You’re snuggled with your brand new baby, born just a few hours ago.
You had a professional birth photographer with you the entire day.
You feel your shoulders relax, knowing you get to relive every single detail through your photos.
Even the moments you missed - like the way your partner looks at you when you’re not watching.
You close your eyes, remembering how intense labor was, and how strong you feel now that you’re on the other side.
Don’t you deserve to have this day remembered forever?
The moment you lift your baby up and bring them to your chest, tears streaming down your face.
Sit back and relax, knowing everything is being documented.
Both my births were with midwives. One at a birth center, and one at home. When I say I understand what kind of birth you want, you should know that I really get it.
We live on a small farm where we raise chickens, goats, and grow our own food. I love babywearing, cloth diapering, and I'm pretty sure there's nothing a little breastmilk can't fix!
Now I'm an award winning birth photographer in Portland, Oregon.
But how did I get here?
Here's my story.
here it is
I felt so F-ing victorious! But all the pictures I have are blurry.
Don't we deserve better than this?
Am I grateful to have this photo?
Yes, of course!
I'll never be able to thank my mom enough for capturing this for me.
But I'll always regret not having professional photos to show my daughter the day she was born.
This is how my love for birth photography started.
blurry photo of my home birth
My phone rings. It's 2AM, and I'm asleep.
I tear back the covers, fly out of bed and head to your birth.
No matter what time of day, I LOVE getting that call!
I want to be woken up, because
behind the scenes at a birth
I care about your birth.
and absolutely worth every penny."
natalie's work is
AMANDA, PORTLAND OREGON
I only accept a limited number of births each month.
Call to check availability for your due date.
You can still have birth photography during covid-19. I attend birth center, hospital, and home births. Portland area hospitals are allowing doula-photographers with proof of certification.
When you choose to have me at your birth, you’re getting more than just a birth photographer. For me, birth work is an all-consuming passion and my greatest source of joy. I’ve always known that what I do should have a deeper purpose, feel sacred, and connected to a higher pursuit. I’m driven by this fire that’s alive inside of me for birth photography; this is something I was born to do.
You want to remember the day your baby was born
It’s a bigger deal than your wedding day
You can’t get this experience back
You want your partner to be in the moment (not watching through a camera)
You’ll be able to relax knowing that the photos are taken care of
You know you’ll regret it if you don’t
"I never expected to cherish birth photos so much but I am so amazed with Natalie's work! There was so much love, pain and determination during my labor and she captured every emotion that came up. You will not be disappointed."
- Rachel, Portland OR
Trained as a birth & labor doula, postpartum doula, and childbirth educator, some people call me a birth nerd. From how to prepare before birth, to common interventions, navigating hospital birth, optimal body positioning, choosing the right birth center, and having a home birth, I'm your new BFF & walking birth encyclopedia. And if I don't know something, I have the humility to say so and I'll look for the evidence-based information to answer your questions. I see myself as a lifelong learner, always seeking out the latest and most up to date information.
At your birth, I offer advocacy, physical, emotional and verbal support. My goal is to empower you to make the decision that’s best for you, based on the evidence and your own intuition, so you have the birth you've been dreaming of.
Who I am:
My values as your doula:
You feel respected
You feel safe
You understand your options
YOU make the choices about your birth
"Natalie helped me make informed decisions and then fully supported my choices in an unbiased and gentle way."
- Kyra, Portland OR
Natalie is currently approved to attend births at:
✓ All home births
✓ All free-standing birth centers
Natalie with laboring client, performing "shake the apple tree" from Spinning Babies
While photos bring a certain memory to life, and you can look at them in an album or a frame, seeing the movement and hearing the sounds of labor has a much more emotional quality to it. When I create a birth video, I select music that’s evocative, emotional, and crescendos with the moment of birth. I find that seeing your baby being born on video is highly emotional, and hearing their first cries, the words you first spoke them, never fails to take you right back to that moment for years to come.
Can you do video and photo both?
Yes! I'm able to switch seamlessly
between photo and video so you
can have both.
Do I have to choose between photo or video at the moment of birth?
You can choose either one, but I
recommend video for the moment of
birth. I can pull still images from your
"If you’re looking for someone who will capture all those magical moments on video, then I highly recommend Natalie. She is worth every dime."
- Katelyn, Portland OR
at Andaluz Waterbirth Center
Including midwives Carrie, Amber & Korrina
Home Birth Video
with Brooke of Milk and Honey Midwifery
Hospital Birth Video
at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria
"Hiring Natalie was by far the best investment that we made."
- Jen, Portland OR
payment plan available
"Natalie is not only a talented artist, but as a parent and a doula, she understands and honors birth in a way that is respectful, supportive, intimate, and intuitive. This is reflected by the power and beauty of her art. The images she captured far exceeded our expectations. Not only is she an incredible photographer, but I was hardly even aware that she was taking photos at all.
Natalie is also a comforting and supportive presence--precisely the qualities you want among those who will be present while you give birth.
Her art is a worthy investment to capture the memories of life's most profound moments."
respectful, supportive, intuitive
"Amazing experience. I was so hesitant about birth photography because of the cost and having a "stranger" in the room. Boy was I wrong!
Natalie becomes part of your birth team and is the best advocate during labor.
Her photos capture the most amazing moments of a woman's life; birthing her baby!
It was worth every penny. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have Natalie capture our family's biggest milestone."
worth every penny
"Hiring Natalie as a doula and photographer was totally worth it. She is validating of all the crazy pregnancy emotions and encouraging of your personal choices while also able to educate and share research on things that feel overwhelming when it comes to decision making.
She has a way of making you feel like a trusted friend and talking with her is easy. The time she puts in before your labor builds trust and comfort which makes having an essential stranger capture something very intimate feel comfortable.
From first phone call Natalie has a way of anchoring natural rapport and making you feel valued and important. Your birth is important to her and that sentiment is felt."
a trusted friend