Your Missoula Birth Photographer

Fresh, just minutes old. If you are a birth, baby, mama geek like me, you are going to be in love with your baby’s fresh head. They smell other worldly- and that totally makes sense to me. Be ready for a surreal, transformational experience.
Consider birth photographer with me, so that I can hand you back a concrete story. I have 9/10 mamas tell me they really couldn’t remember much, or that they had a blurred memory. 10/10 mamas see their birth story and are in awe of moments I documented for them, that they either didn’t know had taken place or just can’t wrap their minds around how I GOT THAT SHOT!
I am there for you. Mikaela Marie DiBerardinis​ and I vlogged yesterday about birth photography and one thing we talked about is how our services are more that just showing up on a spontaneous day at 2am and staying for an unpredictable amount of time ( which that in itself is epic) BUT that we also extend ourselves to being the solid care and peer to touch base with , once we are booked. I have clients text or call and chat about delayed cord clamping, new stretch marks, what they are eating, toddler angst, induction, emotions, and so on. We are part of your birth team. During birth, if applicable – we extend to chat with a nervous dad, or be a lesion to the nursing staff so that Dad can stay by mamas side. I have walked the halls with a client while her husband slept on the couch. I have sat with a mama and watched TV and shared birth/ mama stories- while she labored.
Then take all that- add on the gear, the back up gear, the ability to shoot in any lighting situation.
Then the willingness to hold space and reverence for life and death, and take all those stories home with us, in our minds, body, and hearts.
The service doesn’t end there.
24 hours later a handful of images are already edited and in your email so you can share with family and friends.
4 weeks later 100- 250 edited images are presented to the mama of her Birth Story-of a FAMILY STORY- to cherish and love for a lifetime.
2/3 of my clients become everyday friends- coffee dates, lunches, hikes. No matter what- I always remember you and I always remember your baby and your birth story. ALWAYS.

Newly Born in Missoula

In 30 minutes that usually creeps into 60, Family Maternity Center photographers work some magic.

I use all natural light provided by the Family Maternity Center’s gorgeous windows, we crank up the heat in the room, so we are all nice and toasty and the professional work begins.

Parents typically watch closely and coo over the delicate way their child is handled and photographed.  First Embrace Photography aims to capture details and a natural, organic look. I have been ending each session with dad or mom holding the newborn. At first this wasn’t part of the efficient 30 minutes, but it is authentic and mirrors my professional private work in the community.

There is a connection and a story in every newborn and I would like to highlight that. On the first day of life First Embrace Photography starts with what is most important- love and family.

St. Patrick’s Hospital -baby

In 30 minutes that usually creeps into 60, Family Maternity Center photographers work some magic.

I use all natural light provided by the Family Maternity Center’s gorgeous windows, we crank up the heat in the room, so we are all nice and toasty and the professional work begins.

Parents typically watch closely and coo over the delicate way their child is handled and photographed.  First Embrace Photography aims to capture details and a natural, organic look. I have been ending each session with dad or mom holding the newborn. At first this wasn’t part of the efficient 30 minutes, but it is authentic and mirrors my professional private work in the community.

There is a connection and a story in every newborn and I would like to highlight that. On the first day of life First Embrace Photography starts with what is most important- love and family.