When I first wanted to try birth photography, the hardest part was finding a mama in my area willing to let me shoot it. After asking people I knew and no luck, I turned to my Facebook page to put out an ad to find someone. A few people answered, most of which weren’t interested when I told them exactly what I wanted. The one person to say yes was Hannah. In July of 2013, baby Ethan became my very first birth baby and I was hooked.
Fast forward a year. When I got the message that Hannah was expecting again, my heart squeezed. Not only was I going to be there for the birth of her second baby, her due date was in January, making her my first birth client of 2015! My very first birth client ever, now being my first repeat birth client ever, now being my first birth of 2015?! Talk about amazing.
About a week before the expected arrival of baby Groeneveld, Hannah contacted me. Cory’s kidney was failing and they were possibly going to be transferring him to a hospital in Milwaukee, leaving Hannah to bring this baby into the world without him by her side. You can imagine the emotions. As Hannah’s due date grew closer, prayers were said and answered. On the date of Hannah’s induction, Cory was by her side holding her hand. After a much shorter labor than big brother’s, Ava Josephine entered the world. There were times I couldn’t even operate my camera I was crying so hard. The amount of love in the room was absolutely amazing. Between the nurses, grandma and myself, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Ava was perfect and it was one of the births I know I will never forget.
Hi! My name is Nikki Murphy. I am from Marquette in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. I am married to an amazing man Keith, and mama to Logan and Owen. I began my photography journey in 2011, shooting for fun, right after I became a mama. A couple years later, I took the plunge as a full time photographer while also staying home to raise my babies. Births are where I fit. My love. Not to get all kumbaya, but they feed my soul. There is nothing more amazing than watching a little life being brought into the world. I am so blessed to give these amazing memories to families. Through hard work, trial and error, one newborn eworkshop, one amazing photographer friend that kicked my butt in gear (I’m talking to you Angie) and countless tears later, here I am. I’m not the best, but I’m the best version of me.