The birth space is a sacred transitional stage in time in which a woman becomes a mother, it is filled with strength, surrender, magnificence and love and to have a birth photographer there immortalises that moment for the sacredness that it holds. Belle gracefully captures and respects that space in which the woman holds so that she can intimately transcend through it peacefully. Birth photography also holds a great healing tool in birth when things don't conceptualise as planned so that the woman can bear witness to the true strength of what she accomplished on her birthing day.
I hired Belle based on her .Her enthusiasm for birth radiated from every part of her. I could just tell that she loved the art of birth photography and I needed positive people around me at my birth and I knew she would bring that to the day. I wasn't wrong either, when the big day came along Belle brought all the birthing energy with her and seamlessly joined in with my team. I was quite aware of Belle being around and taking photos as my labour was quite easy and I spent much of it talking to everyone. I loved that she was there capturing all the special moments I was having with my support team and some moments that didn't include me that I wouldn't normally see or notice. It was wonderful not to have to worry about capturing the moment myself I could just concentrate on living in the moment and enjoying it as it happened. I have truly wonderful memories of my daughters birth, photos I can share with friends and family, photos I can share with her when she is older. As my third birth and the only one I had a photographer at I would have to say it was one of the best decisions I made, this was an event that would never happen again.
I chose Belle to photograph the planned Home Birth of my second son in March of 2013 after I seeing her exquisite work shared by the Birth Without Fear Facebook page. From the moment of first contact she was warm and friendly, and shared the same values as I regarding birthing and all things natural.
Belle arrived fresh and excited in the VERY early hours of the morning of my birthing day. Her presence was bright, happy, but most importantly quiet and unobtrusive. A true credit to her professionalism, I soon barely noticed her presence as she captured all the special moments of the birth. Alas, we did end up transferring to hospital for assistance later that morning, and Belle was invaluable in the transfer process. She patiently complied with hospital policy and returned to the birthing room to capture more precious images of my fresh little newborn and our newly expanded family. I shall cherish the photos Belle took, and the fantastic service and care she provided, forever. Definitely a worthy investment!