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Shooting with Soul | Project 52 | week 10 | sleepy

Sleepy.

Sometimes, it feels like this.

sleepy www.jerusha.com.au

Go check out the other creatures in the Shooting with Soul Circle…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

https://isabelbowden.com/blog/

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

March 19th, 2015 by

Shooting With Soul | Project 52 | week 9 | A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life.

Ever wondered what my day looks like? No? I don’t blame you!
Well here i am being pushed into sharing it with you anyway…

Truth is… there is no ‘normal’ day for me. My days are very varied and often unpredictable. I often leave the house in the morning with several bags in tow to cover many different possibilities of where my day will take me. Several bags, and several changes of outfit.

But to this day….
First thing- a swim in the ocean. My days generally start either in the ocean or at the gym. Watching the sun come up is something i will never tire of.

Next up- the shot of the hospital carpark is on my way to a Heartfelt session. For those who don’t know about Heartfelt- it is an organisation of professional photographers who volunteer their time to photograph stillborn babies and terminally ill children- an organisation i am very proud to be a part of. Have a look here. People are generally amazed at how much demand there is for Heartfelt sessions- babies dying is not something anyone wants to talk about. It happens more than we want to imagine. The significance of this photo of the carpark? I spend quite a bit of time at hospitals- either attending births as a doula, or a birth photographer, or, like this day, for Heartfelt sessions. The carpark is often the place i find my centre before going in to these situations, or process my thoughts and emotions afterwards. In fact i’m sure sitting in my car has cost me quite a bit extra in hospital parking fees- but it’s time and space that i need.

Then comes a complete change of hats- a casting for a TV commercial at Fox Studios. More often than not castings make me feel like a complete dork. They can be humiliating and demoralising. Yes- all of those spoof films you’ve seen about what actors are put through in the casting room are true. Very occasionally you come out of them feeling like you’re exactly what they’re looking for (this feeling is proven wrong about 99.6% of the time), but on days like these when i’ve been where i have beforehand- perspective is a humbling gift. I leave the casting and don’t give it another thought.

Ok, so there’s the shot of my desk in there. This is always a part of my day. Editing photos, planning shoots and dreaming big… this is the cement between the bricks of my day, I fit it in between everything else, at every chance.

Then in the evening it’s time for a visit to one of my favourite places. Roman Pilates. Why my favourite? Because this place has made my life a whole lot more comfortable. I used to spend days lying on the floor- immobilised by back and neck pain. Not any more. Their functional movement training is freaking amazing and i love them for it. (Ignore the buffoon on the surfboard beside me- i have no idea who he is).

Then its home, food down throat and bed. I’ll spare you the visuals of that.

So there! My day tied up into one tidy little collage. If you made it this far i’m impressed!

www.jerusha.com.au

Treat yourself to a squiz at the other photographers in this project…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

https://isabelbowden.com/blog/

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

March 8th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | week 7 | love

LOVE

Shooting with Soul- www.jerusha.com.au

Do yourselves a favour- check out the other participants in this project…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

https://isabelbowden.com/blog/

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

February 14th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | week 6 | window

Meet the husband.

The husband, at a window.

That is all.
www.jerusha.com.au Shooting With Soul

Do yourselves a favour- check out the other participants in this project…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

https://isabelbowden.com/blog/

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

February 10th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | week 5 | self

Self portrait.

www.jerusha.com.au self portrait

Check out the other Shooting With Soul Project 52 participants here…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

Website coming end of Jan

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

February 1st, 2015 by

Shooting With Soul | week 4 | time

Time. Oh the possibilities!

But there was one clear highlight this week… with a loose link to ‘time’. But that’s half the fun with this project- keeping it loose and tenuous!

Norman Jay MBE, British master DJ of funk, soul, disco… was in town for the Sydney Festival. He is an all time favourite in this house and his albums are played on the highest of rotation. We were not going to miss this.

The names of his albums??

Good Times.

And that’s a good enough link to ‘time’ for me!

www.jerusha.com.au

Check out the other gorgeous artists in this project, here:

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

Website coming end of Jan

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

January 25th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | 52 Project | week 3 | eat

This week’s Project 52 shot may look quite obvious- a picture of a cute toddler eating watermelon- but it comes with a back story that holds such a special place is my heart.

This is Lily, the daughter of dear friends of mine. The significance of this shot comes from the fact that Lily was born at 29 weeks after an especially complicated pregnancy, and was a very unwell little girl. She spent the first 7 months of her life in hospital, where the most basic yet fundamental functions of life were her biggest mountains to climb- breathing, and eating. There were times when those mountains seemed insurmountable.

Today was the first time i have seen Lily since the day she left hospital (which by stoke of magic i was there to photograph- you can see that story here and to watch her today, a cheeky, determined little girl, running around, gleefully enjoying a juicy slice of watermelon, just blew my heart open with happiness.

Shooting with Soul Project 52 week 3 www.jerusha.com.au

You can view the other awesome posts of the Shooting with Soul circle here…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

Website coming end of Jan

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

January 18th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | 52 Project | week 2 | cold

What’s the perfect antidote to a steamy summer evening under a full moon? A cold beer, after after a dip in the cold ocean…

I often feel drawn to the ocean on a full moon… it happened this week. Around 9.30pm, just after the full moon rose on Monday evening, i headed down the hill to Bronte to see what i could find. People were just packing up their picnics, someone was doing laps in the ocean pool, and these folk were cooling down in the Bogey Hole, cigarettes and beer in hand, dancing in the moonlight…

www.jerusha.com.au SWS52 Week 2

Check out the other gorgeous Shooting with Soul 52 Project participants here…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com/blog

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

Website coming end of Jan

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

Jerusha Sutton – Jerusha Sutton Photography

http://www.jerusha.com.au/blog/

Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaToddPhotography1

Courtney Holmes – Courtney Holmes Photography

http://courtneyholmes.com.au

January 11th, 2015 by

Shooting with Soul | 52 Project | week 1 | resolution

Happy 2015!
I’ve never done a planned, weekly project before. This year i’m going to make an attempt.
One photo each week, inspired by a weekly theme. I have a bunch of photographer buddies following this same journey, so hopefully the shame of falling being will kick me in the butt enough to keep up. ;)
This week the theme is RESOLUTION.
One of my resolutions for this year is to have more weekends away with my love, and with our friends… so here is a capture from a few days away we had over new year with a crazy gorgeous bunch of friends.

SWS52- www.jerusha.com.au

SWS52- www.jerusha.com.au

You can view the other photographers projects here…

Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography

http://www.vickypalmieri.com/vpp-blog/

Amy Rushbrook – Lark + Bear Photography

http://www.larkandbear.com/blog

Sheree McCready – Super Love Photography

http://www.superlovephotography.com

Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography

http://www.facebook.com/katebaileyphoto

Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images

http://www.fireflyimages.com.au/blog

Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography

http://www.lesleydoddphotography.com

Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography

http://colouroflifephotography.com.au/blog-4/

Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography

http://www.mockingbirdphotography.com.au/blog

Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography

http://kyliedunlopphotography.com/blog/

Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography

Website coming end of Jan

Sarah Ransley – November May Photography

http://www.novembermayphotography.com

Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography

http://www.natalieirelandphotography.com.au/blog

Lyn Wilkinson – Lynette Wilkinson Photography

http://www.lynettewilkinson.com.au/blog

Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography

www.taniaboydphotography.com.au/blog

January 4th, 2015 by

Why Birth Photography

This week I was asked to be a guest on the morning television program Wake Up on Ten to discuss the growing trend of birth photography. Thrilled, I agreed.  I was asked to bring one of my clients with me so that together, we could give them both sides of the story- in front, and behind the camera.

There has been a lot of media flying around about birth photography over the past couple of weeks in reaction to a story from the UK’s Daily Mail which stated that 1 in 5 pregnant women would consider getting a birth photographer. As often happens with such an article- particularly with something new like this that challenges people’s comfort levels, there has been very strong feedback from the public both in favour, and vehemently against the concept.

In preparing for the show, I wasn’t sure what angle they were going to take with the interview. Would they be in support of this growing genre? Or would they ask the questions that seem to arise time and time again regarding ‘invasion of privacy’, ‘intrusion on the sacred space’, and the predictable ‘that’s the last bloody thing I’d want anywhere near me while I was going through THAT!’

As it turned out the interview was very positive, the gorgeous hosts were on board and the whole segment gave a beautiful spin on birth photography and showed it in all its glory.

But the preparation for this interview made me think. I needed to clarify my line in my own head about why I strongly believe birth photography is a good thing. What is it that draws women to hire me? And what is it that makes people react so negatively to the concept of this?

Here is the thing. There are aspects of birth photography that I know are not always ideal in the birthing space. After 8 years of working as a doula, one of the biggest lessons I have learned is that the less disturbed labour is, the more straightforward birth will be.  And by disturbed I refer to, amongst other things- medical interventions, light, language, shifts in location (e.g. travelling to hospital), and being watched. [You can read Sarah Buckley’s insights on “Undisturbed Birth” here.] Inhibition is bound to stall labour. That is because birth takes part in the primal part of our brain- our primal selves and our self-conscious selves are not friends.

Being watched. Isn’t that exactly what photographing someone is doing? Yes.

Yes it is.

Here’s another thing. The other, equally as important thing I have learned about a labouring woman is that the thing she needs most, is support. She needs to feel safe with her caregivers and her support people. She needs to feel loved and protected and free to be whoever she needs to be to bring her baby into the world.

So… in terms of birth photography- how does this all piece together? How and when does a birth photographer not disturb the balance of a woman’s birthing space? I believe this is where it is ALL about the connection between the woman, and the photographer. Is the photographer a person she connects with, feels safe with, and trusts to be in her sacred space? Does the photographer have knowledge of birth physiology and the delicate dance of hormones that allow a woman to birth her baby? Does the birthing woman feel secure in the knowledge that the photographer is there to support her journey and capture her magnificence? And does the photographer have a heightened sensitivity of the woman’s needs- is she responsible for the energy she brings to that space at all times?

When all of these factors are aligned, the relationship can become one of deep support and respect, which can enrich, rather than disrupt, one of life’s most magical journeys.

 

Beyond the Birth

Why do women choose to have their births photographed? The most common reasons are to have a record of their baby’s first breath, to capture the moments when her and her partner become parents to this little being, the first moments they meet their new love. But when I deliver birth photographs to families- I get the feeling that the meaning of those photographs goes a whole lot deeper than that. A woman who laboured beautifully at home in water and birthed her baby right where she visualised she would will often look at the photographs in awe of what she achieved and say “MY body did that!”; a woman who hoped for a natural birth but made decisions different to what she had planned will often look at her photos and be reminded that she put in an enormous effort before the journey took a different path and realise that it wasn’t all for nothing; and a woman who has her baby by elective caesarean in theatre will be reminded that going into an operating theatre at any time- even when it is by choice- takes a lot of courage and is an overwhelmingly huge experience.

I believe it helps women OWN their births. And heal their births.

And further again I see that it gives women an insight into the incredible amount of love and support that was surrounding them through their birthing process. To be able to witness the look of concern, and utter awe in her older child’s face, when her own face was buried in the side of a birth pool- riding one of her countless contractions, to see her doulas red thumbs, pressed into the small of her back as rocks side to side on the birth ball, to see her partner keeping guard by her bed, not leaving her for a second while she sleeps after the exhausted decision was made to have an epidural. All of these perspectives that she otherwise, would not have seen.

And on a broader scale- when birth photographs are shown to the greater community- I believe that in a small way, we are clawing back the vision of birth that movies and media have mis-portrayed to us over the years. The image of a woman in theatre, dressed in a blue hospital gown, legs in stirrups, screaming at her partner and being rescued of her baby by a masked doctor. You know the ones. That is the image of birth that society is fed, time and time again. And sure, maybe that picture is sometimes a reality, but it doesn’t have to be.

Birth doesn’t have to be scary and bloody and screamy and dangerous.

Birth is beautiful. Birthing women are magnificent. Every single one of them. And the more we start to see of that, the sooner we will start to heal the wounded image that we as a society carry of birth, and will open ourselves to the deep magnificence it has to offer.

 

And that is why I photograph births.

 

(Clearly, a five-minute slot on a morning chat show was not the space unleash these thoughts to the world. But if you would like to watch the Wake Up on TEN segment entitled Capturing The First Breath, you can do so here)

 

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March 27th, 2014 by

The Magnificent Falls Creek, Victoria

I feel a bit lost shooting landscapes. It feels strange to have no little feet to chase after, or no labouring woman to marvel at and capture the beauty of.

I feel overwhelmed by being surrounded by the immense proportions of a world so beautiful- how can you capture that in a shot? Or even a series of shots?

None the less, occasionally, I try.  Sometimes I feel I have no choice but to try and freeze some of what my eyes are seeing- perhaps in an attempt to digest the beauty at another time, because in that moment it is too big for my heart.

That was how I felt last weekend during a visit to Falls Creek, Victoria. I have never been to this famed ski village in winter when it is bathed in snow- it would be another world entirely- but in summer it is beyond glorious.

The powerful charge of the mountains and the crisp, thin air make you feel, literally, on top of the world.

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March 13th, 2014 by

Lily leaves hospital

I have a story to tell you about little girl named Lily, and her amazing parents, Dave and Jess.

 

Dave and Jess were ready to start their family, so were thrilled to find out they were pregnant with their first child. That elation got turned on it’s head when, at 16 weeks pregnant, Jess’s waters broke. They were told there was nothing much they could do except to stay on bed rest and hope for the best. The baby’s chance of survival was 1 in 100. Rather than expecting the worst, Dave and Jess decided that without doubt, that 1% chance was theirs. They welcomed their community to send their energy, prayers and wishes to their fragile little baby, and Jess spent the next 8 weeks at home in bed.

 

At 24 weeks pregnant, the little fighter was still holding on, despite being in an amniotic sac which never resealed, so Jess was moved to Royal North Shore Hospital where she spent the next 5 weeks. On the 13th March 2013, at 29 weeks pregnant, Jess went into labour. Plans for a caesarean section were being made but this clever baby had other plans. Before they could make it to theatre, Jess birthed a breech baby girl named Lily Mireya Missio, weighing just 1.67kg.

 

Lily spent the next 5 months in intensive care and the following 2 months in the children’s ward- her biggest challenges being lung function and digestion. Remarkably, Jess expressed breastmilk for every single feed for her little girl, to give her the very best chance possible. During Lily’s time in hospital Dave and Jess tag teamed an around-the-clock roster (whilst Dave held down a full time job)- so they were with Lily every step of the way.

 

After 205 days in hospital, it was decided Lily was well enough to go home. Still on constant oxygen and a feeding tube, there are some challenges to overcome, but given the tenacity she has shown thus far, no one has any doubt she’s up for the challenge.

 

I was lucky enough to capture Dave and Jess finally taking their little girl home. This was only the second time she had been out of the hospital walls, into fresh air, and it was the very first time Lily had felt the sun on her face. What a beautiful day it was.

 

Oh, and you might even spot me in there having a little cuddle.

 

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December 16th, 2013 by

Renaissance Photography Prize

A couple of months back I was thrilled to hear that this birth photograph i took back in March had been selected as a finalist for the Renaissance Photography Prize in London. This competition raises money for the Lavender Trust, an amazing organisation committed to supporting young women with breast cancer.

I was particularly thrilled that they chose a birth photo to be part of the exhibition, as i firmly believe that the more that people see how beautiful and powerful and unscary birth can be, the more that we as a society can start viewing birth as a normal, physiological event not to be feared, but to be embraced and rejoiced.

The exhibition has been on this week in London, with framed prints of the photographs being sold for the Lavender Trust. You can check them out here.

And I thank Rebecca, my divine subject, for inviting me into her birth space and allowing me to share this image with the world. You can see more images from Rebecca’s birth here.

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September 8th, 2013 by

here we go!

Well hi there… so nice to see you here. Welcome!

POP! Hear that? That’s my blog cherry. It’s all terribly exciting.

To mark the occasion I would like to share with you a birth that I documented not too long ago…

This birth was a so very special (ok you’ve got me, they all are, every single one of them). It was the first birth that I attended alongside my doula sister, Lucretia McCarthy. What a treat it was to watch her work… she was calm, compassionate, thoughtful and funny. Oh, and she does a mean double-hip squeeze. All the things a doula should be.

But the real treat was witnessing Rebecca, this strong, beautiful woman, and Philippe, her unflinchingly focussed, loving partner, welcome their second little boy into the world. They worked so beautifully together, and between them, Lucretia and their wonderful midwife, the room was filled with a complete trust in the wisdom and ability of Rebecca’s body to birth this baby.

Welcome to the world, Tosh.

 

I’d like to take a moment here to thank the families, and especially women who give their permission for me to share these extremely personal images with you all. I am in awe of every one of you and eternally grateful.

 

Please, do not share, edit or reproduce any images here without permission.

Your respect is requested. In fact, it is a requirement of attendance.

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May 20th, 2013 by
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