MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
As a mother to six children, I understand the enormity of bringing life into this world and how it is so important to be supported every step of the way. I believe your birth experience matters. I am passionate about guiding families through the transformative journey of childbirth, and creating images that capture the breathtaking beautiful stories of birth and the life that follows. I am so honoured that you are here, considering me, to be a part of your birth experience.
I am forever learning, forever growing and never stop seeking out new information and knowledge to better myself and in turn my clients. I have a LOVE of learning and am incredibly passionate about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, parenthood and photography...this has led me to enhance my knowledge and expand my experience and skills through continuous, ongoing education in the form of personal exploration, workshops, lectures and conferences.
It didn't take long for my love of photography to grow into a beautiful hobby and soon I was capturing stories of my family's day to day moments and adventures. It seemed like a natural fit to combine my love for photography and passion for birth and begin offering Birth and Life Stories Photography. I am a Birth Becomes Her certified Birth Photographer who is constantly learning new techniques to better serve my clients. I shoot with a full frame Nikon camera with professional lenses and edit in Lightroom.
The empowering birth experience of my first born sparked a passion in me for birth work. Because of the loving care and support I received from my birth team during his birth, I had an empowered, incredible birth experience. Immediately after his birth, I knew I wanted to support families on their journey to parenthood and assist them in having their own positive, empowering experiences.
My love for photography began when I was a child. My parents kept several boxes of photos in their bedroom closet. They were filled with images from their childhood, young adulthood and myself and sister as babies. I used to sneak into their room, curl up on their bed and delicately flip through all the treasured moments that were frozen in time. It really is one of my most favourite childhood memories. Later on, while in High School, I began taking and developing pictures for the Year Book. I immediately fell in love with capturing candid moments of my peers that told stories of our school year.
Birth and Newborn Photography, Birth and Postpartum Doula support, Prenatal Education, Breastfeeding Support and Placenta Encapsulation in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Langley BC
I married my high school sweetheart and together we have 6 beautiful kids. Life is a epic, crazy, wild and breathtakingly beautiful ride.
My children continuously inspire me. They are my greatest teachers. I have learned so much about life and about myself from them.
I drink way too much coffee and eat way too much dark chocolate. They are my kryptonite.
You can almost always find me with a green smoothie in hand to help balance out all the coffee and dark chocolate in my system. This makes total sense right?
A LITTLE MORE TO THE STORY
I vividly remember looking through my parent's copy of Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and being captivated by the pictures and stories throughout the book. I was fascinated with how beautiful birth was and immediately felt trust rather than fear about the labour process.
I definitely felt a calling towards motherhood and working with the childbearing family from a very young age!
I proudly attend births at Chilliwack General Hospital, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital and Home Births within my service area of Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Langley. It would be an honor to share this experience with you and help celebrate your birth story!
I have worked with and supported hundreds of families as a Doula and Childbirth Educator since 1999, and I've been photographing births, families and newborns for the last 5 years. I've worked seamlessly to establish positive relationships with local Midwives, Physicians and OBs where I'm welcomed into the birth space to support and document their patient's birth story. I have experience with supporting and photographing home birth, hospital birth, cesarean sections, water birth, VBACs, natural birth, medicated birth, hypno-births, surrogate/intended parent births, multiples birth, high risk birth and inductions. Every one was miraculous!
I secretly love being called out to a birth in the middle of the night. Magical things tend to happen while the rest of the world is sleeping.
My approach to life is natural, down to earth and full of curiosity; I strive to live my life fully present, being aware of the love, intention, beauty, simplicity and extraordinary in the everyday.
I am an urban gardener growing a variety of fruit trees and an abundance of vegetables in raised garden beds and a beautiful greenhouse that my amazing husband built for me. If I am not dreaming about and planning my garden, I am out working in it.
I LOVE Summertime! The sun, heat and abundance of life makes my heart sing. I often dream of living some place where It's "summertime" year round.
My Dad instilled a sense of wonderment, love and appreciation of nature in me that I am forever grateful for. It has been my goal to pass on the same gift to my children. To me, being out in nature is sunshine for my soul and helps me feel connected, grounded and vitally alive.
I enjoy working with connected and sentimental individuals who embrace the transformative and empowering beauty of childbirth, desire to have a fulfilling birth experience, and value the gift of photography freezing time to enjoy forever.
Photo by Richelle Kendall
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Documentary Birth Photography and Doula Support
Serving families in the beautiful Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland including Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley BC, and surrounding areas.