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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Newborn Photography - 7 Day Old Little Man

Today we had two sessions in the studio.  The first was a sweet little lady in for her first birthday photos (I will blog about her a little later...)  Our second was this adorable little 7 day new little man Lukas.

As many of you may know, I am a CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula.  One of the most common things we see happen in our studio is called "cluster feeding".  This is when new tiny little baby's who are exclusively breastfed require more milk from their mama's.  The way a mothers remarkable body produces enough milk for her baby is through essentially a supply and demand system.  When a growing infant requires more milk supply, they will often go through a phase that for mom can seem like stint of never ending breastfeeding.  This can go on for hours and even a few days until baby has "bumped-up" moms supply to sustain them adequately once more.

As we mentioned earlier it is very common and we are absolutely prepared for our shoot to be modified to suit little one's need to nurse, however it can become very frustrating and perhaps even feel never ending for a new mom who is already likely feeling run down.

Today's little man led us through the perfect example of the need to frequently nurse.  We were able to capture some beautiful images of him and his parents, however we did have to constantly be aware of his hunger cues making sure we caught them early and not allowing him to progress into a state of upset with late cues!

I am so proud of today's mom and dad with their incredible patience and willingness to follow their little man's cues.  The early days of parenthood can be bumpy to begin with and often breastfeeding can be a bit of a test in patience.  But being willing to work through those first few weeks will without a doubt yield many more months of positive relationship bonding as well as knowing that you are providing the best nutrition you can possibly give to your infant!

With happiness and pride, I introduce you to the newest member of Michelle and Mark's family....

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cake Smash - Ella turns One!

I have had the opportunity to photograph this little beauty from belly, to newborn to one year old "big girl".

Seeing her again and being able to give her a big hug was quite a treat today!

Hope you enjoy this little sneak peek from her cake smash session today <3

Friday, August 8, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week

I have to admit it.  I am already choked up being able to share this video.  A few short days ago, I posted an image that's sole purpose was to share and celebrate with my facebook page "followers" the beauty of World Breastfeeding Week.

In just 24 short hours after I posted this image I noticed something strange.  30 "fans" had clicked unlike immediately after the posting of this image.  Were they insulted?  Offended?  At first I was a bit upset and confused.  But that didn't last long.  Please watch the video to witness what happened next....

I feel unbelievably blessed to know so many beautiful, strong and supportive women.  Thank you from the very bottom of my heart to every single one of you.  Breastfeeding is beautiful.  xo

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Newborn Photography - Sweet Little Quintin

This adorable little man gave us a wee bit of a bumpy start to our session earlier in the week.  But sure enough he decided that it was time to settle in, snuggle up and give us some gorgeous poses and even a beautiful SMILE flashed perfectly for the camera!

Newborn Photography is a passion of mine and I cannot say enough about how strongly I feel that this is the best thing that I have ever been able to do in my life (apart from being a mom myself of course!)

Newborns are a collaborative effort between parents and the photographer.  Planning our session before baby arrives can be key, but patience and plenty of experience handling babies can make a huge difference in the kinds of images resulting from a session.

I hope you enjoy little Quintin's video birth announcement with a few "sneak peeks" of some sweet images from his session...  <3

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