When I was pregnant with my first child, never once did I consider hiring a birth photographer. We bought a decent camera and I showed my husband how to use it real quick and then it was Game Time. I labored and battled for more than 12 hours, being moved into every position imaginable and that baby just. wouldn’t. budge. With no energy left but no choice but to continue on, we finally reached the point of no return and I pushed and pushed for more than 3 long hours to bring our son into the world.
Bless his heart, my husband did his very best with that camera. Yes, we have pictures of our son being born. But what’s missing is the STORY. The battle. The heartache. The exhaustion. The moment when I had nothing left to give, but we rallied. The beauty in his birth that I was too tired to see.
We are thrilled to be spotlighting one of our phenomenal MkeMB photography partners today — Sara Stiller of The Nesting Tree Photography and Family Films. Sara’s heart is for capturing the beauty in every birth and she is one of only a small number of dedicated Birth Photographers in the Milwaukee area. It is our distinct pleasure to introduce you to her.
HELLO. I’M SARA. I LOVE COFFEE. I REALLY LOVE COFFEE. I LOVE BEING A MAMA BEAR, AND WIFEY. BAREFOOT DAYS ARE MY JAM AND FRESH AIR IS MY HAPPY. MOTHERHOOD IS AMAZING, AND HARD, AND BEAUTIFUL. MOSTLY, IT MOVES WAY TOO FAST FOR ME. SO I TAKE PHOTOS TO HELP ME REMEMBER.
What is Birth Photography?
I think to explain birth photography, there must be an understanding of story, I think to explain birth photography, there must be an understanding of story. We are constantly living stories that deserve to be told or remembered. There is a reason we pay to document our wedding day — it holds incredible sentimental value. Becoming a Mother is an extraordinary moment, for the first time or the fifteenth and there is such a beautiful story that unfolds as a Mother brings her baby into this world. It is the culmination of a long journey, even longer and more hard fought for some. There are moments of struggle, doubt, encouragement and love between partners that you rarely get to see. And frankly, as a laboring Mama, you don’t even remember. Birth photography can show a Mother what her journey looked like and can even bring healing when outcomes haven’t been smooth or favorable in the past. Birth photography is often looked at as vulgar, or disgusting but we aren’t talking about an anatomy lesson here. It is the story of new life. Of the first moments as parents with this little person. And the firsts are always special with children.
What made you jump into it?
Why hire a professional birth photographer?
What has been your favorite experience so far?
Sara will be an event sponsor at our upcoming Bloom Event for New and Expecting Moms on May 20th at the Authentic Birth Center and Wellness Collective in Wauwatosa. We invite you to come and enjoy a fabulous day of pampering and learning plus leave with a bag full of swag and the chance to win some pretty incredible giveaways. Take time to visit Sara and see examples of her work, plus ask any questions you may have about birth photography!