date is set...now, what are we going to wear?

It’s that time of the year again & we’re coming up on your family photo session. Let’s chat for a moment about what everyone will wear. 

The best way to start organizing your thoughts and the clothes is by choosing one or two colors as your “theme.” You can build and mix once you have those color(s) chosen. Try not to plan matching outfits for everyone but rather, coordinating outfits. 

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coordination. 

Not everyone will be in solid colors - adding one or two people with patterns is a great way to tie everyone in together. 

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Patters are great, in moderation.

So, be sure to only pick one or two different patterns in the group and build around those patterns with neutral colors (cream, beige, grey).

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navy + neturals = <3

If you’re looking for ways to string your theme colors throughout the outfits, try accessorizing - think scarves, jewelry, shoes…. 

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accessorize. 

What to avoid?….uncomfortable clothes. If you’re kiddos aren’t comfortable, it’ll likely come through in the photos. Same rule applies for mom and dad! Have fun with it and pick clothes that are your families style. We want these pictures to represent this time in your life!

Last rule, stay away from clothes with big logos or graphics! 

I hope that these simple steps help you build your photo shoot wardrobe. I can't wait to reconnect and capture some special moments between you and your family!

 

 

talk to me about postpartum support

You’ve spent 10 months (maybe longer) planning for the birth of your new baby. The nursery is perfection, you have a stroller that promises to change your life, the car seat is installed, and your doctor is waiting for “the call.” 

Here’s our question for you. Have you prepared for your own recovery and transition into motherhood/parenthood? What does that look like, how will that play out, who will be there to support and care for you?

Perhaps you’ve heard of a postpartum doula…sometimes referred to as “Mary Poppins!"

A postpartum doula can be so many things and their role looks differently for each family. At The Birth Boutique, we pride ourselves on providing professional, sophisticated and personalized care for each and every family that we support.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff. What is the role of the postpartum doula? A postpartum doula comes day or night. A postpartum doula supports and guides the new mom and family as they sort through their questions / thoughts or concerns. A postpartum doula is trained to help care for the newborn and their needs (feeding, sleeping, diapering, bathing). A postpartum doula is trained to care for the recovering mother and their needs. A postpartum doula can help a family get “on their feet” around the house - meal prep, laundry, tidying up for all the new guests. In simple terms, she’s someone to talk to, someone to help you, someone to support you and someone to care for you and your family during a life changing time.

Reach out to us if you’d like to chat more about how a postpartum doula can support your family. We’d love to help. 

If you reach out and book support before October 1, we're offering 10% off your contracted fee! Offer valid on 10 or more contracted hours book from September 12 through October 1, 2017. 

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talk to me about birth photography

We thought it might be nice to clear the air and explain a little bit about what birth photography can be. In explaining what it can be, perhaps you'll see what it often times is not.

Birth photography can be so many things. What we can promise you, is that it will be raw, real, intimate and incredibly special.

Birth photography can be brand new, fresh to to the world, baby toes.

Birth photography can be the very first moment you meet your baby face-to-face.

Birth photography can be a documentation of the love and support between a woman and her partner. 

Birth photography can be about capturing all the small details that make your story whole.

Reach out to us today if you want to chat more about what birth photography can be for you! 

6 Things to Know If You Plan to Breastfeed

  • Create a circle of support - friends to lean on - women to commiserate with - people to lift you up. There are so many resources & groups for breastfeeding moms. We love the drop-in breastfeeding support clinic at Monica + Andy

 

  • Know that it might not be easy at the start….but we promise, it does get better! Lean on those support people we talked about on the hard days

 

  • Pick-up "Breastfeeding Made Simple" by Nancy Mohrbacher.  It's our favorite book recommendation for pre-baby breastfeeding prep...and keep it close, you'll likely want to refer back at different points in your breastfeeding journey

 

  • Always know that “fed is best” - any amount of time is special and important

 

 

  • If you're planning to go back to work, we highly recommend coming up with a plan for how you can do both things (pumping and working) successfully. Vanessa Prinz is an amazing IBCLC who conducts a class here in Chicago on just this, it's called, "Back to Work" 

Fall 2017

Hello dear friends & followers,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but....summer will eventually come to an end. I know, I'm bummed too! As a photographer, it's time for me to start thinking through how the busy season (fall) will look and play out both for me and for my clients. In order to fit everyone in, it's time to start thinking ahead!

This year, I'll be offering two different types of fall sessions. A "traditional" session or a "mini" session. I've outlined the details below.

Traditional Session - $250 - takes place at the location of YOUR choice at the date/time of your choice anytime from September through early December. Session is 1 hour in length & includes the final edited images with the print release. This session typically yields around 25 final pictures. 

Mini Session - $175 - takes place at the location of MY choice (typically a scouted out location in Oak Park, Riverside or Brookfield) on one of the dates listed below. Session is 20 minutes in length & includes the final edited images with the print release. This type of session typically yields around 10 final pictures. Mini sessions are bookended with other client sessions. 

  • Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 21

*As always, I recommend we schedule sessions in the evening - in the hours just prior to sunset. I know this timing can be hard for little ones, but trust me, it'll be worth if for that warm, beautiful lighting result!  

For first dibs on a date or a MINI through the end of 2017, reach out NOW! 

xo. Lindsey