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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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.

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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.

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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.

Introducing Anderson

The next step in this adventuresome couple's life was parenthood. I could tell by the way they held their newborn son and gazed upon him in all of his newness that they were going to embrace this adventure with the same love and passion they have put into their lives and work. His room is a testament to their dedication and attention to detail. And her maternity session was extraordinary with some unforgettable weather.  What a lucky little guy to be brought into such an amazing family.   

Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography

This was Anderson's first time being worn at 8 days old. He had been varying degrees of fussy through most of the session and within minutes he calmed right down and fell asleep.

Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography
Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography

Welcome to the world, little Anderson!  

Baby Boy Lifestyle Session - Ebb and Flow Photography

Little A's Nautical Theme Nursery

One thing that I love about Lifestyle photography is the opportunity to capture more than standard portrait photography. Lifestyle photography is a documentary style of photography akin to photojournalism. And, when you welcome me into your home for a Lifestyle session my camera becomes a time capsule in which moments and mementos become stored.

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During this Lifestyle Newborn session I got to spend a few minutes in little A's nursery. As I spun around, clicking away with my time capsule, I was in awe of the time and careful effort that his parents took in cultivating a room just for him.

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Books from his father's and his grandfather's childhood were mixed among the brand new ones on the bookshelf his father painted. Adorable adornments specifically chosen for their color and nautical/marine associations decorated the walls and shelves. Quality items were selected by his aunt who runs a baby boutique. A handmade crochet mobile spun from the ceiling (my contribution) and one of many crocheted blankets from his grandmother laid carefully strewn upon the rocker in the corner.

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There was so much love in that room without a single person being there. And I was honored to capture it all for this new family.

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