2020 was my first full year as a birth photographer. Yeah. Imagine that. To be brutally honest with you, it has been tough as shit. Yes, it has sucked for my business but most devastatingly, it has completely upended the birth plans of so many dear friends & clients. There were planned homebirths that ended up hospital transfers, no hospital birth photography or Fresh 48s, no doulas (and in some cases partners! not being allowed entry into ultrasound & medical appointments, & delivery rooms). There’s been so much uncertainty, some fear, but you know what? There has been resilience. People have really faced immense challenges, found their strength, & powered through. Kind of like birth itself.
I’m very hopeful for a better year. For people in this industry and more importantly, for birthing parents & their partners.
I’m beyond thankful for the families that allowed me into their spaces to capture their most sacred experiences this year. Although I only attended a few births, I look back and I’m immensely proud of what I was able to do, so I decided to enter a few of my favorite images to the 2021 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers photography competition. I love this annual showcase of the beauty and power of birth photography. I also love that this year a portion of all proceeds is being donated to Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Read more about their wonderful and NECESSARY work HERE.
Below are my submissions (and some personal favorites of mine) of this past year.
Midwives I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year:
Doulas I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year:
Melissa Suarez Photography is a Birth, Maternity, & Newborn Documentary Photographer in Maryland. Looking to book a session or learn more? Get in touch HERE.