Image copyright Amanda Allender Photography 2016.
These days it seems like everyone is photographing everything. Sometimes this can go overboard (I really don’t need to see a styled photo of every meal you eat!) but I don’t think this is the case with the fast-growing popularity of birth photography. Maybe it’s just because I am a birth junkie, but I can’t get enough of the amazing images that professional photographers are taking at home, birth center, and hospital births around the country. Recently the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers held their Annual Image of the Year Competition. The winning images are stunning and you can see them here: http://birthphotographyimagecompetition.com. (Heads up that some of these are pretty intense and there will be some nudity.)
Here in Charlotte, we are lucky to have several fantastic photographers who have decided to use their skills to catch the moments of labor and birth for families in the Queen City. Today, I want to introduce you to one of them, Mandy Allender of Amanda Allender Photography. Mandy is such a genuine person and her passion for her work is evident. She agreed to answer some questions for me and share some of her work here in this space. I hope you enjoy what she had to say as much as I do!
Me: What is the most rewarding part of this career?
Mandy: Being invited into the sacred space of a woman giving birth, and capturing one of the single most beautiful moments in our human life. Also, seeing the wonder and joy those photos bring the mother when she gets to see them for the first time after her birth. It really means SO much - to them AND to me.
Me: How would you describe your photography style?
Mandy: I shoot natural light (no flash) and my style is photo-journalistic. No posing, no directions - I shoot what I see as I see it, and try to represent the emotion and the story as close to life as possible. My images are sharp, and raw, and true.
Me: What areas/birth locations do you cover?
Mandy: I currently cover from Statesville to Fort Mill!
Above images copyright Amanda Allender Photography 2016.
Andrea Gerdes is a certified birth doula and trained postpartum doula who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. She is the homeschooling mother to three kids and the wife of one amazing husband.
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