Christina Hodgen

"Our birth photographer, Christina, was wonderful as well. We feel so lucky to have gotten to know her before, during and after the birth. She really did an amazing job capturing the event and even helped coach me through my first nursing session with our daughter." - Tess Hamilton

 
 
 atlanta birth photographer, Christina Hodgen provides Maternity and newborn photography through The Happiest Doulas.

Specialties: Birth Photography, Family Portraiture, Babywearing, Endurance Sports

 

Age 3 with waves and bangs!
 

 

A professional photographer with a BFA in photography from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Christina has shifted her focus onto maternity, birth, and newborn photography. Inspired by her doula supported births in 2011 and 2015 (both with The Happiest Doulas), she trained as a doula with Childbirth International in 2016 and Birth Boot Camp DOULAS in 2018.


Accepting inquiries for birthdays in Atlanta for 2018.


Her interview location is Inman Perk Coffee, 240 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307. Christina is available for hire as a photographer or to provide labor doula support for clients at intown Atlanta hospitals and North Fulton.

Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta)
DeKalb Medical (Decatur)
WellStar (Kennestone, North Fulton, and Atlanta)
Emory University Hospital Midtown (intown)
Northside Hospital (Atlanta)

 


Get To Know Christina

  • She is terrified of all birds with the exception of penguins.
  • An endurance athlete, she will gladly spend 6 hours on a bicycle but hates driving in a car for anything over an hour or two.
  • The Great British Baking Show is a personal favorite and she likes to give herself baking challenges complete with critiques from her family in British accents.

     

What has inspired you to start doing birth photography? I am a fine art photographer who has always specialized in portraiture and photojournalism. My work is always motivated by my own life experiences and since the birth of my first child, I have been compelled to document women during this life changing period of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.

What's your photography style? Real. You can get "Glamour Shots" from other photographers. I edit photos minimally, and document your life and all its natural beauty. 

How does having a birth photographer with specific doula training benefit clients in the documentation of labor and birth? I feel as though each person surrounding the clients during labor and birth should be knowledgeable in not only the role they play in the room but in normal birth practices. Everyone present for a birth should be guiding the family through this amazing experience and have the ability to help. Although I am a labor doula, my role is clear to all parties when hired as a photographer - I am present to artistically document labor and birth - not to provide doula support or services. When hired as a birth doula, I do not provide photography services. To offer the best service possible, these two important roles - birth photographer and doula - shouldn't be combined.

How does attending a birth as a photographer differ from attending as a doula? My knowledge as a labor doula helps me as a photographer and my observations as a birth photographer helps me as a doula. When I attend a labor as a photographer, my focus is on documenting the birth and I don’t really help in a hands-on way. As a doula, I'm an active participant.

Everyone present for a birth should be guiding the family through this amazing experience and have the ability to help.

What unique strengths do you bring to the birth space? I personally have had a water birth as well as a land birth. I bring my experiences with these two very different births to my support of you in your unique birth. I also bring a wealth of knowledge having done multiple endurance events. Labor is an athletic activity in many ways and the same principles of pacing and nutrition can apply.

What other interests do you have surrounding birth and parenting? I have exclusively breastfed both of my children, and I’m still amazed at my ability to feed my baby with just my body. It’s hard work and doesn’t come easy, but it has been an amazing journey. I love babywearing and I’m constantly learning new techniques such as wrapping or back carrying. Honestly, my children teach me something new almost every single day.