rebecca coursey self-portrait

a bit about me......

Hi I’m Rebecca! I am a birth and documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. I started my career in the arts as an outspoken teen, taking college courses in oils and color theory, all the while insisting I wanted absolutely nothing to do with a career in art. However, I found myself stumbling backwards into photography (which I also wanted nothing to do with) as a way of expressing the visual poetry I saw in the sea of humanity around me. 

After giving birth to my own children, I felt myself drawn to working with women in their child bearing years –I just didn’t know in what capacity. A few years later, after the sudden death of mother, I stumbled upon images of another woman’s birth, and suddenly I knew, in my bones, that this was something I needed to do –to me, this was the perfect melding of the art and science of birth itself. I am deeply influenced by other women artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Alice Neel, and Sally Mann; as well photojournalists such as Meridith Kohut and Ami Vitale.

motherhood sessions

Accolades & Awards



  • Top Honors in the IAPBP contest Honorable Mention 
  • Cover Image for The Long Way Home Vol VIII
  • Commercial Video Work for WORDS WITH FRIENDS app
  • Presenter and teacher at The Family Narrative in NOLA
  • VOICE COLLECTION self-portrait 2017
  •  Featured in Looks Like Film and Tribe Archipelago
  • Teacher/Mentor at Illuminate Classes
  • Published in Vogue, Journey to Artist, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Bored Panda, SELF, RedBook, Mothering, Healthy Mummy  
  • Collaboration with GroundSwell 


  • Teacher and Mentor Illuminate Classes 
  • Joined the Family Narrative as a Teacher for NOLA 2017
  • Featured in LLF


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