Little Plum Photography Los Angeles Professional Photographer Blog

welcome to my passion, my stories and my life...i have the honor to witness and be a part of the most incredible moments- when a baby is born, a couple become parents before my very eyes, and as families celebrate milestones and special moments. 

Breech Birth of Hunter

Tracy and Tony have a passion for adventure together. He is a triathlete, whose family owns a famous health cookie company and she is a hair stylist and colorist who loves yoga and has the sweetest disposition. When they chose me to be their doula and birth photographer, I was thrilled...and honored. I'm always honored to be chosen to share in such an intimate and life-changing time in a family's life and to be looked to for advice, support and comfort. 

Tracy and Tony hiked Mt. Whitney a few years back together. During one of the prenatal appointments, we were discussing the thoughts she could think of or things she could do that help bring focus, strength and calm to her mind and body for labor and birth. She mentioned the return part of the hike when it got so terrifying that she wasn't sure if they would make it back or not safely and together. At one point they were separated from each other. She said the fact they made that hike return the way they did she felt she could achieve anything. 

At 37 weeks, Tracy and Tony found out that baby was in a frank breech position. She called me and we discussed and she shared with me that her OB said "you should just schedule a c-section". Tracy really truly wanted a vaginal breech and her greatest fear throughout the entire pregnancy was of having to have a c-section. She changed doctors and went under the care of someone who does vaginal breech deliveries. But, the catch was, he was leaving out of the country when she would be 40 weeks and 5 days. She did chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and moxibustion, spinning babies, sex, inversion, "the salad dressing", lots of walking and yoga to try and turn baby and induce labor. But, the baby decided to come when he was ready and on his own terms. She decided to induce before the doctor went on vacation. Her induction went beautifully, thankfully, and her baby boy, Hunter, was born surrounded by lots of excitement and anticipation from Tony, and myself, (and from the other twelve people in the room)...and with lots of love.

My work becomes so meaningful and is so fullfilling when my clients get the support for the birth they choose to create. Being able to have a choice is everything. 

she believed she could...so she did

The winners of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers image competition were announced this morning! I am absolutely thrilled and honored that one of my images was given an honorable mention! Over 600 images were submitted this year from around the world in the categories of labor, delivery, postpartum and details. My honorable mention was submitted in the labor category.

Honorable Mention- 2017 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers- "she believed she could"

Honorable Mention- 2017 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers- "she believed she could"

I am grateful to the mom, who gave me permission to share and to enter this image. For this birth, I was also her doula. It was a long labor and I was there for about 31 hours of it. I was witness to her amazing strength, determination and to the love and commitment from her partner. She was nurtured and supported by her midwives, who patiently gave her the space she needed when she needed it and who also literally enveloped her with guidance, encouragement and love. I am in awe of midwives...and the power of women.

 After I explained to my client about IAPBP and what the competition was about she did some research. She contacted me and gave me the approval and was impressed with the organization and with the artistic, beautiful and empowered portrayal of birth. 

Birth photography, as you can see, is a very personal and intimate experience, both for the photographer and for the people being photographed. They are at their most vulnerable, raw and emotional. When I am hired as a birth photographer, I am always honored and I fully and completely respect the birth space and experience of my clients. I aim to document their personal story and journey as it unfolds and to give them images they will cherish for a lifetime. 

The group of birth photographers I have come to know through the work we do and the private groups on Facebook are so talented, inspiring and so supportive of each other. I am grateful to be part of a collective of women, mothers and artists who lift each other up and who share the beauty of birth with the world.

Click here to view the winners and all of the gorgeous entries for this year

http://birthphotographyimagecompetition.com

 

birth can happen anywhere

janelle had visions of laboring in the birth tub set up in the living room while wearing her beautiful, ribbon and flower head wreath woven by her closest friends. the day her labor started, all those visions went out the window...because she had a very, quick, strong labor. after receiving a text from her husband telling me to "come quick", i immediately made my way to their home. she was lying on a threshold in the hallway- her legs in the bathroom and the rest in the hallway. the midwife was in the bathroom assisting her and husband on hand to lend physical and emotional support. her doula arrived shortly after. baby grace was born out of the strength and love from her mom, dad and birth team; right there in the hallway in front of her own bedroom. unforgettable.