Y'all, I did something I absolutely do not feel worthy of doing. I entered in to a competition amongst the elite of birth photographers all around the world. I took a chance knowing I am extremely under-experienced compared to most of these incredible professionals. The International Associate of Professional Birth Photographers annual Image of the Year Competition had ~600 images entered! I entered 4 out of those 600. FOUR!
Just before I submitted my entries doubt set in pretty deep, but the words of Monet Moutrie changed my perception of the entire competition.
I changed my perception from an individual with fear of losing to being a part of a bigger movement with a drive to empower birth. I submitted 4 photos, one for each category: labor, birth, postpartum, and details. I now can say I did not enter to win, I entered for much bigger reasons than personal recognition.
Enjoy these four photos that brought me so much joy as a captured them in 2016! Let me know what you think, and thank you for all your encouragement this past year!
Check out other amazing birth photographers and colleagues from all over the world that entered in to the contest as well! Click their name to see their site!
Jennifer Mason | Monet Moutrie | Brezi Merryman | Kayla Gonzales | Esther Edith | Vanessa Mendez | Kim Be | Michele Steiner | Isabell Steinert | Rachel Utain-Evans | Cameron Zegers | Jackie Parr-Akiona | Jo Robertson | Sophia Gueiros Costa | Hannah Palamara | Brittany Reynosa | Katie Lewis | Ashley Short | Jennifer Hamilton | Taryn Starkey | Jenny Gullen | Danica Donnelly | Kylie Garces | Tamara Milldove | Jessie Fultz | Elaine Baca | Dorothea Schulz | Ashlan Taylor | Jennifer Conway | Camille Borba | Holly Michelle | Jessica Mielke | Heather Sears| Raven Dibble | Kendall Blacker | Rachel Demand | Sarah Stanley | Ginessa Cline Pierson | Jessica French Peterson | Elizabeth DeGrazia Boyce | Amanda Bradley McGhee | Donna Hedgcock | Nicole Churchin | Stephanie Entin | Julie Dater-Twomey| Carlee Melenko