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hippy soul | birth junkie | feminist

Headshot of Nicole, a Richmond Birth Photographer

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 passionate about showing the world that all birth matters, all love is love, and we as parents all have the same hopes and dreams for our children. From maternity and paternity leave, public breastfeeding, and a family's right to choose what is best for them; I am a feminist. 

For inquiring minds, I gave birth naturally in a hospital with a midwife, doula, and birth photographer. Birth truly humbled and empowered me as a human and a woman (my full birth story here). 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 nurse until Miss Bits decided she was done (22 months). All of which has inspired me to tell my story and want to capture and assist in other's stories to remember and share their love for generations to come.

 

love becomes Family

 we are all a little crazy and a lot in love with each other

 
 

Mission

As an artist, photographer, and storyteller, who specializes in documenting birth and parenthood love stories in Richmond, VA, I aim to capture the intimate connection between partners and their 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 life with your family 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.

 
 

Photography Bucket List

As I learn and grow, I get called by my heart to create images of topics or connections I want to share with the world and learn more about. I call it my photography bucket list. To make these inspiration projects happen I need you! I would love to tell your story through my lens!

1. A Home Birth/Water Birth

2. Tattooed Parents (sleeves) - I love the dichotomy of clean baby skin to that of parents with artwork displayed on their bodies!

3. Henna Belly Blessing/Blessingway - I want to learn more and document a moment when the woman and mother is lifted up by her people!

4. Maternity Yoga

5. An Adoption story and/or Surrogacy story

6. A family who offers foster care - This is something I want to do with our own family in the next couple of years, but this is also just not talked about enough.

7. Immigrant families - I want to learn but also document that love and fears are the same throughout cultures, but more so after a displacement. 

8. Day in the Life of a Mid-Wife or Doula - I"m so curious about what this looks like! I want to learn!

9. Intimate Couples Maternity Session - So often maternity sessions are just mom, but I want to celebrate the love and connection that created baby!

I know what your thinking, “Oh yes, I want to take part and SAH-WEET I’m totally game for #3. Now what?”

First, love the enthusiasm!! As a professional birth and parenthood photographer in Richmond, VA, a model release is required for each session type above in order for me to share images on my website and in advertising (blog, business cards, etc.). If this all sounds great please contact me with your information and a picture and we’ll start chatting! On the flip side, if you have an idea you would like to collaborate on, send me a message. I love networking and meeting new people!

 
 

affiliations

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.

The Rising Tide Society started in 2015 by creatives and for creatives. Their core values is Educating and Empowering Creatives to Thrive in the spirit of Community over Competition.

 
 
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