About

Hi, I'm Aurielle, a hybrid photographer specializing in birth photography, serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. When I’m not witnessing babies coming earthside, I’m a mama to my son Finn and help my husband, Eric run his business in the harbor. We enjoy our days traveling abroad, playing in the waves on the beach or having a popsicle in our hammock. 

 

How I Became A Birth Photographer

Growing up in Mexico and coming home with salt dried hair, sandy bathing suits and sticky from tropical fruit was an average weekend. Some of my best memories were during this time and my mom always made sure to document them. Even when she was embarrassing us! Being able to look back at a single image and remember the juiciness of that pineapple or the giggle attacks with my siblings, is priceless. I'm so grateful for these photos. The tenderness and innocence of a moment is what is worth remembering, and it is what inspired me to pursue photography. I’d endlessly document my traveling adventures and people I met along the way. But it was until after graduating college I asked myself, “What do I do now?”, did I realize I was still lacking that spark in my life. I was always very passionate about childbirth and was considering going back to school to become a midwife. It was during this time of reflection a friend asked me to photograph the birth of her first child. Uniting two of my passions? It was right up my alley!

Little did I know how life changing this beautiful Saturday afternoon would be. It was the most raw, intimate and empowering event I had ever witnessed. I was on a high for days and I felt so honored my friend and her husband welcomed me into their sacred space. I had found my calling and knew I wanted to continue capturing the journey of parenthood. There’s simply nothing like the joy that overflows parents as they look through their images and see the support from their significant other, the strength within themselves, and the very moments they welcome their child into this world.

 Photo: REBECCA COURSEY-RUGH