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Sunday, February 18 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Birth Magic: The Art and Science of Attending and Documenting Births (Bonnie Hussey & Rebecca Coursey)
Limited Capacity seats available

This class presentation was born out of Bonnie's and Rebecca's deep love of birth and their desire to not only help photographers attend and document their first birth successfully, but also allow them to explore whether or not attending births as a photographer is right for them. In this classroom program, Bonnie and Rebecca will not only explore the documentary nature of birth photography, but the art and science of birth itself.

Here is what Rebecca says on the subject, "What is so moving about true documentary work, is that the photographer knows her subject. Just as the photographers Gordon Parks or Mary Ellen Mark were entwined with their subjects, we must also have a deep understanding of birth itself to make a lasting impact on our viewer. As a true documentary photographer, we hold the delicate balance of documenting, in real time, a woman's transformation into mother, as well as holding space for all who accompany her on her journey."

This class is designed for those who are new to birth photography as well as those who are already documenting births.

This indoor boutique program will take place inside a classroom with a projector/screen.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about how Bonnie and Rebecca were changed by birth photography and how they discovered their ""why"" (and how you can, too).
2. Understand documentary vs. fine art and where birth photography fits in.
3. Discuss birth as the foundation of a story.
4. Understand and demystify labor and birth in humans, including a) the birth process and the stages of labor; b) the biology of birth and birthing places; c) birth etiquette for the birth photographer; d) US birth stats, legal issues, economic disparities and the rights of women in childbirth; e) role of the birth team and the impact of photography on a woman’s ability to give birth; f) working in hospitals, birth centers and homes, and working with medical professionals; and g) gear, lens and camera choices.
5. Learn about considerations for shooting in low light, including when to use flash, dealing with noise, nailing exposure, and dealing with horrible lighting in hospitals.
6. Discuss whether birth photography is for you and how to heal from broken moments in birth.

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Bonnie Hussey

Hello! I'm Bonnie! I grew up in the Central Florida area, and have been working with women during their labor, birth, and postpartum experiences for 5 years. I am a mother of three, and love to read, knit, and paint for self-care. Working with women during the early motherhood seasons... Read More →
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Rebecca Coursey

My name is Rebecca and I am a birth and documentary photographer living in California. I am also a mother and a doula. When I was little, shaped by the Colorado mountains I ran free in, I dreamed of being able to craft tales about the way I saw the world around me; of illustrating... Read More →

Sunday February 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Cumberland C Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort