A world without a passport

Of course it wasn't really about that tiny blue booklet with a gold emblem on the front.

It was about the freedom it represented

and the stamps held within from strange encounters at customs where you wonder if you'll ever make it across the border. 

Did you hear? Apparently as technology improves, passports will become obsolete

Look don't get me wrong, after a long haul flight Im quite happy to see those AU & NZ fast gates and high-tail it home. I get travel anxiety like the best of us, but thats a tale for another day. I also get a lot of joy of flicking through that tiny booklet and reminiscing on the places I've been and how quickly time flies. 

My first overseas trip was to India when I was 12 years old on a school exchange. Looking back now I’m not sure how my parents made their peace with allowing me to go. I had a 7:30 bedtime and I wasn’t allowed to watch Scream so it was definitely out of character for them to wave goodbye at the departures gate. That trip was the beginning of my love affair with travel. The sights and sounds, the people, the weather and even the way the air feels different pressed against your face. So universal, so similar, familiar and yet equally so incredibly different.

More recently travels have included eating the most incredibly delicious Ethiopian food while staying in Amsterdam, wondering whether I’d make it home and ever see my family again after stepping into an unmarked taxi in Bulgaria and wandering the streets of Edinburgh checking out all the cafes, op shops and art galleries.

That tiny blue booklet is a reminder of those people and places, its a window to a memory. Perhaps memories that I haven’t spent enough time dreaming about. Of course the memories are mine forever and thats the important part but its also nice to hold a tangible window to the memory.


Lets Go Places


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. 

Elsa Campbell Photography

Elsa Campbell Photography