A few years ago I was at a crossroads. Do I renew my Midwives Registration knowing that’s the sensible thing to do. Or do I turn my back on 15 years of working in the health system to follow my heart, dreaming big, etching a role out for myself documenting the most profound day in a mothers life, her birthing day.
To receive 3 Silver with Distinction awards at this years APPA which gained me a finalist position in the “AIPP Australian Birth Photographer of the Year” title is confirmation that I made the right decision. It is not only recognition for excellence in photography, but for me, it is also recognition for being brave in pursuing my passion on a road not travelled by many, in a genre that is quite often misunderstood and scrutinised.
Again, heartfelt thanks goes to my dear clients, whom welcome me into their sacred birthing space. Each and every one of you have brought me to this place today. To those families whom give me permission to share their most intimate moments with the world, a special thank you. Together we have impacted our birthing culture for the better, showing powerful, positive birth imagery to a culture whom is quite often in fear of birth.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, I also think the same is true for birth photographers. To my ‘village’, my husband in particular for his unwavering support and encouragement, my 4 children whose births all taught me that I can achieve greatness. To my ‘birthy’ village, my Midwife, Birth Professional and fellow Photography friends and colleagues, all of you whom have shared my images, who’ve spoken so highly of my work. Your words of encouragement and support have seen me go from strength to strength. And finally to my extended family whom have occasionally looked after the kids at a moments notice.
No human hand could possibly orchestrate the global interest in my birth photography. There is a spiritual side to my images that is held tenderly in the palm of His loving hands, for that I am truly humbled and brought to my knees.
My 3 Silver Distinction Images