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birth

September 17, 2019

birth, personal

One of the most common reactions when I tell people that I’m a birth photographer goes something like this: “WHY would you want to take pictures of THAT?” Implied, of course, is that THAT is gross/private/not pretty/not worthy of being remembered. Too often we think that the only pictures worth taking are the carefully crafted […]

why would you take a picture of THAT?!

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September 10, 2019

birth, washington dc birth photography

When Erika first contacted me last December, she wrote the following: “I’ve been terrified of child birth long before I even wanted children. Your photographs and videos are the first thing I’ve ever seen/heard that have made me not only not horrified, but actually EXCITED! Like, I might get to be one of those amazing, […]

andrea sarasin :: a birth story

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September 10, 2019

birth, personal

Birth is beautiful, even when it is not pretty. And giving birth to Ivy wasn’t pretty. It has been just over 4 months since she was born, and I still haven’t completely processed or come to terms with how things went down. It wasn’t a traumatic birth, but it was hard. So, so hard. I had […]

the birth of ivy simone :: personal

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July 3, 2018

birth

“Every midwife knows that not until a mother’s womb softens from the pain of labor will a way unfold and the infant find that opening to be born.  Oh friend! There is treasure in your heart, it is heavy with child. Listen. All the awakened ones, like trusted midwives are saying, ‘welcome this pain. It […]

the birth story of valentina lavender

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May 16, 2018

birth, films

The story of Malachi Cael began a few months before he made his arrival, with the wedding of his mom and dad, Jessica and Eric. I was so privileged to photograph their wedding (Yes! Occasionally I shoot weddings as well!) on a lovely little farm in the Virginia countryside. We met up again about a […]

the birth story of Malachi Cael

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July 21, 2017

birth, films

I can sum up all I have to say about Alexander’s birth in one word: epic. This was a birth that began on a Monday evening and ended on Sunday night (yes, SIX days later.) This was an induction that included two rounds of Cervidil, cytotec, pitocin, Foley bulb, a break to go home and […]

alexander xabi : a birth story film

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May 23, 2017

birth, films

At long last, I am so happy to be able to share this birth film tonight. This was my longest birth to date (I was there for nearly 36 hours) but also one of my favorites.   This amazing mama waited long and worked hard for her baby. After many days of prodromal labor, a […]

sana : a birth story

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home birth photography

March 1, 2017

birth

This birth story is a very special one for me, mostly because of the people involved! I’ve been friends with both Scott and Irene for more than 15 years, since we were all in college – before they were married, before they were even a couple! I watched them get together, get married, start their […]

the birth story of saoirse maeve :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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November 13, 2015

birth

One of my favorite parts of being 3 years into my career as a birth photographer is that many of my clients from the first year of my business are starting to have more babies. There is no greater compliment than being asked to photograph the birth of a second child, and after sharing these […]

the birth of vida cassandra :: washington hospital center :: washington dc birth photography

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September 16, 2015

birth

Braden’s mama Keri contacted me just a few weeks prior to her due date and in our brief meeting before his birth, I learned that she was a woman who goes for what she wants. She wasn’t afraid to switch from a hospital birth to a birth center birth at the last minute, she wasn’t […]

the birth of braden daniel :: northern virginia birth photographer

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February 1, 2015

birth

A woman becoming mother…it amazes me. Undoes me. Splits me into a million pieces and makes me whole. There’s nothing like it, and I swear I am one of the luckiest people on earth to be able to witness it again and again and again. When my friend and fellow birth photographer Meghan contacted me when […]

the birth of theodore william :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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December 22, 2014

birth

Very little could have pulled me out of maternity leave just 2 months after Fiona was born, but photographing the birth of a dear repeat client from last year was certainly one of them. I photographed Julie’s first birth 14 months ago. In the 22 hours I was there for that hard-fought victory, Julie became […]

the birth of austen elise :: maryland birth photographer

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July 21, 2014

birth

When Clarissa first contacted me about photographing her birth, I told her that I would be out of town from June 28-July 5 – her due date was June 26 so obviously there was a good chance the baby would be born while I was gone. She decided to take the risk, and I carefully […]

the birth of elena augusta :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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home birth photography

June 18, 2014

birth

This birth holds a special place in my heart. It was the 20th birth I photographed, but even more importantly, it was my first repeat client. Karen was my second portfolio client back in 2012. Her first birth was a planned home birth turned hospital transfer after 24 hours of hard labor with not a […]

the birth of junah jack :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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March 27, 2014

birth

Four and a half years ago, I got a phone call early one Saturday morning from my longtime friend Stephanie. She was in labor – in New York City – and I was home in Virginia, preparing to teach a long day of violin lessons followed by our end-of-year violin recital. I would never wish […]

the birth of matthew rhodes :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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January 2, 2014

birth

I’m so excited to start the new year with this tender newborn session. If you happened to see their maternity photos or watch their birth story, you know that little Maggie May was welcomed into an adoring family. There were lots of hugs and kisses and grins a mile wide to capture at this session. […]

welcoming magnolia may :: northern virginia lifestyle newborn photographer

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December 26, 2013

birth

As Austin and I sat in my living room talking about birth, babies, homeschooling, and all kinds of other subjects, I felt an instant connection. I was so excited to capture what was going to be Austin’s fourth home birth. For Austin and her family, this birth is a story of surrender. When things don’t […]

the birth of maggie amanda :: northern virginia birth photographer

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northern virginia home birth photography

November 26, 2013

birth

I am struggling to find words to describe the incredibly beautiful home birth I was privileged to witness this past Friday evening. In my 15 months as a birth photographer, I have seen the highs and the lows. I have seen births that were beautiful and “easy,” and births that were hard and did not […]

the birth of magnolia may :: northern virginia home birth photographer

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northern virginia home birth photography