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Land of Enchantment: Sore Ass. Soaring Heart

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The past few days have been a roller coaster ride. On Saturday Zion and I loaded the car and drove west to meet up with my sister, an amazing photographer and the woman responsible for me even owning a camera. While there, with photos on the brain and inspired by coffee fueled chats about my ridiculous auto focus settings, I wrote a post that unintentionally has spread all over the world. I drove the breathtakingly beautiful cellular wasteland of the high desert, ignorant of the impact it was making, only to open my facebook account at a gas station to hundreds of people pouring their hearts out, encouraging one another and sharing stories of determination, discouragement, hope and passion.  I am humbled and really just still in shock that anyone would want to read a silly thing like that. I have nothing but love for all the people who shared their stories with me. 
 
I hope you enjoy this collection of shots from the very ordinary family vacation of simple person who loves to take photos, and has much to learn. To me, this is the beauty of real life. This is what I really love to capture.  Please email me and keep sharing your beautiful stories. 
 

Retrospectives: Thailand July 2015

I'm finally getting around to spending some time with the photos from Thailand last summer. It was a life changing journey, I hope you enjoy some of the images! 

The stairs to to the yoga shala practice space. Koh Lanta, Thailand 2015

I traveled to an incredible island in Thailand in July 2015 to take some photos, practice yoga, eat Thai food and expand my mind.  Prior to this point my travel experiences have been fairly tame, and this time I traveled alone on a 28 hour journey through Beijing, Bangkok and 2 hour van ride packed with european tourists on a ferry to reach Koh Lanta. Being there during the low season was like being in an alternate dimension, filled with some of the most epic and un-capturable sunsets I've ever experienced, the crackling voice calling prayers out over the landscape from the speaker mounted at the top of the local mosque. Sandy bedsheets, hot and humid practices, kayaking in the Andaman sea, snorkeling off of Phi Phi Island.  Much of the most incredible parts of this journey were not captured, because I was too busy enjoying them.  I stayed at a friend's yoga shala for free, it was mostly outdoor living, everything tarped against the monsoon. I felt so alive, living that way, walking across the garden to brush my teeth, showering in the outdoor shower. At one point I looked up to see a neighborhood stray cat perched on the beam above me, a little kitty creeper. 

Words are just no use here. In love, in Thailand. I'll be back. 

Retrospectives: Doula Work for emotional Twin birth

Reflections on the birth of twins by gentle cesarean in January 2015. 

"No. It's you."

When we met for coffee to chat about her birth, I wasn't actually offering Doula services, and in fact several times tried to impress upon her that my family life was unstable and I wasn't sure I was up for more birth work. But it was twins. And it was Rachel. And she simply shook her head and said,  "No. I'ts you. I want you. What is your deposit?" 

Our journey together was an emotional one. Their family was faced with a series of surprises that continually forced them to readjust the vision of their birth. Watching her deal with these blows week to week was like watching a woman in intense labor, the initial pain gradually leading to relaxation and acceptance; empowerment and peace. Her story is not mine to tell, but on the (almost) anniversary of the twins sweet birthday, I wanted to share a few favorites from the day they were born via gentle surgical birth surrounded by loving and VERY enthusiastic family. 

Retrospectives: Summer Baby Born in the Caul

The site and blog are finally coming together in a way that pleases me. I've decided I would love to share some of my older work via the blog, remembering the births from the past three years that taught me so much. Everything I'm doing now as a photographer has just been trial and error, learning through the gracious acceptance of these amazing families.  They welcomed me into their birth spaces and I am so thankful to each and every one. 

My experiences in birth work have been scattered throughout a chaotic three years. Divorce completely uprooted us. Taking care of a toddler on my own did not cater well to being on call. I somewhat resigned myself to be patient and know that when the time came, I would be able to go to births more regularly. This beautiful June birth was one of my first tentative steps towards making this lifestyle work for our small family. It was a complete delight to be with this mama and her support team as she labored and delivered a perfect baby girl in the bag. The amazing women of Community Midwifery Service assisted me with this capture. 

Going it (not so) Alone

Megan told me at our first meeting that it was possible that her partner would be in the field training out of state at the time of the birth, and while they hoped and prayed that he would be able to be present, the day baby chose meant that she would give birth without him. I am constantly amazed at the strength of women and mothers--watching her labor in a beautiful sunny kitchen surrounded by her adoring family members was so uplifting, everything was so light. 

Born at Mid-Day

As the time approached, one of the midwives beckoned me over--sweet baby girl was being born in her bag, a beautiful shock of life in these color shots of the moment of birth.  

The reaction in the room when they brought this sweet girl out of the water and passed her through her mamas legs was electric, it felt like a thunderclap of joy and relief and exultation. To have not one, but two Grandmothers there to witness the birth of a grandchild, it is powerful. The joy of a Grandmother is completely contagious. 

To see the rest of the photos from this birth story, you can watch the final slideshow and video here, I hope you find their story as beautiful and uplifting as I did. 

Just a reminder that these families have shared these photos and videos with permission. Please respect their experience and my work by not saving or sharing photos from this page without permission. Feel free to share a link to the blog!  Thank you!