Maegan Dougherty Photography » NJ Birth and Family Photographer

This NYC VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section) took place at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan.

Sometimes two clients are in labor at the same time, so it’s important to make sure that your birth photographer has a back-up photographer. This is the first time I attended a birth as a back-up, and the transition went totally smoothly. I was so happy to be there with this wonderful couple, documenting the birth of their third child.

This was a big baby. Look for the photo with the weight!

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Would you like to see another birth? Click here for a homebirth in Montclair. Interested in a newborn photo session? You can see one here, of a family in Westchester.

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As a NJ birth photographer, I document all kinds of births. Each one is uniquely beautiful and special.

Whether a home or hospital birth, with or without interventions, vaginal or surgical, I want every birthing person and partner to experience these feelings that come to my mind when I see the photos from this birth.


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This birthing mother and her family were supported through pregnancy, birth and postpartum by the midwives of Seventh Moon Homebirth. They help facilitate all those good words I wrote above.

Thank you for visiting my website. If you’re new here, I’m a NJ birth photographer and family documentary photographer. I love spending time with families in New Jersey and New York City, capturing both the most ordinary and the most extraordinary of your days!

Are you expecting a baby?

I hope you will look at more of my birth photography blog posts, and visit me on Instagram. If you are planning to book a birth photographer, or if you have any questions about pregnancy, birth, or newborn photography in New Jersey, I would love to help you. Please contact me!

This NJ pregnancy photo session last year was so special. I am excited to share it, along with some news. I’m now offering a one hour family photo shoot! It’s perfect for times when you want a glimpse into the way your family life is right now, but don’t quite need the 2-3 hours of my standard documentary session. Same fun, totally relaxed, real life vibe. Lower price point of $700. “Mini sessions” can sometimes feel rushed. I’ve found that one hour allows time for natural, undirected moments to happen. Also, it’s perfect for a pregnancy/maternity session, in combination with birth and newborn photography. (I still LOVE to be with families for 2-3 hours, so keep booking those, too!!!)

I love that Grandma and Grandpa were visiting here. How sweet is Grandma kissing her little grandson’s leg? And it’s so nice to see these photos today, with the signs of spring starting. My kids and I are thrilled for warmer weather and afternoons at the park.

Think about what your life will be like over the next few months. How will it be different from this time last year? What routines and traditions are you looking forward to doing again? Let’s photograph some of them. I’d love to spend an hour (or more!) with your family.

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It’s so much fun to look back. Here is the same family at a park about two years earlier!

Would you like to see another NJ pregnancy photo session? Here’s one, with an important message in the text.

Today I’m sharing a beautiful NJ birth from a few years back. This blog post has been in my drafts for a long time. I can’t let it stay there for a minute longer! Birth doesn’t always turn out like we hope it will. When it doesn’t, it’s even more important that we’ve chosen providers who will help guide us through the options, support us in making empowered decisions, advocate for us, and protect the wishes that are important to us during such a vulnerable time.

Pictured here are midwives Roxie Mitchell of Midwives of New Jersey and Judith Hagan of Babycatcher Midwifery, and doula and placenta encapsulation specialist Thalla-Marie Choxi.


Interested in birth photography?

I hope you’ll visit this page, and then I’d love to hear from you!

I started a list of things I want to do with my family in 2018, because I wanted a place to put “fly a kite at Liberty State Park.” Maybe in the spring!

I’ve photographed this family in their Jersey City home and neighborhood for the past few years. I LOVE our family photo sessions. We decided on a change of scenery for this year. I suggested noticing where they were going on the weekends and also thinking about if there were places they’d been wanting to check out. They went to a Birthday party at Liberty State Park and thought it would be fun to go back. So we did. It was awesome. And this is how we spent the hour. So fun, right?!

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Here is this family’s photo shoot from a previous year, around their Jersey City neighborhood.