I had so much fun photographing this tiny little girl. At under 6 lbs, she was so tiny and delicate! Welcome to the world, baby Carina!
Get ahead of the rush this year with a calm & cozy professional photo session with Santa in my studio...
This year, I am thrilled to announce that Santa will be in my studio for a special Christmas mini session day on Friday, November 10th- this is a NO school day! This is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday pictures, Christmas cards, and family portrait gifts for friends & family! Bring the little ones to meet Santa and share their wish lists in a calm & cozy environment with cookies & cocoa.
Your Santa Mini-Session includes:
Very behind in my posting, but here's a sample from a maternity & newborn session I did earlier this year for a beautiful mom and her darling baby boy, Landon. So much fun!
It's been a busy beginning of the year! I'm a bit behind in posting about my sessions, so I'll just give you a glimpse of my latest session: adorable little Mason. He was so peaceful, even when he woke up for a bit. Such a cutie!
Had a wonderful time capturing little ones for Valentine's Day Mini Sessions this year! This little 22 month old was not thrilled with the idea of a photo shoot but stickers and putting pearls on my puppy saved the day!
If you're anything like I was during my pregnancy, or maybe even before...you're researching all the best gear, choosing your diapering style (which I highly recommend a cloth diapering service*-see my Blog post on diapering here), shopping for adorable baby clothes and preparing your birth plan...and that's just in the first trimester! There are so many options and suggested ways to go about this whole having a baby thing ;) but the bottom line is, this is your experience and you get to make it personal...to YOU. Now, the reality is, there are so many things that can happen that can derail you from your birth plan you created 8 months prior. Flexibility and openness can be helpful in this process, but having an advocate for your choices can also be very helpful.
When we started this search, my husband said what so many other husbands tend to say, "You want to hire a what-a?" "Babe, a doula, she helps throughout the birth." "Isn't that my job?" Sound familiar? Let me tell you right now, if you have a good doula, your husband will be thanking her profusely by the end. A doula, technically, is "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." A doula in mama to mama terms: a person who knows how births go, can be your advocate when your plan starts to derail, rubs your back, helps your partner know what to do and how to help you, helps keep your anxious family out of the birthing suite until you're ready, and cheers you on, helping you breathe, relax and push that gem out into the world.
I happened to stumble upon my doula from a recommendation of my dad's friend. Turns out, she was amazing! A sweet, comforting presence that was calming, helped me breathe through my contractions, encouraged me to stay in control and and championed for my wishes, both with the doctors (within safe limits, of course) and with my very excited families in the waiting room. I am so incredibly grateful for choosing to have a doula, but also wonderfully lucky to have found such a fantastic person to go through the most incredible and most vulnerable moment in my life with. By the way, of course I had the, "Is she gonna see my everything?!" thoughts beforehand. Haha, fellow mamas, you'll understand this...a few contractions in, I didn't care what she saw, as long as she helped me survive that pain! But in all seriousness, it's a beautiful bonding moment and a good doula will help you feel comfortable through that vulnerability. Needless to say, I will absolutely be using my doula again for our next one. There is no question in my mind. Definitely doula!
Suggestions for the Seattle/North of Seattle region:
*If you are in the greater Seattle region, I HIGHLY recommend Baby Diaper Service. I personally use them for my daughter, and I have worked with Carolyn, the owner, and she is lovely! Here is their FB page as well.
**Your doula choice is very personal. You need to feel comfortable with them, and of course, they'll need to have availability when you are due. However, for a reference, here is the website to my AMAZING doula, Malerie Brock at Manor Born Birth Services and her FB page.
Do you have a baby that's turning ONE any time soon?
I have a DOUBLE cake smash session in just a couple weeks with a little girl and boy! I can't wait to post pictures from our messy fun time!
I'm offering a special deal for Cake Smash Sessions that are booked in January or February- You can receive a complimentary 11x14 mounted fine art print! (Sessions just need to be booked in Jan/Feb. The session can take place in a later month and still receive this special deal!) Together we can discuss themes, colors, decor, and outfits to make this a perfect One-Year-Old celebration to preserve for a lifetime!
Contact me and we can start planning your little one's big day!
I had such a wonderful time meeting so many new families this holiday season! I couldn't believe all the cuties I was able to take photographs of! I absolutely love my job!
As my holiday gift to you...
Book a session this fall and receive
5 social media files and 25 foil-pressed 5x7 holiday cards (over $300 value).
*Sessions must be booked before November 15th.
The holiday cards may be exchanged for birth announcements if you are expecting a little one this Fall!
Feel free to contact me for more details!
Seattle newborn & baby photographer