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What brought me to Birth Photography

I often wonder what events in my life shaped me into who I am today. Kind of along the lines of the movie “It’s a wonderful life.” (If you haven’t seen that movie, watch it!)

I found some birth pictures from when my little brothers was born that I took when I was about seven and nine years old. I remember being so excited about the whole process I used a whole roll of film when one of my brothers was crowning because I didn’t want to miss anything!

Photographing my brother’s births was one of the keys to leading me to where I am today. Another influence was my mom being a midwife. My little brothers were just babies when my mom worked as a midwife and they were still nursing so I would go to births with my mom. I would watch my brothers while my mom attended the birth. These are faint memories but I remember feeling special that I could be part of such an amazing event in someones life! The midwifes would be busy going in and out and I could hear the mom in labour. I loved being in that atmosphere!

The last piece that drew me to birth photography is, while I was attending photography school I did an assignment about the Birth Centre in Calgary. I thought about how neat it would be to photograph a birth. My sister was pregnant at the time and let me photograph hers. I was in awe at how beautifully strong my sister was and I knew I needed to photograph more births.

These few events are what have taken me to this point in my life. I love birth photography so much!

 

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Zoey- Calgary Birth Photography

What an amazing birth! Emily is my sister and births like a champ! The nurses didn’t believe she was in labour when she got to the hospital because she was so calm and took everything so well. She was even laughing and having fun an hour or two before Zoey was born. This was such a special birth to be at as I watched my third niece be born.

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Taylor and Ric- Calgary Engagement Photographer

My little sister got engaged last year and their engagement shoot was to die for! The location was stunning! I could have shot there all night! Taylor and Ric were so fun to photograph. Wedding pictures to come. =)

 

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Audrey- Calgary Birth Photography

The plan for this birth was to have a VBAC but after some complications it was decided to go for a cesarean. I never would have thought I would be allowed into the O.R. (especially under the circumstances) but my mom works in labour and delivery and pulled a few strings (asked) and I was allowed in. I’m so glad! It was so important to this couple to have their daughters birth photographed and even though it wasn’t the way they wanted it to be it was still so beautiful! Rebeca really pushed for a gentle cesarean which means the mom gets to do skin to skin a few minutes after the baby is born. Even though some things might have been out of her control she really pushed for that and got it!

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