My name is Rachel Crawford and I am a birth photographer based in Charlotte, NC. I specialize in birth, postpartum, adoption, and humanitarian photography. My style is very real and my work emulates that of photojournalism. I started photographing births not too long after I made a New Year's resolution in 2016. 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 chord, I set out on a photographic journey. I love this line of work for its spontaneity, rawness, and utter joy. These organic moments remind me that pain always has a purpose. To bring forth new life. I have also grown to love both maternal as well as infant and early childhood 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.
I am also a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a comprehensive history in nonprofit and nongovernmental organization administration, child protection and advocacy, program development and management, capacity building and strengthening, and mental health and psychosocial support consulting with a passion for international relief work. I have traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, The Bahamas, Italy, Scotland, France, and England for educational and humanitarian purposes. I have traveled to Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, The Bahamas, Italy, Scotland, France, and England for educational and humanitarian purposes. My international clinical work has consisted of conducting a supportive arts pilot with former street children and adolescents in Uganda, completing a community mural and storybook with secondary school students in India, and contributing to Safe Motherhood Ambassador trainings with Obstetric Fistula survivors in Ethiopia. On my time off, I can be found painting, indulging in liquid cheese, trotting the globe, throwing punches, and watching reality tv.