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  • Welcome to Melissa Cate Photography

    I am Melissa, the photographer of Melissa Cate Photography. I am passionate about documenting birth and the transition into Motherhood. I am blessed to be a birth photographer in lovely Southern Oregon. Documenting the birth journey of women and babies is one of the greatest joys a photographer can have, and we respect the beauty and sanctity of the moments you chose to have us document.

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    Why Birth Photography?
    by Melissa

    I had my first daughter eight years ago. It is a day that will forever be close to my heart, evoking some of the most powerful emotions of love, triumph, and euphoria I have ever known. At the time I did not know birth photography existed. I wish I had. I was lucky to have a nurse take photos for us as our daughter was entering our world. And I love the photos - I looked at them hundreds of times in the months after she was born. I studied the time stamp to understand exactly when moments happened. I looked carefully at each photo to remember the conversations that took place, what I was feeling in the moment. It was easier to piece together little details by looking at the photos. I still look at them and soak in the amazing moments we experienced meeting our daughter for the first time. But they were shot with a little point and shoot camera, and even though the photos I do have are so precious to me, I wish I had more. So much more.

    As I learned from first hand experience, hiring a birth photographer is usually not the first thought that comes to mind when thinking about birth plans, and the thought of someone photographing such a personal and private moment can be intimidating. But once that amazing little miracle is in your arms, the overwhelming desire to freeze each moment in time takes over.

    Your birth team does not have to worry about fumbling with a camera, or worry about missing out on first moments because they are behind the camera. Let a professional document each moment, tastefully and discreetly. Someone who has years of birth work experience, and will attend your birth calmly and quietly, documenting the first look, the first time you examine tiny baby fingernails, the first moment you smell the perfectly new baby smell.

What IS Birth Photography?

I have a confession. I’m terrible at keeping up with my website. Between actually attending births, editing, and spending time with my own two lovely girls and husband, the website updating always seems to get pushed to the bottom of the list. I have been working on organizing photos from all 77 and counting births on a Pinterest site, all neatly organized. Some of the boards will include cord photos, placenta photos, water born, born by cesarean, and more! It will be such a great place to find exactly the type of birth photo you are looking for! I also keep up daily with my Facebook Fanpage, so you can check out all the latest updates and birth there!

A few weeks ago I put together this video on What Birth Photography is. It’s short, sweet, and to the point! When you tell someone about Birth Photography, do you get the raised eyebrow or the nervous laughter of , “what do you take pictures of???” This video helps people understand what it is REALLY about (and it’s not all crowning and blood, like the media and movies make it out to be!)

I promise I’m trying to make time to keep my website more updated. I’m only about 58 births behind…

The Homebirth of Twins – Oregon Birth Photographer


I was so excited for this birth, because after 67 births, these would be my first set of twins! These girls were going to be babies #5 and #6 for this sweet family, and I have always adored big families. At 36 weeks I was prepared and ready for the call that mama was in labor. At 37 weeks I was more ready. At 38 weeks I expected it at any moment. At 39 weeks I was in a bit of disbelief. This mama must be the superstar of all mamas, for she was 39 weeks pregnant with twins! At 39 weeks and 3 days, the call came in at 5:45pm that it was TIME, and hurry! I rushed out the door, I sped, and arrived at 6:05, just 11 minutes before Baby A slipped into the water and was lifted into mama’s arms. ELEVEN minutes! That was such a close call, I shudder to think about if traffic had been bad. I had read up on the natural birth of twins, and I knew Baby B could come hours later, depending on position. But as Baby A was snuggled in her mama’s arms, Baby B decided she did not want to wait, and four minutes after her big sister, she appeared. I think mama may have sneezed and she appeared! Baby B came so easily, I am not sure if mama really had to push! After a two hour labor from start to finish, mama had both babies in her arms, with no complications what so ever. In fact, I think it is in the running for one of the easiest, least complicated births I have ever seen! It was beautiful, and it was an honor to photograph! Enjoy the photos of this lovely family welcoming two new babies!



May 13, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Dawn Williams - Wow!! You are an amazing photographer!! All of your photos are simply amazing!

May 19, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Gina - Truly Pure Birth - Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful birth and amazing pics :)

November 12, 2014 - 2:40 am

Mamá Arcoiris - Beautiful pictures!!!

November 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

Aureilee - Simply beautiful! Blessing and thank you for sharing.

March 18, 2015 - 4:07 am

keri bryant - these are CRAZY beautiful, Melissa!!

A Placenta Heart

Placenta’s are an amazing organ. With the ability to sustain life for 9 months, it also has the ability to be made into medicine and help replenish key nutrients and hormones for the mother that were lost during pregnancy and birth. This is the first heart placenta I have seen at a birth, and it was pretty amazing!


March 23, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Donna - Amazing Melissa! So glad you caught this. I have told so many about this heart placenta that now I can direct friends to see it for real. <3 Donna