Birth Story Photography fell in my lap when a friend took a chance on me to document her birth several years ago. I thought I might attempt it once, most likely be so bad at it, that I would only do it just once. But after the first one, I was captivated and before long, people were humming about that I was shooting births, and I started to get more inquiries from pregnant women wanting just that, their birth story documented. However difficult the scheduling may be, I still wanted to do this. I knew it meant being on call 24/7 leading up to clients due dates. And my time spent photographing labor and delivery could range anywhere from 2 to 30 hours or even more. I could get called at 2AM or on Christmas Morning. But that’s what I love about it, every birth is so completely different that I get to experience a wide variety of unique and special birth stories.
For me, documenting birth stories is most rewarding, and it’s never the same. When families trust me to document precious moments that they only get once in a lifetime, I feel a special kind of loved. There is no other feeling in the world like being given the honor to witness and document the creation of another human being. And respecting that space and knowing how to navigate through intimate moments is so important to me and something I always strive for.
I also document and witness siblings and grandparents as they also play an important role in the moments captured. I feel so good when I am also able to offer assistance to my client during labor if I am able, and my education in the field has grown exponentially. I am then able to share this information with my clients and connect them with reputable resources on what to expect during labor and delivery and after.
It’s amazing to see the diverse situations and methods women choose when having a baby and growing their families. I have had the honor to photograph births at birthing centers, hospitals, and also right in clients homes. I had a client deliver her son in the truck on the way to the hospital once. A little fun fact about me, is that I was actually born at home to a midwife and I always love sharing that special fact about me and more reason that connects me to birth.
Laboring and even delivering at home is so sacred and I feel it is the best place to transition into motherhood and I truly believe it’s starting to make a comeback particularly the more standardized it becomes by revealing the beauty that it is.
I was given the honor to documented the birth of Alakai. It was amazing because Ashley was able to eat all she needed, she had the option to wander her home liberally and the important people (and pets) were present and able to be key roles during the entire process.
Ashley told me she might not have remembered some of the moments of her labor and delivery if I had not photographed them. She is now forever able to look back on her labor without the pain and concentration and that gives me purpose and motivation to continue with documenting birth stories with my photography.
I enjoy sending birth stories to people and hearing that they can relive the entire process through my images.
Once in a while a single photograph can touch off different recollections generally lost, which is a marvel in of it’s own. It is so rewarding for me to be able to provide memories back to people that were unaware of moments even ever happening to them.
Some moments are not even ones that include people but items that tell parts of the story. For example, the rundown of conceivable child names hung in the kitchen, or the memory that I will always remember when Alakai’s granddad started to tenderly play the piano minutes after his introduction to the world.
That is what is rewarding for me to witness. Innocent moments that can’t always be caught in an image but merely felt and remembered by those who were present, and being given the honor to make an interpretation of them into recounting to a story.
It was never talked about yet I believe that Alakai’s granddad may have had early indications of dementia. I felt this was the case because of when he played the piano, and his wife quietly told him that it was not a fitting time to play. Even though I thought it couldn’t have been more fitting in that moment.
If you look carefully, there is a photograph where Ashley is in the small bathroom and the granddad is in the kitchen wearing 2 pairs of glasses at once. It is in these seconds that I feel most rewarding to document and witness as I am always searching for the ordinary moments that are never so ordinary in birth story photography.
Praise From Our Happy Clients
Where do I begin? From the very start from inquiry to the day of the wedding, Bree was very quick and easy to communicate with. The day of the wedding was extremely chilly and Bree was there with bells on with an amazing attitude. She was wonderful with everyone there and a gentle guide to make sure we got all of the shots we wanted. More than one person said that they felt they knew her. That’s how calming and natural her presence was.
Now - the pictures. We got the sneak peak one or two days after the wedding! The speed at which she edited was much faster than expected. The photos were incredible to say the least. She absolutely captured the essence of the day and went above and beyond our wildest expectations. We will cherish these photographs forever! Thank you, Bree
I have worked with Brianna three times (family photos, newborn and headshots). She is an excellent photographer and makes the process engaging, delightful and easy. I would highly recommend her to other families!
Bree did an absolutely amazing job. She made things fun and comfortable. I despise my picture taken. but she made it fun and you barely knew she was there. I would highly recommend her. The quality of her work from start the photos being taken to the end results was beyond exceptional. Sadly i cant given more than 5 stars, or else i would
Hands down one of the best photography experiences I've ever had. This photo shoot was coordinated across states without having met. I was given Bree's name as a referral from a friend & trusted that she would be great for our family. Great is a wild understatement. Given our unique circumstances, Bree agreed to meet us during one of our port docks onboard a cruise vacation we had booked. Not only did she offer up available seating in her car to help accommodate our large group, she was willing to bend over backwards to make sure we got exactly what we wanted - and that we did! AND MORE! Bree's personality made our family feel extremely comfortable and relaxed during our shoot. The beautiful memories we have from these photos will be forever cherished & Bree will be forever remembered in our hearts. If you're trying to decide who to go with as your photographer, stop thinking about it and just choose Bree. You won't be sorry!
Highly recommend Brianna and Breezy Photography. Brianna met all of our expectations and then some! My son couldn’t be happier regarding his senior photos! Photos were absolutely gorgeous and timely turnaround. They are artistic and have beautiful compositions! She even met us on location and was up for an adventure to get the best shots! Definitely worth the investment!
I’m so happy we chose to work with Brianna for our wedding day! The quality of her work is absolutely incredible, so professional, detail oriented and creative. She made us feel so comfortable that all our photos reflect how simply and purely happy we were that day. She has such a warm and kind energy and she didn’t hesitate with helping coordinate some parts of the day! She’s by far the most talented photographer I’ve worked with and will definitely work with her again in the future!
I hired Bree for the birth of my last baby and I am so so glad I did. Not only is she incredibly talented, she is so personable and passionate about what she does. She came and met with my birth team before labor which was so comforting and came super quick when she knew I was in labor. I am forever grateful for the moments she captured for my family. I would recommend Bree to anyone for any special occasion!
Wow, I don't know where to begin! We came to Maine for our 10 year anniversary and decided last minute to get maternity photos done while we were out there. Not only was Brianna prompt to respond, but she was also super helpful in giving us location ideas since we weren't familiar with the area. She also went above and beyond by letting me wear some of her beautiful maternity gowns and made me feel like a million bucks! She made us feel comfortable right away and we would 10/10 recommend her to anyone. Our beautiful photos (and the whole experience) are something we will cherish forever!
Bree was amazing! She got to my birth just in time and was very helpful throughout the birth and my photos are amazing!!
Brianna has such a sweet, kind and funny demeanor, she immediately put me at ease as soon as she appeared at my front door. As a photographer myself, I'm very uncomfortable having my photo taken, but I trusted her sensitive eye to capture my dog and I. What surprised me most was that I actually had fun while being photographed! Brianna alleviated all my stress from the get-go, so I just got to relax and hang out with my dog, and it just so happened she was making beautiful portraits at the same time! My dog passed away around a month after Brianna visited our home. I am so grateful to Breezy Photography for spending some time with us and capturing my relationship with my best friend of over fourteen years. I treasure these photographs and look at them all the time. When I realize this session almost didn't happen, my heart drops because these photos are so precious and meaningful Brianna did an amazing job! Thank you Breezy Photography!
Brianna did my new born pictures and they came out so amazing. She was so patient with my son and really took her time so he was comfortable and calm the whole time. She came right to my house it was such a wonderful experience 10/10 would highly recomend her.
Bree hands down is the best photographer in the area, she is so easy to work with and to communicate with. She also is not only there to take pictures but she joins in on the party and gets the best reactions and smiles out of everyone. My mother has passed and always said she would come back as a dragonfly, during my father daughter dance a huge dragonfly flew in and circled us a few times before it flew out. Neither Bree or I saw it but she told me she would hopefully find it in the pictures. She did not find it in the pictures during the dance but sure enough she found one during the ceremony next to my father. It is proof that my mother most certainly was there and I will always cherish that picture. My family and I will only use her for family pictures going forward and will continue to recommend her.
My husband and I booked a mini session with Breezy Photography to commemorate our fifth wedding anniversary. She was professional, friendly, and accommodating when we showed up for our session. She made the experience fun and easy. A few short weeks later she sent us the finished photos and we were blown away. Brianna has a gift; an eye for photography. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Breezy Photography!
Breanna Philbrook (Bre)
My maternity and newborn sessions with Bree were impeccable! She was so kind and genuine, and really took her time to get the best shots possible. Because of the Covid restrictions in the hospital we settled on a home session for the fresh 48/newborn photos and she was so professional coming into my home and made me feel comfortable nursing my son in front of her and discussing birth and post partum things. She is a beautiful photographer inside and out and I can’t imagine bringing my business elsewhere for the professionalism and expertise she brings to the table.
Brianna is an amazing photographer that not only made our family shoots comfortable and easy, but the results were beautiful memories that we will cherish forever. Since our first shoot with Brianna, she has become a part of our family and we love and enjoy our time with her. She turns family photos into works of art, and has a gift for photography. You will not be disappointed with your experience.
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