July 25, 2019
We want to introduce you to our first Guild Affiliate: Hannah Keller from Hannah Keller Photography. Hannah is an exceptional, talented photographer who lives in Cross Junction with her family of four. We are excited to be affiliated with her. We had Hannah answer a few questions to introduce herself and her work. Stick around till the end to see captures from her birth photography portfolio. Now, here’s all about Hannah:
What’s your favorite part about being a birth photographer?
My favorite part of being a birth photographer is getting to see the purest form of love. The love of a mother enduring the process of bringing a child into the world. The love of a father admiring the mother’s strength. The unconditional love of a baby who knows nothing other than the pure sound of their mother’s heartbeat and the feeling of comfort by being close to her.
What got you interested in birth photography?
1. I love capturing love and there is no purer form of this than a new baby.
2. I never had the births of my two boys photographed and I regret it; Those were life-changing days in my family’s life.
3. I love a good posed photo but there is something truly magical about capturing moments during birth. Not to say that birth is always butterflies and rainbows but the raw moments that happen, no matter what they are, are so incredibly beautiful to me. Capturing moments like this for families is such an honor to me; I want them to be able to relive such precious moments in years to come simply by looking at the photos.
What is most important to you in life?
My family. I have two silly and sweet toddler boys that I am lucky enough to share with the love of my life. Those three are my everything. As a momma, the most important thing is that my little ones grow up to be kind, loving, and genuine human beings.
What’s your go-to Netflix binge?
I’ve really enjoyed The OA, Stranger Things, Dark, and The Crown. If I pick out a movie I either enjoy a thriller, comedy, or cheesy romance. But also Jurassic Park forever (the original).
What do you love to do in Winchester, Va?
I really love going to any family-owned or small business in Winchester. But in the area, my favorite place to visit is any hiking trail. Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains here in Virginia is like a piece of heaven to me.
What are some of your hobbies?
I’m not sure if it’s considered a hobby but doing anything with my boys or hubby makes my soul happy. I am a beekeeper and we sell honey at a couple of markets in the area; spending time with the bees is so peaceful for me and it always helps me reflect on how incredible nature is. I love kayaking, especially on the Shenandoah River. I play the piano and accordion (mostly for toddlers to dance to) and have done so since I was very young. My husband and I love to go antique shopping together and also playing board games (we’ve been called “Old Souls” many, many times). Have I mentioned I love photography? Because I LOVE it, even in my free time!
What would your advice be to new parents?
Soak in all the little moments as they are fleeting. Sleep when you can. Don’t let guilt rule you if you are trying your best. Those “baby blues” will pass. Fed is best, whether it be formula or breastmilk and don’t let anyone tell you any different. If you happen to choose to breastfeed, don’t give up on yourself too quickly; it can be extremely hard but also so rewarding. A sound machine and baby carrier/wrap will save your life. Take a breath, you’ve got this.
*Hannah Keller Photography offers The Doula Guild clients an incredible discount off her birth photography package. Reach out to Hannah through her site to find out the details! www.hannahkellerphoto.com Follow Hannah on Facebook and Instagram to see more of her work.
*Hannah Keller is a birth photographer in Winchester and Cross Junction offering birth photography in Winchester and the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Stephens City and Front Royal. She also offers birth photography in Berryville, Purcellville, and Leesburg. She has served clients who gave birth at Premier Birth Center in Winchester, Va as well as clients who gave birth at Winchester Medical Center.
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