a bit about me......
Hi I’m Rebecca! I am a birth and documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. I started my career in the arts as an outspoken teen, taking college courses in oils and color theory, all the while insisting I wanted absolutely nothing to do with a career in art. However, I found myself stumbling backwards into photography (which I also wanted nothing to do with) as a way of expressing the visual poetry I saw in the sea of humanity around me.
After giving birth to my own children, I felt myself drawn to working with women in their child bearing years –I just didn’t know in what capacity. A few years later, after the sudden death of mother, I stumbled upon images of another woman’s birth, and suddenly I knew, in my bones, that this was something I needed to do –to me, this was the perfect melding of the art and science of birth itself.
I am deeply influenced by other women artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Alice Neel, and Sally Mann; as well photojournalists such as Meridith Kohut and Ami Vitale.
Accolades & Awards
First Place Labor Category in the IAPBP Contest
commercial work with Hyland's Inc.
Cover Image for Midwifery Today magazine
First Place Members' Choice Labor Category
Presenter at Click Away 2018 on Amelia Island
Published in the VOICE COLLECTION at Click Away
First Place Labor Category in the Birth Becomes Her Birth Birth Photography Contest
Finalist and Honorable Mention Documentary Family Awards in the Birth Category
Judge's Choice in Documentary Family Awards
Published in Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Say Yes, Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, Art Net, Art Fido, Mommyish
Top Honors in the IAPBP contest Honorable Mention
Cover Image for The Long Way Home Vol VIII
Commercial Video Work for WORDS WITH FRIENDS app
Presenter and teacher at The Family Narrative in NOLA
Featured in Looks Like Film and Tribe Archipelago
Teacher/Mentor at Illuminate Classes
Published in Vogue, Journey to Artist, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Bored Panda, SELF, RedBook, Mothering, Healthy Mummy
Collaboration with GroundSwell
Teacher and Mentor Illuminate Classes
Joined the Family Narrative as a Teacher for NOLA 2017
Featured in LLF
Published in the 2015 VOICE COLLECTION
ClickinMoms 100 Photographers to Watch in 2015
Featured in LLF
Featured Cover in the Winter Edition of Kindred
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