I have been attending births for years. And no matter how the birth goes, there is always that moment. The moment of not only the birth of a baby, but the birth of a parent.
I became obsessed with showing that moment back to the person who gave birth. As a birth doula, if possible, I would always have my camera out if the family wanted it. I found myself ringside to an event too often overlooked, to often trivialized. That moment of pure emotion that comes with bringing a baby earthside. It didn't matter where it happened, home, hospital or operating room. And the emotions range from triumph to sadness. In my work I learned that there is no one way to feel when welcoming a new life.
It is my pleasure to capture those moments. To capture the small and large events, a sweet smile between contractions, the look of unbridled strength during a strong wave or the joy of a room when a parent catches their own child.
As a birth worker I understand the unique setting of birth, and as a photographer I am able to bring a neutral energy to the space. I know the rhythm of birth and I can anticipate moments before they happen and be prepared to capture them.
I also truly enjoy doing portrait sessions with a family as it grows and changes. I love shooting in nature, but am just as comfortable shooting in a studio or home setting.
Laura resides in Troy NY with her husband and young son.