From Bump to Baby

It’s always incredible to capture the before….

And then the after.

A start to a photo blog……

It is almost 2 years now since I began my journey as both doula and maternity/birth/newborn photographer. It has been an honor and privilege to work with such incredible women and their partners over this time. As I continue to fall in love with this work, I have decided it is time I begin to share some of these precious moments with you. I thank all of the families who have trusted me to enter their sacred space at such intimate times and those who trusted me to capture their beauty.

I am going to start with this beautiful family. What a perfect day for an outdoor photo shoot in The Boston Commons 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hope y’all had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Here is a reading that a beautiful mama shared with me yesterday and I thought how perfect to share with all of you 

There is no other way into the world except through the body of the woman. Woman is the portal to the universe. She is also the womb of Being. Each person in the world commenced life as a minuscule trace within the depths of the mother whose womb is the space where that trace expands and opens to assume human form. In terms of one’s later identity and destiny abroad in the world, this is the time of ultimate formation and influence. In human encounter, there is nothing nearer than this; no two humans can ever come closer than when one is forming inside the other’s depth. Naturally the relationship is hugely imbalanced: the one is a complete person, the other is minuscule and is just beginning a journey towards identity through absorbing life from the mother. Yet within the night of her body, each is helplessly open to the other. No man ever comes nearer to a woman. No woman ever comes nearer to a woman. This intricate nurturing and unfolding into identity takes place below the light in the physical subconscious of her body. The mother sees nothing. The whole journey is a hidden one. It is the longest human journey from the invisible to the visible. From every inner pathway, the labyrinth of her body brings a flow of life to form and free this inner pilgrim. Imagine the incredible events that are coming to form within the embryo; how each particle of growth is like the formation of a world from fragments.

From “Beauty, The Invisible Embrace”, by John O’Donohue.


“She caught some really special moments of him  looking lovingly at me. They are the nicest family photos we have ever had taken.”


Erica Kershner is a DONA International Trained Birth Doula and Birth Photographer located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  In addition to the DONA workshop, she participated in a HypnoBirthing series and the SidebySide Doulas mentoring program.  She also studied photography at Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Erica is excited to offer birth doula and professional birth photography services in the greater Boston area.

If you would like to meet with me or set up a time to chat please email me. I am enthusiastic to learn about your birth preferences and answer any questions you may have.