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Winners! 2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition


Thank you to each and every participant this year!  Our competition was a huge success and many people, all across the world, witnessed the beauty of birth photography through your images.

Our Judge panel had a very difficult job in narrowing down the winners this year!  Winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technicality, emotionality and composition.  While we had clear 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, our Honorable Mention spot had 3 photos receive the exact same number of points by the judge panel.  So, we will be awarding 3 Honorable Mentions this year.

Thank you to our Judges, they did a wonderful job and we are appreciative of their time and efforts!  And, of course, thank you to each and every person who took the time to vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to all the winners!

1ST PLACE WINNER

The Memory Box Photography

2ND PLACE

Miracle Moments Birth Photography

3RD PLACE

Emily Weaver Brown Photography

HONORABLE MENTION

Emily Robinson Photography

HONORABLE MENTION

Kimberlin Gray Photography

HONORABLE MENTION

Lindsey Kliewer Photography

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Canary Lane Photography

You can see all the beautiful entries here:  2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition

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2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition

We are pleased to announce and launch the 2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition.  Each year, IAPBP recognizes excellence in birth photography.  We hope you will join us in sharing beautiful images of birth with our members, our Judges, our friends, family, fans, and ultimately, the world.

WHO MAY ENTER

You must be a current member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers.  If you are not a member, and would like to join, you can do so here.

HOW TO ENTER

**The 2012 Competition is now closed.  Please check back on Monday, January 28, 2013 to vote!**

Click the Enter button to submit your photograph.  Please be sure to read the guidelines below as well as the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions included on the entry form.

Winners will be determined as follows:

1st Place Winner
2nd Place
3rd Place
Honorable Mention
People’s Choice Award

The 1st Place Winner will have the opportunity to be published in Midwifery Today Magazine, at the discretion of the member.  Additionally, the winning image will be featured on the front page of Birthphotographers.com and the photographer’s work and profile will be featured in a blog post and on facebook.

All competition winners will receive an International Association of Professional Birth Photographers badge to display on their website reflecting their accomplishment.

The Peoples Choice Award will be determined by popular vote.  Members may request their clients, friends, family and fans to vote for their image.  Members may not pay, barter or reward in any way a person who votes for their image.  Voting is limited to one vote per person.  Images will be numbered and displayed on birthphotographers.com with a voting system.  The total number of votes for the competition and the Peoples Choice Award will be shared at the end of the competition.  Only the Peoples Choice Award will be determined by the popular vote, all other winners will be chosen by the Judges.  It is possible for the Peoples Choice Award to also receive a winning submission as determined by the Judges.

All entries must be submitted and received by Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:59:00 p.m. CSTVoting will open on Monday, January 28, 2013 and continue until the close of the competition on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm CST.  Winners will be announced in February once the votes have been received from the judges and tallied.

  • Each entry consists of an entry form and one birth photograph.
  • You must complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and release.
  • Only one photograph may be submitted per member.
  • Once your entry and image have been submitted, that submission is final and images may not be swapped out or replaced.
  • Images must be in digital format only.
  • All digital files must be 1 MB or smaller and in JPG format.
  • Images must be no greater than 600px x 400px.
  • The photograph must have been taken within the 2012 calendar year, January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
  • Black and white or color images are acceptable.
  • The photograph must be a single work of original material taken by the member.  By entering the competition, the participant acknowledges that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the member and that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights of any person or entity.
  • Small, non-obtrusive watermarks are acceptable. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers reserves the right to ask members to reduce the size of the watermark if we feel it is to large or takes away from the overall image and presentation.  If we do not receive an edited image upon request within 24 hours the entry will be disqualified.  You may re-enter the same image with the adjusted watermark if it is submitted before the end of the competition deadline as stated below.
  • Upon request, each member must be prepared to provide a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted authorizing the photographer and its authorized parties to reproduce, distribute and display the entry in connection with the competition. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the competition and selection of an alternate winner.
  • Each member that enters an image must read and agree to the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions on the entry form.
  • Each entry will judged separately by the panel of Judges based on creativity and photographic quality.  In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied entries alone.  Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Winners will be notified by email.

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2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition Official Judges

JACQUELINE TOBIN

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder. Previously, she was the executive editor of Rangefinder, and before that she worked at Photo District News for 26 years, as managing and then deputy editor. She is the author of two books: Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012), on photographer Elizabeth Messina’s photography. Jacqueline loves reviewing photographers work at portfolio reviews during The Palm Springs Photo Festival at PhotoPlus Expo in Manhattan each year, as well as at WPPI Las Vegas, and various WPPI road shows and University events throughout the year. She currently lives in New York City, loves to spoil her 5 nieces and nephews, is a huge movie buff, and fell in love with making photographs and processing black-and white film in her dad’s darkroom when she was a kid.

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MICHELLE KANE

Hailing from the beautiful state of Wyoming, Michelle Kane is the developer of photo editing tools for photographers. Her robust Photoshop actions are editing staples for thousands of photographers around the world. Michelle has been featured in various photography publications, as well as served as a contributor to a number of online photography sites. She occasionally photographs clients and models, but spends most of her time blogging free editing tutorials, articles, and how-to videos. She enjoys sharing her photography and editing knowledge with others and strives to be a blessing to others through her work.

Michelle Kane Photography + Actions
Michelle Kane on Facebook

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PEGGY O’MARA

Peggy O’Mara founded Mothering.com in 1995. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.

Peggy O’Mara on Facebook

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ANGIE ARTHUR

Angie Arthur, along with Amy Lucurto, are the founders of I Heart Faces. As moms, their photography journey began by being centered around their children… and the wonderful emotions that their faces convey. In late 2008, they realized there was no website focused on sharing photos of beautiful and unique faces. That’s when the idea for I Heart Faces was born!

Amy & Angie are passionate about teaching and inspiring women to be creative and follow their dreams. See Angie and Amy on My Craft Channel this fall as they host their very own show with tips and tricks about photography!

I Heart Faces on Facebook
I Heart Faces on Twitter
I Heart Faces on Pinterest

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JAN TRITTEN

Jan Tritten is the founder, mother and editor-in-chief of Midwifery Today magazine and a midwife who was in active practice from 1977–1989. She became a midwife in 1977 after the powerful home birth of one of her daughters. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. She does this by organizing Midwifery Today conferences around world as well as publishing the magazine.  One of her favorite tasks is to look at photos of mothers and babies and births so she is honored to participate in this competition.

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JENNIFER BLOCK

Jennifer block is a journalist frequently covering women’s health and reproductive justice. She is the author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, which was named a “Best of” by Kirkus Reviews.

www.jenniferblock.com

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LYNN WOLF

Since the birth of her first child in 2006, Lynn has completed doula trainings with DONA International, Yoga Birth Method and Hypnobabies, and is a certified yoga instructor through Core Power Yoga, in addition to completing over 100 hours of additional prenatal specific yoga instructor training.  She has also been working with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein –  documentary film makers of the landmark “The Business of Being Born” and “More Business of Being Born” in the role of Marketing Director/Website Administrator since 2010.  Currently, Lynn is studying to be a Certified Nurse Midwife.

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LAURA WINSLOW

Laura is a nationally published photographer in Phoenix, Arizona known for her modern, fresh and colorful approach to photography. Her work has appeared in such publications as Professional Photographer Magazine, BabyTalk magazine, Celebrate Magazine and on HGTV.com, among others. Laura is honored to have been a featured photographer in ads for MpixPro. She travels often for sessions and will be visiting many major cities throughout the U.S. in 2013 for sessions in addition to offering workshops in Phoenix.

Laura Winslow Photography
Laura Winslow Photography Blog
Laura Winslow on Facebook

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JILL KRAUSE

Jill Krause is the voice behind BabyRabies.com, where she chronicles life after baby fever became baby rabies, leaving her with no choice but to become a mom. She’s now mother to two, and has another on the way. Jill tries to write candidly, with a sense of humor about life as a mom. She also likes to focus on photography, and using it to document and share all the small and ordinary details of family life she knows she’ll miss the most 20 years from now. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest too.

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KEVIN KUBOTA

Kevin Kubota opened Kubota Photo Design Inc. in 1990 as a wedding and portrait studio. Kubota Photo Design is now the umbrella company for Kubota Image Tools, Asuka Book USA and Red Boot Design. All these companies work together to help professional photographers Capture, Enhance, and Present their images at the highest professional level.  Kevin’s official title is Idea Guy, having professionally photographed, created software, authored books, and taught workshops worldwide while running his four successful companies. He originated the widely-popular Digital Photography Bootcamp® workshop, running continuously since 2002.  His published works include the award-winning, Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook: 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers, published by Wiley, and Digital Photography Boot Camp: A Step-by-Step Guide for Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers, Second Edition, published by Amherst Media. Kevin’s software product portfolio includes workflow training products and award-winning image enhancing tools for Lightroom® and Photoshop®. Kubota’s innovative DASHBOARD™ Photoshop plugin has become the de facto standard for serious photographers worldwide.  Kevin was awarded the Monte Zucker Humanitarian Award, presented to photographers who are significantly involved in their community and various charitable endeavors. Specifically cited for this award was Kevin’s creation of Bend, Oregon’s Family Photo Day in the Park in 2000. This annual event serves hundreds of disadvantaged local families via social service agencies. He has also helped other photographers launch the same type of event in their communities.  Kevin has been featured in American Photo magazine as one of the “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World”. He is listed as a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, and for 2013 he is recognized as one of the Most Influential People by Shutter Magazine.

More information on Kevin Kubota and his companies can be found online at:

Kevin Kubota Blog
Kubota Image Tools
Kevin Kubota Website
Asuka Book
Red Boot Design

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MATTHEW ROGALSKI, MD

Matthew Rogalski, MD is an OB-Gyn in Cumberland, Rhode Island.   He received a B.S. in Biology and French at the University of Connecticut, followed by medical school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.  After medical school, having decided to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he did his residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  He now practices general Obstetrics and Gynecology in Northern RI where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Nolan and Layne.

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TARA WHITNEY

Tara is entirely self-taught on Canon equipment and has been photographing the big and little people in her life for the last thirteen years. She strives to document everyone who hires her in an honest, artful way. Tara lives in southern California as close to the beach as she can afford with her husband, four children, lots of music, and a backyard full of succulents.

You can see more of her work at www.tarawhitney.com or on her blog www.tarawhitney.com/justbeblogged.
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SUNDAY TORTELLI

Sunday Tortelli serves as President Elect for DONA International, the most respected doula training and certifying organization in the world. She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area where she offers her services as childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer and lactation counselor. Visit DONA International’s web site at www.DONA.org and join us on Facebook.

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KEREN FENTON

Keren lives just outside of Seattle and has been married for almost 9 years with 2 wonderful children and one more due this March! She started photographing births almost 3 years ago and has been a part of nearly 40 births now. She has always been a “birth junkie” and loves the adrenaline rush that comes every time she gets “the call”. It wasn’t until she was invited to shoot a friends birth, that it clicked, this is what she wanted to do. It was a perfect mix of her combined loves, birth and photography. Keren averages 2-3 births a month and is a natural light photographer. She won the Birthphotographers.com “photo of the year” contest for 2011 and since then, has gotten the opportunity to talk about birth photography all over including the NY Times, on CBS’s “Right This Minute”, and even gets to have some of her photos published in an upcoming book! She hopes the popularity continues and we will all continue to help couples tell their birth story in a beautiful way.

Keren Fenton Photography
Keren Fenton Photography on Facebook

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LYNDSAY STRADTNER

Lyndsay is the founder of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers.  In addition to a thriving portrait and birth photography business, Life in Motion Photography, Lyndsay mentors birth photographers from around the world through her mentoring program, The Birth Experience.  Lyndsay’s award winning work has been featured in many publications through the years and she’s done interviews with Yahoo News, the New York Times, Parenting Magazine and various media news outlets around the world featuring birth photography.  She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and four children.

Life in Motion Photography
Life in Motion Photography Blog
The Birth Experience Mentoring Program
Life in Motion Photography on Facebook

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The Truth About Birth Photography

Birth photography has become a hot topic here lately.  It started with an article in the New York Times.  I was interviewed for the article.  Life in Motion Photography was linked and birthphotographers.com was mentioned.  When it appeared on the front page of the New York Times earlier this week, it spurred a rash of other articles popping up including Yahoo, MSN, The Stir, The Project, The Bump, Baby Center and many others.  Major networks including Good Morning America and The Today Show have also shown an interest in the concept of birth photography.  I believe exposing the masses to the idea of birth photography is a wonderful thing.  But I also think there are many negative things being written and shared that are, well, simply untrue and not accurate. I founded the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers in 2010.  I’ve been active in the birth community for quite a few years.  I’ve been photographing births for going on 5+ years now and I mentor birth photographers from around the world.  On the flip side, I also had the birth of my 3rd child photographed and I’ve hired an amazing birth photographer to photograph the birth of my next child, due in October.  All that to say, I’d like to think I understand a thing or two about this business and birth.  And that is what I’m going to write about today.  I hope you will hear me out.

First, birth photography is beautiful.  It is not gross, or yucky, or distasteful as I’ve read online in the last few days.  One of the main things lacking in the New York Times article was the true beauty of birth photography.  Where are the images?  Where is the emotion?  You have to see it, to get it.  So let’s do that.  Let’s look at the real beauty of birth photography and all that it has to offer.  I encourage you to click on a few of the links below.

The Birth of Sophie by Jeri Hoag

The Birth of Harleigh Rae by Keri Duckett

The Birth of Miles by Michele Anderson

The Birth of Maddie Rose by Lyndsay Stradtner

The Birth of Carter by Wendi Schoffstall

The Birth of Lola by Natalie Carstens

The Birth of Ephraim by One Tree Photography

These are just a few examples I have on hand.  There are so many amazing birth photographers out there.  I encourage you to browse through our directory and the websites of many of our talented members.  I have found through the years that most of those who oppose birth photography have an misconception about what it really is.  Most have never actually seen it, they just have an idea about what it is.  I’ve found that people have to *see* it to really *get* it.  It’s not about the crowning shot, which is such a common misconception.  Sure, some parents request that particular photo and it can be done respectfully and with integrity.  If that photograph is taken, it accounts for around 2% of the birth photography images presented to client.  Most of the time parents choose to keep those images private, but the choice is theirs.  There is much more to birth photography than the actual moment of birth.  So much more.  It’s the birth environment, the light in the room, the details, the comings and goings of those who are there.  It’s mom holding on to dad in pain, the doula offering a supportive hand, the midwife making suggestions for pain relief and the OB preparing and helping mom push.  It’s the baby placed on moms chest for the first time, the tears of joy, pure adrenaline, the cutting of the cord and babies little toes and fingers.  It’s the first time a sibling meets a new baby brother or sister with a look of wonder and apprehension.  It’s all of those things put together.  It’s the journey of a birth day.  It’s the making of a family.  It’s special.  And if a family chooses so, it deserves to be captured.

The New York Times article mentioned the word “diva” and it made me cringe.  I can honestly say that I’ve never been hired by a “diva”.  No, it is quite the opposite, in fact.  The moms who hire me do so because they want their memories captured and they overlook how they might feel about their own appearance.  They do so because they want their baby captured and because they want the journey of labor and all the details with the support team captured.  Being a diva has nothing to do with any of that. I can fairly say the moms I’ve photographed during labor and delivery are both humble and modest.  Many are concerned about privacy with their images.  Many moms want these images for themselves, and never have the intention to share them with friends, family or the general public.  You will find quite a few slideshows on my website, but there are more that will never be seen because the parents chose to not share them.  Those images are theirs, they are special and private, just for them.  That’s ok.  And so is sharing if that is what you choose to do.  Every single slideshow I have shared has been edited to the wishes of my clients.  I loved sharing the slideshow of the birth of my third child, it was a huge moment in our lives.  It’s all about comfort level and trusting the professional you hired to photograph you in a positive light and according to your wishes.  A good professional birth photographer will talk with you in detail before the birth about what exactly you do and do not want photographed and then follow that path.  For many parents, giving birth is one of the most defining and special moments in their lives.  Wanting to have it captured so you can remember it does not make you a diva or vain.

Another question I see a lot is “why can’t dad just take the photos?”.  This is a great question and I have a great answer!  Dad deserves to be in the photo too.  This is the birth of his child and he should be able to experience it take it all in without the responsibility of focusing on the camera in his hand.  His job is to support mom and experience the birth of their child along with her.  It is easy for family members to get caught up in the moment and forget the camera is in their hands.  Many clients tell their birth photographers that they captured moments they totally missed or didn’t even know were happening because they were so caught up in having gone through labor and given birth.  Imagine the enormity of that gift, to walk away from your birth with extra moments.  Birth photography is also growing in popularity amongst military families.  For these families, having a professional birth photographer means that a dad who is deployed gets to experience the birth of his child in a way he never would have been able to otherwise. Additionally, the majority of my clients are not first time parents.  Moms often tell me they hire me because they “don’t want to forget again”.  I am among the mothers who feel that way and easily declare my child’s birth photographs as one of my most prized possessions.

One thing Ms. Gootman got right in her article is that being an on-call birth photographer is tough.  Yes, that she got right!  We live next to our phones, even in the shower and while we sleep.  We jump when the phone rings, we don’t travel without major planning ahead, we take our cameras with us when we go further than a few miles from the house, we give up school programs with our kids, we miss birthdays and holidays, we also panic if we get sick and look for someone to back us up, we give up freedoms of being able to come and go and plan ahead.  It is a sacrifice for not only us, but our spouses and children.  That’s a big part of the expense when hiring a professional birth photographer, being on call, the many hours away from our families, loss of sleep and convenience and even more hours in front of a computer editing.  Comparing dollars to time with a birth vs. portrait work, I certainly make more off portrait work.  I don’t do this job to get rich, I do it because I really, really, love what I do.

The New York Times article also sent an underlying message that birth photographers are not professional.  Portraying yourself as a friend with a nice camera and fancy lenses is not something a professional, experienced, birth photographer would do.  I have never been treated as a guest of my client at a birth.  I present myself as a professional and have been respected by every medical professional I’ve come in contact with, hospital or otherwise.  I’ve never been kicked out of the room by a doctor, nurse or hospital administrator based on my mere presence.  I’ve always been treated as a professional.  Why?  Because I am one and I behave as one.  I am a part of that birth team.  The parents have chosen to have me there and it is their birth experience.  I am not intrusive to the process.  I have respect for the health of both mom and baby and know that is always top priority.  This means staying out of the way, which is perfect, because most of us in this business take a “fly on the wall” lifestyle approach to birth photography.  Every medical professional I have encountered has appreciated and respected that.  In fact, during my last hospital birth, one of my favorite OB’s saw me in the hall and excitedly ran over to ask if I was there for her patient.  I have a working relationship with the area hospitals and birth centers.  We get along, I follow the rules and they are respectful of my professionalism.  They are happy their patients are getting what they want and need out of their birth experience.  You know what else?  They love the photographs too.  Are there exceptions to this?  Of course.  There are a few photographers out there who have had trouble with hospitals allowing them in for birth photography, but they are very few and far between.  I know most of the photographers interviewed for Ms. Gootman’s recent article in the New York Times and I know for a fact she had to hunt far and wide for a doctor to interview that wasn’t on board with birth photography.

Birth photography is not for everyone, and that is ok.  Some families want their privacy and don’t wish to invite a photographer to their birth and we respect it isn’t for everyone.  But for those just hearing about birth photography for the first time, please open your mind and understand what birth photography really is all about.  Please know, we are professionals and we act accordingly.  We care about positive birth experiences.  We care about the health of mother and baby.  We respect the medical and birth professionals our clients have hired and follow the rules and procedures they put in place.  We are respectful of the birth process and birth experience.  We respect the mother’s choices when it comes to what she does or does not want photographed.  And through all this professionalism, we may still shed a tear when a baby is born.  We are invested in our clients, they become friends, I assure you we are not a stranger in the room.

The truth about birth photography is that it is beautiful and misunderstood.  We are storytellers and we really love what we do.

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Written by Lyndsay Stradtner, www.lifeinmotionphotography.com
Lyndsay is the founder of The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, and actively involved in the Austin photographers community.

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Winners Announced – 2011 birthphotographers.com Photo of the Year

It’s official, our 2011 birthphotographers.com Photo of the Year was captured by Keren Fenton.  Keren’s photo was chosen by the popular vote over the last week.  Over 7,400 people voted, thank you!  Congratulations Keren!  Be sure to watch for her feature coming up on the blog very soon.

26.  K. Fenton Photography

Our runners up are:

34.  Allie Bennett Photography

11.  MW Photography

I’m also taking the liberty of choosing and awarding 3 honorable mentions.  These are photos that immediately jumped out at me, are phenomenally well composed and capture strong emotion.  The honorable mentions include:

19.  Keri Duckett Photography

3.  Sarah Ellen Photography

27.  Michelle Monk Photography

Thank you to everyone who participated and voted!

~ Lyndsay

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Voting is Open! 2011 birthphotographers.com Photo of the Year Entries!

Voting begins today, February 12th and ends on February 19th at midnight.  The winner will be announced on February 20th.  The winning image will be featured on the front page of birthphotographers.com.  The winning photographer will receive a blog feature and a 2011 Photo of the Year badge to display on his or her website / blog.

We initially thought we could narrow it down to 10 images and open voting.  After seeing the entries, we knew that just wasn’t possible, there are way too many beautiful photos to not share them all.  So we are going to let you guys do the hard part and narrow it down for us!  Our readers get to pick the winner and two runners up!  You will see a place to vote off to the right in the sidebar.  Please, only one vote per person!  *Please note that image numbers are ABOVE each image and vote accordingly!*

If you are new here and would like to find a birth photographer in your area, please visit our Birth Photographer Directory.

A special thank you to all these families for sharing their precious stories and babies with us.  And thank you to all those birth photographers out there who capture these moments.  Birth is beautiful.  Here is the proof:

1.  Amanda Gipson Photography

2.  Vue Finder Photography

3.  Sarah Ellen Photography

4.  Darkshi Creations

5.  Speckled Bird Art Photography

6.  Natalie Carstens

7.  Blowing Kisses Photography

8.  Sally Clark Photography

9.  *Image removed

10.  Kimberlin Gray Photography

11.  MW Photography

12.  MaternalFocus.com

13.  Megan Crown Photography

14.  New Creation Photography & Design

15.  Jessica Strom Photography

16.  Jeri Hoag Photography

17.  Adored by Meghan

18.  Imogen Photography

19.  Keri Duckett Photography

20.  Bedheadbirth.com

21.  Iowa City Birth Photography

22.  Lindsay Leach Photography

23.  Lora Denton Photography

24.  Emily Weaver Brown Photography

25.  Hallie D Photography

26.  K. Fenton Photography

27.  Michelle Monk Photography

28.  Cerise Photography

29.  Carolyn Spranger Photography

30.  Carissa Pierce Photography

31.  Birth by Kelly M.

32.  Sarah Maxey Photography

33.  akbirthphotographer.com

34.  Allie Bennett Photography

35.  Birth Blessings Photography

36.  Wendi Schoffstall Photography

37.  Rachael Hutchinson Photography

38.  Leilani Rogers Photography

39. Photography by Tina Williamson

40. Sarah Boccolucci Photography

41.  Little Earthling Photography

Comments on this post are closed.  To place your vote please scroll up and vote in the sidebar to the right.  Please note that image numbers are ABOVE each image and vote accordingly.  Thanks!

This contest is being overseen by the founder of birthphotographers.com and IAPBP, Lyndsay Stradtner.

Please direct any questions or concerns to lstradtner@mac.com.  Thank you for your participation!

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2011 birthphotographers.com Photo of the Year Contest

HOW TO ENTER:

Submit a web ready, watermarked image via email to lstradtner@mac.com.  Only one image may be submitted per person and only those photographers who are a part of birthphotographers.com may enter.  If you are not a member but would like to join, you may do so here. Only photos submitted via email will be considered.

DEADLINE TO ENTER:

February 11, 2012

DETAILS:

10 finalists will be chosen and posted on this blog on February 18, 2012.  At that time, voting will open to the public.  The winning image will be named as Photo of the Year.  A panel of professional photographers will choose 2 honorable mentions.  1st place winner will receive a featured blog post and their image will appear on the front page of birthphotographers.com.  Please note that photographer MUST have a model release from their client giving them the right to post and share the image online.

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The Importance of C-Section Birth Photography

One question that many of my clients ask during the booking process is “what happens if I have to have a c-section?” and it is something all birth photographers should have a plan and answer for as part of their business policies.  There are many parents out there that feel that c-sections aren’t the “regular” or “normal” way to birth (their words, not mine) and therefore may not be worthy of documenting by a professional photographer because the photo opportunities are different and possibly more restricted depending on access granted by the hospital.  There are many hospitals that allow photographers into the OR, but even if that isn’t the case, the day a baby is born, the moments, the memories, their story, from the very beginning, IS VALUABLE.  And that is my answer:  all birth stories are valuable.  There are beautiful moments worth documenting at every birth.

I do feel strongly that if it is likely that a c-section will be necessary, hiring a professional to document the day, in many ways, is even more beneficial.  Why?  Because the reality is that mom just had surgery, and there are moments that her photographer will capture that she would have otherwise totally missed.  Yesterday I spotted an image from birthphotographer.com member, Sarah Maxey, that exemplified this for me.  This moment of joy, it lasted only a split second, a chance meeting on the way to the nursery with the new grandparents in the hallway.  Without this photo, mom would have missed it.  But now she, their baby, and their entire family, has that first meeting, that celebration, the pure joy to cherish forever.  If dad would have been the one armed with the camera that day, the camera would have been slung over his arm and unused during this moment.  This moment is just so powerful.  And very valuable, indeed.

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