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At my births no one said, “Hey, Sweetie wanna see your placenta?”  I would have gasped in horror and politely said, “No thank you. Remember I wanted him spotless before you gave him to me?  And you still gave him to me all gooey…  You’re lucky I didn’t let him slide right off me!” So photographing […]

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Birth is completely unpredictable.  You can guess.  But in the end, it’s that.  A big ole Guess. When will labor start?  First labor 27 hours and the second only 2 hours? Contractions are really close and steady, but I’m only 3 cm?!  Contractions JUST started and I’m pushing?!  So-and-So’s started like this so mine will too? […]

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Repeat clients are special.  They make the birth photographer’s job a little easier: You know how to get to their house and where their bathroom is (it’s hard to ask a partner or working midwife “Where’s the bathroom…”). You know the kids’ names and you recognize a sweet face that has grown into a toddler. […]

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A friend’s birth is a special thing, but it is different.  There are some pros and cons… Here are the cons: I’m very aware of my role at a birth.  It’s to be quiet and photograph the story.  With clients, it’s easy.  They don’t ask about my boys’ school year.  But a friend knows my kids […]

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The air is filling with the scent of Fall.  Crisp mornings greet me for the walk to the bus.  Pumpkins are popping up on porches and Christmas decorations are lining store aisles.  Let’s take a trip back to warmer days. Jennifer and her family lives outside of the CHOICE loop, but she really wanted to have […]

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Early in my career, I photographed Staci’s first birth and it’s still my longest one.  It’s also the birth that really showed me how strong a woman can be.  It was over 27 hours and she pushed longer and harder than I could imagine was possible.  You can’t blame her for wanting a different birth for her […]

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A month ago, the news was difficult to watch and yet I couldn’t turn it off.  Every day I’d say, “That’s the worst thing to happen!”  And then within a couple days, I was saying “I guess it can get worse…”  The news was full of unthinkable violence and hate speak easily rattled off of tongues.  All of […]

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