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The Birth of Julien – Adelaide Birth Photographer

When I get an email enquiry like this, I get truly excited because I know this couple are empowered and value what I do. No mention of money or packages. Rather a simple communication about why they want their birth photographed, when, how and where they will be supported. Afterall, these elements are what’s most important about their experience.

Hi Victoria, I hope this finds you well. I really hope that we aren’t getting in too late, but I know this may be the case with you being in such demand! My husband and I are expecting our first this July. After having lost many pregnancies, we have been hesitant to book too many things until we got further along than ever before. We have now reached the 24 week mark and all looks good! If things continue on this path then we will be birthing at home with two WCH MGP midwives and a student midwife. Again, I understand if you are already all booked for this time, but you come highly recommended by good friends of ours, so I couldn’t help but at least try! Thanks, Hanna

Not only did I go on to photograph the birth of their precious rainbow baby, Julien – I was also asked to do a pregnancy and newborn session with them. It was a very magic experience and the collection of images I am able to give this family honour their experience beautifully.

The Arrival of Ronan – Adelaide Birth Photographer

As usually happens, the call comes in the middle of the night and this special birth was as calm as it was profound to witness.  The feeling that hit me when I walked through their front door was inexplicable. The labouring mother was so focused and deep within her own space that no words were uttered, nor any interference from her support team needed.

Lighting is often a challenge during birth but this home birth was the greatest challenge I’ve faced so far. By candle light and some ambient street lighting through the window, I captured this birth by steadying my camera against tables and walls while exposing with very slow shutter speeds. This helped me to portray the stillness of the resting mother and motion of those supporting around her. As baby arrived, flash was used to capture the emotion and action that follows.

This was a blissful birth that happened as the older children slept soundly in their beds…

Introducing the New Birth Photography Product Range

I’m so excited to launch my new product range for all of my maternity, birth and newborn clients. Not only is the quality a step up to the level of AMAZING, but I’ve taken all of the best elements from my previous Journey Books and created a brand new product, unique to my business.

Along with announcing my new product line, I will be offering $200 off Birth Documentation  where any additional products from my new range is ordered. Offer valid for new birth bookings received between 26th June 2014 and 26th September 2014. Existing clients will receive an upgrade to the relative book if requested and previous clients will receive a $200 discount off any orders utilising their previous sessions images. Offer ends 26th September 2014.

Introducing…

The Moleskine Journal

Birth Journal

The Moleskine Birth Journal

A precious keepsake and uniquely created journal utilising beautiful images of your family alongside spaces for you to hand write your thoughts and feelings. This journal with genuine Moleskine materials including ivory-coloured paper has carefully centre-stitched open-flat binding, rounded corners, elastic closure and expandable back pocket (perfect for your ultrasound photo’s & important cards). Each book is elegantly presented in special wrapping paper, and a linen presentation box. It also comes with a beautiful quality, silver Parker gel pen to write your own words.

The philosophy behind this special Journal is to incorporate only the most important and heartfelt memories of your family’s experience for your child to reflect on as an adult. Do away with the impersonal baby journals available at the book store featuring someone elses child, and embrace this unique product that holds far greater meaning and relevance to you!

 “Thank you so much for the stunning journal that you put together. It’s such a beautiful and personal way to document our family’s journey as we welcomed Ronen into the world. It is so special to be able to document our thoughts, feelings, hopes and expressions of love in a book filled with our own family’s photographs. I really love the way your photographs weave our family’s story throughout the journal; each photo prompting a memory worth documenting. I can only imagine what a treasure this will become for Ronen; not only will your gorgeous photography provide a visual reminder of just how celebrated he was, but he’ll also be able to read our thoughts and feelings about the moments in time that you captured. What a gift — many, many thanks to you Victoria!”  ~ Tania, Mother of Ronen.

The Milk Journey Book

The Milk Journey Book

This is a quality upgrade from my previous Journey books, where you can incorporate all the best images from your sessions. Starting at 60 pages and increasing up to 20 pages for each session, you can also include your typed birth story amongst your photographs to complete this elegent documentation of your journey. A13x11” / 33.3×27.9cm, landscape album printed on white matt art paper, this hand bound book comes with inset cover image, presented in a linen presentation box.

The Cream Photo Album

The Cream Photo AlbumTrue to its name, this is the premium album – the cream of the crop as far as professional photographic albums are concerned. This ivory coloured fine art book with leather quarter binding rests in an exquisitely crafted presentation box and tailored linen bag. This 13.5×10.28” landscape format book with 60 lay-flat pages is a designer book that will last for generations.

In addition to these beautiful new albums, the following products are still available:

  • Announcement Cards
  • Digital Collections
  • Cinematic Slideshow
  • Fine Art Print & Canvas

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Want to know more? Contact Victoria…

The Birth of Jasper – Adelaide Birth Photographer

I headed over to Kelly’s house after receiving the call that baby was on his way. It was a peak hour morning call & a 4th baby, i knew it would be fast. I recall walking through the front door to hear the sound of a beautiful newborn cry. This precious little guy was waiting for no one, not even the midwives. Kelly’s wonderful Doula was there to support and assist in the delivery of Jasper. He was perfect. Little Jasper was lovingly nicknamed “Turbo” by his siblings after his speedy arrival into the world.

I recall the only other birth I had missed was by a matter of a minute, and at the time I was devastated! Now, after all of the experiences I’ve faced, missing the arrival of Jasper had a different effect on me. I’ve realised the importance of the journey which is beyond anyone’s control and I have faith in divine timing. Everything happens just as it’s ment to. When I walked in to hear that precious cry, I felt gratitude and warmth above all else. I knew from that moment, my role as a photographer was still as valuable and important as ever.

My focus is to tell the story, even retrospectively incorporating everything I can from the mother’s experience up to that point. I was still able to document a plethora of precious moments for the family, such as siblings meeting their baby brother, 3rd stage labour, the first feed, the cord separation, everyone’s first cuddles, measurements, and the general excitement and buzz.

Kelly’s strength, courage and assurance will stay with me forever. It was an honour to be in her company and to serve her in every way I could. There was a huge sense of sisterhood and support in her home that day as we all pulled together to do whatever needed to be done, allowing mother and baby to bond with each other and their family. Placing priority on respecting the birth space after a baby has arrived is a blessing and hugely important to me as a woman. I will go so far as to say it’s a healing experience for me to hold this space.

Many thanks to Kelly for allowing me to share her story with you. I will post a second installment shortly from her newborn session.

 

The arrival of Madelynn – Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

Just as every woman is unique, so is her birth. The respect and support of every women’s needs and wishes plays an incredible role in seeing mother and child through this journey. This birth will hold an enduring impression on me personally, as I watched this amazing mother exercise her empowerment and birth her baby under her own terms, within the system. I’m so excited to share this journey with you! Many thanks to Nicole for your support to share these. Your story holds such an important message for all women.

 

Home Birth of Rory – Adelaide Birth Photographer

The birth of Rory was a positively memorable journey to photograph. It encapsulated everything wonderful about home birth, and the calm arrival of the family’s fourth child was an honour to witness. Special thanks to Megan for allowing me to be present and share this amazingly empowered birth with my followers. x

 

You can view the slideshow with more images here: http://youtu.be/zha1giJI9tw

 

SA Emerging Photographer of the Year, 2013 Finalist – Adelaide Birth Photographer

WARNING – GRAPHIC BIRTH IMAGE

Okay, here it is! The image that won a Silver with Distinction at the SA Professional Photography Awards this week.

This beautiful baby girl was born in Adelaide at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, in a room full to the brim with specialists and support people. Her heart condition meant this sweet baby girl would be rushed to NICU for treatment and would undergo heart surgery in Melbourne as soon as possible. The midwife’s hand over the baby’s heart, guiding her into the world as the baby cries with vigour symbolise the spirit and journey of this little girl.

I am absolutely honoured, not only to have been invited to be one of those people in the room and to have captured this moment for the mother, but that this mother was so thrilled to share this photograph with the world! As with the ability to reflect on profound experiences with the help of imagery, I know this image has helped the mother deal with the birth journey she endured. To me this shot is so incredible on so many levels.

Birth Photography is an amazing genre that has an array of heartfelt things to offer us. It really isn’t all about the shots of a baby coming out and a part of me gets annoyed about this stigma (which I’ve now possibly added too by sharing this image with the wider community). Birth photography is about the journey, the lead up, the individuals involved, the emotions, struggles and joys, and how that’s all put together. It’s about documenting the beauty of life at its most vulnerable yet powerful point. I love every minute of what I do and how it honours women.

This image is now on exhibition!

2013 SAPPA Exhibition

The AIPP SA division invites you to view all of the images that scored a silver with distinction award or higher.

Where: National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide.
When: Official Opening 6:00 – 8.00pm Monday 15th of July.

Exhibition can viewed from Friday 12th to Friday 26th of July.

Adelaide Birth Photographer

Silver with Distinction Award – Documentary Category, South Australian Professional Photography Awards 2013

The following shots are also Award winners from this and last year’s SAPPA’s.