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3 Reasons to Consider a Birth Photographer

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“ I wish I knew about you for my kids!”
OR
“ I don’t know if I would want that, what all does it include?”
 
 Hi, I am Kendra Miller and I am a Birth Photographer. I never knew the magnitude of emotions you go through on the day your child is born, until I gave birth to my daughter in 2012. Birth photography helps tell your child’s birth story from labor until you are holding them in your arms. I absolutely love what I do and I am thrilled to share with you why Birth Photography is such an amazing investment.
 
Labor is enough work
A birth photographer is experiencing the birth with you, but from an outsider’s point of view. We provide the opportunity for those you have chosen to be your labor partner(s) to be a part of this experience with you. To be fully present without the worry or stress of needing to get a picture, because the birth photographer has it covered. So they can feel free to let the arrival of this new life take their breath away too.
My goal is to feel like your friend, but at the same time to be rarely noticed by you. A birth photographer can see photo opportunities that, especially if you are in active labor, you may not think to take.  Birth Photography is telling the whole story of your child’s BIRTHday, not just a few snapshots once he or she has arrived.
 
 
Your Story, Your connection
            Gone are the days where dad waits in the waiting room with cigars and a nurse brings out your new bundle to hold up like a prize. More often the dad or significant other is a teammate, a partner to do whatever they can to help you during this life-changing day. Holding your hand, giving you encouragement and having the moments where they fall in love with you all over again. Each of these moments I can capture, which means each of these moments has you and your partner in the photo. Showing the love you have and helping to tell the complete tale of this birth story. The look on your husband’s face when your new baby takes their first breath. It is a moment like that you will never be able to re-create. Those happy memories should be documented and kept.
 
Snuggles First
            Once you have this miracle in your arms, you might find all of your time now being spent just getting to know your new baby. I want parents to focus on bonding with their new baby and not worrying about editing, sorting photos or getting prints for birth announcements.  Many birth photographers also have options such as a photo book or slideshow for you to be able to share. As your child grows they will be able to actually see the love their parents have, the tears in their grandparents eyes or the very first time they met their older sibling. Birth Photography is worth investing in, because it is a moment in time you can now always remember.
A review from a former birth story client, Courtney, describes her experience this way;
 
“What Kendra did for us through her amazing work is she stopped time. I’ll forever be able to experience just how it felt to become a mom again that day. Not only did her photos capture the beauty of our new baby girl, but she captured the love felt by all that day.”
 
Kendra Miller Photography

 

Twins are friends even on the inside!

You’ve heard that twins have a bond from before birth, right? Well, it’s absolutely true.

I have a younger brother and sister who are twins. They were our mom’s best Mother’s Day present. Today is their birthday. My parents bought two cribs for them, but when they came home they wouldn’t sleep. Mom finally laid them in the same crib…at opposite ends. Even as newborns they would somehow scoot until they were touching. Only then would they rest. As they grew, they had a language only the two of them understood. They must have created it in the darkness with the whoosh of my mother’s heartbeat as their backdrop.

Today, sonographers can testify to the fact that twins begin their bond long before birth. My friend Jeannette Burlbaw at Prenatal Imaging Centers in Kansas City, has often imaged twins and seen them holding onto each other, pushing and kicking at each other, even sucking on each other’s hands and fingers, as if they were one.

So here’s to all the twins out there, who mystify us with their pre-born relationships. My baby brother and sister were an answer to my 4 year-old prayers. They became the first real babies I ever fell in love with. Happy Birthday Mandy and Matthew!

This Mother’s Day another set of twins was born.  They shared the same sac and placenta. The expressions on their sweet faces show a bit of confusion at their abrupt introduction to our bright, noisy world. So in that moment, they do what they’ve always done. They reach for each other. The womb mate they’ve known from the time their hearts began to beat side-by-side.

Check out the full story by clicking on this link.  Take a look at these precious girls.

Video: 23-week-old miracle baby survives

BriellaCarey Wickersham, author of The Wonder Within You, interviews Brian and Stacy King. Their baby Briella was born at 23 weeks gestation. She survived and thrives today…proof that miracles happen. The Kings credit March of Dimes and surfactant and say “Give 23 weekers a chance!” Stacy was advised by doctors to terminate her pregnancy to save her own life. She went against that advice…and gave Briella a shot at defying the odds.

Check out the video.