In addition to being a Richmond birth photographer and story teller, I would also consider myself a hippy at heart. I crave deep conversations, sand between my toes, connecting with all types of people, and exploring the mountains of Virginia. I've given up on matching my socks when I became a mother and have sworn off meat for the rest of my life. Vegetarian since 2010!
I married my best friend at a justice of the peace ceremony after moving half way across the country (and back to Virginia less than 6 months later. Thank you military life and crazy Kansas tornadoes). I'm also a mom of an eccentric and independent little who adores pink sparkles, collecting rocks and acorns, getting dirty in the mud, and playing with Legos.
I believe girls and women and can be and do anything they put their mind to. I also believe boys and men are allowed to cry and wear dresses if they want to. I am an intersectional feminist which simply means that humanity, class, race, sexual orientation and gender, do not exist separately from each other, but are complexly interwoven. Relationships are essential to understanding the human condition. This matters because I am passionate about documenting relationships. The connection parents have with each other and their children. Parenthood fascinates me! How we became parents, thoughts and theories, and just how others do it and have fun with their little and big kids alike.
Capturing birth, love, small and large moments, having visual evidence of our existence with our loved ones is my happy place. I've come to realize we are all legendary. We all live this epic adventure called life, so why not document and share our legacy?
Yes, a common question. As a birth photographer did you have your birth photographed? Yes. I gave birth naturally in a hospital with a midwife, doula, and birth photographer. My experience truly humbled and empowered me as a human and a woman. We struggled with nursing (tongue and lip tie for the win), being a dual income working family, and the hardest was the postpartum depression. I went back to work at 6 weeks, while continuing to pump at work (18 months, phew) and nursed until Miss Bits decided she was done (22 months) with a nipple shield. All of which has contributed to my desire to capture birth stories for other families.
As an artist, photographer, and storyteller, who specializes in documenting birth and parenthood love stories in Richmond, VA, I aim to capture the legendary epic tale of connection between partners, their tiny, and not so tiny humans. With in person meetings and positive support, my goal is to tell your authentic expanding love story through tangible art in order to share your family's one of a kind life for generations to come, on bad days, and during those great happy and curious moments in life. I want you to treasure your parenthood journey with all things grit and grace and to help you truly OWN your birth and parenthood story.
I truly believe in the idea of community over competition and giving back to my community. I am a proud member and volunteer for the groups listed below as I have an affinity for family, informed choices, and empowering people to live and be who they are on the inside.
I am the owner and founder of The Birth Narrative. TBN is an inclusive platform built to lift others by having meaningful conversations, substantive education, and connecting everyone involved in the parenthood season of pregnancy through the 4th trimester.
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) focuses on providing resources to expectant parents, photographers, and other birth professionals through education, understanding the birth process, support, and respect for each persons birth choices.
Virginia Birth Photographers is a network of professional birth photographers around the state of Virginia who share a mutual passion for the art of birth. We love birth and the moments surrounding birth... the moments that matter.
Red Thread Sessions celebrates the beauty of adoption through photography. Red Thread Sessions not only captures new family portraits, it also captures the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.