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REDEFINE | birth photography feature by Ashley Marston Photography

Hello Dear Photographer | January 24, 2017

Why are you passionate about birth photography?

I am passionate about Story Telling. And this kind of love, devotion, strength is all part of the best story ever told. I also find myself falling in love with every family. How can you not. Each time I leave a birth space I leave with a little piece of them in my heart and it feeds my soul and my passion for it.


{TML} International Photography Competition Winners

The Monochromatic Lens | 2016


Interview with Ashley Marston

Candid Childhood Community Blog | March 16, 2016

Tell us how you started in photography and why?

I had hoped to one day be a photojournalist. But I started a family early on in life and it was with the birth of my first son Noah, that I really picked up the camera and never put it down.


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Lemonade & Lenses  | March 09, 2016

This is my sister and my beautiful Nephew.  I was unable to attend the birth of this sweet boy and so I booked a flight as soon as I could, to see them in those first few important postpartum weeks.

My sister lives in interior British Columbia, Canada, in a beautiful little cabin, nestled in the trees. The fire was always warm and every morning we woke to fresh snow.  Nestled in the corner of their home, is this beautiful spot to relax and share her first bath with her newborn son.  I call these Herbal Baths. I use a herb mixture from my local midwives, boil and steep it and then place the ‘tea’ in the bath.  It provides many health benefits for mom and baby and also a soothing aroma.  As my sister submerged him into the water he relaxed, and look up at us with those deep, soulful eyes.  Perfection.


Beautiful photos: Surrogacy brings baby joy to grieving family

Baby Center Blog | March 04, 2016

Kate Austin-Rivas and Didier Rivas have endured more heartbreak than many of us could bear.

After welcoming their daughter Elle, now 6 years old, the couple had happily hoped to add to their family. In the years to follow, however, they suffered one painful loss after another. There were multiple miscarriages. Then, in 2012, their daughter Katelyn was stillborn.


2016 Labor Image Winners

Birth Becomes Her | 2016


28 Moving Photos That Capture The Emotional Intimacy Of Birth

The Huffington Post  |  June 21, 2016

From the pain of labor to the bliss of meeting your newborn baby, birth is an incredibly emotional experience.

Canadian birth photographer Ashley Marston knows this all too well.

Marston shared some of her favorite photos with The Huffington Post, and they are, put simply, powerful. Continue scrolling for raw images that capture joy, anxiety, perseverance and most of all, love. 


Emotional Birth Photos Show The Power Of Surrogacy After Tragedy

Huffington Post | May 27, 2016

After years of fertility struggles, loss and pain, a Canadian family found renewed hope through surrogacy.

On Jan. 22, Kate Austin-Rivas and Didier Rivas welcomed their daughter Scarlett Ryan via surrogate. Birth photographer Ashley Marston was present to capture this powerful moment of joy — which came after many years of darkness.


Mom Shares Emotional Surrogacy Story After Tragedy

ABC News | June 03, 2016

After a long journey of heartbreak, a Vancouver woman proudly became a second-time mom to a daughter named Scarlett.

Now, she’s sharing her story of tragedy and new-found happiness with the world.

“I was anxious, I was excited, I was terrified and then I was a complete puddle of tears when I saw her come out,” Kate Austin-Rivas told ABC News. “She was crying and seemed strong and it’s one of those moments that I needed and I will never forget.”


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Lemonade & Lenses  | November 05, 2015

This family session was taken in beautiful Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The MacKenzie family stays there, beach side, all summer long, and so that is where they most wanted their photos taken; at the place they have had so many happy memories. But it wasn’t the beautiful scenery that made me smile the whole way home, it was the family. They were just amazing. Connected, fun, and carefree. They were a total joy to photograph and their session has left a lasting impression on my heart, as a mother and as a photographer.


12 Stunning Images That Perfectly Capture the Beauty of Giving Birth

Woman’s Day | October 15, 2015

Every birth is different. Some take countless hours, while others happen in mere minutes. Some are smooth and easy, while others are weighed down by complications. But while each and every birth is unique, every parent can relate to the multitude of emotions that come crashing over you when you meet your little one for the first time. To celebrate the miracle of birth, asked 12 birth photographers to share what makes their most treasured photos a story worth telling.


19 Intimate Photos of Mothers and Their Babies That Show the Beauty of Breastfeeding

COSMOPOLITAN  |  April 23 2015


Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. While it takes time, dedication, and a whole lot of patience, a lot of moms agree it’s totally worth the effort (and the cost of the truffles you may rub on your nipples). In case you need a reminder of just how stunning the mother-child bond can be, here are some gorgeous portraits of women nursing their children that will make you want to call your mom.


2015 Image of the Year Competition - Honorable Mention

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers  |  March 2015


The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Image of the Year Competition. Our Judge panel had a very difficult job in narrowing down the winners this year as there were many excellent entries. We are appreciative of their time and efforts. Winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technicality, emotionality and composition. Thank you to each and every IAPBP member who entered this year and, of course, the families who agreed to share their birth moments with us all!


11 Photos That Show Birth Is Beautiful, No Matter What Method You Choose

The Huffington Post  |  March 03, 2015

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announced today the winners of its annual “Image of the Year Competition.” According to the IAPBP website, a panel of judges selected the winners based a point system that measures “technicality, emotionality, and composition.” From water births to C-sections, all the contest entries show that despite the different birth plans parents follow, the moment a child comes into the world is beautiful, emotional and indescribable.


22 Candid Photos That Show How Beautiful Breastfeeding Really Is

The Huffington Post | August 06, 2014

Inspired by her reluctance to nurse in public, one photographer and mother of four is seeking to normalize the sight of breastfeeding and show support for other nursing moms.

Leilani Rogers is a Texas-based photographer who has launched an initiative called the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP). In anticipation of World Breastfeeding Week this year, she recruited over 50 photographers in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland to take pictures of mothers breastfeeding their children in public places like parks, grocery stores, and cafes.


2014 Best in Photo Essay Category

2014 | Clickin Moms

The purpose of VOICE is to recognize and celebrate images in 14 separate categories that encapsulate the spirit of this special collection – vision, originality, inspiration, creativity and overall excellence. From over 8,000 entries, the VOICE judging panel selected 268 images for this year’s collection. We are honored to recognize the photographers whose images have been selected for the 2014 VOICE collection.