Last year I collaborated with the ladies from The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition on a photo shoot for their current website. The pictures were to represent breastfeeding and motherhood. It was such a fun project to work on and I was so happy they asked me again this year. They are working on a new website and this year we included the entire family. Breastfeeding has been a huge part of my life and it feels so good to be able to document mothers and families in this beautiful setting. The Breastfeeding Coalition is an amazing organization that brings the community together in supporting moms. Be sure to check out their page for information and available resources.
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One year ago today I was able to witness my friend become a mother. A role that she is perfect for. It was hard for me to contain my excitement when she asked me to be present for the birth. I am so happy she did as she will always remember how strong she was when she sees these pictures. She showed so much strength that day with the love and encouragement of her husband and an amazing birth team. It was a very special day. Happy Birthday Cash! It has been so much fun to watch you grow and such an honor to see you born to such a loving family.
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I have had the honor of being present for four births this year. Each birth was magical and unique. I feel so lucky to have witnessed these special moments with these families. Most importantly I am thrilled they have a keepsake of images so those joyous moments will never be forgotten.
I have permission from each family to share bits and pieces so in no particular order I have this beautiful birth to share today. It was from a few months back and I had to leave shortly after the delivery but it has been so fun to watch this little lady grow.
A few words from her mama:
“This time around, my delivery experience was so different. After going through a premature birth with Jackson, Lilly’s birth experience was just pure joy and excitement. I felt like it was such an honor to bring this baby girl into the world in confidence and happiness. I felt so much calmer. It was such a gift!!”

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Earlier this month I was asked to photograph A Baby Friendly Big Latch On Event in honor of World Breastfeeding Month. I was planning on attending and participating so I was happy to bring my camera along. Although I was unable to participate since I needed both hands to use the camera. Benny was my assistant and did a fabulous job. I volunteer each week at French Hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinic. I received so much support from these wonderful Lactation Consultants and now that I am home and not working as a nurse I wanted a way to give back for all the help that I received while nursing both my kids. Having support while breastfeeding is so important and we are so lucky to live in a community in San Luis Obispo where there are several support groups available for moms.
The event was put on by Jennifer Stover and she did an amazing job with the help of the others. Just so I don’t forget any important details I am going to post the information from the event straight from the Facebook Page:
“Breastfeeding moms – Let’s celebrate World Breastfeeding Week together by breaking the world record for the most mother/nursling pairs breastfeeding simultaneously! Bring your babies and your boobies and show your support for breastfeeding.
Labor of Love and “Whole”istic Mamas and Papas have chosen to spotlight SLO town’s only Baby-Friendly certified hospital, French Hospital Family Birthing Center, as exemplifying this year’s global theme “Breastfeeding Support; Close to Mothers”. The World Health Organization’s baby-friendly policy of immediate, continuous, undisturbed skin-to-skin contact for mother and baby supports the first big latch becoming one of many more happy latchings.
Gather for socializing at 9:45. Please arrive no later than 10:15 to fill out required paperwork for an official count.The actual Latch On is at 10:30. All mother/nursling pairs (or trios) must stay latched on for 1 minute.
You can find us in the patio space to the right of the main doors just before you go into the hospital. Look for balloons.
Make sure to bring: your nursling(s), a blanket or folding chair to sit on, and a hat/sunscreen as we will be meeting in an outdoor space. Look for signs and balloons to guide you.”
Here are the stats from the event locally and worldwide:
“The Big Latch On was held in 29 countries around the world: there were 20 scattered throughout Asia, South Africa represented that continent with 20 Latch Ons, Europe held 82, Australia had a whopping 140, even the Middle East participated with 2, our neighbors to the north held 6 and to the south 10. The US topped the charts with 544 events covering all 50 states! There were 830 locations spread throughout the globe. Divided equally you would have 18 nursing pairs per event so SLO Town was well represented with our turn out of 30 nursling pairs.” This photo was captured by Benny.

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I am doing things a bit out of order here, I still have to blog about Jessie’s maternity session, which will come soon. The birth for now…
I am sure you all remember the preview of this session. “Amazing”, it was… The stars were aligned that night because when I got the text that she was in labor my husband just came home from work, I had empty memory cards and I lived only 10 minutes from the hospital she was headed to.
My adrenaline kicked in and I headed out the door. Seriously my heart was racing with excitement.
When I got there, she wasn’t quite ready for me yet… I waited about 15 minutes and then her mom gave me the okay to go in. It is a good thing I did because baby came about 5 minutes later. Yes, it was that quick.
Words can’t describe how amazing it was to see her strength. The emotion from each family member in that room as Baby J entered the world was pure joy and happiness. I have said over and over again what an honor it was to be there, but seriously it was such a special time and I am so happy to give these pictures to Jessie, so she will never forget each second of her AMAZING journey.
So now I give you the slide show of The Birth of Baby J.

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If you read my post last night you knew how honored I was to photograph the birth of Baby J. I know these pictures will be cherished for years to come. So many wonderful emotions were captured. Many pictures to come but for now just a few… ♥♥♥

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I have just gotten home from a photo session that will always be special to me. I was asked by a friend to photograph her birth. I feel so blessed to have been there for her and document such precious memories. The strength of a woman is so amazing, and witnessing a new life enter the world is truly a gift.
Congrats to my friend and her family and thank you for inviting me in to such an amazing part of your lives. ♥♥♥

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