Hello! I'm Harriet.
I'm a 23 year old British expat living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA with my husband, Matthew, 1 year old daughter, Penelope (pictured above with me, because there are no pictures of me without her there), and our little bunny, Ashr. I have a growing passion for photography, specifically birth, but I LOVE to shoot anything that involves intimacy and love. I love love.
Why I got into this whole thing.
I'm a very passionate person, but this is my biggest passion.
I brought my baby girl Earth-side at 'home' (my parent's front lounge in England) and it was truly the most incredible, beautiful, real thing that I have ever been blessed to experience. Nothing will ever be able to top that for me! But if you've had a baby, you'll know that, although you of course remember it, it's not the clearest memory to look back on. All of those hormones and big feelings + emotions make looking back on the best day of your life kind of fuzzy.
I made the mistake of NOT hiring someone to take photos of my birth, simply because it's not really something that I thought about. It's a fairly new concept, and a controversial one at that. (You won't believe the funny looks I get when I tell people that I'm a birth photographer, or the people who presume I mean that I'm a newborn photographer) Not having mine and my girl's most important day photographed was my only regret about my birth. I can't begin to explain how much I wish that there was someone there to capture my husband's face when he saw his daughter for the first time, what Penny looked like when just her head was born, or what I looked like when I was rocking my contractions.
After my birth, I realized that I want to help normalize this incredibly important genre and provide other mothers with photographs that capture the things that they may otherwise forget, or at least not remember as clearly as they would have hoped. I want to help partners, too. It's such a nice thing for birth partners to not have to worry about finding their phone or camera to take photos, they can solely focus on being there for mama and being in awe of brand-new life. I also really want to show the world that birth doesn't have to be this big, scary, fearful event that is typically portrayed in the media. For low-risk mothers, birth can be so very beautiful and spiritual. It is one of the most instinctual things that we will ever experience and we truly are tapping into that ancient feminine wisdom when we go through labour and bring life into the world. There's nothing like it. It's pure empowerment, and providing the world with visual evidence of this will show others that, generally, this is what birth can be like, and women are so capable and so very strong.
I do more than births!
From getting into birth photography, I kind of unleashed this inner desire for learning how to capture all of life's moments to the best of my ability. I've always taken photographs and find it's a great way for me to easily satisfy my creative side, and photography has also been so good to me for self-improvement on many levels. So I also love to photograph newborns, families, children, couples, pets; anything involving love, as stated above. I shoot in a candid style as I want my photographs to take clients back to a real moment in their life.
My biggest goal, with all of the genres I cover, is to create real feeling every time my photographs are looked at. One that will last a lifetime.
Thank you so much for reading. I can't wait to hear from you!