Another Birth Photography Workshop for 2017!

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Birth Photography is an exciting and rapidly growing genre that requires unwavering passion and dedication. It gives back so much in unparalleled experience, inspiration and friendship. It is a genre that I love with my whole heart and can’t imagine ever giving up.

In this workshop I’ll be sharing all my knowledge and personal experience of working as an exclusive birth photographer for the past 4.5 years. During this time I’ve photographed almost 70 births, been awarded AIPP NSW Documentary Photographer of the Year, built strong relationships with hospitals, midwives and obstetricians and worked on some other interesting birth related projects. I pour my heart and soul into my work and approach every client with openness, respect and pure intentions. This way of thinking forms the base for all of my interactions with families and medical professionals and is what I attribute my success to.

I’ll be covering so many important topics at the workshop including:

Birth space etiquette and how to build relationships with medical professionals

*Respecting the birth space

*Approach and demeanour

*Knowing when to press the shutter and when to refrain

*Respecting the partners

Understanding birth in it’s many forms and being prepared for what you might encounter                                                                                                                                                                                     

*Home birth, Hospital birth, Birth Centre birth, Caesarean and intervention birth will all be discussed

The technicalities of shooting in low light, tight spaces and in a sometimes fast paced environment -I will be showing examples of successful shots and also some of my failures.                                                                                                                                

*Shooting in manual

*The equipment you will need for high quality images

*Being prepared to change settings quickly

Building a business through word of mouth and social media

*How to ensure your clients are always happy

*How to use social media effectively

Living life on call and juggling family life

*Keeping in touch with your clients

*Being prepared for birth at any time

Doing your best work and the benefits of generosity in business                               

*Maintaining a grateful mindset

*The importance of investing in your business

*Putting out your best work every time

The workshop will be held on Sunday the 20th of August in the heart of Newcastle NSW. It will take place in a beautiful, light filled commercial space and will include morning tea, a delicious healthy lunch and we’ll finish the day with champagne and cheese to celebrate the exciting new direction of your life! Workshops can be very heavy with information and can sometimes leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, so I will be going through things slowly and you will have the ability to ask questions and take notes all throughout the day.

The workshop will run from 9:30am until 4:30pm, followed by an opportunity to speak with me one on one, and ask any lingering questions at the end of the day, as well as chat with the other attendees and build personal relationships with people who share your love of birth.

The cost for this full day workshop will be $650. This amount can be paid in full on registering, or you are welcome to pay in instalments with the final balance due by the 1st of August. All payments will be by direct deposit. Spaces for this workshop will be limited to 10 people so I would advise getting in touch as soon as you decide you would like to attend.

To register for this workshop and ensure you don’t miss out on a place, please email me directly at katekennedybirthphotography@gmail.com 

I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your passion for this incredible genre!

The birth of Zoe -a natural breech birth!

Mel’s pregnancy was relatively uneventful. Her baby was growing beautifully and Mel was fit and well. It wasn’t until the final weeks that things started to get interesting, when it was discovered that Mel’s baby wasn’t head down all ready for birth, but instead was sitting in a frank breech position (presenting bottom first). Mel was a first time mum so this situation wasn’t ideal, but as a midwife herself, she had enough knowledge to know that she could birth this baby naturally, but she would need to get her head in the game.

She attended the Breech Clinic at John Hunter Hospital where they went over everything and decided that she fitted the criteria to attempt a natural breech delivery. There was a chance this plan wouldn’t eventuate as any number of factors could have arisen, but with the unwavering support of her wonderful husband Ben, she decided to at least try for the natural birth she had envisaged all throughout her pregnancy.

As the weeks and days passed, we nervously waited for this baby to arrive. For Mel to achieve a natural birth she could not be induced and needed labour to begin spontaneously, but she remained calm and trusting of her body and baby as she passed the 41 week mark. Finally baby Zoe decided on the 10th of April, that it was the perfect day to meet her parents.

Mel spent most of her labour quietly contracting under the shower, with Ben tirelessly supporting and encouraging her, and her second support person Denise (also a midwife) ensuring she didn’t doubt her ability to birth her baby for a second. When she hit 2nd stage and baby Zoe was deep down and ready to be born, Mel moved to the bed where she could kneel and safely birth her baby without anyone needing to intervene.

It was only around 30 mins until beautiful baby Zoe arrived in a completely calm and controlled birth, with Mel gently breathing her out and no one touching the baby during delivery (which is the recommended approach for a successful vaginal breech birth).

I can’t adequately express how impressed and in awe I was at Mel’s courage and determination, nor can I thank her and Ben enough for generously sharing these rare and precious images, in the hope that they might inspire a healthier way of thinking around natural breech birth.

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JOY!

I have been so busy for the last 12 months witnessing amazing things! So many babies arriving into this world and so many families rejoicing in their arrival. In the crazy haste of it all, I have fallen ridiculously behind with my blog, but fear not! You can see snippets and slideshows and just general amazingness from many of the births I have been photographing over on my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/katekennedybirthphotography

Here’s a little insight. A compilation of some of my favourite moments of birth. A testament to the strength of women and to the love of their partners. Enjoy!

Eddie.

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The first time I met the lovely Lucy, it was supposed to be just a relatively quick first meeting to discuss the impending arrival of her first baby and what she was hoping for in her birth photography. After coffees were drunk and lunches were eaten, we were still talking…and continued to for three hours! Lucy had recently finished a course in women’s wellness and she was absolutely pumped about her upcoming birth. She had so much faith in not only herself but also her birth team, and she was more than prepared mentally.

On the evening of Eddie’s birth I received a call from Lucy. She had been quietly labouring all day at home and things were progressing nicely. The incredible thing about that day was that Lucy’s Mum and Grandma (who live in England) were on a plane headed to Australia in the hope to be here to lend a hand when the baby arrived. They touched down in Sydney to the news that Lucy was in labour and they raced to Newcastle not knowing if they would make it in time for the birth.

It was a lovely sight when I walked into Belmont Birth Centre to see Lucy being supported by her Mum and Grandma and of course her hubby Shane. She hopped into the birth pool and with the gentle support of her lovely midwife Nancy, she handled her pain beautifully. In the end, sweet baby Eddie came out in a big hurry and surprised us all. Lucy and Shane were immediately besotted and entranced with this new little person. Their first family member.

River.

The day before beautiful baby River arrived was Easter Monday. I spoke to Claire and asked her how she would feel about me traveling to the Hunter Valley to spend an impromptu night away with my 5 sisters, since she was not quite due yet. Claire is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet and of course she said “Go Kate! Have fun. If I need you, I’ll call.” I assured her that I would only be an hour away, I would have all my camera gear with me and would be ready to drop everything the second she called. As I had dinner with my sisters and sat around until well after midnight chatting, I had a feeling. I found myself checking my phone every 5 minutes. Sure enough, just as I was closing my eyes for the night, the phone beeped, and I was up and out the door.

I arrived at Claire and Nath’s house to find Claire well into established labour. The beautiful Belmont midwives were being amazing and attentive as always and little Orlando was helping support his mum with gentle pats on the arm and soft words. Claire’s mind was so focused on that baby, she didn’t show a moment of hesitation or doubt and it wasn’t long before baby River was delivered in the birth pool and thrust up into his mother’s waiting arms. The beauty and peace of that moment took my breath away.

The moments after River’s birth, when two brothers met for the first time, when a father embraced his two sons and when a mother put her new babe to her breast as the first rays of sunlight crept in through the windows…blissful, fleeting moments that I will never forget.

George.

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I knew the home birth of baby George would be beautiful, what I didn’t anticipate was how completely lovely Jenni would look in the midst of labour. When I arrived, just two hours before the birth, the midwives were already there, sitting comfortably on the couch sipping tea. Jenni and Bender were busy keeping little Addy entertained. It was four in the morning and she was awake with all the movement in the house, and with a sense of excitement she had no intentions of going back to bed. Something was going to happen, and she was not about to miss it!!
Jenni moved around the room with ease, her floral robe flowing around her looking like a birthing goddess. She was looking SO relaxed in fact that I honestly wondered if we had all arrived prematurely. But no, this experienced mum knew her body and knew her baby would be greeting us before long. So after an hour of wondering around, she gently stepped into the birth pool and within an hour baby George was being lifted up to his Mum’s chest, all covered in vernix and perfect, with big brother Will helping out down ‘the business end’.
Jenni and Bender had made the decision to leave George’s cord intact, and allow it to dry and fall away by itself in the days that followed his birth. The placenta was thoroughly checked over by the midwives and George had all his first checks, weighs and measurements before the birth team, including myself, walked outside into the beautiful early morning sun and left this family to soak in their new baby.
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