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Welcome


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Welcome


Every midwife knows that not until a mother’s womb softens from the pain of labor
will a way unfold and the infant find that opening to be born. Oh friend! There is treasure in your heart, it is heavy with child. Listen. All the awakened ones, like trusted midwives are saying, ‘welcome this pain. It opens the dark passage of Grace.
— Rumi

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Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.
— Ina May Gaskin
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beautiful Mommas


beautiful Mommas


Beautiful Momma Project

This project is truly my heart. It is a collection of raw and intimate images of mothers, accompanied by their self written stories. I believe that in sharing our stories, honestly and openly, we will strengthen our sisterhood of mothers. 

Brooke

I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks after my 18th birthday. I am not going to lie, I was full of mixed emotions. I knew one thing for sure, I was going to be a mom. I wasn't sure if I was going to be good at it, but I was going to do it.  

Stacey

To be a mother is to have enormous responsibility. To want to be a mother is often inborn and the desire often grows as we age. This was true for me, but I was entirely surprised by the emotional rollercoaster that motherhood is. 

Susan

How do you know how many children you want to have?  One, two, three, or more!  The answer was clear as glass for my husband and me once we started into that chapter of our lives.  

 

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Manitoba Birth Photographer


Manitoba Birth Photographer


About the artist


I am passionate about capturing the beauty of everyday moments. Grab a cup and have a look around my site to see exactly what it is that I love. Now, a little bit about me:

I live in a small community in Southern Manitoba, it is a wonderful place to raise my family. I am a Mother of two rambunctious children and wife to the most supportive husband. A man who doesn’t bat an eyelash at his wife leaving him with two kids, usually in the middle of the night,  is my kind of man. My kids and I are lucky to have him! On top of my photography work, I keep busy with my other career as a Registered massage therapist. I am also a trained and experienced birth doula. I love yoga, music and junk food. I discovered birth photography in 2010 while pregnant with my first, and fell in love with it immediately and completely.

 

Professional Career


I began my professional photography career in 2015 after attending and documenting my first birth. This genre of photography lends so well to my love of sharing women’s stories. My recovery from PPD & PPA after my second was what gave me the push to dive into this career and it has fueled my passion for normalizing birth and motherhood in all it’s beautiful, messy glory. Soon after documenting my first few births, I began my Beautiful Momma Project, a movement designed to share mothers’ stories. This project has been exhibited at local galleries and was well received by our modest community. This project reflects my soul. I am currently completing a birth photography mentorship program with the lovely Morag Hastings from Apple Blossom Families, and have enjoyed watching myself grow. As a birth doula and mother myself, I understand the physiological and emotional needs required in the birthing space. My 10 years of massage therapy experience, knowledge of the human body and confidence bring something special to my hands-on support.

I respect the birthing process and exactly what that may look like for you and your family, no matter how it happens. I’m there for full family support, as a fly on the wall to document your day, or a combination of both. I would love to meet with you and your family to discuss your birth wishes and desires and to show you how I can be a part of that process. Check out my work, shoot me an email and let's set up a time and date!

~ Holly