Archive | February, 2013

MommyCon Re-Cap | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

Whew. MommyCon was a whirlwind of a month ago, but I want to do a re-cap for anyone who missed out! Here is me and my table.  How nice that my slideshow happened to stop on a placenta pic, eh?  Lol!

Not only did I meet the girls who are the driving force behind MommyCon, the writers of The Mommy Dialogues, who are super nice and friendly by the way, I also met a slew of other interesting mommy-friendly people!

Jessica, writer of The Leaky Boob blog, spoke about breastfeeding and actually had an incident where she was breastfeeding her baby at a cafe inside the Flamingo where MommyCon was being held and another customer complained to managment about her.  Wow, did they mess with the wrong girl!  You can read the story here. (Warning: her blog post includes nude images a la Vegas style)  All turned out well in the end, and the Flamingo hotel set things right.
Jamie Grayson, the BabyGuyNYC, realized he got “verified” on Twitter when he was sitting five feet away from me.  His excitement was uncontainable.

Menina Fortunato, an incredibly talented dancer-extraordinaire, taught a prenatal dance class.  Check out Prenatal Dance with Menina for lots of stretching, yoga, hip movement, and smooth dance routines to help you stay fit throughout your pregnancy!

Petite Peanut Boutique was a fellow vendor.  Joy had a darling display.  Everything she does is darling.  I even got to meet her sweet son Clayton, who passed away a few short weeks after MommyCon.  Order a super hero tie in his honor!

ErgoBaby was also a fellow vendor.  Christine was so knowledgeable and helpful with finding mama’s the right carrier, even if it wasn’t her own company’s!  There were so many different carriers and wraps at MommyCon, I was just amazed at the variety. ErgoBaby asked me to do a shoot for them.  Many thanks to my cute models, the weather for being perfect, and Bootleg Canyon for not being busy that day.  Also, check out this extensive baby carrier guide by the Babble Out.  It includes rules for safe baby-wearing, benefits of baby-wearing, an overview of different types of carriers, and of course their top picks for best carrier.  Any carrier that makes it to the top of that kind of list is going to be a great carrier, but check out #2 😉

PinkPeas was also attending MommyCon and was very instrumental in making it all happen. Midwife Corrine Flatt spoke, as did Amie Norris on baby-wearing, and the PinkPeas girls were all-around helpful with manning the front desk, ushering, directing people traffic, answering questions, you name it.

I also sat next to the drummer from Hole for most of the day. Yep. True story.

And of course the attendees!!! Because what is a convention without attendees? It was so interesting and fun to talk to all the mamas, some of whom were local and some who came from as far away as Canada! Some who came with their sisters or friends, and some who came by themselves who were so grateful to be able to socialize with other like-minded mommas. It was a great day and a great opportunity to come together and learn and share. MommyCon is headed to Chicago in March, Phoenix in April and Austin in May, and have plans for Philadelphia and Portland. Hopefully, they will head back here to Vegas too!


Built For Life | Homebirth | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

I wonder if homebirth was what Astoria Homes had in mind when they chose “Built for Life” as their tag line.

Built for Life. Built strong and with a sure foundation, built warm and cozy as a place for nurture and caring, built solid and dependable and trustworthy, built for learning and growth, built for Love with Love. Built for Life.

Aren’t we all built for life? To laugh and love and enjoy our time here and to give life. We are built to give life to precious little newborns. If you remember Desi from a few years ago, she is truly built for life.

I’ve had two other repeat birth clients, but neither of those had such similarities to the first birth. While, yes, this birth was very different from Desi’s last one, there were moments of deja vu, moments of familiarity. Like this starfish. Reminding me of the child’s drawing hung on the door at her last birth.

And when she stepped into the water closet.  She was even using the same towel at one point.

This is my favorite shot. You know, I know I’m hired to photograph and I know you want me there, but I don’t want you to feel like you are being paparazzied. There are many times when I know something is a private moment and I don’t want to intrude by clicking the shutter… but at that same time, if I don’t record that beautiful exchange… it will be gone forever. Your favorite photo might be one where you were saying something meaningful or feeling something very significant and although I might not be able to hear what you are saying or know what you are feeling, I know that photo is important. So, what looks like a picture of legs is really me saying “I know I am invited to witness and record very private, special experiences and I thank you for trusting me.”


Also, reminiscant of the last birth… how supportive Dustin is and how well the two of them work together.

And Desi’s choice of music. Now whenever I hear Schyler Fisk’s “Fall Apart Today,” I will forever remember this birth.


10:51pm  What a little sweetie, eh?

Midwife Kim Trower examining the baby.

Congratulations, Desi & Dustin! And thank you, Astoria Homes, for being Built for Life.