Group Breastfeeding Sessions

I am exhausted from the last THREE weeks straight of group breastfeeding sessions, but so proud of the work that has come out of it! I was able to capture such beautiful moments in time. I am blown away at the beauty of all of the woman that joined us.

In a stark contrast to the group breastfeeding sessions downtown, another one of my (obvious) favorite settings is the dry lake bed. I love the desert for these kind of gems! The first group session at the lake bed went flawlessly. The weather was amazing, the light was perfect, we weren’t rushed! The next day was when the wind picked up and continued through the day of our next session. It had literally just started calming down to something more than a breeze when we met for the session, but the temperatures were much cooler than the previous week. The babies were not huge fans of the chilly breeze, but they braved it out long enough for me to at least get a couple of shots before the tears set in.

The second group was my largest group breastfeeding photo to date- Twenty-two women and twenty-three babies! Here is a glimpse of the beautiful women and babies I had the pleasure of photographing, from the group breastfeeding photos, to individual images. So. Much. Beauty.

I am incredibly proud of all of the women who participated in my sessions for standing with such pride. Several of my new favorite images of my work have been from the last two-three weeks. Huge thank you to all the the women that helped me create such beautiful, meaningful, artwork.

 

And of course, there was entertainment! At one of the group sessions, not one, but TWO campers pulled up, literally out of the middle of nowhere, ready to crash the party!  Photos By Phelicia-6725 copy


Are You Printing Digital Photographs?

I am horrible, absolutely HORRIBLE, at printing digital photographs. My youngest had just turned one when I realized that there wasn’t one single photo of her on our walls.  I even had an EMPTY frame hanging on my wall, waiting for her newborn photo to be inserted. In all honestly, that empty frame is still hanging. Of course, in my defense, it’s still hanging because it is hung portrait (vertical) and the best photos I have of her are landscape (horizontal). This is what I keep telling myself to make me feel better every time I walk past the empty frame. I once had a friend take a selfie with the empty frame when she was watching my house. She texted me asking what was with the creepy stock photo frame!

IMG_4896Right after realizing there were no photos of last baby anywhere in the house, I rushed all three out to the dry lake bed for a session. I immediately edited them and sent them off for printing! Feeling quite accomplished, I received them and set them aside until I could find frames for them. Within just a few days, my computer crashed. I back up my work religiously, but I hadn’t backed up my recent session of my own kids. I lost all of my photos from that session… all except the ones I printed!

Fast forward a year. I was still “looking” for frames for the impromptu session at the lake bed session, the empty frame still hangs in its place, and there was still no photographic proof of our third child’s existence in our home. Doesn’t that sound horrible? I literally take THOUSANDS of photos, yet the ones on display in my home are more than two years old and missing a child. I am proud to say I hung those photos this last week… but let’s be honest, the photos are already more than a year old. I think I need to start planning my next session. The frame with the stock image still hangs on the stair wall, but I think I am making progress!

I recently came across the article titled, The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in Ten Years and it struck a chord about losing those digital images.  I have already lost important digital images, and I back up and save more often than the average.  Do you back every single image up? Do you move them to better technology?  I don’t even know where half of my little jump drives are anymore and my computer doesn’t have a CD drive. My maternity photos from my second pregnancy are on a disc. I can’t view those without finding the (outdated) technology to do so.  Sounds like my videos on VHS from when I was a kid. Good thing we have prints from when I was a kid because those videos aren’t easily accessible. Printing digital photographs sounds like a good idea now, doesn’t it?

Thinking of all of this made me realize that something has to change if I want my kids (and their kids) to be able to see what they were like when they were little. It isn’t even for me, or my home decor. It is something for them, that they enjoy having and looking at already, even already at their young ages. I have decided to make it a personal goal to create an annual album for the family, as well printing 4×6 photos for little albums for the kids. They love to see photos of themselves! My oldest has an album and she loves going through it, but sadly its about five years old and no one looks the same!

Of course I love my professional lab, but I don’t really care where you print. The hard part is when are you going to do it?  If you don’t do it right away, will you ever? Or will your digital photographs sit in a drawer or on a device? My work is my art. I want you to display it. But more importantly, it is also a story- your story.  Where will you put that story? Will your children be able to view your story in ten years? IMG_4897

 

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Welcome to your Printing Poll

Have you hired a photographer in the last year?
If yes, did you receive prints from that session?
If no, did you print your own from that session?
What do you do with all of your digital photos?  Do you have back-ups? Do you go back and look through them often?
How many times have you printed digital images in the last TWO years?


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Breastfeeding in Public is a Woman’s Right

As you may have noticed, I wholeheartedly support breastfeeding. The idea that some people DON’T support it is crazy to me. I get that people have their own opinions on everything, but feeding babies should be welcomed, whether its from a breast or a bottle. I don’t go around bashing those who choose not to, as I know that some people choose formula for a number of reasons. The important thing to me is that THE BABY IS BEING FED!  So when people start making rude comments about how that baby is being fed, it bothers me.  I have been doing breastfeeding sessions for over a year and they are definitely some of my favorites. This was my second group photo on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. If you aren’t familiar with Fremont Street, let me tell you, you will see more skin on this strip of road than most places in Las Vegas- which says A LOT- and it the amount of skin shown while breastfeeding doesn’t compare to standard attire for most downtown!

Both of my breastfeeding sessions downtown have drawn a bit of a crowd. They both received a good amount of support and positive feedback from spectators. Along with the stares and gawks came encouragement from quite a few passerby’s. The last session I did, someone held up their drink and yelled “cheers!” to the breastfeeding mothers. Of course, there were people who acted like they couldn’t believe that was happening in front of them, but the amount of support trumped those folks. Yesterday, several people stopped to ask if we were protesting. My answer was always, “Nope! Just feeding babies!”.  It isn’t about protesting, it’s about educating the public regarding a woman’s right to breastfeed wherever, whenever!

My good friend Heather (of Heather Kimmel Photography) captured some behind the scenes shots of us setting up and shooting the most recent breastfeeding in public session. She was there to help me out and keep spectators in check. Some have no regard for personal space and will literally stand so close to me while I shoot (so they can get their own photos) that I can almost feel their breath on my neck.  Keep an eye out for those soon!