washington dc-based Newborn and Family
During one of the first births I attended as a birth doula, the dad handed me his DSLR, put it on auto, and asked me to to snap some pictures. Later, he told me that the pictures I captured were one of the greatest treasures from their birth. I thought a lot about that experience, and it is what catapulted me into the world of maternity, birth, newborn, and family photography.
I live in Vienna, Virginia with my four sons and a few backyard chickens. I'm a photographer, a birth doula, and a nursing student. I absolutely got my creativity from my mom, an artist who taught me to see the beauty in everyday moments. I got my love for science from my dad. And I get my passion for birth and babies and families from my four boys.
I enjoy adventure, especially backpacking, rock climbing, CrossFit, mud races, triathlons, and playing the guitar around a campfire with my kids. I’m the Scoutmaster of a Girls’ BSA Troop in Vienna. (Seriously, check it out…girls can now join Boy Scouts!) And someday, when my kids grow up, I’m going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Why I love what I do
The child second from the right is my grandpa, Homer Willis Hansen.
This picture is not well composed, the kids aren’t smiling perfectly, the exposure is off, and the crop is all wrong. I would have deleted this picture.
But when I look at my grandpa standing there with that puppy in his arms and his eyes closed, I can’t help but relate to him and wonder about his life.
What was it like to live in that house and grow up with those brothers on that ranch? How he must have loved those puppies! And his littlest brother, wearing that fire hat…he must have been adorable.
These boys have all grown up, raised families, had careers, and passed on. But my love for them grows every time I see them and learn about their lives.
I grew up seeing images like this. The walls and shelves of my home and my grandparents’ homes were FILLED with photographs. The frames didn't match, and they were often crooked, but it didn't matter because I loved seeing my parents, aunts, and uncles as little kids, and I loved imagining myself in those moments.
I do this so that your grandkids and great-grandkids can wonder and connect with your kids in the same way.
This moment will pass, and any printed image you have of it will be a treasure to your children.