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Hi, I'm Katie! I'm so happy you are here

I’m a deep thinker and curious about people. I'm comfortable with silence. I don’t take myself too seriously and I appreciate sarcasm.

I don’t care much for gadgets or technology. However, if I am on my phone, you might find me snort-laughing over gardening or parenting memes and animal reels. 

I am happiest hiking with my family, digging in the dirt or hearing live music. I find the most beauty in the raw things, vulnerable things and the growing things. I love the real and the natural, whether it’s emotions or landscapes.

 

Tacos and plants are my love language.

I have always been interested in the human body and I have a degree in Public Health Education. Since having my own children, I've been inspired to help others  through this significant time. 

In my everyday life, I’m not always taking photos. I like to be in the moment and see things in real time. I love to help parents experience their most important days  with their own eyes, and not behind a phone or camera

Imagine years from now...

My second birth: a challenging and powerful day

 

Curious how this works?

You take photos of what?!

Birth photography, in reality should be labeled as BIRTHING DAY photography. It's not about  anatomy it's about  about capturing the emotions of the day. The sensations and hormones of birth make our brains fuzzy. Having photos can help you sort through the haziness and remember and process your experience.

How can you do both?

Taking photos will not replace any of the support I provide as a doula. As a professional with years of experience, I am very familiar with the birthing space and timeline.  It’s my job to know when to lean in and when to support you in a different way. I have a good sense of when it is an appropriate time to pick up and put down the camera.

 

I am not always actively using my hands. I use my voice, my eyes, my words to provide comfort, suggestions, encouragement, and to keep the environment calm and peaceful.

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How much nudity is involved?

It is entirely possible to tell a beautiful birth story without showing lots of skin. This preference is up to you and your wishes for the intimacy of the photos. I am able to use angles and framing in order to get the kind of images that make you most comfortable and you feel happy sharing with friends and family.

Will you post my photos?

If I have your permission, I love to share. I believe it’s so important to see normal and joyful stories. For many years, the experience has been very secret. The only examples we have seen in the media, or heard through the grapevine are often fear based and unrealistic. This has not done us any favors as a culture. 

 

The only way we move past this is to make birth more visible and positive. We owe it to the rising generation to help them birth with confidence. They need to know they can speak up, ask questions and have options and wishes for their experience. They need to see  birth is a safe and normal part of life and not a scary medical emergency.

Why does it cost so much?

I am highly trained with many years of experience. I have multiple professional certifications and I hold myself to high standards.  I am always improving my skills and education to bring you a service that is top notch and  personal. I have invested to learn from the best in the business and to purchase high quality equipment that can handle the demands of birth.

 

Other professional photographers would shy away from this setting: harsh colors, distracting and changing backgrounds, almost zero natural light, multiple moving people, surgical spotlights, no do-overs.

As someone who is self-employed, I am also responsible for all of the taxes, fees and costs of doing business. 

 

My prices also mean I limit the number of clients I accept every month to ensure I am available. I make a commitment to be there whether your birth lasts a long time or happens at 3am. I want you to have the best and most personal experience possible.

There's many challenges involved in the schedule and the mechanics  but I choose this job because I love it. As a parent myself, I also know those days are fleeting and the memories are priceless.  

More questions about what goes into the costs and how I can help make it work for you? Reach out today!

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Education and Certification

Childbirth Education Seminar 

Birth Doula and Labor Support Workshop 

Student Doula program with Better Birth  

Lamaze Certification  

ICEA Birth Doula Certification 

Improving Birth Outcomes in NC Seminar

Spinning Babies Workshop

UNC Safezone Training for Professionals

Essence of Birth Photography Course

Certification with Birth Becomes You 

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ICEA Certified Doula Badge
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