This is a strange time in our world. Thanks to COVID-19, birth photographers worldwide have had their businesses come to a very slow pace, if not put on pause altogether. Because of this sudden interruption of our work, our members decided to come together as a community for a few personal projects. One of the projects we have been working on these past few weeks is a Self Portrait Project. Below are the images our members sent in for their 2020 COVID-19 Self Portrait Project entries.
Jessica Vink – VI Photography
2020 Birth Photography Image Competition First Place Winner
Description: “So yeah, this is me…this is who I am; an artist in many ways, colorful, positive.”
Martha Lerner – zenmamalove
Paulina Splechta – Paulina Splechta Photography
Brittany Oaks – Wandering Oaks Motherhood and Birth
Description: “I felt a little silly and decided to wear one of my curtains (I’ve been doing the art recreations and wearing all sorts of weird things for portraits! Towels, blankets…ect!). It’s been such a conundrum, this time… On one hand it’s business as usual with the homeschooling. But at the same time I feel like there are all of these extra things around the house I need to do. But outside obligations have gone away…so I have time for things like sewing masks (they are hard to see but that’s what is on my arm) baking, gardening, and creative huge lego builds with my boys (the flower in my hair is lego!) And then of course the ever present temptation to spend the entire day reading the news on my cell phone… I suppose no matter what I will always feel like I’m juggling!”
Lindsey Erin Ellis – L. E. Ellis Photography
Description: “This is my wedding dress. I love my wedding photos for what they are (small backyard BBQ, journalist friend taking photos) but I HATE how I look in them. This is me in my wedding dress feeling completely myself —motherhood worry wrinkles and all. ♥️”
Rachel McMillen – See Anything Photography
Crystal McClurg – Birth by Crystal and Lace Photography
Description: “I am so ready to come out and play, but I’m nervous about the backlash because everyone is still so afraid.”
Liz Cook – Liz Cook Photography
Description: “I feel at peace in my safe space, yet a longing for the familiar during this time with so much unknown around the world.”
With so much unknown around the world at this time, it was nice to come together as a community to wake up our creative brains a bit!