Vannessa Brown is a professional birth, motherhood and family photographer specializing in the documentation of life’s “unplanned, unposed, and unexpected moments.” From a child opening its eyes for the very first time, to a father holding his wife and new baby beside the birthing pool, to a toddler gently cradling their new sibling on their lap, Vannessa is passionate about capturing the beautiful and fleeting moments of birth and life.
With an academic background in engineering, Vannessa began to explore photography when she was pregnant with her son, and it was her research on birthing that inspired her interest in birth photography. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Vannessa Brown Photography was officially launched in 2011, and after photographing her first birth in May 2012, Vannessa never looked back.
As a photographer, each experience brings with it its own unique demands – for periods of up to 5 weeks, she has to be available at a moments notice, and it can take up to 50 hours to properly document a single birthing experience.
Photo Credit: Vannessa Brown Photography
In the last 8 years, she has documented nearly 100 births in hospitals all across Edmonton, in birthing centres, operating rooms and midwifery clinics, as well as home births in bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms. “It is an honor,” she says, “I am so grateful and thankful to the families who trust me to be a part of these life-changing events.”
Much of her focus and creative approach has been informed by her own experience as a mother of two. From the moment of the actual birth, to the weeks and months after bringing a new child home, it is easy for special memories and moments to get lost among busy schedules and exhaustion. “You think as a mom, you’ll always remember, but you don’t,” she says, “it breaks my heart that I don’t remember all of the little things.”
According to Vannessa, it is common for clients to be on the fence regarding birth photography. However, having been on both sides of the camera herself, as both the photographer and the photographed, “It is worth it,” she states simply, “these are details that are unique to each family’s journey. They are priceless.”
In addition to birth photography, the packages offered by Vannessa Brown Photography include the Family Documentary Session, the Motherhood Session and the Family Mini Session, all specifically designed to capture life as it is. With a focus on real personalities and authentic family dynamics, Vannessa captures the moments you never knew you didn’t want to forget. Sessions can take place in your home or on location at a favorite local restaurant, park, or play area, creating real and lasting memories beyond the classic “Sunday best” family portraits.
To learn more about birth, motherhood and family photography by Vannessa Brown Photography, visit https://www.vannessabrown.com.
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Searchers find bodies in Jasper National Park, remains believed to be missing couple
JASPER, Alta. — Alberta RCMP say searchers have found two bodies in Jasper National Park.
Investigators believe the bodies are the remains of a couple who were reported missing after their vehicle was found in a parking lot at the Mount Edith Cavell Roads trail.
Matthew Kozak and Zabrina Ferrier were last seen on Friday.
Relatives had driven to the area to help with the search.
RCMP say Parks Canada staff in a helicopter found the bodies just before dark on Tuesday night near Verdant Pass.
Jasper RCMP and Parks Canada staff recovered the remains on Wednesday morning.
“It is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank in the area,” RCMP said in a release.
RCMP along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate.
Police say family members have been notified.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020
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Stamkos seen: Lightning captain returns for Game 3 of final
EDMONTON — Seen Stamkos? Just in time for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is making his 2020 playoff debut Wednesday, 211 days since he last played in an NHL game. It’s a return that has the potential to change the course of the series against the Dallas Stars that’s currently tied.
Stamkos last played Feb. 25.
He had surgery in early March to repair a core muscle injury and aggravated it during informal workouts over the summer. It seemed like Stamkos was on the verge of returning at the start of the post-season but may have had another setback.
Stamkos was on a 15-game point streak when he was injured.
Dallas is without veteran forward Blake Comeau, who appeared to injure his right shoulder on a hit by Ryan McDonagh in Game 2. The team called Comeau unfit to play, and Nick Caamano will make his NHL playoff debut in Comeau’s place.
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