Category: Documenting Birth + Baby

An Intimate Home Birth Photographed in Low Light

I’ve been fortunate to be given access into the lives of photo subjects, such as in my long-form photo project Girls…Now Women, about women I met as teens in foster care. I’ve gotten to know their children over the years. However, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to document someone delivering a child. The first time […]

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“We Can Too” Breastfeeding and Down Syndrome

This group of mothers wanted their story told and asked me for help. They want to show health professionals in Ireland that: It’s possible to breastfeed babies and children with Down Syndrome. A few statistics on breastfeeding in Ireland: “Current exclusive breastfeeding rates in Ireland on discharge from maternity hospital are 46.3%. (Sourced: Breastfeeding in a […]

Documenting Real Stories: The Intimate Familiarity Between a Mom & Her Baby

I’ve always been fascinated by motherhood. I grew up without my mother, so since ever I was a girl I’ve studied mothers and their children, envious of the easy bond, the magnetic affinity. In awe of what it must be like to have that oneness, that other half, on demand. An unlimited supply of security […]

Self Portraits of Maternity Life Inspired Through Peri-Natal Depression

The first image in this story stopped me in my tracks over on Instagram. I wanted to crawl back in bed and be as comfy as she looked! Little did I know, there was a darker story behind this photo that I couldn’t see on the surface. Photographer Justine Curran created a series to savor […]

How to Get More Great Photos in a Short Documentary Session

This post is the second in a series about how long a documentary session “should” be. The first, Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock is here. To summarize, I mentioned that often in a short, 1 hour or so session (especially in-home when things move a bit slower), I leave feeling like I could […]

When a Newborn Fresh 48 Session Turns into a Birth Session

This birth was a divine gift. Although we had discussed birth photography, this mother had decided to opt for a Fresh 48 session in the hospital for her sweet daughter’s arrival and we had scheduled the time I would arrive. On my way, I texted the father-to-be and asked if precious Joy was here yet. […]

Documentary Family Photography with Newborn

A Fresh 48 of a New Family of 4 with a Documentary Approach

Getting the chance to witness the new love that surrounds a brand spanking, new baby is joyous. Getting to capture those moments with my camera is even better. There are no posed moments, only raw emotions. This had lots of those moments! When I’m working with a family in this type of setting, I like […]

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18 Stunning Self Portraits of Motherhood + Inspiring Community

Self Portraits of Motherhood Founder, Ellen Covey Photographer, Ellen Covey, sent me a Facebook message that changed my photography game. She invited me to the group she created for aspiring + elite photographers to connect all based on one topic: Self Portraits of Motherhood.  Since Ellen has started this group, it’s grown fast and has now evolved […]

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Thoughts on Making Pictures During Chaos at Home

Thrilled to share our first ever reader story! Kari Phelan so sweetly went out of her way to send in photos + a little note about how she’s been practicing documentary photography daily since reading some of our products. Seeing her photos made me feel so much pride and joy in F&F and what we’re doing […]

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Documenting Reality: Nightlife of a Parent

My husband, Dave, and I loved trying a new recipe, cooking with a glass of wine in hand, and have brownies for dessert while watching a new movie… or two… because we didn’t exactly need an awareness for bedtime. It’s been our thing, together, to relax after work or home on the weekends… until we […]

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