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"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation. Where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body a miracle of wisdom."

~ Harriette Hartigan

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Why NOT to hire a birth photographer

January 20, 2023

I’m going to let the mama — Iona — tell this story in her own words. My images follow. The moment I found out I was pregnant with Laelia, I knew I was not done having children. Chris however had different plans, but we let fate/the universe/god decide, and on sept 5 2019 (one day […]

birth photography :: yorke elara

February 2, 2021

I love getting to go a second time around the block with a sister-client. It’s the biggest honor and more of a joy than I know how to put into words. So I was delighted when Paul and Whitney invited me to be their “doula-tographer” a second time. The walk with them was sweet and […]

a walk with a sister :: whitney

February 14, 2020

In the months leading up to Wylde’s birth, I got to know her mama more deeply, and as I learned about the story of her, my anticipation swelled. What an incredibly special birth to be a part of. Here is the story in Shay’s own words (followed by photos): Long before I became a mom […]

birth photography :: wylde hope

November 8, 2019

Today is Brecken’s first birthday, and to celebarate, his mama Leigh-Ann is sharing his family-filled birth story here for us. What follows are her words, and then a large selection of images I made as this story was unfolding. Settle in and soak in its goodness. ———- The stormy night of August 26th, 2018, I […]

birth :: brecken thomas

August 29, 2019

A fourth baby, a first home birth. That carries with it a fresh excitement for a new experience AND a bit of a dream-coming-true joy. Katie knew that she had quick births and that though the very near proximity of their new home to the hospital would mean she could literally walk over there to […]

birth :: gwen marian

July 14, 2019

The birth photographer life is a crazy one, sisters. Well, any kind of birth worker life is crazy, really. But in this story, i’m playing the role of photographer (for the 3rd time for this family!). And on a pretty typical weekday evening I got a text from Jed (the baby daddy) at about 9:50 […]

birth photography :: lexi joy

June 4, 2019

I want every woman to have the option to have her birth photographed, if it matters to her. I believe it makes a difference and that the resulting images become family treasures. I am certain that no one who hires a birth photographer will ever regret it. In birth photography, a woman gets to see […]

the cost of birth photography

March 11, 2019

Attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section is a brave thing to do. It is brave because to do it is like giving birth for the first time, physically and emotionally. It is also brave because we live in a culture that likes to proclaim it impossible: “Once a cesarean section mama, always a […]

birth photography :: landon matthew

February 6, 2019

Between her first birth and this one, Leigh Ann began working as an admin assistant for the midwife who also attended all of my births, and as a result has gotten even deeper into the world of all things birth. She’s opened herself up in new ways, learned so much, and entered into this birth […]

birth film :: brecken thomas

January 29, 2019

Brooke Collier is a holist doula, christian birthkeeper, and birth photographer serving Grand rapids, MI and West Michigan and offering childbirth education around the world.

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