Berwick Birth photography

Mornington Peninsula Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photography

Welcoming John into our World

I can’t begin to tell you what an honour it is to follow and document a couples journey into parenthood. To capture that glorious baby bump, to the first holds, first looks, first feeds. And also those precious moments of having your baby welcomed into your home. It is extra special when the journey to parenthood has been one long awaited and wished for.

So here is the story of John… John was named after his late grandfather who is now watching over him in heaven…

It began with a maternity session on the cliffs of Flinders.

Amy and Eden braved the cold and joined me at one of my most favourite outdoor locations. One great thing about winter is those epic moody skies.

Fresh 48 session meeting John

It was a wild stormy night when John made his presence earth side. In fact the rain was that heavy and the wind so wild, I missed the messages that Amy was in labour. A few hours into her labour, Amy delivered a beautiful healthy baby boy. I rushed to the hospital and was greeted with the most perfect scene. A new mum holding her baby. I then documented all of those precious first moments with their little man. Amy’s sister Kelly also flew in from QLD to meet her gorgeous little nephew. Kel was hoping to make it to his birth, but John clearly had other plans!

In home Newborn Session and the meeting of Grandma

Amy’s Mum also lives in Queensland. So it was a pretty emotional time for everyone when she met her Grandson for the first time. Living through this cancer journey has taught me what’s important in life. And the greatest gift we have is the relationship we share with those we love. They are special and when everything else fades away over time, they are the thing that matters most in the world. I think that was the reason I shed a few too many tears witnessing the bond these three woman share, knowing how hard it must be to live miles apart from each other.

The documentary of birth on the Mornington Peninsula

A documentary tail of the birth of Claude at Frankston Hospital.

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This little spunk is the first baby for Kathleen and Ryan. From the first contraction in early labour to the time he arrived it took a whopping 36 hours! Kathleen was surrounded with the support of not only her hubby, but also her sister and Mum.

Kathleen did everything humanly possible to have a natural, drug free birth. However as most Mother’s will tell you, babies tend to write their own script of how they will arrive, no matter how much planning and preparation you do. The most important element is the safety of baby and Mum and fortunately even after a long enduring labour, Claude arrived perfectly safe and healthy.

Congratulations Kathleen and Ryan on the arrival of your little ball of perfection.

The Birth of Hailey

It's been a entire month now, since I photographed this ultra special moment in time. And I'm finally sitting down with a coffee, looking back on the images that are taking me back to every single incredible moment...

The Birth of the much loved Hailey

20-02-2018 at 3.47am

Monash Clayton. 

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I do get asked a lot about birth photography and I find so many people have misconstrued ideas about what it actually is. So often the comment I hear is....'oh I couldn't think of anything worse than having a camera in my face during labour.'  And my response is always the same. I promise you - that is not what birth photography is. 

Throughout the birth journey, I give you complete space. I pop in and out, quietly without any interruption and photograph the scene as it's unfolding. You will have plenty of midwives coming in and out - and I do the same. I get told this a lot from my labouring Mums after birth ...'Wow Mel - I didn't even realise you were in the room.' And that is my goal. Obviously if you need my support I will be there. But yes - birth photography is non intrusive, is is purely documentary - no posing or smiling required and definitely no camera will ever be in your face! 

So now we have the misjudgements out of the way - how do you know if this is for you - especially if it's your first baby? And you are as nervous as hell? 

-Do you love looking at birth images? And by this I don't necessarily mean a baby crowning! But do you look at images of ...

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-The powerful connection between partners during labour





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- The strength and courage of a woman when giving birth





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- A mother holding her baby for the first time





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- A father holding his baby for the first time





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-Those first feeds





Do any of these move you? Or make you want to see more? If the answer is yes - then birth photography is 100% for you. 

When you make contact with me to say that you are interested in hiring me to photograph the birth of your child, we have an in person consult. The purpose of this is not only to get to know you and your partner and for you to get to know me. But also to discuss what you are comfortable with, what you would like photographed or not photographed. And I step you through exactly what I will be doing based upon what you would like, so by the end of the consult, you will be completely sure that this is for you. 

Throughout time we photograph each celebration of life - marriages, birthday's etc. However the biggest one - your child entering the world, often goes undocumented. For those Mums reading this who have had children, you will vouch how little memory you have of that moment. The brain goes into protection mode and sometimes presses the 'repress' button. Which is why it is so incredibly important - to remember the miracle of those moments. 

Obviously not all births go to plan, but don't worry I have got that covered too. You can read more about that in my FAQ here...

By now you can probably tell how passionate I am about birth photography. I kid you not, it actually feels like this is exactly what I should be doing for the rest of my life.  I'm blessed that I've found it and I'm blessed I get to do it. Now to get off my soapbox and back to giving you a little story about the birth of Hailey... 

Emma found me on Google - (yay google advertising works!!) And honestly I had a good feeling straight away just reading her email. We arranged an in person consult and yep - my instincts were right. We hit it off and chatted like old friends for oven an hour. Em told me how her and Sean both have children to previous partners and this would be their first one together. It was clear Hailey was to be a much awaited part of the love they all share as a blended family. 

It was only a few days later when I got the call from Em that labour was beginning. Being about 40 mins from the hospital, I followed Em and Sean into the hospital not long after they arrived. Em is one of those lucky ones, who when in the first stages of labour, can have contractions and not feel any pain. Which was fab as she got to get some rest in - whilst I tried to get some rest in the waiting room full of snoring expecting Dads ;) 

It was around 2.00am and labour was in full swing and the final stages were approaching. As I snuck back and and quietly witnessed it all unfolding - I may have had a leaky eyes for just a few moments, whist I watched and photographed the amazing connection Sean and Em share. In general I love people watching, especially watching couples and how they interact. Maybe my weird hobby is the very reason why I was drawn to photography. And I must say Em and Sean have that special bond, that many of us hope to find. It is rare and utterly amazing to witness. 

Then as an accumulation of the love between them was unfolding - Hailey was born. Powerful, emotional and beautiful. 

Just a selected few - from the night that was...

Some words from Em...

How do we even begin to thank you for everything you did for us the night Hailey was was truly like we had our closest friend in the room with us. You made s feel so comfortable and relaxed we did not realise you were even there. Your emotional support was just beautiful. We will never forget our experience together especially after the incredible images I know you will have captured just from seeing our sneak peak! Simply perfect! We can not wait to see the rest. 

After seeing their slideshow of images...

I have just spent the entire time crying and with goosebumps and heart racing! It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It took me back to every moment wow. How can I thank you enough Mel. You captured a moment in time that can never be repeated. Simply beautiful.

 To Emma and Sean - There are not really any words to describe the profound gratitude I have to be chosen to photograph a life entering the world. Thank you for trusting me to be there. Thank you for your beautiful words that made me cry. Thank you for clarifying and defining the love I have for my work. I will treasure that night forever x