Posts Categorized: Maternity and Birthing

Love at First Breath: Live Birthing Photos

I know what you must be thinking…who wants to see pictures of a woman giving birth? The blood, sweat, and tears of a woman looking her worst?

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Well, there’s a new trend sweeping the nation – thanks to Pinterest, Facebook, and other photo-sharing sites – that shows how beautiful the actual birth can be.

I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the most intimate moments of live birth; pictures that make women say, “I’m glad I captured that memory.”

Why consider live birth photography?

For many women, giving birth happens only a couple of times during our lives. During the birthing process, it’s hard to stay in the moment and remember the support you felt as your partner clutched your hand during every push and kissed your forehead, wishing he could take away your pain.

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Because of the pain, excitement, and drama of it all, it’s hard to recall the moment your child takes his or her first breath.

How I photograph a baby’s arrival

When I photograph a birth, I capture the images in black-and-white (see photo gallery at the end of this article). Black-and-white images give the viewer a different perspective. Instead of having a “photoshoot” feel, the viewer feels as if the photographer isn’t even present, which allows the viewer to focus on the beauty of the experience.

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My images don’t show blood or inappropriate body parts, just breath-taking moments – from pushing to pain to first breath; from love at first sight to cuddles, kisses, and tears of joy.

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It’s the most beautiful thing ever for me to witness these births from the lens of my camera, and then to give the photos to the mamma. She will always hold the memory of the wonderful day when she saw her precious child’s face for the first time.

Are you or someone you know expecting the gift of life? Would you like to remember the beauty of the experience?

Contact Angela to book your birthing photo shoot.

To see more maternity and family shoots, see Life Unexpected (blog post), Bumps are in Bloom (slideshow) or the Babies & Families page.

Life Unexpected

I have a strong passion for natural childbirth, having birthed both my girls naturally, with midwives and doulas for support through those amazing experiences.

My passion for natural birth grew when I was pregnant with my first daughter. During that time, I researched and studied what natural birth would take and why women would go this route.

After my first daughter was born, I read all the books on how to become a doula. What with raising young children, buying and remodeling a home, and being super busy with photography, I barely have time to write this blog post, noless become a doula. But’s it’s still a dream of mine.

I’ve had the amazing experience of being at friends’ natural home births and hospital births, as well as helping my sister birth both her girls naturally.

Jenn’s Natural Birth Adventure

My girlfriend, Jenn, gave me permission to blog about her experience, which really takes the cake and deepens my passion for natural birthing. (Although, after reading this story, some women might not want to have their babies this way.)

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Jenn is a dear friend who has been super-interested in how I birthed my girls. She got pregnant with her third child nine weeks after I did, and she asked for my support in trying the natural route this time.

She kept me posted every step of the way during the early stages of labor, and I gave her tips and assured her that what she was experiencing was completely normal.

In Labor

One Saturday in August, Jenn called and texted me about the extreme back labor she was having. I assured her that when it kicks in to real labor, she would know. That it did, but not until Sunday night.

Her husband had been offered a job and had left Sunday morning to go to Alaska. Knowing he would miss the birth, Jenn needed my support more than ever. I told her I would stay with her so she would have someone to drive her to hospital when the time came.

All day her contractions were not super-consistent, so I felt confident that she’d give birth during that night or early the next morning. I came prepared with my essential oils that I’d used myself, and had a very fast second labor: 1 hour, 15 minutes. I generously applied Clary Sage on her ankles and abdomen, and within in an hour she was clearing to the point of saying, “Get me to the hospital.”

Our plan had been that I would take some beautiful photos at the birth for Jenn and her husband to enjoy… this is a new trend (watch for my next blog post, where I’ll share birthing photos).

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We literally jumped into my car and raced to the hospital with my 6-week-old baby in tow, and my camera, ready to photograph the birth. I knew she would have her beautiful girl very soon after arriving at the hospital.

I just didn’t know HOW soon!

We pulled up to emergency entrance. I parked the car and got Jenn out. She said she couldn’t walk because she was having a contraction that very moment.

I ran inside to grab a wheelchair and assistance, which took less than a minute.

As I sprinted back through the sliding doors, I saw Jenn, standing next to my car, holding her baby.

I have never had such a heart-wrenching feeling of fright. “Oh my gosh; my friend delivered her own baby while standing next to my car!”

Thankfully, everything was great and Jenn was so happy to have achieved her goal of doing a birth natural (although I’m sure this scenario was not exactly what she had planned).

Obviously, I wasn’t able to take birthing photos, but here are some I took during Jenn’s pregnancy, the day after she gave birth, and one month later.

These two beauties are absolutely stunning! Wouldn’t you agree?

To see more maternity and family shoots, see Bumps are in Bloom (slideshow) or Babies & Families page.

Contact Angela to book your maternity or birthing photo shoot.


Bumps are in Bloom!!!!

Spring flowers aren’t the only thing blooming right now… It has been a busy season for baby bumps!

Maternity photos are a hot new trend for expecting moms. It’s all about accentuating and showing off your beautiful changing body in the most creative and fun way possible.

Celebrate and commemorate your bump

These photos are now being used for announcements with fun tag lines like “Ready to Pop!” while mom holds her belly and blows bubble gum.

Or having other children holding fun signs announcing that they will be a big brother or sister.

There is so much room for ideas and creativity. Whether you use these photos as an announcement, an invitation, or placed in a decorative frame, they become a beautiful memory for you and your family.

Your other children will love looking back on these as they get older! I only wish I had photos of my mom while she was carrying me in her belly.

A dozen babies on the way

In just days now, I will be expecting my second child. But, my bump is not alone! Ten of my dear friends are currently pregnant, and two of my sisters are expecting their second child, too. That’s a dozen babies! Needless to say it’s a special time for all of us.

I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing some of these women and their families during life’s biggest milestones. Engagements, weddings (even boudoir!)… it’s been such an amazing adventure to share. I’m so thankful that I get to take some memorable shots of their baby bumps too.


These recent shoots have been so wonderfully inspiring and I feel so blessed to have been the one to take these photos. Pregnant mothers are amazing and I am so lucky to spend time with these ladies and their growing families. Enjoy!

Visit my Babies & Families page to see more photos like these.

Book a maternity shoot

Contact Angela at 253-224-3448,