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You are a badass warrior who brings forth life.

Yes, you.  

You carried your baby for months wondering what their little toes look like, what their hair is going to be like, what eye color they’re going to have. You dealt with the discomfort of pregnancy – nausea, back pain, baby’s foot in the ribs, ligament pain, light bladder and sleepless nights. NOW, one of the most important days of your life is about to happen. The day YOUR baby is born.  

Heyo! I’m Kristen!

I’m an experienced birth photographer and doula. I hold space for families as they experience growing pains and transform their lives to welcome a little one into their lives. I want families to feel heard, loved, and empowered about their birth experiences.

I’m a mother of two – I experienced both a hospital birth and home birth. I wish I liked coffee or tea but I don’t. I’m a weirdo. I know that and I love that about myself. I prefer sour candy like Sour Punch Straws (Blue Raspberry or Green Apple) over chocolate.

Kristen had such positive and encouraging emotional support for me. It helped me put my mind in a great place for labor.

Mandy H., Birth Client

Kristen Schell recently photographed the birth of my fourth child and first home birth. She made every effort to ascertain my wishes regarding modesty and which aspects of labor and birth I wanted to document. She was very supportive and interested in my personal story and how she could help preserve the memories of my son’s special birth day. Kristen was quick in editing and coming back to review the photos with me to ensure I was satisfied with her work. Overall, she went above and beyond and clearly has a passion for birth and championing moms!”
Angie Hinkle, Client

Kristen was amazing and made our birthing experience wonderful. She was my doula for the birth of my daughter. She was so helpful and empowering during the whole experience. I ended up needing to have an emergency C-Section and she advocated for my family’s needs during that time. Plus, we got amazing pictures right after my daughter was born. I highly encourage anyone who is looking for a doula to consider Kristen. 

Annamarie G., Birth Client

Baby’s first cry. The first glimpse of your baby.

Those moments are fleeting.

I’ll immortalize them so you can remember them forever.





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Who Am I?

I am a certified Birth Doula and Photographer based in Southwest Michigan serving families. I'm based out of Benton Harbor, MI and I serve families in the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, South Haven and Holland area. I can also serve Michigan City and South Bend area.

I am an LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safe space. All families types are welcome here.

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