Surprise: they say yes!

Engagement photography on Martha’s Vineyard is one of my favorite occasions – the joy and love and excitement of a new journey is infectious.

I also like the moment of reveal, when my secret presence is disclosed and I can help the happy couple celebrate.

Some occasions take a lot of advance planning (many secret emails, reconnaissance, and satellite photos with instructions about exactly which direction to face) and some just require a moment together at a meaningful spot.

If you’ve been planning to propose to your love and want a photographic record of the moment, get in touch!

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Birth Photography by Maria Thibodeau | Martha’s Vineyard

I always wanted to be a mom. Even and especially through 4 long years of hope/despair in my attempts to be one. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a photographer, though, and combining my photography and the final moments of other people’s journey to parenthood is something I’ve been increasingly compelled to do. Labor and birth are such dream-states, so profound and monumental – these birth photos are testament to the love and the work that can change the world. I am thrilled and honored to have been present when these kiddos made their entrance and to capture these moments when life was forever-after different for everyone involved.

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

One birth by cesarean. One birth by cervix. Two awe-inspiring experiences of strength and wonder and the primal power where we all once began.

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

newborn and birth photography martha's vineyard

Visit Maria Thibodeau Photography to see more of my work and to contact me for your own photos.

Temporary Coda

And so it begins with this ending, which is really neither beginning or ending either.

Some assorted favorites from recent days before I started Chasing the Light, my 365 Project. My Vineyard Photographer blog will take a hiatus while I focus on my daily photos.

Going…

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, orange moon harbor

Going…

martha's vineyard photography, half the moon

Gone… the old moon in the arms of the new, with Venus.

fine art prints martha's vineyard, moon with venus

Snowy harbor…

family pictures martha's vineyard, edgartown lighthouse

vineyard photography, snowy sailboat

A complaint against the snow is registered.

martha's vineyard landscapes, sea gull

Swans, Redux

island weddings, flying bird

vineyard weddings, swan sunset


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Macro

I recently acquired a macro lens and I’ve only barely begun to try it out. After yesterday’s soak, I had the idea to go out this morning and look for water drops on branches. I found that most of the drops had already fallen, but I did find a few with which to experiment. Though I still have a lot of practice to do, my favorite was this one on a tiny curl of vine.

martha's vineyard photography, water drop macro


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A Whiteness of Swans

All of the frozen water in this frozen winter has been rough on the birds. I recently counted 23 swans huddled on shore near the only swiftly-moving water in town – a surprising sight, since I’ve seen swans battle over some pond space in more temperate days. I was even inspired to look up the collective noun for swans and learned there are several: an eyrar of swans. A bevy of swans. And my favorite: a whiteness of swans.

 

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, swans at crab creek

 

I photographed the sleeping swans on my way to the old standby: Cassandra in God light before sunset.

 

fine art prints martha's vineyard, cassandra

 


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Island Grazing: Neoteny, Goats, and Spring on Martha’s Vineyard

Surely there is no cuter harbinger of spring than a baby goat. Despite the coating of snow and ice still covering all surfaces, the possibility of spring took shape yesterday morning when I had the chance to visit Island Grazing‘s goats to photograph their new kids.

The trouble with goats is that they’re goats – up for adventure.

island grazing, fine art prints martha's vineyard

Neoteny is a complex phenomenon that explains why a baby goat can both stand within the hour of its birth and also be so ridiculously cute that I want to smuggle one home and keep it a kid forever. Those big eyes! Those little noses! Those soft and fuzzy faces! That gamboling curiosity!

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, baby goats

martha's vineyard photography, springtime goats

family pictures martha's vineyard

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, goat photographer

I had no idea when I arrived that I would be in for a surprise appearance, but this doe went in to labor while I was there (here she is at the start of it).

martha's vineyard photography, rebecca brown consulting goat

And for the duration – what seemed to me to be no more than twenty minutes total of restrained huffing from the first poke of a tiny goat hoof to the emergence of the slick, bleating quiver that was a new goat.

fine art prints martha's vineyard, katama goat

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, katama farm

martha's vineyard photography, island grazing kid

Here she is, all cleaned up!

family pictures martha's vineyard, goat photography

Instinct at work, she finds food at last.

martha's vineyard family pictures, island grazing goats

When I finally pulled myself away from the magical morning, this goat was about to start labor too:

martha's vineyard wedding photographer, newborn goat

I never anticipated that my first birth shoot would be for a goat, but the experience was profound to this not-quite-city-girl, never watched a birth except my own (soundless video thereof – a surreal experience itself, for other reasons) girl. I didn’t smuggle a kid home after all, but only just.


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