BE INSPIRED BIRTH SESSION | feature by Sherida Rae Taylor

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
When I book a session, immediately I start to visualize the images I want to create. I can feel the session come to life inside me. I strive to capture genuine emotion and in between moments. I have been learning who I am in this world as a photographer for about three years but really only started taking on clients last year.
A few personal facts about me; I have loved photography since I was a little girl. I had both a film camera and a Polaroid camera. Thank you, mom & dad, for spending all that money on film;  I applied to the photography course in college but was too late and never got in;
I am addicted (like eat almost every night addicted) to home-baked chocolate chip cookies & milk; and last but not least, I love to end my day with a glass of pinot noir.


What about this session was most memorable?

I’d have to say the incredible strength this mama had and the way her own mom helped her stay focused. This was her first baby and she was in labor for almost twelve hours. It was incredible. I love this quote by Barbara Katz Rothman “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers–strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

Were there any hurdles?
Yes! This was a candle-lit home birth and although it was amazing for the mama in labor, it was not amazing for me! They did put one small lamp on which helped but it was challenging.
Your best photographer/session advice?
Be open to change. Sometimes I may go into a session with a very specific idea of how the session will go and it just doesn’t happen that way!

What gear was used to achieve these?
I used my Nikon D750 with my Sigma Art 24 1.4 and my Nikkor 35 1.4 (my favourite lens)


Sherida is a lifestyle, documentary and portraiture photographer. She is inspired by natural connections and in between moments. Sherida resides in Victoria, BC Canada with her husband, three sons, and one daughter.


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