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A Beautiful New Partnership Has Blossomed!

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A Beautiful New Partnership Has Blossomed!

Quite a journey it has been, since 2010 when I started my business as a photographer (as Michelle Hamilton!) to 2013 when Ben and I got married and relocated to Denver, to today. I’ve witnessed over 100 incredible birth stories, I’ve snuggled countless newborns, and I’ve followed your families as they’ve grown over the years. You've made my dream possible, you've supported me, and you've entrusted me with your most sacred moments. 

Thank you.

After 7 years of being on call 24/7, year-round, working as a solo birth photographer, I've finally accepted the advice of so many other birth workers and midwives... I've partnered up with one of Denver's most talented and experienced birth photographers. Together we are sharing call and offering the most reliable call coverage available to our clients. We've mentored together tirelessly to align our technical and creative techniques. 

I met Kim years ago and have always admired not only her work, but her genuine and truly kind, giving, and peaceful existence. I like to call Kim The Baby Whisperer. She makes everyone feel safe in her presence, and so of course the babies adore her. Kim loves photographing newborn sessions and family sessions with young children. The way their true smiles come through on camera speaks volumes... they love Kim, and Kim loves them! In the birthing space, Kim just clearly belongs there. It's obvious that she truly cares for and believes in women, and I think that's so important. I've seen people attend births, then leave and vent about this or that, complain about an element of the situation, etc. Then, I've seen people not only attend the birth, but hold space for the client in such a genuine and loving manner, there's never any need for negative talk, complaining, or venting, only a true understanding and empathy for the family's experience. That's Kim.

I'm excited for you to get to us as a team. We'll soon be hosting regular get-togethers for so you can become more acquainted with us as a family. It's something we've been wanting to do for so long, because we love our clients so much, and we miss those babes! Sign up below for occasional updates and exclusive events available only to existing clients! 

If you're not an existing client, but you're interested in meeting and chatting with us, we'll have events for you, too! The first step is to get in contact with us, here. We can't wait to get to know you!

With love, 

Michelle

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A Birth Worker's Lesson : Denver Birth Photographer

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A Birth Worker's Lesson : Denver Birth Photographer

. .:: I think part of the great beauty of birth is the unique nature of every woman's experience. Birth is such a whimsical thing. Just when you think you understand the progression of things, and you think you can guestimate what it might look like, birth teaches you that you don't know what the hell you're talking about. Humility is a lesson every birth worker learns during each and every labor. It's not a lesson that can ever be complete, I think. It's this constant teaching entity that reminds us we are small and we know so little. The human brain is compelled to believe that it has understanding, and if there's a vacant place somewhere in that fabric of understanding, the imagination patches the hole with unintended, ever so subtle arrogance. I think this expanding and contracting, growing large and then small again, cultivates wisdom, but that path to wisdom stretches out into infinity. Today I am humbled. I feel tiny. But more than ever, I'm in awe of birth. ::. .

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The Childless Birth Photographer : Denver Birth Photography

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The Childless Birth Photographer : Denver Birth Photography

 

Here's a funny little fact about me: I have precisely zero children of my own.

I've amply saturated my life with babies, birth, and pregnancy, but I have yet to experience what it's like to carry a child in my womb for 40ish weeks. I have yet to enjoy the radiating warmth that comes from simply touching my plump belly and imagining what life will look like. I have yet to learn the less glamorous aspects of childbearing. I have yet find myself challenged at my physical and mental capacity. To be stuck between the rock and hard place, perhaps questioning my ability to continue, just before reaching down to embrace my squishy, bluish, squealing infant, this person that is somehow mine and me and us through and through. I have yet to see my husband's reaction as he realizes that he's become a father... which is totally everything he desires right now. I have yet to spend my nights and days continuing to nourish this tiny person, learning patience and resiliency as we fumble through breastfeeding challenges. I wonder what it'll be like to find strangers casting judgmental stares in my direction as I feed my hungry baby at the table rather than on the toilet. I wonder what it'll be like to watch my child learn something new every single day, and to see the world anew through my child's eyes.

Some birth photographers have argued that it isn't possible to be an empathetic presence and a truly successful birth photographer without having experienced pregnancy and birth first-hand. Mind you, these are people I have a high regard and respect for. My intent here is simply to offer a differing perspective. My hope is that I can serve as proof that such mindsets are inaccurate and lacking in empathy and understanding themselves.

How on earth does a childless woman become a birth photographer? Perhaps the assumption is that one day I woke up, saw a birthy pic on the internet, extended my arms out in front of me like a zombie, drooled a little, and said, "BIRTH. COOL. I WANT." And BAM, I became a birth photographer.

The story behind how I became a birth photographer is a very personal one. It's a twisty, turny path I was led down unknowingly, it's a defining story of difficulty and growth and hope. It's a story I'd be happy to share with you over coffee sometime.

Another little fact about me: I feel more than most people feel. The emotions of others seem to imprint themselves on me, and rather than becoming overwhelmed by them, I become expressive with them. My sensitivity and empathy, along with heightened intuition, are things that cannot be taught. I'm proud to consider them gifts, and I'm happy to own them, particularly in the birthing space. It's these things that I hope define me and that make me a better birth attendant. It's these things that I hope my viewers can perceive through my work.

This isn't to say that becoming a mother won't change me through and through, from who I am at my core, to what I produce in my work. And I admit, I come from a place of experience and knowledge in the birthing space, but of naïveté for all that it means to become a mother. You could say that I myself am a child, understanding new aspects of motherhood every day, deepening my well of empathy with every client, and looking into each new day like a wide-eyed child.

My hope is that the intense awe (and "awe" is just the perfect word) I feel for every birthing mother is translated with clarity and done justice through my photography. Because she inspires me, I am compelled to tell her story with elegance and truth and beauty, precisely as I perceive it. No birth is "just another birth", "we've all been there, done that". Because I haven't been there! I haven't done that! She's amazing, she's a warrior goddess! She's an inspiration! And this amazing event I've come to witness is something I have yet to completely fathom. And if that's not BEAUTIFUL, I don't know what is.

No birth is “just another birth”, “we’ve all been there, done that”. Because I haven’t been there! I haven’t done that! She’s amazing, she’s a warrior goddess! She’s an inspiration! And this amazing event I’ve come to witness is something I have yet to completely fathom. And if that’s not BEAUTIFUL, I don’t know what is.

Let me pause to say that the ingredients that facilitate me as a birth photographer are not the ingredients for a standard birth photographer recipe. We are all creatives, shaped by the events of our lives, inspired by different sources, and driven by different passions.

Ultimately, what you see in a photographer's work is their translation of an event... their telling of a story. I hope when you see my work, you feel the awe I felt for that mother as she birthed her child. I hope you're not blinded by my inadequacy as a childless photographer. I hope you see that rather than impairing my work, my unique perspective emboldens and inspires my work.

That's all for now.

With Love,

Michelle

The Childless Birth Photographer : Denver Birth Photography
The Childless Birth Photographer : Denver Birth Photography

Me and my newest little nephew!

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Denver Birth Photographer Published in Midwifery Today Magazine

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Denver Birth Photographer Published in Midwifery Today Magazine

. .:: It was positively surreal to open the Summer 2015 issue of Midwifery Today magazine and see my images in print! They chose my client's amazing home water birth images for their Photo Album feature. What an honor!! And on top of that, another client's home birth was chosen for an article by Lisa Goldstein. A dream come true for this little creative! I can't thank these women enough for being so willing to share their birth images with this audience! ::. .

Denver Birth Photographer Published in Midwifery Today Magazine
Denver Birth Photographer Published in Midwifery Today Magazine

Denver Birth Photographer Published in Midwifery Today Magazine

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My Birth / Camera Bag Makeover :: Inside the Life of a Birth Photographer

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My Birth / Camera Bag Makeover :: Inside the Life of a Birth Photographer

. .:: I'm always on the lookout for gear that makes me better, faster, stronger. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I'm no longer young and spry, and I can't get away with carrying all this gear on my back. I embarked on a hunt for the perfect rolling camera bag. I looked at every model at least 5 times, weighing the pros and cons. And then I decided to take things into my own hands. I wanted a rolling bag, which could hold my sling bag, plus some additional gear. So I bought a rolling suitcase and pimped it out. I think I've decided that I'm not quite finished... like I need a couple of pockets, and maybe another foam insert. So here are some pictures, with maybe more to come. Maybe not ::. .

My Birth / Camera Bag Makeover :: Inside the Life of a Birth Photographer

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