There are so many feelings I have about mother’s day. If you don’t know already or are new around here…Motherhood is my thing. Not just in the fact that I am a mom and that it defines me personally, but that is plays such a large part professionally as well. Motherhood in all of its beauty and messiness and craziness…it is my thing. So I only thought it appropriate to make such an announcement the day after a holiday that celebrates motherhood.
Over the past year, I have served close to 20 mommas as their doula and birth photographer. It has been one of the very best years of my life. It is passion and skill and dreams all combining into one thing. The beauty and tenacity of motherhood, the grit and magic of birth…it ignites so many parts of my heart. I once saw one of my role models, Bonnie Hussey, post that she was “really ready now”. She had been transitioning her work from general photography to birth photography and doula work. It always stuck in my mind. When would I be really ready to step into my own? To stop doing work for the sake of work and doing the work I know I am called to do.
I think that time is now.
As of this week, I will no longer be accepting wedding clients. There is so much irony in the timing of this. I have had so many amazing opportunities present themselves, but saying no to a full fledged wedding business means I will be saying yes to much more. I will be focusing solely on my birth photography, newborns and portraits for families. My doula work and photography for mothers and families will be front and center. I will continue to create beautiful portraits for my clients while also documenting honest and real moments of birth and motherhood. My website will transition to reflect this change.
7 years of wedding photography has been the greatest blessing to my family. I am truly thankful for my couples and all the fun we have had together. I have weddings in the next year that I have committed to and that I am excited for. Not many people are able to serve as a wedding photographer and be welcomed back as a doula.
If you want to see my heart work over the last year…this video is just a peek. I am so thankful to these women who invited me into this sacred place to witness unimaginable strength they had and new found strengths I possess.
And to all of you thanks for following along with this crazy adventure. So many beautiful things are ahead.