"When my wife first came and told me she was interested in having a photographer at the birth of our first baby my first thought was "that's weird". I told her that the idea made me a bit uncomfortable because there's just so much vulnerability and because it was our first we didn't know what to expect in the first place. After talking we decided that ultimately it was her decision because it would mostly be her vulnerability on display for a photographer, I still felt weird but I would back her up no matter what.
She had a phone call with Bri and was convinced, so she booked her for our birth. After meeting with her for our in person consult I was already more at ease. She seemed like a genuinely nice and understanding person, but I still felt a little uneasy about the photo part.
When it was time for our daughter to finally make her entrance and Bri showed up I was surprised at how comfortable things felt with her there! She was obviously very experienced and knowledgeable about birthing and before my wife even delivered I felt grateful she was there as an extra support person, talking us through stressful things and supporting not just my wife but me too.
Throughout the delivery and after our daughter was born I remember feeling so impressed with how respectful she had been and held some very clear boundaries, there were very special moments for us that we literally didn't even notice her in the room for, she just melted into the background (in the best way). We were able to feel very intimate with our new child.
I love having the photos now and I love that I have memories of me with my daughter for her first moments that I otherwise might not have had because I was supporting my wife. When we found out we were expecting our second child I had zero hesitations about hiring Bri again. Our second birth was almost as special as our first with her there, as we now consider her a friend and it was extra special having her be a big part of the birth of our son.
If we ever had more children Bri would 100% be there now because she's added nothing but value to both our birth experiences."
"When my wife mentioned that she wanted a birth photographer I was a bit hesitant to agree to the idea, I realize that it’s not about me, but I also didn’t want a full room of strangers. I was concerned about the amount of space that there would be in the room with all the Doctors and nurses. I was also concerned that we were going to get a lot of inappropriate photos and photos that in my opinion we wouldn’t want to share with others.
I couldn’t have been more wrong about my initial thoughts.
From the moment Bri walked into the room her energy and positive attitude immediately made me feel comfortable, not only about having another person in the room but also about this person representing our family in pictures.
I feel that Bri added to the room in just being there, she wouldn’t over share or over talk but when she added to a conversation it was always positive, kind, at times funny, and at times helpful. Bri was very respectful of the space and the people in it, I could hardly notice her as she moved about the room taking pictures.
At no point during the birth did I think she was in the way, somehow, she made her presence felt but not seen.
I feel that the pictures Bri took were very tasteful and a great representation of who my wife and I are as a couple. I feel that she made my wife and newborn child look beautiful and when I look back at these pictures, I can feel the love in the room. My wife shares a lot of the pictures to Instagram and I don’t think that any of the pictures are inappropriate or strange. I can’t remember a lot of the birth, and neither can my wife which makes having these pictures extra special.
I’m not the kind of guy who keeps photo albums or loves to look back at pictures, but there are moments captured in these pictures that I love to relive, I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful I feel she made my wife and child look. I love the pictures and appreciate the opportunity to relive this moment through them.
I have attached some of my favorite moments that were captured, and these are also some of the pictures my wife has shared on Instagram."
I love birth and birth photography, specifically Bri’s work, but didn’t know if it was really “for me”. As someone who has struggled with body image for a good portion of their life, the idea of having someone capture naked photos of me during my most vulnerable moments made me uncomfortable. When I used to imagine giving birth, I never thought I’d have a doula or photographer present. I have had the honour of being involved in hundreds of labours and births as a care provider, and figured I knew enough that my support people and I would be “good enough“ on our own.
It turns out that having this kind, knowledgeable, generous woman present as we welcomed our daughter into the world was one of the best decisions my partner and I have ever made.
Bri’s support, sense of humour and encouragement played a key roll in carrying me through the last few weeks (read: 1000 days) of my pregnancy. When I finally realized I was actually in labour and wasn’t sure when was the “right” time to head to the hospital, Bri offered up a game plan that made sense and helped me focus. Her presence put me, my husband, and sister at ease as we hung out, laboured, and then transitioned to the hospital.
Not once did it feel weird or intrusive to have “an extra person” around us. Bri’s calming presence instilled a sense of confidence in me and I honestly don’t think I really noticed her camera until my daughter was born. Her knowledge about labour positions and coping strategies helped me immensely. Her ability to identify times to focus, fuel, and rest helped us all through that night.
She truly is the best “package deal” around - a phenomenal photographer but also a knowledgeable, humble, kind doula and human being.
Bri’s passion for birth is palpable in both her presence and in the art she creates. The photos I have of my labour, birth, postpartum, and perfect newborn are extraordinary. However, it’s Bri’s friendship and sense of empowerment she gave me that night that have been the greatest gift.