Jackson Mississippi Maternity and Newborn Photographer: Meet the Mississippi Motherhood Photographer specializing in organic, natural & minimalistic portraits.
This photography journey has been a long one and there’s been many twists and turns that I have brought me where I am right now: creatively, in business and my personal life… all have molded me into the photographer that I am.
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that this article may discuss some issues relating to pregnancy and abuse that may be a sensitive subject to some readers.
I believe in simplicity (my creative style reflects this), honesty and compassion (values I hold dear in business) and learning to see beauty in the world, people and experiences – not things.
In both my business and my personal life, I strive to be honest, fair, love people and treat them with respect. I believe in excellence, integrity and compassion.
I have always been one to share from my heart…
I have always been one to share from my heart and I greatly believe in transparency: I don’t have visions of being an award-winning photographer; I’m really unimpressed by titles, status, belongings or accolades. I don’t strive to be #1 on Google searches and I don’t believe in competition. I would rather be known for how I treated people and served them.
I think sometimes as a maternity and newborn photographer, or photographer in general, we get can get so caught up in how cute our studios are, the newest little props we ordered, how great our Instagram grid looks and what can we do to grow our following by offering the most for the least… Ultimately, we are operating a business and yes, this can definitely play into the plan… the competition is fierce and we have to be successful or we cannot sustain a business.
… but ultimately, there has to be more… much more.
On our websites and social media posts, we often talk about how we love to capture your family’s most incredible, priceless, genuine, heart-felt, unique, timeless, and precious moments. Yes, we do this… we all know the buzzwords… but, ultimately, there has to be more…. much more.
In an industry that is, let’s face it, over-saturated, has no industry-standard pricing and often boils down to the price only – not the years developing talent, experience, style or training – there has to be more or many would throw in the towel and just quit…
Over the years, I have photographed several genres. Some, I enjoyed greatly; others, not so much. It wasn’t until I became a maternity and newborn photographer that I felt a true satisfaction… a place that I felt “this is what I’m suppose to be doing.”
My love of maternity and newborn photography is not so much the pictures….
My love of maternity and newborn photography is not so much the pictures that I create but it’s the women, babies and families. Long after some of my sessions are over, we will still be sitting and chatting about the birth experience or the stress and challenges that being a new mom has brought. It’s not unusual to have clients two hours after the session has ended and honestly, I love that.
I’ve had women in my studio cry and share their deepest fears, their insecurities and their losses. I’ve photographed women that have suffered physical and emotional abuse that suffer greatly with self-esteem and self-worth. I’ve worked with moms that have suffered with horrific bouts of postpartum depression that didn’t even want to hold their newborns. (If you suspect you or a loved one are experiencing these issues, please click on the links for more information on how to receive assistance.)
I’ve silently listened, prayed with moms, cried with them, hugged them, shared tips and tricks to help them through those tough first few weeks and have even gently recommended counseling to those I truly thought could benefit from it. Often, they’ve come back and express thanks for someone having the insight to recognize it, the courage to mention it and the compassion to even care.
As a maternity and newborn photographer, I’ve had women in my studio cry and share their deepest fears, their insecurities and their losses.
I’ve celebrated and rejoiced with moms, dads and families that come back after a tragic loss when they are expecting their rainbow baby… Some, I photographed as a NILMDTS photographer (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep).
As a birth photographer, there’s been moments of putting the camera down and holding mom’s hand as she rides out a massive contraction. I’ve witnessed babies take their first breath, seen couples become families and captured moments of relief, hope and pure joy. I’ve seen the quiet moments that can cause fear and panic… I’ve seen it all.
I carry a small piece of every woman that has ever stepped in front of my camera….
I carry a small piece of every woman that has ever stepped in front of my camera: the insecurities, the confidence, the tears, the laughter, the joy and wonder, the loss and grief. I celebrate with them and I cry with them…
Whether it is a maternity, newborn or birth session, I have been invited and chosen into a family’s most private, intimate and vulnerable moments of their lives. It is an honor that I don’t take lightly and a place of service that I adore… and I believe this helps me to not only be a better photographer, but hopefully, a better person as well.
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C. E. Grace & Company is a Maternity and Newborn Photographer based outside of Jackson, Mississippi that specializes in maternity, newborn and birth photography (Motherhood Photography). Our passion is to create natural, organic and timeless artwork for families that value simplicity, connection and authenticity. Questions? Send us a note!