brought her TENS machine which was amazing and she showed R. some ways to help me through the contractions. R: When I called Jess to come back at 11:30 this was the point I knew labour was getting real. Thank […]
There is something very special with raising your family in the house you grew up in. Now imagine birthing your baby in the very same house. I felt so honoured to get to attend this beautiful birth in this wonderful old home with lots of history to it with the amazing team of midwives from Birth and Beyond. Patience. I think they see something. 🙂 About 20 minutes after the birth one of the midwives did a cord unwinding for the baby, to realign the baby from it’s birth Journey. It was so interesting watching the baby flip its body through the water. This all happened with the baby still attached to the mom. Welcome to the world little one. If you want to read another awesome home birth story, click here. A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.
Sometimes first births go really fast. This was my first birth of 2016, it sure started the year off with a bang! I joined my clients at home, within an hour I could tell it was changing fast. Their midwife came over to check to see if it was time to go to the hospital and sure enough it was. We made it just in time! This is their story in images… He is out! Taking the natural birth an extra step. 🙂 If you want to read another awesome birth story, click here. A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.
There is nothing more surprising than needing an induction, especially when you are expecting a 2016 baby. Instead they had their son just in time for Christmas, in 2015. After a night of magical hospital medication the contractions started and the team came together. After just 2.5 hours of pressure waves little baby B was born crying, he was making noises before he was fully born! This is the story of his birth and his introduction to some of the sweetest big brothers I have ever met! Right into his mama’s arms. Hello Almost 7 lbs, not bad for 4 weeks early! Welcome to the world little man. If you want to read another awesome birth story, click here. A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.
We made it to the hospital just as things started to progress really fast. The birth room was not ready so we had to make due in the assessment room. We thought for a little bit that the baby might come in assessment. Luckily we made it to the room just in time for this sweet little guy to be born into his dad’s hands. The newborn assessment is mostly done with baby snuggled up with mom. Welcome to the world little man.
One of my best friends met her dream man, they fell in love and made a baby. I was so honoured to get to attend their home birth as their doula and birth photographer. Watching the love between these two was so beautiful. I. was smiling through each intense wave, while giving love their two other kids. It was truly a magical. Teaching his son how to be an amazing birth partner. I had to add this one in because I think it is super funny. I am not sure what they were discussing but it seems important. I was filming the birth instead of photographing it, which was a big challenge for me not to have crisp birth images. I took stills from the video, that’s why the colour is weird. If you want to read another awesome home birth story, click here. A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.