My name is Maggie and I photograph bad-ass women.
I like to think I'm pretty laid back, fun and the right amount of awkward. I'm a super empath and probably the most extroverted introvert you've ever met and creativity is my spiritual practice.
Motherhood connects us as women and that's something I always found to be fascinating and was drawn to explore and eventually document. I'm eternally in awe of the incredible power and strength that women posess.
I have two kiddos, Nolan and Gavin who are 10 and 8 and as much as I'd like to say that labor pains and the surrender to motherhood only last a short while, I still continually find myself growing and transforming in my journey over and over again. I believe that's the magic of motherhood.
My Birth Stories
My first son was born at the hospital in what would turn out to be a 36 hour labor of a very stubborn posterior baby + pitocin + antibiotics + whatever else you can possibly get. Eventually, feeling defeated and exhausted I asked for an epidural and settled into a glorious nap which allowed me to gather enough energy for a 3 hour pushing marathon. This was definitely not the drug free, empowering birth I planned and for a long time I felt stunned by the experience and was left feeling like I missed out or failed at birth. Now I know that sometimes shit just happens and you do your best with the labor you are delt. Even though things didn't go as I imagined, that experience proved to me how strong I am and best of all the minute he was here, EVERYTHING melted away.
For my second birth I decided to stay at home because at that point through hours of internet and soul searching I learned that it was important for me to feel in control of my environment and to have freedom from any kind of restrictions or imposed time limits. I was determined to have the birth I dreamed of. And I did! And it felt amazing and freeing and mind expanding. It was exactly what I needed. This time around I also hired a birth photographer, I wanted to ensure that the story of this day and experience is preserved, and that I can later synthesize it together with with my internal perception of the moment. I knew this day was going to be a day of surrender and recovery from my previous experience and I needed to see myself as strong and beautiful.
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