Before I was a birth photographer or a doula, I was a mother... 

My own children’s births were what led me into the work I do today . Each of my births was drastically different. They demanded me to grow and change in ways that I never could have anticipated. Each of my birth stories held lessons and gifts. I wouldn’t be the same without them. My birth journeys were so impactful that I knew I had to help and document other women as they transitioned into motherhood. I delved into birth work by becoming a doula, and soon found that my other true passion is in capturing all the incredible moments of the birthing day. I understand that birth is a mysterious thing and how women are supported along the way can have such an impact on the outcome.

This work (and three children!) keeps me busy. Despite the craziness of being on-call with three little ones, I love every moment. I work to be present with my children, just as I’m present with the women who invite me into their birth space. I take life breath by breath, minute by minute, savoring all the beautiful moments I’m given. Don't worry I am human and some days I feel like I am failing at everything and cry because balancing motherhood with a demanding career is so hard probably one of the hardest things I have ever done and I am never going to be perfect, but I keep going because I love it. I love my job so much it inspires me every single day.

I love to be healthy. After a serious health scare five years ago I changed my lifestyle and diet. I knew that if I wanted to do this work and mother my children with energy and happiness, I needed to be as healthy as I could be! My family and I enjoy eating well and moving our bodies. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find me indulging in some serious cake with my dear friends. As with most things in life, balance is key.

I am also a serious dōTTERA essential oil user! We have been using them for almost 4 years as a family and we love them!

When I find time in my busy schedule, I love to be outdoors. I was raised a country girl and being outdoors, walking with my children, or working out in the countryside is where I find my happy place. I love summertime the best and dream often of living somewhere where the sun shines all year round. I love to read, visit exhibitions (or I did before I had kids!) and being a creative I am constantly inspired by light and imagery. So many times I have pulled over the car with the kids to gaze at a beautiful location or watch the light shining between the trees. Im a dreamer and I feel things deeply.

This is me...

emotional, kind, empath, driven, loving, creative, strong.. are just a few words I would use to describe myself...

Behind the scenes image of Hannah Palamara during a birth near London.