My name is Rachel Crawford and I am a photographer based in Charlotte, NC. I specialize in birth, postpartum, adoption, remembrance, and humanitarian photography operating from an authentic, detail oriented, photojournalistic style. I started photographing back in 2008 when I first got my hands on a DSLR camera however, I didn't start photographing births until eight years later when I made a New Year's resolution. For 2017, I vowed to explore my curiosity about the process of birthing babies and my desire to capture it. At that particular time in my life, I was coming to terms with the concept of being "untied" or "untethered."
Because the labor and delivery process so clearly emulates these notions, through the baby's departure from the womb and the severing of the umbilical chord, I set out on a photographic journey. I love this line of work for its spontaneity, rawness, and utter joy. These honest moments remind me that pain always has a purpose. To bring forth new life. Through this journey, I have also grown to love maternal and newborn mental health advocacy. As a partner of a pregnancy, parenting, and postpartum support community called Numa by way of 110 Main Collective, I have been given the opportunity to empower women as they walk through the vulnerable weeks and months after giving their all to produce new life. Additionally, I am an Affiliate Photographer for an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, where I am able to provide remembrance photography services for families who experience a still birth or loss of life.