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Who is your birth photographer?

May 14, 2018
Written by: Leona Darnell
My first post as a Los Angeles Birth Photographer

This website and recreating  my birth photography brand here in Los Angeles has been a true labor of love.  I am a birth photographer from San Francisco.  This first Los Angeles blog post will, I hope, give you insight into who I am.

 

When I became a birth photographer

In my 20s, I lived a free-spirit artistic lifestyle, working, learning and traveling the world with my friends. I spent the next decade or so working and developing my craft, finding where I belonged in my chosen professional career.

In my 40s, I realized something crucial was missing: My biological clock was ticking. I wanted to be a parent.

After acupuncture, Chinese herbs, standing on my head and being poked and probed more times than I care to remember, I resorted to IVF.

Eight months later, I was rushed into the operating room for an emergency C-section. Everything was a chaotic blur and my mind was in a panic. I briefly heard my child cry as he was rushed out of the room.

Later, at home, I reveled in motherhood, but mourned for all that I missed. I wanted those moments back and wished someone had been there to document them for me.

I realized that many parents must feel as I did.  With so many important things happening so fast as their child is arriving,  they can’t see, experience or feel it all.

 

Why I became a birth photographer

Wanting to be the eyes of the mothers and fathers, my wish is for them to concentrate on the precious gift of their child’s arrival. Meanwhile I creatively and respectfully document their journey into parenthood and their child’s journey to the world.

This invaluable service needed to be my work since I never want a parent to feel that he or she missed anything during such a monumental event.

By providing those moments, I recapture a bit of the ones I lost.

My desire was to create something more drove me to endlessly practice, rehearsing lighting of all types and mastering shooting angles.

Below are some of my favorite images for a variety of reasons. I hope to get to know you, dear reader, and give you images that you will forever cherish.

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