it all started with a workshop that i wasn’t sure i should be at.
Allow me to explain. I had taken time off from my government job to breathe and have some space for creativity. My saturn return was in full swing and I knew I didn’t want to be both 30 years old and working a miserable job. I’d signed up for a photography workshop on a whim. It was pitched at people running a photography business which …. I wasn’t. *insert fraudy feelings here*
As I looked at the work of the other participants in the lead up to the workshop I got increasingly nervous. It was a weekend workshop about an hour away from my home, as I drove I convinced myself that I just needed to show up and if I was too out of my depth I could leave. It was about 3 mins in that my nervousness dropped away. The facilitator was captivating. I was learning SO much and it didn’t matter that I wasn’t yet running the business, it gave me the foundation that I needed to start.
The second day of the workshop we were reviewing our inspiration images and the facilitator looked right at me and said:
“Liane, do you want to be a birth photographer?”
Cue opening up the heavens and the sound of angels singing: YES. I think I was more surprised than she was. In that moment I realised this is my calling, the work I am here to do and I’ve been shooting births ever since.
And from home births to hospital births, slow quiet births to really fast precipitous births