(NEW) Birth Intended


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(NEW) Birth Intended


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Teacher Jen Conway

“It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.” Chuck Barry

Birth Photography as a genre is rising in popularity. More and more women are seeking to invite photographers into their birth spaces. Photographers must move into these spaces with an intended heart for this sacred process. We must understand the physiological and emotional journey unfolding in front of our lens. Our intentions must be clear and the intentions of these mothers must be honored.

Birth Intended aims to guide you through what being a birth photographer means; what birth is and isn’t, how to manage the environment and schedule, connect with your clients, market yourself from the ground up, and discover your intentions through guided lessons and journaling, challenges, and podcasts with birth professionals.

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WEEK ONE: Conception: Why Birth: Is this a Calling or Career? Discussion on how your birth history, experience, are internalized. The anatomy of birth and the sacredness of the space in which we are invited into. What to expect as a full-time birth professional.

WEEK TWO: Your Birth. Your Story.  Birth as Art and historical documentation, composition in tight spaces, lighting issues and post processing.

WEEK THREE: Emerging: Capturing the details of birth, the big moments, emergent situations, and how your perspective retells the birth story. Finding your voice through blogging and social media.

WEEK FOUR: Postpartum: Finding your Tribe. Connecting with area birth photographers, birth professionals and groups. Self-care. Creating your birth photography brand. Marketing and incorporating related motherhood sessions.

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Jen will share Lesson 1 in the forum. She will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@thedefineschool.com.

Is this class for you?

This class is designed for anyone who might ever step foot inside the birth space and document a woman’s birth experience or who might want someone to document their own. It’s for those who are feeling a stir to become a birth photographer, but are not sure what looks like.

Material(s) Needed

Manual shooting knowledge is required. Adobe Lightroom editing software preferred.



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