My name is Karen and I am a pregnancy, birth, lifestyle and family photographer based in Caringbah, Sydney.
I began my career in nursing and then progressed into midwifery. I have been a midwife for 18 years and still work as a midwife when I am not taking photographs. Throughout my career I have been truly blessed to witness the miracle of pregnancy, labour and birth. My understanding of labour and birth helps me as a photographer to protect the birth environment and blend into the background. Birth is powerful, raw and intimate and Beautiful Beginnings Photography aims to document your journey using unscripted, natural and unintrusive photography.
As a Midwife I have a passion for childbirth. A woman is most powerful on the day she gives birth. With Beautiful Beginnings Photography I have been able to capture these precious moments of a new life beginning through the beauty and power of birth. As Ina May Gaskin once said "If a woman doesn't look like a goddess in labour then someone isn't treating her right" and we understand the importance of this.
I like to keep the photographs simple and natural, using natural light and capturing the small details. For pregnancy and family photography I try to use the outdoors with the natural light it provides. We do this by using such locations as the beach at sunrise or some of the many local gardens in the area. I have also been lucky enough to work with newborns throughout my career and have children and grandchildren of my own. This helps me to capture cherished memories in all of my family and lifestyle photographs.