Masthead header Photo of the Year Contest | Temecula Valley & San Diego Birth Photographer

It’s that time again. Time to reflect on our work from last year and plan for the new year. I am a part of a lovely network of birth photographers at and we are having a contest. We all got to submit our favorite birth image from 2011. My submission was based on emotion. It’s technically not the greatest, nor does it have fabulous light. See, it was a home birth and it was pitch black. The only available light was the midwife’s flashlight. I might have been standing on the bed at this point, trying not to miss this moment…in a crowded small space.  This was a magical moment…her first home birth (second baby) and the sex of the baby was a surprise. This is her mother in law beside her. They are overwhelmed with the joy of the miracle of birth…and another daughter. It was amazing! I LOVE my job. I LOVE birth.