Birth Story
Documenting the Beauty of Birth

"There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”

-Laura Stavoe Harm



"I wanted to photograph what I knew was going to be my last birthing experience, after having three babies beforehand. If you have birthed before, you will know that birthing requires everything we have, so the little things go unnoticed.

My wish was to be able to look back and see my children’s faces, feel them again, remember how their tender touch felt, see how strong my husband's hands held me, and see the awe in their faces during the arrival of our last baby. 

I wanted someone that could be there but hardly there if you know what I mean. Karaena has that ability, she is able to take amazing photos while being hardly noticed during the process. The results were beyond any imagined outcome. She captured the absolute essence of every being present and of the birth in itself.

My husband who was very reluctant to have a camera in the room as he thought it would be invasive, is deeply grateful for me insisting on the idea and we cry looking through the photos every time we flick through the pages of Enzo’s birthing album, an absolute treasure we will always cherish. 

Karaena is professional, compassionate, patient and so respectful. Her calming presence is an asset to any birthing situation and her ability to capture what she does is simply incredible. I would recommend her as a birthing photographer to anyone thinking of getting their birth photographed.  And if you are not thinking about it, I urge you to consider it, as you will forever thank yourself for doing it."

 - Brunna Lee

What to Expect from me as your birth photographer

First Contact 

We'll have a chat about what you expect from birth photography with me as your photographer. This is best in person but if you would prefer a phone call that's totally ok too.

I'll want to know your due date. I'll be on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby is born. I'll ask for details about where you are intending on giving birth. (Home, birthing center, or hospital)

If we agree it feels right for us both to work together, I'll send you a contract to sign and book in your due date.

Consult after you've reached the end of your 1st trimester.

We meet up and get to know each other more. It's important that you have a chance to discuss your birth plan with me and ask me any extra questions you may have about birth photography.

This is also when your $500 deposit is due.

Email me any time

I'll be available by email anytime up until 38 weeks.

I'd love to know how your pregnancy is going and if there are any changes to your birth plan.

38 weeks pregnant

I'll get in touch with you! This is an exciting time as you near your due date.  From 38 weeks onwards I will be on call for you. Let me know by phone when you begin to go into labour!

Established labour

Once established labour is confirmed I'll need you or your birth partner to give me a phone call. Then I'll be driving to you to begin documenting your Birth Story!

Karaena Vincent
Professional Birth Photographer

I live in Nelson/Tasman with my 3 girls, 2 bonus children and my endlessly patient, tech support, ridiculously handsome partner Dhillon.

My hope is that women feel empowered with imagery of birthing their children, that they can see how strong they are & look back on their pictures with pride & belief in themselves. 

To be trusted to enter a woman's birth space is a huge honour.

I am always so in awe of each woman's strength and courage.

I combine artistic and technical skill with a careful, respectful & unobtrusive presence.

I believe every woman deserves incredible photos of her most powerful and vulnerable moments


Karaena Vincent Photography is a Nelson regional member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography

The new Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) is an internationally recognised organisation and the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand.
Please read the Code of ethics to see how this applies to the business practices of Karaena Vincent Photography. 

   Code of Ethics-NZIPP


                            Code of Ethics-IAPBP




"Karaena was professional and understanding. I ended up being in labor for 3 days and Karaena was drifting in and out throughout that whole time. I hardly even noticed she was there. She became a silent but beautiful member of the birthing team that was there from the start. She ended up taking the big drive to Nelson hospital and was by our side until the Doctors told her she couldn't be with us during a C -section (which she was willing to be a part of, if we wanted her to). She then took the time to visit us a week later to take some newborn photos. Karaena spent so many hours documenting every bit of our birthing story. I wouldn't think twice about having her again. Her photos are beautifully captured and she has a very calm presence that made it easy to have her be part of such a personal experience." 

    -Marlen O'Donnell

Birth Story Pricing

  Pre-birth consult after your 1st trimester

On-call from 38 weeks until your baby comes

Coverage from established labour until

1.5 hours  post-birth

120+ high-resolution colour

& black and white images

Short highlights slideshow

Delivered in a private online gallery for you to download


I'm always open to finding ways for birth photography to be possible for you so please ask!

To spread the cost, payments by installments can be arranged to suit.

A non-refundable deposit is required upon signing your contract for birth photography. 


Due to the unpredictable nature of birth,
The number of births I can book per month is limited.



Get in touch with me to discuss your
 birth photography


I would love to hear from you!

Please email or phone me with any questions.
Or fill in the form below and I'll be in touch.