Portland Maternity Newborn Photographer
Beauty Seen. Valued. Understood.
I am having the life of synchronicity. If one can allow it that it to happen.
I was given my first camera by my father. If this is a myth that I will be the photographer as the king in my own story. I attended New England School of Photography to only feel technically literate and lost on where to proceed.
After school I traveled to Africa, I had know a nonprofit operating in Uganda since I was seven. My parents worked on having a foundation set up to empower a specific community. The image where the women are holding shovels, is a group building a literacy education space. The foundation supported with materials. The last project was building a girls school.
I was traveling in Rome visiting a family friend and I saw these beautiful underwater birth photos. The women looked like they were in a pool with light gleaning their skin. I thought I want that.
When I found out I was pregnant I moved to Humbolt County by default. I wanted to live on a farm. I was returned to the land which was a long decent considering I grew up in Massachusetts with zero experience with cooking vegetable never mind owning them. I feel in love with the birds and the trees. Singing me awake. My biggest regret about this time was that I didn't take the photo of my pregnant self the was I had visualized.
I gave birth to my daughter in the water by the ocean. (She is also a Pisces) I had two midwives birthing me into who I am today. What I learned during this time was that I was much more powerful than I thought I was. Supported by women I thrived. The feeling of complete and utter cofindence lead me in turn to finding my true strength.
Afterward I was in Portland. I wanted to be apart of this life changing experience. I put two together. I wanted to photograph births at first. I did a few but single motherhood led to find another way. Maternity and Newborns were that way.
I love having women in the studio. A sense of intimacy during a time when body shame and anxiety about the task at hand is in full view of the mind and heart, and now we will shine the light. No small task.
What happens is quite lovely. She finds her body in a new way. A way that can be received as generosity. Beauty can come from being with child. Sensuality can stay intact. Please take it with you considering the children want to take most of who we are today.
Come and hold your creative side near and dear. Honor her to be a force to be reckoned with. Understand what true beauty beholds. Come with me.