New Here! - On Call Session for the first hours after birth - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer

I love documenting Birth Stories. Heck, I wouldn't do it if I didn't. And since becoming a business owner I've taken to the philosophy that if I don't have a HELL YAH feeling about something I don't pursue it. If I don't feel over the moon about my offerings or the work I'm providing for my clients then I'm not giving it my all and speaking with my heart. I'm not that kinda gal. No, ma'am. What I'm sharing with you here definitely fits into the hell yah category. And it gives me goosebumps to share with you. It's something new but so, so awesome.

So.  Even though birth photography is picking up more these days and has become much more prevalent on social media, not everyone is on board for having their own births photographed. I get it. Just because it's a thing doesn't mean it's your thing.

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Maybe you're more of a private person. Maybe you're more interested in the final product (um, a squishy and beautiful bundle of joy?!) than the process of birth itself. Maybe all the details of labor and delivery fade in comparison to the details of your baby, freshly born. All of those firsts in the first few hours can pass in a whirlwind. Foot prints, weighing, first time nursing, first skin to skin with another parent, first time meeting siblings. First diaper. First outfit. The list goes on.

And babies change so much in the first few days. They will never look BRAND new again. Not like they do in the first few hours.

This is why I am now offering a session I am calling New Here.

New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer

So, what does a New Here session entail?

I will be on-call for you on the month surrounding your due date. Once baby is born I'll come within the first 1-5 hours to document your freshly born baby and all of those firsts. Your new or growing family taking in the wonder of this really real tiny thing that just entered the world. I'll be there for a few hours so everyone can take their time and there's no need to rush.

New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer
New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer
New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer

So if you are considering having your next birth documented and are still on the fence this could be the option for you. You can check out my 10 reasons to hire a birth photographer if that helps, too.  A New Here session costs less than full Birth Story documentation since I'm not there for the hours leading up to the moment of birth. But it does cost more than the newborn sessions I offer simply because of the narrow window of timing. To be there for those first moments with you I'll be on-call and ready to go at a moment's notice any time of the day or night. Just to capture all of those sweet firsts for you and your growing family.

New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer
New Here - On Call Newborn Session - Ebb and Flow Photography - Treasure Coast Birth Photographer

Ebb and Flow Birth Services: A Doula-Birth Photographer collaboration for Treasure Coast families

I first met Shaelyn at a birth and I instantly fell in love with her. As a person and as a doula.

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It was hers and our client's first home birth, but you'd never be able to tell. The mood was set for relaxation among the calming essential oils puffing away in the diffuser she toted along and the flicker of tiny, battery-operated candles she spread about the equally tiny bathroom. The birth was precipitous and she was right where she needed to be every step of the way.

It was clear within minutes of meeting her that she was Born to Doula.

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A few months later she responded to a model call for a product photography session for The Oxytocin Emporium. She modeled like a pro in Alexa's gorgeous goods. BUT she stood out among all the models by helping. Even though she didn't have to. Even though it was never asked of her.  She's a helper. And she's the kind of person you'd want by your side in the brightest and darkest of times.  (pssst! she's also #badassmotherhelperPSL)

 

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So when Shaelyn approached me earlier this year with the brilliant idea to collaborate our services I didn't even have to think. My answer was a flat out YAAAAAAAASSSSSS.

Within a week we had shared our first client.

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And so, Ebb and Flow Birth Services was born.

We put our heads together and came up with a cool collaboration to help our clients get the best of both of our services. Kinda like a one stop shop.

So. If you are looking for a doula AND a maternity, birth, or newborn photographer and love being REAL and RAW and EMPOWERED... go no further. We are here to make you feel beautiful and strong in this often vulnerable time in a new mother's life. We are here for YOU. 

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10 reasons to hire a birth photographer - treasure coast birth photographer

Ebb and Flow Photography - 10 reasons to hire a birth photographer - treasure coast birth photographer - vero beach birth photographer

Birth photography is still a young field of photography. Thankfully, it is picking up momentum and people are becoming more aware of what it is. Even large media outlets, such as the Today Show and the Huffington Post, are helping to bring birth images front and center to the masses that normally would not be exposed to it.

If you are here, you probably already know that birth photography is more than just the crowning image, it is a story. That is why I have always referred to my birth photography packages as BIRTH STORIES.  We, as Professional Birth Photographers, are primarily mothers ourselves so we understand how personal birth can be and we carry that experience with us as we document birth stories as they unfold. So, not unlike selecting a compatible OB/midwife and doula, I understand how important it is to choose a Professional Birth Photographer that you can trust into your sacred birth space.

Over the years I have compiled a list of reasons to hire a Professional Birth Photographer for your special event.

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10 reasons to hire a Professional Birth Photographer

1. Your partner and birth team are free to focus entirely on you without the additional task of capturing photographs, especially during the moment of birth. I float around your birth space, moving seamlessly around your birth team. I know when to move and I know when to step out.

2. You and your partner/ support people will be in the photographs.

3. Your photographs will be in focus. They will be taken by a professional who is skilled and experienced with photographing high action and in low light. Who else would you choose to preserve the fleeting first moments after the birth of your new baby means but a Professional Birth Photographer with the tools and experience to do so?

4. This event is one of the most monumental of your life that you can have photographed. Becoming a parent, whether it is for the first or fifth time, is a life-changing event. People spend money to have their wedding photographed, why shouldn't this occasion deserve similar attention?

5. Memory fades. These images will keep the important moments fresh and allow you to see the timeline of your birth.

6. It saves time. You can focus on your baby and leave all the photographing, culling through images, and editing to a professional. I will even print them for you and make a book to tell your birth story so you can spend more time connecting with your new family member.

7. Perspective. Birthing mothers often focus inwardly. Birth photography allows you to see the birth as a whole and from a different perspective.

8. Babies grow fast. All those tiny features that make a newborn a newborn are gone in a blink of an eye. They look different after a week, even a day!

9. Birth Photographers document stories. Not just a few snapshots. It is not just my job to tell your story, it is my passion and an art form I have dedicated myself to.

10. Birth Photographers can capture parts of the story you never see. Family waiting just outside the door, a sibling's first response, a mother's reaction.

 

And a bonus one: Healing. Traumatic births can break a parent both physically and mentally. Birth photography can help process the events and start the healing process.


Share this with anyone hesitant about birth photography! Or better yet, share it with someone here on the Treasure Coast looking to have their birth documented.

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introduction to birth photography workshop - treasure coast birth photographer

I am reeeeeeeallllly excited to announce that registration opens Monday for our Introduction to Birth Photography Workshop!

Guest speakers and I will cover topics such as: understanding birth better to document it through photography, handling on-call life, etiquette, ethics, birth photography business tips, and what to pack in your camera bag and how to use it. Bring your gear! The workshop will wrap up with a mock homebirth portfolio-building session.

Sounds awesome? Check back here Monday morning (June 26th) for more details and how to register.

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a birth story album - vero beach birth photographer

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I am starting to offer more print products in my packages.

And here's why: This photo album (in a box; photo taken with my phone, of course 😝) was for a birth client.

The pages tell the story of how a couple became a family. Maternity. Birth. Newborn.

All of those new and exciting moments. Documented, printed, and bound. To hold against a momma's heart. To trace the shape of a tiny face with a finger when those baby rolls are long gone.

This album brought tears to my eyes because 1: a family will have these memories to cherish for as long as they care for this album (generations, possibly!) and 2: I have never been happier in a job or with a passion than literally delivering JOY.

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I'm in love with this album. The leather color is Terra, so fitting for an album all about a baby named Keeper of the Forest.

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The story begins with the maternity session. A celebration of the life of a family on the verge of becoming something greater than they could ever imagine.

millers signature album - a birth story - ebb and flow photography

And the birth. Photos are carefully curated and thoughtfully laid out to tell the story so that it flows naturally.

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I love how these albums allow the photo to spread across the seam in the center. The photo does not fall into a gutter and the pages open all the way, displaying the photo in full effect.

millers signature album - a birth story - ebb and flow photography

The last pages are filled with all the sleepy, snuggly newness captured during a lifestyle newborn session.

millers signature album - a birth story - ebb and flow photography

And although this story is complete, his story is just beginning. Welcome to the world. We are so happy to have you.

millers signature album - a birth story - ebb and flow photography
millers signature album - a birth story - ebb and flow photography

An album like this one is included in my premiere Birth Story package.  To learn more about my Birth Story offerings head over here or just drop me a message here.