I offer a natural, lifestyle, and documentary approach, however I also offer portraiture and posed approaches. Depending on your individual preferences.
June was a BUSY birth month locally thanks to Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017. Kelly called me last minute and decided to hire me as her birth photographer AGAIN.
This was the third birth I was her doula and photographer twice before. This time she chose a Homebirth ! Her last birth was very fast and I had suggested it.
She txt me at 8:20 pm June 12 that she was having some surges. That her midwife, Jacinda Golden, was on her way over. So I said I would leave as well. Knowing she had no pattern prior and went fast. She also lived about 50 minutes away. Her husband txt me again "surges are 3 minutes apart "
When I arrived I went right in and HEARD her making pushing sounds. I got my camera out and started shooting, as I touched her back to let her know I was there (she is slightly hearing impaired so needs to read lips ) she had such relief on her face. Baby Sophie was born 5 minutes later!
She weighed TEN pounds ! The look on the midwife's face is priceless!
This past week my youngest and my second oldest, were blessed to be at a surf camp! WE one a week last fall from a raffle that Keepers of the Coast had
ST Augustine Surf School donated a week! They are such a cool family and my daughter plays soccer with one of their daughters.
I stayed a few days and decided to shoot as much as I could. Cause you know surfing is FUN!
Enjoy the photos! Share with others. There are over 500 images! A slide show follows the few images I will share!
On June 25, 2018 I had the honor of being with Ashely and Daniel and family as she labored and birthed their third child, a boy after two girls.
Connor Joseph was born just after sunrise and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces. Her water had broken over 29 hrs prior and she had to be transferred to UF North to deliver due to Florida midwifery laws and birth centers.
Ashely was so strong during her surges . She also was given pitocin and anyone that knows birth knows Pit is not fun. UF North is a great hospital as far as hospitals ! They now have Nitrous to help mommas cope as well. And she definitely gave it a try.
I will write more over on my doula website about her labor and birth .
Enjoy a video fusion of his labor and birth .
This is the birth story of Amaya . I was blessed to be her mother's birth doula and photographer. Amaya's father is currently deployed and sadly was not able to be present at her birth .
Her mother and grandmother were also with us. Beverly was such a strong, laboring woman. A true warrior. I especially love being present and holding space at birth when dad ca not be there when serving our country. It is such a difficult time for families during deployment. And when I can give back these memories the last a lifetime in print. It is the least I can do.
Following a few images are the video birth story. It is not the entire birth but mom and dad have the full private birth story .
It has been some pretty RAD surfing (as the surfers say) this week in St Augustine and much of the east coast fo Florida. We have had several Noreasters and Low pressure systems off shore and that helps .
But locally there its another reason for some good surf at St Augustine Beach. See they are dredging AKA Beach renourishment project where they have large pipes going deep in the ocean and sucking sand from other areas. Many locals say this is destroying the ecosystem . Essentially yes it can as it alters the natural course of things. Then there are the beach front hotels and homes etc that need protection. The dredge headquarters is what we locals call yankee beach , at pope road. IN FRONT OF THE NEW EMBASSY SUITES that is being built. at the south end of Anastasia State park.
You can see in the photos what it look like. There are over 600 images in this album. Hey I love shooting surfers .
Also sadly there are photos of a newborn dolphin we rescued a few days ago I spotted near the dredge. We believe it was deceased already. We do not know what the cause is yet. WE called the FWC and Marineland. I will post more details later.
So if you are surfer or recognize anyone please share. All my images are copyrighted and I often share freely but ask if you like any please purchase prints you are supporting me , a local single mom and this is my livelihood.
Below are a few and a slide show follows and here is the link : Surfing St Augustine Dredge
Have a great one.