Last week I got to photograph Laura and Derrick’s wedding at the Manor House in Littleton, Colorado. I have known their family for about two years and they are the friendliest, most welcoming people I know. I had a great time!
I spent the morning hanging some birth photos at Becoming Mothers in Boulder today. I love this place. Unlike big box baby gear stores, Becoming Mothers has a very helpful and knowledgeable staff and you know the products they carry are going to be the highest quality.
This is a 10×30 luster print that has been mounted. Here is a glimpse of just some of the awesome products they carry. Love Motherlove, also a Northern Colorado company!
Amber necklaces and teething beads!You should go check them out. Any clients that book will now receive at 10% discount coupon to Becoming Mothers. We are also working out the details to for customers to be able to add my services to their store registry… stay tuned for more details.
They are located in the Village Shopping Center in Boulder at 28th & Arapahoe Ave, two doors down from Grandrabbits Toy Store.
Here is their address and phone: 2525 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80302 303.546.6262
One of my favorite parts about being self employed are the unexpected phone calls I get that completely change my day. Friday I was at the library with my kids and received a request for a newborn photoshoot. Could I fit them in? Sure! When? How about today! Having my own kids has taught me that you have to remain flexible and if you do some pretty great stuff can come your way.
Meet Nora, she is pretty amazing.
I don’t bring a lot of newborn props because I want the images to be meaningful to the family. Mom had the idea to add the nut butters because Justin’s Nut Butter is their company. I love it (and the nut butter- seriously, if you haven’t tried them you are missing out)! The blanket Nora is sleeping on was her mom’s and so was that apple. I had one of those apples and loved it.
Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. The earliest text mentioning henna in the context of marriage and fertility celebrations comes from the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath, which has references to women marking themselves with henna in preparation to meet their husbands, and Anath adorning herself with henna to celebrate a victory over the enemies of Baal. (Thanks Wikipedia)
Now you do!
I was invited to watch my friend and fellow doula, Lisa Beard, add this beautiful henna design the gorgeous baby belly of our friend and doula Felicia Russell. Imagine creating an intricate painting on a round canvas that also moves and kicks! This is just the first stage of the process and I can’t wait to see how it looks as the henna falls off.
Have you ever attended or hosted a blessingway? This past Friday I was invited to one to celebrate a mom that is about to give birth for the second time. Unlike baby showers where the focus is on presents and games, a blessingway is about honoring the woman. A blessingway can be based in religious teachings and scripture or it can be completely secular. Either way, it is a group of women coming together to honor, respect and care for the mother.
The food was incredible and gluten-free! Dr. Lorraine Caron, ND made the gorgeous cake and our hostess made the yummiest sugar body scrubs as favors. After eating we each made inspirational signs for the momma to reflect on as she gets closer to labor. Mine said “Let Go.” We also made flags with fabric and special crayons that represented home. I pulled my inspiration from the song Home Is Wherever I’m With You, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.Instead of baby gifts we were asked to bring natural personal care items for mom and baby. We each brought two beads, one that we presented to the mom and the other we gave to her first-born. The beads were strung into a bracelet that she can use leading up to or during labor to remember that she has a loving and supporting community around her.
I preferred the blessingway to the traditional baby shower. I would love to hear if you have been to/hosted/been on the receiving end of a blessingway and what was your favorite part?
Sometimes it takes a while for a great idea to come to life. I have been working on offering families with infants in the NICU complimentary photo sessions for a while. After trying a couple different paths to get it up and running it was clear that the best way was to blaze my own path.
Starting today I am officially booking NICU photography sessions. If you are interested please contact me at either Colorado.Doula@gmail.com or 720-333-4678. You can also contact me via the contact form on the top of my main page.
This little lady was amazing for her newborn photo session. For almost two and a half hours I barely heard one whimper of protest from her. She seemed so content just to take in everything going on around her.
I love being welcomed into people’s home, and capture these moments for them. There is so much excitement, joy and nervousness surrounding a new baby. Seriously, pinch me that this is my job!