Saturday, February 27, 2010

Birth Session Preview - Jenna - Part 2

Meet the little one. His arrival was so long awaited. We were all so glad to see him. He looked so strong and muscular to me, like a little man. These are his first moments with his family that purely adored him.
The baby nurse gave him his daddy's hair-do after his bath... how cute! Doesn't he already look so much like him? In that next picture below you can see what I was saying about him being such a big boy. Check out his muscles :)
And so ends another wonderful birth session. This one lasted 22 hours. My longest yet. I feel like a marathon runner after something like this. It was all well worth it. Thanks Jenna for letting me share your story. I know you are enjoying every minute of being with your little man.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Birth Session Preview - Jenna - Part 1

It's that time. The time to go to the hospital because the baby is coming. You have been waiting months and it's finally here. You have a plan & you're ready to see your baby. I get a phone call and all of the sudden I am ready too. I get all giddy inside - a sudden rush of excitement comes over me as I take the drive to the hospital. Most of the time it's too early or late to stop by Starbucks to grab some liquid pick me up. So I have to wait for the hospital's cafeteria to open. I get some of what seems to help me get through hours of waiting along with my mommy until crunch time. Natural births are so unpredictable. I've been in some that last long hours and one that seemed like the mom pushed twice and the baby was out. I am always very hopeful (for the mom's sake) that it is the latter scenario. Despite being in labor, Jenna was so cheerful. I was surprised to walk in the room and not hear any screaming. The kind of hopeful smile that put me at ease with the family.
After every contraction Jenna would breakout with laughter. It was hard to imagine that she was in any pain when you would see her smiling so much. She used a smiling technique while in labor that helped her look so happy and relaxed in all her pictures. We joked that since she was using the labor pool, she was sipping apple juice cocktails in the jacuzzi, this was all too easy.
Her husband was so supportive. He knew where things were and exactly what to do to comfort her. Even down to aromatherapy. We laughed about the kitchen spice room spray... [ Jenna correct me if it was something else ;) ] And over all I had a great time in there with the nurses and the family. But we were here for business. Is it time yet?
This is a picture of Woman's Hospital's labor & delivery waiting room. I don't exactly remember at what time I took this but it had been hours of waiting already. It is one of those rooms that I will never forget. I've spent hours and hours here before, as if it were home away from home. The hospital is 30-40 minutes away from my house, so going home isn't an option when working with a natural labor mom. You just never know when the baby will be ready. One of the grandma's was either knitting or sewing something, we watched tv, I edited pictures, scanned facebook, read a little from my book, walked around the whole hospital, checked with the nurse for progress every 20 minutes - and slowly but surely things were moving along. Having a cellphone & laptop saves me from going insane in this situation. Jenna was attempting to rest before the big action and I was trying to stay awake. Coffee, tuna sandwiches, chips, soda, cookies, ham & cheese and chocolate milk (I managed quite the mixtures from all the vending machines and cafeteria) kept me energized throughout the day. I changed spots in the waiting room, trying to get comfy. Sat in the patient room with Jenna on the floor reading (again). Talked to my friends on the phone on an off, trying to get them to tell me stories so that time would go by quicker... waiting is rough. I am extremely patient though. I have no idea where I get it from. Probably my dad, because my mom is a ticking bomb. I start to feel bad for moms in labor. I put myself in their shoes and wonder what I would do if I would be in labor for 10 hours... 12 hours... and what seem to be eternity for poor Jenna.
It was the middle of the night already but we were finally there - time to push. My camera seemed so heavy now - I had been there with them since early morning the day before - and out of nowhere I had a boost of energy. The baby was finally coming. We all couldn't be happier.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

BRYPP downtown shoot

A couple weeks ago my fellow photog friend, Erin Guedry, told me about getting together with the Baton Rouge Young Professional Photographer group on FB for a shoot downtown. We talked about it over lunch (with our other photog friend Brandon) and I agreed to come along and bring someone to model for us. I was looking forward to doing something like this again. Since last time we had one I was one of the models, I missed out on most of the actual group 'shoot' deal. I remembered that Britany is getting into modeling and called her up to see if she wouldn't mind hanging out with us for a while. She was super psyched & I was excited to be working with her again.
Make up & hair was done by the girls at the BRBC Glamour Studio, Tina & Katie. Britany rocked the sun flare. Just like the day of senior pics, it was cold, and she endured wearing her spaghetti strap dress. Looks like it was a yummy 75 degrees, she hid it quite well.
Part of the group shoot is helping out. We all took turns holding the light, reflector, and the baggage that came along. Brandon was modeling the light while flexing his biceps. Tina sent over some friends to model as well. Some had really crazy hair... meet miss. mohawk. For some reason it reminds me of a zebra too.

Thanks to all the models that showed up to have fun with us. It was nice to meet other photogs in the area as well. We had dinner at Lucy's, I had the yummiest nachos, talked forever and we took up all the back corner of the restaurant. One large table for us, one table for just the equipment and bags. Thanks Erin for getting everything together, I had a great time! More about our shoot when I post the bridals in March.

I am off to enjoy this lovely weather today and work with one of my favorite families. So excited! Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, February 15, 2010

have you seen it?

I have been in the process of updating the galleries and information on the website today. Have you gone by lately and taken a look? Whatcha think? Does it look right? Is it easy to find what you are looking for? Let me know :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

REAL family time | Baton Rouge Family Photographer

I had been talking with this mom about scheduling a session with her family for some time. Her belief in me and what I can do has allowed me to meet other families and work in my favorite kind of session, births. She has her own ringtone, especially for when she has had to call late at night or early in the morning, that it's time to go to the hospital. She shares my same delight for images that evoke emotion. Every time I bring her a new set of pictures of a session, her favorites always seem to be the same as mine. To you all it's kind of a secret project that I can't wait to share. She knows how excited I am about it that I seem to call every week hoping for updates or loupe holes to waiting. She calmly always tells me the same and asks me to be patient. I get excited on a whole other level about birth sessions. Right now I am so antsy for my next one. I only hoped that I could do the same for her family, provide her with the same kind of images that we love. This was the family that if you are a facebook friend I kept begging for sunshine & pretty weather on my statuses. We kept having to reschedule and that always makes me worried. But, finally we got our ducks in a row. Although it was still cool, we had the sun on our side. This is a sneak preview of our day together. [ For them too ] :)
They played Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed game. I had never seen or heard of it and I will admit, was kinda jealous that I wasn't playing. You have to pretend to brush your teeth, shower, put your pj's on... bed time stuff and that caused some funny faces and laughter from all of us.
I always love story book time. It's so easy to get the kids to forget I am there. When I was a little girl I used to have the kind of books that come along with a cassette and ring every time you had to turn the page. I really think that's how I learned English so fast. I would memorize the stories even before I could read. Reading has always been one of those things that puts me in my own little world. I hope the day I have my own children they will enjoy it as much as I do.
These rolling bikes/scooter looking things were so much fun. I was afraid that he was going to run into me because I had my zoom lens and I would see him so close when he still wasn't. Silly me. I should be used to it because of my brother Samuel - terrorizing the house with all his toys when I was there. Now he is too cool for that... or so he says - he's a skateboarder dude all of the sudden.
The book he picked happens to be a shark reference tool - maps, pictures, descriptions... 'big people' book. Nonetheless he sat there reading and looking all grown up for me. We headed outside before it would get colder to a nearby playground. Another one of my childhood favorite pastimes. We shared our fence with an elementary school, so it was super close. Loved it... and so convenient for my mom.
Love this next one. I always like to try some really up-close shots (especially with my seniors). This momma could so handle it. :) So pretty.
"This is the best thing ever" seesaw seesaw "This is the best thing ever". I will probably never forget that. I even rode it with them trying to get a picture... not the smartest thing, couldn't keep myself steady enough. But I agree - at 4 - riding the seesaw with your family the best thing ever. :)
I love these two, and the shoes help me love it even more. I will remember next time, no pumps in the playground. James said, 'she looks so young here having fun'. So you've already got one compliment from my husband. Tomorrow when I call, it won't only be to know about our project but to get together to show you all the rest of these. Yay. :)