It's that time of year again--time for my annual breastfeeding group photo!
The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week and the whole month of August is Breastfeeding Awareness month, so I'd like to celebrate it by doing a group photo of mothers nursing their little ones.
This will be my 4th year doing this breastfeeding photo event and I couldn't be more excited!
Who: Nursing mamas and their babes
What: Breastfeeding group photo
When: Sunday August 5th (rain date is set for Monday August 6th) from approximately 8:15pm-9:15pm
Where: the deck/beach access area in between the 1st street and 5th Avenue piers (it's sort of near the Lion's Club Pavilion) in Manistee, Michigan
This event is completely FREE!
Wear what you'd like. I plan on wearing a dress or a skirt...something light, summery, and casual but comfortable and easy to nurse in. See previous year’s photos for ideas on what to wear.
Spread the word. Share with friends. Feel free to invite any nursing and/or pumping mothers to this event! The more mothers and babies, the better!
Must sign a model release for yourself and your nursling. Plus, if you participate, I'll send you the high-resolution digital file(s) of our group photo.
Here's a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730891777027433
Here's a map of where we'll be doing the photo. If you need help finding the area, follow the link below and get directions to this pinned location.
I am sooo so so excited to be sharing these images with you! As I write this post and upload these photos it’s like I’m reliving each moment I captured from this session and WOW! I have goosebumps and the corniest grin on my face right now.
Last year I met Bethany at a Breastfeeding Mamas Group Photo Event that I host once a year in August (this year will be the 4th year so keep your eyes peeled for more info regarding that very soon). So, when she got a hold of me to photograph her engagement and wedding, I was beyond thrilled!
Fast forward a few months to June. Bethany, her family, including their super cute black lab named Chinook, and I explored an area none of us have ever explored before, the Cooley Bridge Roadside Park in Wellston. If you have never been there before, please do yourself a favor and check it out!
Bethany and Brian are such a down to earth, sweet couple. I feel like we could’ve hung out/explored/took photos all night long. They had me squealing with joy during their whole session. It sounds creepy using the word “squeal” but I can’t think of a better word…it was like an “eeeeeek” of excitement haha. I could literally feel the love they have for each other just radiating from them. They are seriously so dang cute and perfect, I can’t get over it.
To say that I’m excited for their wedding this Fall is an understatement…I cannot wait!
Here are a few of my favorites from their session.
My oldest turned four the other day and I cannot believe it! it’s somewhat mind boggling to me because it does not seem like that many years have passed since she was born.
I remember her birth like it was yesterday. I remember hearing her first cries as the doctors took her out of me, and it was seriously the best. I remember exclaiming "HOLY SHIT!" when they held her up and I saw her perfection for the first time. I remember when they put her tiny little face against my face and her little hand reached for my face...ahhh it was seriously time stopping! Tears are streaming down my face as I type this haha. Her birth was huge for me because she made me a mama.
Dia is such a smart little girl. She knows her ABC’s. She is such a good counter. She is obsessed with the rainbow and can even tell you the colors in reverse order without pausing to think about it. She takes after my sister and loves to organize. She is such an artist, just look at all of the walls in my house, they're covered in crayon. She would literally paint all day if you let her. She loves video games just like her dad. In fact, just last night she played Diablo 3 with him (for the very first time) and kicked butt. She loves playing outside and going on adventures. Her favorite dinosaur is an Apatosaurus. She's (one of) my little muse(s). I could probably write for hours about how amazing she is but I won't do that just for your sake haha.
On her birthday we surprised her with a ton of balloons in the morning, she opened presents after lunch, ate rainbow cake and superman ice cream after dinner, then we headed to the beach for photos. She LOVES the beach so I figured it'd be the perfect place to explore and do her special photos.
Hello internet world, it has been a while! Blogging is definitely not my strong suit but I'm trying to improve, I swear. Anyways let's get right to the point, here are 10 weeks (technically 8 because I missed 2) worth of self-portraits that I've taken. Enjoy!
Even though the focus is completely off in this photo, I'm still in love with the moment I captured.
All of the lines.
Lunchtime for everyone except mama...wait, can coffee count as a lunch?
My goal here was to capture movement.
I never realized what gorgeous light my front door's window lets in. Pretty much since we moved here it had been blocked by a curtain, but on this particular day my middle daughter decided to pull the curtain down and expose this light. So of course I saw it as an opportunity to wash said curtain as well as take some self-portraits in the light.
The girls were not down with my idea to take photos together. I don't even know how many photos I took just to get these two.
They. Were. Not. Having. It.
Coffee and self-portraits, why not?
New dress, who dis? A dress for my client closet came in this day, so of course I had to test it out by doing some self-portraits in it. Plus, the patch of light coming in the window was awesome!
This week got away from me and no self-portraits were taken.
May the 4th be with you! I may have googled "Princess Leia hair" to get some ideas as to how I should do my hair for this set of self-portraits.
The top photo was actually a test shot but I love how it turned out. I love the girls' expressions that I captured. Bottom photo is my "planned" shot.
This week was a busy week for me and no self-portraits were taken.