Before I had children, I figured I would breastfeed solely for the health benefits it offers both mom and baby. I had my plan: I would nurse for 6 months, then pump for 6, and then I would be done... Well, as with all of my pre-baby plans, that didn't happen! I had a really difficult time with my son, we struggled with nursing for months! Until we had my son's tongue tie clipped at four months, I had to feed him while he was asleep! It was the only way we could get him to eat.
After a couple of months, we got better, and I remember the very first time I was able to nurse him in public! It was at Subway, and my husband was there, and we both just sat in silence not wanting to scare him away!
Because we fought so hard to breastfeed, and didn't really become comfortable with it for so long, it didn't make sense to stop at 6 months, so we just kept going... and now its been 18 months! I am sure my son will wean on his own as we go through our next pregnancy (another plan!). I think my experience with nursing, gave me a lot of knowledge about how difficult it can really be, and therefore why it needs to be celebrated. Also, though, it is a totally natural and amazing thing that our bodies are able to do, and should be treated as such. Whether you nurse solely for the health benefits, or are somewhat of a lactivist, nursing creates a special bonding time between mom and baby. I would love to be able to capture those special moments for you!
Nursing can be a very private special moment, or one you want to share. It can between mom and her newborn, adopted child, or toddler. Heck, sometimes it can be a family event! Since every client will have different ideals and each situation will be different, the sessions will vary greatly! Please contact me to discuss specific details for your nursing shoot.
After moving to a new city, I found a lot of support and encouragement at the local breastfeeding groups around town! I also met a large number of like-minded mommas in these groups. Therefore, I also offer nursing mini sessions if you would like me to set up a session for you and a group of friends, please contact me as well!
So, on to the question and answer section!
Where will you travel? Belly-Birth-Baby Photography provides Nursing Photography to Bozeman, MT and the surrounding Gallatin Valley Area. Being a Montana native, I anticipate that travel is a necessary part of life, and therefore am available to do your maternity photographs anywhere within 200 miles of Bozeman Montana! Travel greater than 25 miles from Bozeman, MT will require an additional fee of $0.56/ mile. Most sessions and packages also include an "in studio" option, as well as an "on location" option, so the location of your shoot is not limited to your home or home town!
When should I book my shoot? I welcome you to book your shoot at any time! Try to book your nursing photography shoot at least 2 weeks before you would like it to take place. That will allow us both an adequate amount of time to prepare!
When will we do the shoot? Timing will depend entirely on yours and my availability!
Will we meet before my shoot? Yes!!! I would love to get together with you and discuss your ideas. I always recommend that you do some internet surfing to find things that inspire you. Keep in mind where you envision displaying your photographs so that we can make sure to have some options which will "fit" in with your style. If you desire, please feel free to check out my facebook, pinterest, twitter, and/or linkedin p , , ages for inspiration as well! If you find something that you'd like to try, or would like a photo to fit in with a particular theme, I am very open to suggestions!
What should I bring? You are welcome to bring any outfits, props, blankets etc. that you might like to use! We can do a completely natural lifestyle shoot, or we can stylize your shoot based on your personal preferences. What you bring will depend greatly on your personal taste and situation. We can discuss this in much greater detail when you call to make your appointment or during our pre-shoot meeting!