Portland  Maternity  -  Birth -  Newborn  Photographer 

Beauty Seen. Valued. Understood.

 

I am having the life of synchronicity. If I can allow it to happen. 

I was given my first camera by my father. If this is my myth, he is the king in my story. I attended New England School of Photography to only feel to technically literate yet lost on how to proceed. 

After school I traveled to Africa I had known a nonprofit operating in Uganda since I was seven. My parents worked to set up a foundation to empower a specific community. The images of the women holding shovels, is a group building a literacy education space. The foundation supported with materials.  When I was pregnant I remembered the women there as these beings of strength. I took solace in the idea of them giving birth in the field and then walking over and going back to work. It helped me not take my pain so seriously.

I was traveling in Rome years later visiting a family friend and I saw these beautiful underwater birth photos. The women were in a large pool with light streaming from above. They were in these gracious body positions. My thought immediately was, I want that. 

When I found out I was pregnant I moved to Humboldt County in California. I wanted to live on a farm. I returned to the land which was a long way from what I knew. I grew up in Massachusetts with zero experience with cooking vegetables never mind growing them. I fell in love with the birds and the trees singing me awake. My biggest regret about this time was that I didn't take the photo of my pregnant self that I had visualized. 

I gave birth to my daughter in the water by the ocean. I had two midwives birthing me into who I am today.  What I learned during this time was that I was much more powerful than I thought I was. Supported by women I thrived. This feeling of complete and utter confidence leads me today. 

Afterward I moved to Portland. I wanted to be a part of the birth experience, it can serve so much more. I put two and two together. I wanted to photograph births. The beauty of women in pregnancy, in a state of vulnerability, made me excited to give them the proof of this truth. 

I love having women in the studio. We shine a lot on a sense of intimacy during a time when body shame and anxiety about the task at hand is in full view of the mind.  I have so much respect for women who choose to step into this light. 

What happens is quite lovely. She finds her body in a new way. A way that can be received as generosity. A refined elegance while being with child is possible. Sensuality can stay intact. Please take it with you into motherhood, cultural standards appreciate purity in mothers. 

Come and hold your creative side near and dear. Honor her to be a force to be reckoned with. Uncover the essence of your self in another way. Come with me.