First of all, I’d like to give thanks to the midwifes and the amazing birthing community of Santa Cruz. This photo would have never been possible without them, specially not without the space that Roxanne Cummings offers through her birthing classes, thank you Roxanne for getting us all together!!!
Only a few months ago this photo was just a dream, a surreal thought locked in a room with 12 couples sharing dreams of love and happiness with their expected new family member. -One lucky baby moved to Colorado (Storm), and baby Emma left before the photo was taken.
These 10 little babies all met while they were still in their mommies’ bellies, after all of them made it into the world, we got together to celebrate our darling little miracles.
9 months I thought I loved the little person growing inside of me…it took just a gaze to realize that the love I thought I felt was just a vague idea of what was to come.
They said it was going to hurt so much I might not be able to stand a home birth; they said I was going to love my baby like nothing else in the world; and that after it was all over I was going to forget the pain and would want to do it again.
It hurt and I swore that next time I would schedule a c-section; I love Dexter like I never imagined I could love; and yes, I still remember how painful it was, but I want to do it more than once again…
Saturday, January 12th, 2013: I had to answer all my emails in the early morning, the neurosis that normally characterizes me was a bit more present that day.
Before the morning ended, my Braxton Hicks became clear contractions. At around 11 am I found myself sinking my head into my husband’s stomach so I wouldn’t make a scene in public, and so we knew, we’d be parents soon.
We took our time to go through the day and decided to go for a walk that kicked me into full labor by the early afternoon, it was time to call our midwife (Kelly Olmstead).
After the walk, everything blended into a space with no time…The two big constants during the whole thing were pain and David’s strong hand hold….from birthing tub, I went back to bed, from bed to the shower, from the shower to the floor, and back to the birthing tub. At the break of dawn David asked me if I wanted him to update my mom, I thought he was crazy because she must have been sleeping, -what time is it?- I asked – 6:16am- David said.
Sunday, January 13th, 2013: “I can see your baby’s head” said Kelly…I was finally pushing. David witnessed everything from up close and kept me updated on all the details of what he was seeing…a baby was about to make it out here. The thoughts of relieving pain medications and c-sections abandoned me for the first time since the night before.
“Little pushes! little pushes!” insisted Kelly…”wow! the head is out!, we have a baby!” screamed David, apparently my little pushes were not that little at all.
They helped the baby into my arms, for the first time I looked straight into our little Darling Dexter’s eyes completely ignoring the glorious meconium mess that accompanied his arrival (which was a very rare event even to our midwifes).
My husband and I attended a childbirth class where we met amazing pregnant couples. The idea of seeing 11 other pregnant couples and know that sometime soon they all would turn into 11 babies was such a far off concept.
On January 22nd, Jen and Matt gave birth to the second baby in the group: little Storm. Seeing them turn into a little family was overwhelmingly exciting, I am really grateful they’ve let us share some of their first memories as a family with them and capture them.
Every time I take portraits of pregnant couples, I am amazed by the glow and happiness they project. Picking shots to display on my website is always a difficult task. Thank you for this amazing session to Luke and Diana!
I am excited beyond myself to finally be able to share the photos from baby Tima’s session.
This adorable little newborn filled my afternoon and weekend with the photo session and photo editing. The outcome made me very happy, hope it raises a few awwwwhs out there. Enjoy!
For some odd reason, pregnancy has made me a bit less modest…obviously I used to not appreciate my gut sticking out so far, but now I just love it. It actually bothers me when people mention that I am too tiny for 8 months, but I just try to remind myself “My midwife says I am just the right size”. I like being big and I want to show it off!
So yesterday I was looking for some props to make pregnant bellies stick out, I was bored and eager to see the outcome. So in lack of another pregnant person I decided I had myself.
With the last photoshoot I took I was so excited to share the outcome that I skipped telling a bit of my story and of how I got started on this photographer path.
Ever since my husband allowed me to play around with his new camera 8 years ago, I got mostly attracted to nature. I like to space out on scenery, imagine that I can be all over the landscape myself. And from shooting seagulls, I went all the way to underwater photography to finally land on a new career path as a family photographer.
I’ve always felt nervous taking photos of other people, but for some reason I always end up surprising myself with the results, so I finally gave it a shot and that is how littledarlingphoto.com was born.
Being pregnant has really slowed me down, and sitting in front of my computer editing photos of adorable families, pregnant women, and babies has become my favorite activity for the last few months.
This week I am finally done setting up my studio anticipating that the cold weather won’t allow me to take as many outdoor photos as I’d like; for that reason I want to share my favorite shot of the last beach sunset photo session of Jen and Matt, they are due on December 21st and of course I can’t wait to capture the first few days of their little baby.
Yes, pregnancy might make you bigger, but to most moms to be, bigger means more beautiful. Just a few days ago I finally got my studio set up ready, and thanks to my amazing midwife Kelly Olmstead, I met Sara who is 36 weeks pregnant.
The session went great, she looked great from every angle and in every outfit. But overall, that amazing belly popped out with radiance.
I encourage every pregnant woman to get a professional portrait taken, as my midwife would say “You are more beautiful than you know”….I hope I get the pleasure to be the one to do it! Contact me