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The video and pictures below are from my most recent "Day in the Life" session with a beautiful mom and daughter. Christi is the wife to an amazing Chef in San Diego, mother to 2 gorgeous daughters and one of the most sought after full-time restaurant manager in San Diego. This beautiful lady works around the clock and because of her industry doesn't get much time with her little girl Alana. Alana is one of the smartest little kindergartners I know! She is by far also one of the most energetic and loving little girls too. Christi like most working moms and dads struggles with the fact that she isn't able to be with her family as much as she would like.
When Christi isn't putting out flames at work, running an entire restaurant and carpooling daily she is able to finally have a day off ... when she isn't doing regular mom and wife chores, she goes all out for her beautiful little girl. From breakfast together at Cafe Topez in Carlsbad to seeing the box office smash "Cinderella" at the Regal Cinemas Carlsbad 12 theater. She tops of the morning with a little trip to the Disney Store at the Carlsbad mall where her beautiful little girl falls head over heels for a Cinderella dress that was made just for her!
Have you ever thought to yourself "now these are the moments I want captured", but you've been the one stuck behind the camera or worse the iPhone camera! If you've got kids or loved ones that you enjoy interacting with, playing with or sharing stories with then I'm sure you are shaking your head in agreeance.
I find myself going through old pictures of my daughters younger years and realizing I'm not in many of them. Why, well clearly I'm the photographer in the family! But like most moms and dads we tend to be the one taking the photos so we aren't in any of the photos with our kids and other loved ones.
This is why I have fallen in love with Modern Storytelling through photography. I take a journalistic approach while capturing true raw moments that happen in your day to day life.
If you are interested in having a Modern Storytelling Portrait Experience, contact Heather J. Potter Photography.
Over the past year I've had the pleasure of meeting an incredible family. The Dempsey family took couple and family portraits before Kris deployed with me at Leo Carrillo Park in Carlsbad. Then I had the pleasure of photographing the Dempsey family as they welcomed home Kris from his overseas deployment. At the time of the homecoming you may recall, that beautiful Courtney was pregnant with baby Kaleb.
I am delighted to share in the great news, guess who made his grand entrance into this world just a few weeks after his daddy got home ... that's right ... November 12, 2014 Courtney and Kris welcomed their son Kaleb Archer into this world. He was born at 11:56am weighing 9lbs 3oz and was 20.5 inches long.
I was privileged to be told that Courtney was in labor and felt honored to be upon the few hospital visitors that Kaleb had. I was able to capture a few portraits of him in between him learning how to latch on, get his blood work done and being looked over by the doctors.
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I received an email on October 18th from an organization called "Capturing Hopes Photography" asking if I would be able to help them fulfill a wish. As I continued to read the email from Katie, I learned of a couple who had recently given birth to 2 very beautiful little girls, it broke my heart to ready that they were both on Sept 6th but still in the NICU since their birth. There wish was for a photographer to come into the NICU and take their daughters first professional pictures so that they could finally send out announcements to their family and be able to eternally capture their little girls at this stage of their lives. I knew my answer would be yes, but as I continued to read their story I couldn't hold back my emotions.
These two baby girls were Monochorinoic/Monoamniotic Twins! That's right, I don't know about you but I needed to brush up on my twin knowledge after reading that. Ok, so I read up on MoMo twins and I was even more convinced that God had placed this family in my life for a reason!
I chatted with their mom, Kelli over text messages and we scheduled their photo session right away. I didn't sleep for 2 days! I'm not joking, I couldn't stop reading about MoMo twins, looking at inspirational images and praying for the babies I was about to meet.
As I drove up to Kaiser Hospital, which just so happened to be the same hospital my daughter was born at my heart began to flutter and race! I was beyond excited and was feeling so overwhelmed with my own emotions of being back at my daughters birth place.
Meeting Kelli and her husband Jeremy was awesome! They were both very relaxed, extremely sweet and incredibly friendly. Their baby girls stole my heart for sure. I learned that the girls had recently gained more weight, were eating more and even got to remove the tubes and IV's just days before I arrived.
Sweet Ashlyn "Peanut" was a little ham for me, she loves having her picture taken. She wouldn't go back to sleep for us, she had her eyes on me the entire time. From the moment I peeked over at her while she was in her bassinet, she really is a diva for sure. Then there's her sweet sister Brielle who dearly loved the blankets and girly wraps I brought for her to model. She snuggled up with mommy and went right to sleep for us.
Kelli shared with me that it was her first time, during the photo session, that she was holding the girls freely. Meaning, they had no tubes or IV's on them and she was finally able to snuggle and cuddle them without having to worry about messing up a cord or tube. I almost lost it during that moment, being able to capture images of Kelli holding each of her baby girls was priceless for me. It was such a special moment, I was blessed to be able to capture it for them.
I can't wait to watch these precious bundles of joy grow up! Their mommy and daddy don't know it yet, but I plan to be their photographer as long as they will let me. Miss Ashlyn has a future in modeling, I can tell already! I can't wait to say "I knew her when!".
Such an honor and a blessing to be in this families presence.
If you would like to know more about these beautiful MoMo Twins, check out their blog! That's right ladies and gentleman, these girls have their very own blog.
Baby Gruens ... Our MoMo Journey
Below I have a snip-it from Kelli and Jeremy's blog about their twins:
"It was confirmed two weeks ago that our girls are Monochorinoic/Monoamniotic (Also referred to as “MoMo” twins). The doctors delayed on diagnosing MoMo’s because it is SO rare (1 in 10,000 twin pregnancies) and often it is hard to see the dividing membrane, but at our 16 week appointment we had cord entanglement which can only mean one thing, that our babies were in the same sac (MoMo)"
Here are some interesting facts about MoMo babies:
*Monoamniotic twins are always identical
*Monoamniotic twins are the result of a late splitting egg; one that split around 8-12 days after fertilization
*Monoamniotic twins only occur in 1% of twins
*Monoamniotic twins share a placenta and amniotic sac which means they have skin to skin contact
*Monoamniotic twins are considered extremely high risk because of the risk of cord compression leading to fetal death as a result of umbilical cord entanglement
*Monoamniotic twins are always delivered by C-Section
*Monoamniotic twins are usually delivered between 32-34 weeks gestation because the risks of staying in utero are greater than the risks associated with a premature birth
*75% of monoamniotic twins are girls
*inpatient monitoring at viability yeilds the greatest success rates
**These statistics are those posted at http://www.monoamnioticstories.blogspot.com ~ For additional stories, head there.
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I am very excited and honored to have been selected to work with Capturing Hopes Photography a non-profit organization that offers photography assistance to families with babies and children in the NICU as well as those living in the Ronald McDonald House of Winston Salem.
Because Capturing Hopes Photography is based on the East Coast, they reached out to me directly when they received a request from a family that is here in the San Diego area. The family has two beautiful little girls who are in the NICU at Kaiser Zion Hospital, San Diego. Because the babies can't leave the hospital just yet, I will be going directly to them in order to help capture their first professional newborn portraits. This is something the family has been wanting and waiting to be able to do since they were born. I feel honored to be able to help such this family.
If you or anyone you know have babies in the NICU or families that are at Ronald McDonald House within the San Diego County area, please let me know. I would like to be able to offer them a portrait session free of charge. I know this time in their life is precious and being able to capture the memories and moments are priceless.
Please pass this blog onto your family and friends as I would like to spread the word, if this becomes bigger than something I can not do alone, I will be reaching out to the community for support to include recruiting other photographers to join in my mission to give back through photography.
*UPDATE: Because I have already began to receive incredible feedback, I have started the process of creating a non-profit organization called "Paying It Forward Photography". As I pull everything together, I will post updates here and on the Paying It Forward Photography website.
I will be reaching out to the community for support to include recruiting other photographers to join in my mission to give back through photography.
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How To Know Your Friends a Birth, Newborn, or a Child Photographer
I read a blog about "13 Things Your Should Know About Being Married to a Wedding Photographer". The things said were surprisingly right on point! I specialize in Maternity, Birth, Newborn and Family portraits. Here's a list compiled with ways you know your Best Friend is either a Birth, Newborn, or Child Portrait Photographer.
25 Fun Things That Will Prove to You That Your Best Friend (or Spouse) is a Maternity, Birth, Newborn, and Family Portrait Photographer!
1. Your friends "daily" wardrobe" consists of yoga pants, converse and tank tops.
2. Your friends laundry room is stacked with backdrops and blankets that are covered in newborn "mess".
3. When you go shopping, your friend picks up everything she can fit a baby into. No basket is left upturn!
4. That super cute knitted sweater and scarf you got her for Christmas? It will most likely be turned into an even cuter DIY Knit Cap and Legging Set.
5. She really digs random fuzzy blankets and random large baskets, they make amazing gifts.
6. That wood bowl is a newborn prop, it's NOT a decoration please do not touch it.
7. The really "cool" camera that is pretty much glued to her hip, do NOT touch it. Not even when you are kidding.
8. If you see your friend pacing back and forth in front of the mailbox, trust me she's expecting a new prop! When it doesn't come, be supportive. When it does come, be excited for her!
9. And if you think you are impressed that she hasn’t gotten anything in the mail in a while, better check her friend’s houses.
10. Your friend will constantly be doing laundry, if you can't figure why, see #2.
11. And please, never ever try and wash her newborn props in the washing machine.
12. Your friend will try and convince you that she knows how to knit and make props herself.
13. Your friends backyard has been turned into an "out door studio", complete with a DIY Lemonade Stand.
14. Your friend will use words like; squishy babies, froggy pose, taco pose and flokati’s. Which you clearly have no idea what those are but you will hear about them often. Pretend to be excited.
15. You are completely accepting of the fact that your friend gets pooped on at work and may sometimes not even realize it's on her when she meets you for coffee.
16. Perk, your friend if given enough notice will always be there for all of your photography needs.
17. When you hang out at your friends house before or after a newborn session, it maybe about 90 degrees in her home.
18. I promise your friend really does want to know about how your day went, it's just that .... Did you SEE the adorable newborn that she photographed today! Hurry up and check Facebook and be sure to like it!
19. Your friend will be up at all hours of the night, going to bed at 3am isn't abnormal.
20. Don't judge her when she's sitting at her computer in pajamas or yoga pants it's part of the job. She can multitask, yes being on Facebook and editing at the same time can happen and clearly does.
21. Your friend is made up of 80% coffee, 10% baby pee, and 10% sleep.
22. Don’t be alarmed if she's shopping for baby blankets, booties, and bonnets. It's a part of the job, no she's NOT pregnant. Don't even ask!
23. What ever you do, do NOT ask her “How much did that cost?” in front of her spouse.
24. Your friend will have issues with her back and complain about knee pain on a regular bases. A gift certificate for a massage would make an amazing gift if you don't want to add to her addicting prop collection.
25. If you really want to take your friend out on the town, take her antique shopping!
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I get asked a lot by expecting moms "When do I start looking for a photographer" and "When do I book a maternity photoshoot".
My first response is ... It's never too early to pre-book your session wth your photographer.
Here's some keys things to keep in mind.
1. Start looking at portfolios of photographers you are interested in working with.
2. Make sure their style fits yours.
3. Make sure the have professional equipment and know how to use it.
Many "photographers" claim to be professional yet aren't.
Keeping in mind, maternity portraits along with newborn and first family portraits are not replaceable, you'll only be pregnant 1 time with you little one. Don't take the chance on missing those magical moments.
Book early as photographers only have so much availability, most photographers will gladly get you on their schedule as soon as you are ready to pick a date and time. Most good photographers are booked at least a month in advance, unless they have a cancelation.
Get to know your photographer. Ask them as many questions as you can, check out their portfolio, then look for images that you like and share those images with your photographer.
Being able to know what you like and dislike is key. If you know you like super crisp images and you don't like the dreamy look, tell your photographer.
Remember your portrait session will only be that much better if everyone communicates their needs and wants.
And don't forget ... HAVE FUN! Maternity sessions along with newborn and family portrait sessions are meant to be fun and memorable.
Have a blessed day and happy searching. Enjoy your pregnancy!
First off let me start by saying congratulations on your pregnancy!!! This is such an exciting time with so many moments you'll cherish the rest of your life.
I know there are tons of local photographers to weed through when searching for a professional birth photographer, with that said I thought I would tell you a little about myself.
I am a photographer with over 16 years of experience. I specialize in lifestyle portraits and take a journalistic approach to birth, newborn and family portraits. I believe this style allows me to not only provide beautiful portraits for my clients to cherish for generations to come, but to create a story that can be shared.
That's what birth photography is all about. Being able to really create and tell the entire birth story.
Because I love birth and newborn sessions so much, I hope to be able to provide support during the labor and birth process as well as capture the precious moments of labor and delivery for my clients.
A little additional background on me ... I am a member of the International Birth Photographers Association as well as a member of the Newborn Photographers Association. I have been recently screened and had a background check done as well.
If you are in the market and searching for a Birth Photographer and/or Newborn Photographer, I would love the opportunity to meet with you and your spouse and/or labor coach. I believe meeting with my clients prior to a birth is 100% necessary to making sure all questions are answered and that we are able to connect.
I hope we get a chance to meet.
Why Hire a Birth Photographer?
Without a birth photographer, you may be left with just a few snapshot of the baby after delivery. I will help you to capture the amazing labor process and the incredible birth miracle.
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Heather J. Potter