Image of the Year Competition


10 Reasons To Hire A Birth Photographer

By on Jan 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

1. Quality – a good birth photographer will be able to get images that are not out of focus or blurry from  movement. Even in the most challenging lighting! 2. The entire family and birth team can be in the photos. Proof that they were there, and proof that they were involved. 3. A good birth photographer will use the photos to tell the whole story, not just a few snapshots after the birth. 4. Those with her for the birth will be able to focus on supporting mom throughout labor and afterwards. 5. After the baby is born, you won’t need to worry about sorting through photos, deleting the bad ones, or editing the photos – a professional birth photographer will do all that for you and deliver you a finished product so you can focus on bonding with your newborn. 6. A birth photographer can capture moments you might miss, like grandmas in the waiting room, siblings trying to sneak a peek into the birth room, etc. 7. This baby, this birth will only happen once, and there are no do-overs. You won’t get caught up in the intensity of the experience and forget to take any photos. The photographer has it covered. 8. Newborn babies change incredibly fast! By the second day, they already look different. Don’t let that first day look fade in your memory. 9. You see your birth from a different perspective. Sometimes women get very inwardly focused in labor, and seeing the photos later can help them know the big picture. 10. And finally, as your baby grows, you will be able to show your baby the story of their birth day. They will be able to see for themselves the love in their parent’s eyes, grandma’s excited tears, and the hesitant touch of older siblings. Writen by IAPBP Member: Andrea Lythgoe...

Read More

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

By on Feb 18, 2013 in Birth News, Featured Photographer, News, Photo of the Year | 0 comments

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...

Read More

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

By on Jan 22, 2013 in Blog, News, Photo of the Year |

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 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 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. CST.  Voting will open on Monday, January...

Read More

The Truth About Birth Photography

By on Jun 19, 2012 in Birth News, News, Uncategorized | 42 comments

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 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...

Read More

Winners Announced – 2011 Photo of the Year

By on Feb 20, 2012 in Blog, Just for fun, News, Photo of the Year | 1 comment

It’s official, our 2011 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! ~...

Read More

Voting is Open! 2011 Photo of the Year Entries!

By on Feb 12, 2012 in Birth News, Blog, Just for fun, News, Photo of the Year | 1 comment

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  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 “Find A 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. 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. 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. 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...

Read More