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The Birth of Heinrich Lawrence – Ashford Private Hospital

This beautiful birth I had the honour of documenting was a very different journey for the family to that of their first child. Any parent of a “Heart Kid” knows the emotional rollercoaster of tests, hospital visits and trips to Melbourne for life saving surgery. This was the journey that parents Vicki and Ben endured after the birth of their first child Zac. I remember the first time I saw Zac’s birth photography – it told the story of strength, urgency and love. Witnessing little Henry’s arrival, capturing his story, and working through the images, I quickly realised just how vastly different the energy and feeling was. Henry was not separated from his mum straight after birth, the room was always calm, his mother able to bond in a most peacefully natural way. I really love these images that I feel express the beauty of the family’s journey to becoming complete.



The Child Birth Photograph – Victoria Berekmeri, Adelaide Birth Photographer


Birth is clearly an emotive subject for so many people and passion bubbles up quite remarkably for some. To be honest – I LOVE that! It is something I’m clearly passionate about myself which I choose to express through my craft. But there are several various issues regarding my print and really, it’s not about the fact that it was taken down, but more so about why it was put back up.

The general media is missing out on a profound story in my opinion (which is possibly my own doing because I chose to not express my thoughts prior to having a good chance to consider them). Yes, at first it was about censorship at a local level – the result of a culmination of coincidental happenings where blame and finger pointing seemed more important and dramatic to everyone else. With fascination becoming stranded by the internal issues at the time, I even failed to appreciate the path ahead. An open door towards the very thing I’ve believed and hoped for since I gave birth to my son 4 years ago. An opportunity to open up dialogue to everyone about birth and it’s impact on both mother and child.

So the question was asked everywhere: “Is this birth photograph too graphic for public display?”

It seemed like a trivial question at the time but it did however serve it’s purpose and further stimulate the already tantalising discussions and views being expressed. But quite frankly it’s what happened after that which has brought the true story up to the surface that no one’s grabbing onto. We have an opportunity to challenge social views on birth. This image has transformed people who have held onto pain, or lost those thoughts of joy relating to their experiences with birth. I’ve read hundreds of posts, emails and messages that have warmed, broken and filled my heart in an incredible way.

It’s opened people’s minds to the possibility of what’s really acceptable and normal today. This for me is the breakthrough that should be nurtured and fed.

Most importantly though, I would like to reiterate the implied respect that is and most deservedly shown towards the mother and child in this photograph. Also, each invitation I have to document one of the most intimate events in a women’s life is an honour and one I  deeply respect.

I had an amazing collection of opinions and stories shared on my business page that were amazing fodder for contemplation and social consideration which unfortunately have been lost after the image was reported and pulled off by the faceless Facebook merchants! This is the most damaging example of censorship so far because it has not only removed the image but the hundreds of heartfelt thoughts and opinions of all those brave and inspired enough by this image to jump in and play their part in changing societies view on birth.

So just in case you want to see it – uncropped – here it is again. xxx

Oh, and if you happen to be interested in learning more about photographing birth, please head to my other website: http://www.birthphotographyworkshops.com/ for access to the resources.

2013 SAPPA Silver with Distinction, Victoria Berekmeri

2013 SAPPA Silver with Distinction, Victoria Berekmeri

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


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.

Journey To The Beginning – Birth Photography

I am a birth photographer. If there was one aspect of photography I could do alone, this is it – this is the genre. It’s wholeheartedly my passion, it quenches my maternal, artistic, emotional thirst. I put my life on hold whenever I’m called to do this work – 24/7 I’m on call. I never know how long I’ll be away from my family. I will travel around the corner or to other states to do this type of work. There is no greater reward for any other job I’ve ever known. It’s not a job – it’s like being a mother – it’s just something you do and love and need. Every time, it’s different. Every breath, you’re in the moment. Every tear you cry is real and nothing else could be more honest.

When main stream media run an inadequate news story on a topic I’m passionate about, one that holds so much power and emotion for all those it touches, I get upset… But I have faith that those who really know the meaning behind capturing births won’t be swayed by narrow-minded ideals.

Visit: www.adelaidebirthphotographer.com.au