Alright, so I’m going to tell you about my why. (whenever I say that I almost break into song, aaannndd I wonder, why why why why, she ran away)
No, just me? Ok, sorry.
I think a lot of the time people hear that I’m a birth photographer and its met with shock. We live in the age of social media and I think people’s minds immediately go to sharing things on instagram and sharing things on Facebook. While I don’t have a problem with that and it is some peoples choice, its not ultimately why I do what I do.
For me its very much around remembering, around personal memories, around storytelling. I came across some slides that my grandfather had taken in the 60s of my mum and aunt when they were kids, like baby in the basket and my grandmother and the girls on the beach and I just think that those images are so spectacular, not because of they are technically perfect, not because of the composition or..but because they capture the moment and they tell a story and you see something you otherwise might not have seen.
To me that is what my work is all about, its about time travel. Sitting down and going through watching those slides is really incredible for me and and I imagine my clients in the future, far far into the future, tidying up their house and they come across a little leather pocket filled with photos of their birth story and they can reminisce on when their child was born and think about and recollect those moments you’d forgotten about. I have a dog, Professor, he is 2 and a half years old and even looking back at photos of him as a puppy, I cannot believe how much he has grown! I have forgotten how small he was and looking at old photos of him when he was so little and so clingy that he once fell asleep on my feet in the kitchen while I was making cupcakes or you know, remember time he was so naughty that he bit through his entire crate when I got home from work one day it was like toothpicks all over the floor! I think so much of what I do is about that time travel, about preserving those memories. As a birth photographer I get to see things that mum doesn’t see, moments that happen so SO quickly that if they aren’t captured on camera then they’re not revered in a way that they could and I think should be.
One of my favourite, favourite photos from my wedding (taken by Elsa Campbell - make sure you check out her work!) - Elsa took a photo of my new brother in law, sitting with my niece on his lap taking a photo of my nephew with the assistance of one of my parents close friends. This is a beautiful photo representing the merging of two families that is really special and really spectacular and really personal. Its a moment I otherwise wouldn’t have witnessed and I think to me thats even better than our posed wedding pictures, I love my photos of just my husband and I together but I also love this photo that I didn’t see - this is really really special and I love this photo. This is why I do what I do.