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Creating a poser cover for fabric drops

I know, first hand as a photographer especially a newborn one it takes a lot of work trying to get that perfect image on the posers. Our fabric drops have a hard time keeping the wrinkles out of them, even with the layers we have on them.

This wasn’t my ‘invention’ so to speak, but I found a way for this to work for me. When I first started newborn photography, I had a cute travel poser I purchased off etsy. (I actually still have it). I built a pvc pipe stand for it, square stand (and have that too). That stand worked for a little while, but I wanted to invest in “Studio Baby” posers. Based out of Canada, I had been eyeing them for a while. It’s the perfect size so you and your assistant do not have to constantly bend over (it gets hard on the backs). At the time my assistant had a few back issues, so I purchased the large studio poser from Studio Baby. Then I bought a T’Stand to make this a little more stylish and easier.

While my T’stand worked fine, It was kind of annoying to keep trying to keep the fabrics and layers wrinkle free. This was bugging me. I am a perfectionist and when I see a wrinkle I can’t even…. nightmares!!!! So, this was customized to fit around my entire studio baby poser.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, “oh my gosh PVC piping!”… haha I said the same thing. Here’s the thing, PVC piping can be round…. it can bend, they sell this at Lowe’s! (I didn’t know this either). I drew up my plans to make this, took this to Lowe’s, and Mr. Mathwize there was amazing at helping.

I purchased 3 10′ pvc piping round poles. I had the measurements, my poser itself is 27″in high. and about 32 wide. So my poser cover needed to be bigger than my poser. With the back being the highest for your depth shots.  Each side is 35″in even, the front (now we’re talking the pvc piping), is 28″in high, and the back is 44″in high. The width is 43″in now. I made the bottom of the cover SMALLER than the top, because it needs to cup around the poser.  I made it to where I can take it apart, and travel with it. The one thing I did though is the top round part and the bottom round part I actually screwed together, so it’s more stable. The middle poles in between that connect it, those aren’t screwed together. I did this because I wanted it to be stable, and strong.. plus easier to take apart when we transport and put back together if need be.

With all of this put together, it was done just in time for my clients newborn baby girl. The total cost was $28.00. This thing is stable, and holds weight, at least it holds 4 poser drops and 1 flokati.

Here’s a demo of my assistant Lisa (With Lisa Quadros Photography) with baby Kiera

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My Flokati is a 3×5, and it worked great to cup her up inside of there. Because this was designed off my poser that I have, I plan on using this as a blueprint and having a custom one made that’s out of metal. However this works just fine, and does the job. If you have a small poser, like a travel sized one, I don’t think this will work for you but you can always try it.

Here it is in use

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The one thing I love about this, is that it’s so convenient, it does not take up space in my studio what so ever, and it was SO incredibly easy to keep the wrinkles out of the fabric! I layer my posers with two fabrics, and a quilt or two. And then I put the posing fabric on (at least three). I was so impressed with this. Plus you can turn it (if you do natural light) to get more shadow or more light on your subject. (And yes I photographed a teddy bear).

So for $28.00 you can build yourself a cover around your poser for your fabrics. Totally worth it!

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Now offering Herbal Milk Baths

After giving birth, your body needs to heal. Often times we are trying to function with only two to maybe four hours of sleep a day, we are trying to do the best we can that we often forget about our own self. This is where an herbal bath will help relax you and your little one, it brings relaxation and bonding.

We live in a fast paced world that when our feet hit the floor we run as fast as we can, even after giving birth. Sometimes new mommies have no choice. Historically though, woman are encouraged to at least take a 40 day rest period where they were cared for by family in order to recover after birth. Afterbirth, mom’s time was to bond with her new baby, and allow her body to fully heal. Many times new moms weren’t even expected to get out of bed. Meals were prepared for recovering mothers that were full of nutrients and increased lactation and speed healing.

In most countries they still practice caring for the mother this way. The Western-modern way with postpartum now is based on mom’s health and energy being restored after a full 6 weeks of rest. However it’s not encouraged with today’s society by spending time pampering themselves and bonding with their baby. Unfortunately there are more mothers that are so overwhelmed, frazzled, no desire to breastfeed, and the increase of postpartum depression is on the rise.

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Many mothers, need the permission to take a much needed rest time to heal after the birth of their baby. Even if they are not able to take the full rest period that is encouraged, maybe we can work on healing the sensitive areas. This is why we have put together our Postpartum herbal milk baths.

 

Certified in Herbs, I have carefully put together some of the most import herbal combinations that are used with postpartum and healing. These are Grade A herbs, certified organic

I use;
Certified Organic Fresh Powdered Milk
Calendula Flowers: Which prevents infection and aids in the healing of the perineum.
Chamomile Flowers: This herb has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties so it soothes irritated tissue.
Shepherds Purse: This herb serves as a coagulant and vasoconstrictor so it helps the uterus to contract blood vessels and lessen the bleeding.
Lavender Leaf: Helps in relaxing new mother and baby.

All flowers are pesticide free.
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Our herbal milk baths are held at our home studio, in pure privacy. It’s a soothing, peaceful environment so baby and you can relax.

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A Surrogacy Story…..

Sometimes when making something so precious, beautiful and unique, it takes an extra helping heart. There are many couples around the globe who each day are faced with challenges in becoming parents, or growing their family. Infertility is on the rise, and it’s something that is often not spoke about. Some mothers’ cannot carry children due to complications of the womb, and some couples experience a rollercoaster to parenthood.

There are mothers who are stepping up and willing to help these couples who cannot conceive. Surrogate Mommies. Now this may seem like a scary journey for some, but for others, it’s giving someone else the opportunity to have their family.

Recently I decided to document a journey locally, and give knowledge to those who have questions, or who want to know what it’s like. I will photograph this journey from start to finish on this blog. I will let you see what I see with my eyes.  Every emotion is poured into this, tears, happiness, and the look when the birth parents meet their little.

Meet Larah, who’s a mother of two little beautiful girls. Larah became a surrogate to help a family who can’t conceive.

I became a surrogate because I love being pregnant and decided since I’m done having babies I should help a family who can’t.  I am very excited and can’t wait to actually be pregnant.

On 12/21/2015 Larah and her family signed their contract and started their first dose of Lupron Injections. Lupron is a hormone that dramatically lowers estrogen levels. Larah was given birth control pills to synchronize her cycle with the birth mother. Usually about two weeks into this stage, that’s when Lupron is taken by Larah. Larah stops her set of birth control pills starting 12/23/2015.

Larah’s cycle will start while on Lupron, and then the dose is normally decreased by half, as she starts adding the estrogen replacement to the mix. Which will also be documented.

12/22/2015 I was there for her second shot of Lupron.

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The image above is when Larah was numbing the area that the Lupron shot will go into.

Lupron doesn’t hurt at all if you ice it first you don’t even feel it

Once the area was pretty numb Larah prepared the Lupron.

This whole process took about 15 minutes for her to do.

December 29th 2015, Larah had started Delestrogen. Which rapidly enhances the estrogen in the system. Unfortunately I was sick with the flu, so I missed her fist dose, along with some  blood work (but we will be making this up). Her second dose of Delestrogen I did capture. So far the only side effects are bloating. But this 18 gag needle, ouchy. The spot was numbed at first. The Delestrogen is an oil base so it’s a lot thicker than the Lupron. Therefore Larah said it is best to put it in between a heating pad.

Her amazing husband administered the shot. Slowly injecting it in her left butt cheek.  (These were taken second dose December 31st, 2015)

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1/6/16 Larah went for her Ultrasound today to check the thickness of the endometrium lining, and her follicles. Her lining is pretty good (thanks to the Delestrogen (which thickens the lining) at 11mm thick. Her fresh transfer from the birth parents is just 12 days away now!

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There was no blood work today, but I am pretty sure according to her schedule she gets blood work next week. She will continue to take the Delestrogen, and sometime next week start on the Progesterone. Getting close!

Little Aralynn

This session was special to me, it was my first for bringing a really awesome Great Dane into the studio. He was too cute! He was photographed with his new baby sister.

Meet Mr. Chief!

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Gosh isn’t he just so cute and corky! This tilted head, and to think he was just a little puppy! Very very well behaved. His owner is a paramedic. They were such an amazing family.

Photographing both sisters together though, that was amazing. Aralynn’s big sister  Annalise loves her so much! She is a proud big sister!

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One of my favorites was a behind the scenes I had to snap this one.. Aralynn blessed her daddy!

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I absolutely enjoyed photographing this amazing family. They are so blessed with two gorgeous daughters. Thank you so much Jones family!

 

The VBAC Project|Birth Photographer Palm Coast, Florida

VBAC-Logo-FBAs a Birth Photographer, and Fertility Coach my passion lies deep down in the soul of life. I love helping to create it, and I love watching life develop and be brought into this world. It’s amazing how much everything becomes apart of my heart, and a piece of me with each photograph I take. My husband and I struggled for years to conceive, it wasn’t an easy process and my heart shattered a few times. During our roller coaster of emotions, we endured two heartbreaking losses, which devastated us, and caused emotions I never knew I had. In those two years I met amazing women along the way, helped a lot of couples conceive, and now it’s my full time job and passion.

I brought my passion to life in the art of photography. The way life is captivated in a frame is beautiful, especially when it’s a new mother, new infant, or watching a little one be born. My children, which I have been blessed with where all born via cesarean section. My first pregnancy, I was a young teenage mom and unfortunately during pregnancy had complications. My oldest son was born emergency cesarean section. Our second son, everything was perfect with. Our pregnancy was perfect and my body was doing exactly what it needed to do to prepare for birth. Although my obstetrician wasn’t on board with me delivering VBAC. I wanted to, and honestly didn’t know my rights. I, at the time, was told that it wasn’t possible. When it really was. Needless to say my second son was born cesarean section.

Our third son, which was our rainbow baby. It was a rough start in the beginning, and was great towards the end. Again my body did everything it needed to do to prepare for birth, and yet again my right was taken from me. I knew I could do a VBAC, but I was denied. For years I believed that it wasn’t possible, that ‘once a cesarean section, always a cesarean section‘, when that isn’t the case! Ladies, Mom to Be’s you have rights! Which is why I am a photographer for The VBAC Project.

I discovered The VBAC Project right when she opened it. A VBAC is a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, which yes CAN be done. It’s a right, it’s a choice we as women have. My right was taken because I believed it wasn’t MY own right to advocate how I wanted to birth my own child. While I understand that some women may feel more comfortable with a repeat cesarean, which is completely okay! I am not here to say it’s wrong, I am just here to advocate and tell you it’s okay for a VBAC if you want.

In September, around the first (Labor Day) is when a lot of us rally to bring awareness to VBAC’s. This is when photographers (such as myself) gather around holding mini sessions of Mom’s who have had successful VBAC’s. These sessions are FREE (details are provided for inquires). However, throughout the year I will be asking and offering these sessions for this specific project, if you wish to email me at info@tinybearphotography.com we can discuss details and what’s required. I will also be advocating for Cesarean Awareness Month which is in April, again sessions are FREE. Now for VBAC Births, because I am so beyond passionate about Birth, and life, that I am offering VBAC Birth Sessions at a 30% discount (even if my prices change, this offer is still in good standing). There will be information and a separate contract aside from my own for this project that will need to be discussed, looked over and signed.

Thank you so much,

Amanda

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This Photo was NOT a VBAC, however it’s still life and captured beautifully!