–My Baby Turned 2 —
Baton Rouge, LA | Birth Doula and Photographer

Demanding・Insistent・Stubborn・Bossy・Difficult・Challenging・Contrary・Rebellious・Defiant・Sweet・Loving・Kind・Silly・Nurturing

She just turned 2 and those are the words that describe her. She can be very opinionated and passionate in the things she wants. While it can be rough as a parent, I’m SO grateful for her strong spirit. I’m excited to see her develop and grow and I only hope I can positively guide her in the path she’s been given.

My baby turned 2 a  couple days ago and I cannot believe where the time has gone.  She is most likely the last baby I’ll be pregnant with.  The last baby I’ll nurse.  The last baby I’ll wrap up in a blanket.  The last baby I’ll wear.  And it’ makes me SAD!

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– Abigail –
Baton Rouge, LA Fresh48 Photographer

I’m happy to say that I’m friends with the mama of this sweet little girl!  I hadn’t taken photographs since my July homebirth, so I had a wonderful time photographing this beauty, she did not enjoy being unwrapped though.

 

 

 

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– Joshua —
Baton Rouge, LA Birth Photographer & Birth Doula

The birth of Joshua was my first time attending a home birth as both a birth doula and birth photographer, and it was AMAZING!!

Britt called me in the early morning hours to let me know her water had broken and that she had already contacted her midwife.  I asked if they wanted me to head over, but they decided they would try to get a little more sleep.  Within an half hour, I received a second call asking me to come over to their home to be with them.   When I arrived, I found Britt laboring beautifully and her birth team had already set up her pool and had it filled with water.  I could see she was progressing nicely and asked if they had notified their midwife of her progress.  Three hours after my arrival to their home, I was privileged to witness Britt receive her beautiful (cheesy!!) 9lb 14oz  boy into her arms.

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– Noah —
Baton Rouge Newborn Photographer

Taking Noah’s newborn photos was very special to me.  Not only was I his newborn photographer, but I was also his mama and papa’s birth doula.  I was invited in for such a personal time in their lives and I’m so happy they trusted me.  Noah was a quiet little man, but was very particular with keeping his pacifier (and his mama) handy.

 

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– Birth Photography Discount! —
Baton Rouge, LA Birth Photographer

I have been a birth photographer for nearly 4 years, but have focused so much on my doula business since arriving in Baton Rouge.  Would you believe I haven’t had a chance to shoot a birth here yet!  I’ll be slowly transitioning my photography business, Jennifer Wakefield Photography, LLC, over to my doula business, offering my all my services under one umbrella.  In the meantime, I’ve got a smokin’ deal for YOU!

Book a birth stories session by April 26th with a signed contract and retainer to receive 30% off any birth story package!  Spots ARE limited since birth photography does require the same level of on-call as doula clients.  Contact me via my contact page, on Facebook, or via email at jen@mydoulaheart.com

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Does not apply with any other special or discount.  Doula & Photography services typically not combined, contact for more details

**BONUS!**

 Invite friends to Like my Facebook page with a comment here on the blog stating who sent them… person with the most likes will receive a gift!

 

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– Evan —
Baton Rouge, LA Fresh48 Photographer

I don’t think I heard Sir Evan cry at all during his session, but he sure did like keeping his hands near his face.  Mama was radiant and baby boy couldn’t have been more perfect.

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– Baby Boy —
Baton Rouge, LA Fresh48 Photographer

Kate had replied to a post I had made seeking a few clients for a Fresh48 giveaway.  She was in Lafayette, but I was willing to travel out that direction.  Kate was exhausted from her labor, but welcomed me into their space to take photos of their sweet new baby boy.

 

 

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– Buy $50, Get $25! —
Baton Rouge LA Birth Photographer

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– Birth Photography, Your Questions Answered —
Baton Rouge LA Birth Photographer

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Eww, you mean you are right “there” while the baby is being born and you get all those “gross” shots?!

I was  interviewed in 2011 by BP4U Photography Tips & Guides and one of the questions was, “What is your fav thing to shoot?” and my answer was, “Births!  Hands down. There is just something special and magical when you are present at another woman’s birth and have been welcomed to such and amazing milestone in a family’s life.  I didn’t know how important birth photography was to me (and the families) until I had the birth of our second son photographed.  I was able to see so many things that I had either forgotten or had never noticed.  Newborns are next on the list.”  Due to this response, I started receiving many questions on how I started photographing births and why.  Is it ‘weird’?  What  if mom goes into labor in the middle of the night?  What if labor is quick? So, I asked people to send in their questions and I would respond in a blog post.

Ok, stop.  Can you identify all of these terms?  ISO, focal length, aperture, white balance, kelvin, rule of thirds, exposure, metering, noise.  If you can’t, do not start photographing births.  You must learn your camera, properly expose and be able to change your manual settings quickly.  Start off photographing inanimate objects, then move onto family and friends.  Purchase professional equipment and MASTER your camera and style before photographing any birth.

Secondly, I want to start off by saying the birth photography is a breed all in it’s own.  You can not go into a birth thinking like a wedding or portrait photographer, this is not another ‘gig’.  Being a birth photographer you have to be very respectful of everyone present, whether it be a hospital birth with interventions, an all natural home birth with a midwife, or anything in between.  You should be unobtrusive, unless discussed otherwise with the family. I HIGHLY recommend attending birthing and bereavement classes. Educate yourself on what to expect at a natural unmedicated birth, a medicated birth, a c-section, and what to expect in an emergency.

Finally, birth photography is so much more than just getting “the shot”, you know the one you probably think about when you hear “birth”.  Labor is beautiful.  You have partners supporting mom, doulas giving encouraging words, midwives guiding baby into mothers arms, and doctors holding up that new life for mom to see.  After delivery you have touching moments of a new mom looking into her babies eyes and creating the life long bond between one another.  You are able to capture that single tear rolling down dads face as fatherhood has finally hit him.  There is more to birth photography than one might think, and they are images that clients will cherish forever.
So, get your reading glasses on and let’s get onto those questions that were sent in by YOU!
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8 Responses to “– Birth Photography, Your Questions Answered —
Baton Rouge LA Birth Photographer
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  1. Monique

    Thank you so much for the great tips! You are an amazing photographer, I hope one day I can be half as good as you are!! :)

  2. This so so informative, thank you for sharing! I, so would love to develop this service in my area, unfortunately my “day job” prevents me from having the flexibility to be on call. Love your work!

  3. I meant to post that on another post. My apologies. I was going to say this is such a wonderful resource.

  4. very nice section Jen!

 
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– Gabby —
Baton Rouge, LA Fresh48 Photographer

Oh, sweet miss Gabby.  She was so quiet but alert during her Fresh48 session.  Her big brother wasn’t so sure about her and quickly moved along to exploring the room.  Gabby was perfect during her session and didn’t make a peep until the last few minutes.

 

 

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