Every part of your experience with me is customized to align with your needs, your dreams, your vision. I have designed an experience to honor you, to wrap you in confidence and care.
As a mother myself, I know the intimate emotions of this journey by heart. As a birth worker, I have witnessed and held space for so much. To open yourself, to invite others into your birth space, is a vulnerable beautiful act. I strive to honor and match that vulnerability in my practice, while maintaining a professional positive energy.
I embody intuition, a skill that makes me uniquely suited to birth work, and allows me to serve my clients with attention to detail.
I strive to infuse healing, peace, and love into every service I offer.
First, you will take that brave step and reach out to me, sharing a few details of your journey.
We will have a short conversation over text or email, and set up a virtual meeting.
During this face to face virtual meeting, we will hold space together and bush over some details. Here you can ask questions, and get to know me. If I am available for your due date, and we both feel like I am a good fit for your birth team, I will ease you through the booking process. We will also schedule an in person meet up, which may be at a local shop for tea or coffee, or in your home.
Before we meet, I will send you a questionnaire. This is a place for you to write, and reflect. This can be completed on your own, or with a support person. This is an intentional process where you can open up, designed to help you reflect and connect with your own birth culture, and will allow me to get to know you, creating those bridges for conversation to flow over and under.
Doing our time together, I will hold space for you. I will listen with an open heart to your birth intentions and visions. I will listen and hold space for your dreams, your losses, your previous soul journeys, and anything else you want to share with me. I am a safe space. You can talk about trauma, history, medical information, depression, guilt, fear, hope, anything. I am here for the hard topics and I am here for the soft.
During pregnancy we will build up a trust and a familiarity, as I check in and take time to understand your birth education and intentions. Together we will build a professional relationship and prepare for the journey to come. We may create a birth intentions outline, prepare for specific circumstances, combat the 'what if' questions with informed decision making, celebrate peace, give room for fear to transform, and hold space for anything else that comes up along the way. I am here during this time to provide care, guidance, and emotional and spiritual support. I may offer additional resources or connections as your needs arise.
For those that opt for fuller packages, we will also take this time to cultivate photography experiences, documenting the tender authentic parts of this enchanting season of growth and discovery.
In your birth space
My intention is to honor your journey, to be a witness and a soft presence. In hopes that with intentional support and the right preparation, you are able during your birth to find that wildwood place.
That internal place where we surrender our intentions and allow our bodies to move us forth,
where we follow the lead of the birth that is happening, not just the birth we desire.
My work is about spirit and trust and surrender.
Please note: I do not provide any medical services. I am not a midwife.
I am here for you as a professional birth photographer, with an extra touch of magic and support.
To bring education, peer emotional support, spiritual care, and light.
My energy here, is so intentional.
I am able to read and offer the support you need in the moment, adapting, observant, with a steady calm presence. I can be a quiet holder of space, or the gentle voice of encouragement. I can guide hands and words, allowing your spouse or children to find their courage to be a living part of the birth process. I believe in following the lead of the laboring person. I believe your body will lead you to the movements and supports that will benefit you most. While following this lead of your instincts, I can offer pain relief techniques, and ideas on how to navigate the different waves of labor. I can help you manifest your birth intentions and navigate the changes and shifts that may come up. I can help you protect the energy in your birth space, so you can internalize and fall into that place of instinct that allows your body to do what it was created for.
So much of this is based in the work we do before we enter your birth space.
In the birth space itself- the majority of our work will be in the motion and adaption, in the labor dance.
If your support team is robust, I will shift my role, ever a flexible presence while I document for you,
aiming to blend into your team and help your team blend into your space in a way that fosters
community and patience.
I will tenderly document your story while holding the soft and sacred energy
that is mandatory of birth. I am skilled at taking your photos in a way
that is never intrusive or harmful to the birthing process.
I support births of many types. I can not fix, control, or be a perfect advocate. I can however hold space, lend strength, and support you as you navigate the experience that your birthing location and circumstances gift to you. For questions on your specific birth venue or plan, please contact me. Typically I arrive at your birth when you are in active labor, before things get too intense, but after your contractions have developed a steady pattern. Each birth and person is so unique, so we will work together to determine the perfect window of time for me to arrive.
The postpartum sanctuary is a sacred place.
I typically share space with you for about 2-4 hours after your baby is born,
This time frame depends on the package you have purchased, the length of your birth,
and the unique needs that present for each of us during this time.
I carefully document those beautiful skin to skin moments, the first glances and smiles, the soft rest.
My intention is to document and witness, not to pose or organize.
I thrive in raw moments of emotion, I honor the messy perfect imperfection of life, birth, and family just as it unfolds.
Just as it is.
If time allows I also document special moments. Details of baby meeting other souls for the first time earthside, cord burning ceremonies or other traditions, baby getting their first weight and height checks.
During this time in addition to photography, I continue to observe and process the needs in the space. I may help with nursing, that first latch, or aide with mother and baby care. I will listen and follow your first steps in processing the birth experience that has unfolded.
I may help implement those first actions in your postpartum plan, or just give you time to settle into
something comfortable before I take my leave.
When I step back, I hope for you to have space and confidence to bond with your newborn. I will honor boundaries, and maintain my own. I will help you contact any further resources needed. Within the next day or so, I may send you a soft spoonful of photos before I dive into creating your full gallery. I may also send a social media announcement graphic if I have a photo that I think will work for one.
I will take time to rest and recover, to process and reflect and begin the next steps in honoring your journey. During this time, we may be meeting for further support or care visits as needed/booked.
In eight to eleven weeks after birth, you will be given a digital link to your finished edited gallery. This time frame might seem like a lot, but it flies by. This time frame is both to honor my own artistic process and lifestyle, and to give you time to process your birth story without the influence of photos. I take great care in my editing. As I process your photos, I am also re-living and experiencing every moment of our journey together.
When you are ready to receive your photos we can review them together, or you can do this in your own time. Viewing photos may be emotional. The photos may reflect on your birth space in a way that you were not expecting, or a way that is different from how you are remembering your birth. This can be both stretching, and incredibly healing, and I try to be super mindful of that. Birth photos are a powerful way to process and understand a new layer of the
spiritual and physical journeys we have transitioned thru.
You will receive a link to guide you through the remainder of our time together. Here we will choose photos for prints, talk about any additional needs, and work on closing this chapter in a way that feels like taking a deep breath.
When the prints are ready, we will have a relaxed meet up, that may also
double as a care visit or postpartum photography experience as needed/booked.
You will be given a treasure box, that holds a digital flash drive and any prints or products you have purchased.
If we haven't already, at this time we can process your birth together.
When desired, we can add new chapters to you journey. Postpartum or motherhood sessions. Falling water moments, or even a postpartum water healing experience- in which we will create a safe space, in a milk bath, or a forest, or anywhere you would like to recreate or reprocess your birth. During this quiet and peaceful session I will document your bond with your baby, listen and give you space to truly feel your emotions, and together we will rediscover anything in your birth story that needs to be opened, released, or treasured.
Where and when our journey shifts apart, lays in your hands, based on your needs and selections.
As we close, you will get linked to a survey for reflection. This will allow you to select your sharing preferences, and give you information on photo storage.
The Wildwood experience has been designed with the birthing person in mind, and the family at heart. If you have any questions, please reach out!
My own reflections and blogging takes place after we have closed out our time together. This is usually months later. While I am passionate about writing and sharing these stories, words, and photos, before I share I want to understand and honor your needs and intentions. I take great care to storytell in a way that honors my clients birth experiences, while being intentional about expressing that the writing I do is from my unique lens of view.
My work is rooted in the positive cultural difference that birth photography and storytelling can make. My ideal clients are passionate about this as well. This means that sharing of photos and stories is highly encouraged, and, sharing is my main way of maintaining my business and finding new clients. However, for my more private clients who do not wish their photos to be used or shared, I do offer a total privacy package. Please ask about this if it is important to you, before you book.