1 year ago, I received an inquiry regarding birth photography and thought there is no way I could ever get into that. I mean babies I LOVE, no, I’m obsessed with, but 6 days fresh and beyond is my time to meet them. Over time, I found myself making friends in the industry. Other newborn photographers, family photographers and a few birth photographers. The more their work popped up on my newsfeed, the more I was drawn to this style. Lifestyle. The RAW nature of unposed documentary photography. I was curious. I suddenly found myself surrounded by other creatives on Maui. Through photography I’ve met many, many amazing people. When you see someone through your lens you tend to create a bond with them.
I photographed Lux over a year ago and Wailani and I were fast friends. When she announced she was expecting once more, she was on my mind constantly (in a non-creepy way). I worked up the courage to finally ask her if she’d let me photograph her birth. You know, only one of THEE most intimate moments in her life, and not only do that, but then share the story with the world. Guess what? THEY said yes.
6 days ago on the 8th of August, 2013 a new passion was born….Along with a fresh baby boy named Nox. And I was there to document it. I was moved, I was filled with emotion and I was hooked. Instantly.
Wailani and Alaula, I am so humbled and forever grateful to you for allowing me to see your life through my eyes…and to explore a new artform. Words cannot explain the LOVE that I have for your family. Instead, it is my hope that this compilation of images express just that. xoxo ~Kristy
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