Postpartum Depression & Photography: Looking Back

If you, or someone you know, may be suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD), please reach out to your health professional or Postpartum Support International


There is something that I often bring up that catches some people off guard when discussing why there are benefits to having photos taken of your newborn or infant.

“Have you experienced or think you’re at risk for Postpartum Depression?”  

I don’t think we’re at a healthy point in our society where we are yet educated to really understand how to prepare for PPD before it’s actually experienced, so I understand that the timing of this topic (typically when someone is expecting) can seem off. However, having experienced many new moms walk through my studio doors with a familiar look in their eye is just one way I see the correlation between what these women think they’ve hired me to photograph and what I know I need to capture.

One of the most beautiful mothers I’ve ever photographed, in the midst of her postpartum depression hell.

One of the most beautiful mothers I’ve ever photographed, in the midst of her postpartum depression hell.

For one woman, Lorena of Motherhood Unfiltered, our newborn session together would be more impactful and expansive than I could ever imagine. In her blog post, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PHOTO: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION REALIZATION Lorena writes,

“...felt so guilty. I had a healthy, beautiful baby boy for fucks sake. Why the hell was I crying?  I kept blaming it on the baby blues….I felt miserable, disconnected, and started having dark feelings that I was embarrassed to tell anyone about.”
— Lorena of Motherhood Unfiltered

After working through her recovery and reflecting back on that time, Lorena now says, “I am definitely very grateful we captured the pictures. I definitely had times of happiness but I just felt covered by a dark cloud until Lennox was about 6 weeks.” It’s been through conversations with other women as well that they are able to look back on these pictures with their brand new babies and remember, if just for the slightest of moments, that there truly was beauty in the storm.

Follow along with Lorena and Lennox on the website Motherhood Unfiltered

Postpartum Depression - PPD - can steal any remembrance of joy, or even a simple moment of calmness, you may have experienced during the first few weeks/months after delivery.

Postpartum Depression - PPD - can steal any remembrance of joy, or even a simple moment of calmness, you may have experienced during the first few weeks/months after delivery.