What a fun and funky pair. I can tell you that I LOVE photographing moms with tattoos. I don't know why, but it just adds a lot of great interest to these moments of sweetness. PS. . . look at these gorgeous blue eyes!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The first mom of the day to approach and request the free nursing portrait session. And isn't she just gorgeous? There's something about ANY mom who sits down for nursing portraits, they turn to "glowing." I particularly love when a mama is completely enraptured by her baby's face, watches him, interacts with him, and acts as if I'm not there. . . plus all those great "relaxing" hormones come into play and her natural beauty just shines right through. Look at this adorable little grin
A sweet friend of mine and her littles. Her two kiddos are the same ages as my own. Christy is another local leader, University instructor and amazingly cool under pressure. She recently represented on a Radio West program, for the normalcy of breastfeeding, in discussion with a woman who was proposing that breastfeeding has NONE of the percieved benefits it is associated with.
Friday, August 12, 2011
You can tell this little guy is "all boy" and his mama says he is so rarely without a scratch, scrape or bruise, that when I removed the gash above his eye, she hardly recognized his sweet little face.
Look at this sweet little familyIf you're a tandem nursing mama, you know how intense that can be. Imagine this. . . you nurse your little one through your pregnancy, and then you add TWO babies to your family at once!4 month old twins, Eden & Asher, share their nursing time with big sister, Lark, who is nearly 2.5. . . Tandem nursing at it's finest.Asher EdenSometimes nursing three babies looks like this. . . .someone always has to wait in line And sometimes it's just one little person at a timeNo matter what it looks like, nursing a baby, and nursing multiple babies, is a commitment of love from their mama!
Is this not just the cutest little pudgy baby girl face? All from mama's milk!I met Hailey at an LLL meeting recently, and it just happened to be the same meeting I was talking about Latch On America. She's a birth educator and asked how she could get involved. And boy did she ever jump in with both feet. From July 5th to August 14th, she had a booth at Latch On America, put in to be a volunteer at the Cafe, joined our Baby Wearing Flash Mob, and offered up 90 minutes of her time and services as a silent auction item to raise funds for the Cafe!
July 1 I get an email saying that Milk For Thought is coming to our town. We've been selected as one of 35ish stops on a nationwide documentary tour starting mid-July and ending the first week of August. There was a conference call, a committee formed, and our tasks began. I returned home from a trip in CA and went head first into working for Latch On America: Utah, which would be held on July 22nd, taking the title "Events Coordinator." With the help of others, particularly Karin Hardman, UBC president, who made calls to all of the health care facilities that would be involved, and Melissa Knighton, who helped me contact AGAIN all of our Baby Friendly Businesses plus some, we made 50 or so calls to invite businesses and create an event. We created and mailed out packets with advertisements, invitations, fliers, goals and agreements.On Friday July 22nd something like 17 booths/businesses set up on the North East lawn of Main Library square in downtown SLC, UT with a 40 foot pink bus as our main event.The booths held free drawings, offered screenings, music classes, giveaways, information, games and more. We also had two acoustic musicians and a facepainter on site.For my part, I not only coordinated the events, I also had my hand in making sure three specific booths were set up, La Leche League, Breastfeeding Cafe, and my own photography booth, Landslide Photography.I REALLY wanted to have a photo booth at the event, offering free nursing portraits. In fact, one little detail. . . EVERYTHING had to be free. We couldn't sell a single thing on the lawn that day. I'd offered to the two other photographers who are represented in the Breastfeeding Cafe space, that we could rotate, each offering an hour of photos. One of the ladies already offers a cool product at the Farmer's Market each weekend, but she works in film, and again, we couldn't SELL anything, but she couldn't do it for free. The other didn't like the idea of "photo booth" style. Crazy as it was, I REALLY wanted to do this, I also knew it was a great opportunity to showcase my business. . . it was totally free, I was the event coordinator, WHY NOT?!!!Mike ended up manning my booth half the time. My friend Christy's "milk donation center" booth, ended up being the favorite hangout for all of the kids. Airi was out of her mind tired, not having taken a nap before heading down at 2pm, and not leaving the event until 8pm. But she pushed through and made it without any break downs the whole day. I was running around like crazy, but somehow didn't get to visit ANY booths.At 2pm, we (and that means the three husbands of the ladies who had agreed to man my three booths) put up two sunshades, three tables, a bean bag toss, and a ton of information. The wind kept blowing our papers away and photos (even in poster frames) down or whipping them around. I held a drawing at my booth, for a free "mini-portrait session" and I also offered free MICRO-nursing portrait sessions. I had TEN moms participate in the free sessions, and probably 15 or 20 entered my drawing.It was SUCH a fabulous day. The Latch On America/Milk for Thought crew held interviews all day, there were a few news stations and photographers, and a couple of hundred people probably milled through during the day. It seemed like there were some great giveaways, but I barely got any of them.GREAT event, GREAT day. We coined it as "Bringing together our Baby Friendly Community and highlighting a LIVING resource guide for breastfeeding." It certainly lived up to expectation and served its purpose in the community. The next series of photos will be from those sessions held at Latch On America.