Seasons of New England Market Day | Studio 22 Photography

Armidale Newborn, Baby and Family Photographer, Seasons of New England Market DayAs you might have heard, I’ve taken the plunge and booked a stall at the Seasons Market on 25 March!  I’m excited and terrified all at once!  

I’ll be there from 9am-4pm with plenty of beautiful images on display, details about my sessions, and a couple of comfy chairs if you need to rest from your shopping frenzy or charge your phone for a couple of minutes.

I’ll be there in person all day to answer any questions you might have, and to snuggle any passing babies(obviously!).

I’d love you to drop in and say ‘hi’ and as a little incentive to do so…..

  • click on the link above to download a cute little App filled with gorgeous images to your phone or tablet(best done while you’re connected to wifi)
  • Pop on down to my stall at the Seasons Market (any time between 9am-4pm on 25/03/17) and show it to me on your phone or tablet
  • Receive a sweet treat  

Remember, this offer is for a limited number only, and with 4000 people expected to visit the Market, you’d better get in quick!!  

Can’t wait to see you there! <3

 

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Boobooks : PBAP 2016

Welcome!  Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle!   Below are 5 inspiring stories from breastfeeding mums in the New England area.   When you reach the end of these mums stories you will find a link to the next photographer in the blog-circle.  Enjoy!!!


Catherine & Hazel(2 years) & Clara(4 months)

 

I participated in the PBAP sessions last year and I wanted to participate again to record the next stage of our breastfeeding journey.  

“Now I am feeding my toddler and my new baby.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestAlthough I have never had any problems breastfeeding in public, I do feel more comfortable now than I was at the beginning over 2 years ago.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“I have a strong belief in breastfeeding and the importance of being comfortable feeding my children wherever and whenever necessary.”

Not only do I feel that these sessions are important to promote breastfeeding, they also provide mums with a lovely momento of this precious time.
Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestMy session was nice & relaxed, and my girls and I had a fun morning.  Leanda and the bookstore owner were both so lovely too. I would recommend a breastfeeding session to other mums.

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Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.

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Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : NERAM : PBAP 2016

Stephanie & Oscar(11 months)

 

“No woman should feel shame when breastfeeding.”  

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“Breastfeeding is the most beautifully natural thing we can do as mothers.  But, it took me about 6 weeks before I was comfortable breastfeeding.  From that point on though, I was comfortable to feed anywhere, even when I received disapproving stares.Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

“I’m so happy to have these images as a memory of this precious time in Oscars life.”

I loved my PBAP session!  It felt so free, comfortable, and natural.  I would definitely recommend a breastfeeding session to other new mums.”Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.  

Normalise Breastfeeding

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Pablos Cantina : PBAP 2016

Kellie & Phoebe (14 months)

 

“When I first started breastfeeding I would always cover up & worry that I was offending someone.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestThen I met a wonderful lady who happily fed her bub without worrying what people thought.  That’s all I needed, a little push to not be afraid to feed my baby in public.  Phoebe is now 14 months old and I am continuing to breastfeed in public.

“Adults drink in public, so our babies should be allowed to as well!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI loved everything about my PBAP session!  Meeting other lovely mummas, chatting to Leanda the photographer(who is also a lovely mumma), and most of all enjoying the support.

“Breastfeeding can be overwhelming but when you have the support from other mummas it makes a world of difference!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestBreastfeeding is wonderful and those who are able should embrace it.  It gives you a connection to your children like no other.

I’ve heard so much negativity towards breastfeeding in public so I wanted to show my support by participating in a PBAP session and I would definitely recommend it to other mummas.  Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.

Normalise Breastfeeding

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Goldfish Bowl Bakery : PBAP 2016

Erin & Bridie(4months)

“I haven’t always felt comfortable breastfeeding in public.  At times I would find it embarrassing, awkward, or isolating.  

“Often, with my first baby I would avoid feeding in public altogether.  However, I quickly realised that this was not best for me or my baby.”

But, the more I feed in public, the more confident I feel.

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I love being able to provide my baby with perfect milk that my body made especially for her.  I love the closeness I feel to her while feeding, and her milky smiles & full tummy after a feed.  It feels natural, easy & beautiful but it has been really hard at times too.

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“I believe most women want to breastfeed their babies but many don’t because it can be really, really hard at times.”

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I am proud that I can breastfeed my baby.  It is empowering knowing that I can meet my baby’s nutritional needs wherever I go.  I also know that my public feeding will support other women to feel confident to do the same.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

One of my favourite things about feeding my baby in public is the knowing smiles & supportive glances of other mothers or women passing by.

“I have always loved this quote by Pamela K Wiggins: “Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.””

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I wanted to participate in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project to show my support to all women in their ability and right to breastfeed their babies.  I loved sharing this experience with like minded women and am so happy to have these images as a record of my precious time breastfeeding my baby.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.

Normalise Breastfeeding

Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer : Prue&Olive Cafe : PBAP 2016

Nicolle & Caleb (9 months)

 

“I breastfed my first son for 20 months & fully expected to do the same with my second son, so I applied to participate in the PBAP sessions.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“After 8 months, 20 bouts of horrible mastitis in my right breast, 26 courses of antibiotics, & two weeks on an IV drip of hardcore antibiotics in hospital, my second breastfeeding journey ended.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestDuring those 8 months, as my health got worse, my Specialist begged me to stop. His winning argument was “better a bottle fed baby and a healthy mummy, than to continue on this path”(but his actual words were far less tactful).

Our last moment of breastfeeding was lunch time on Mothers Day 2016. I didn’t plan to wean my son on this particular day, but that evening he refused the boob. From this moment on I knew our journey would be forever different & now include only bottles.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“I shed lots of tears, held Caleb close & told him I was sorry I had failed.”

The first few weeks were really, really hard. I wondered if maybe our bond wouldn’t be as close? I prayed he would still be strong & healthy. What if he eventually felt I let him down?

Then one day as I bottle fed my son in a café, a lady said to me “Mothers these days don’t even bother to try to breastfeed! They are just lazy & selfish & go straight for the bottle…”

“Her words cut through my heart like a knife!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestIf only she knew how hard I had tried!  I was so tired & emotional that I just walked away without saying a word in reply.

All I could think was “Let us just feed our babies when they are hungry. As long as their little tummies are full of milk they will be happy & content! And if we have happy & content babies, that makes us good mums!”Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

I contacted Leanda to cancel my PBAP session because I thought for sure I would not be wanted now that I was bottle feeding.  When she offered to do a bottle feeding session instead I spent the afternoon crying happy tears.

“I actually felt that broken part of my heart had started to heal.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI want to help normalise feeding a hungry baby in public, whether it’s using a boob or a bottle. There needs to be less stigma & judgement regardless of how you feed your baby.

“If a baby is hungry it just needs feeding!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI enjoyed everything about my PBAP session. It was such a beautiful moment for me to share with Caleb and I was so honoured to be still included. I would recommend a session like this to all mums.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.  Click HERE to view Lindsey’s PBAP images.

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I know what you’re thinking… | Armidale Photographer

Because you’re here, I know that you’re excited about starting your new little family, and that you can’t wait to be cuddling you’re squishy little baby. You’re looking at all the gorgeous families in the photos but you kinda can’t handle the thought of having your own photograph taken.Maternity photos, pregnancy photos, pregnancy photographers, armidale nsw, outdoors, country nsw, prenant belly

“But Leanda” I hear you say, “I’m 30+ weeks pregnant, I feel as big as a barn door, and I’m still working full-time.  And even if I could reach over this big belly to my legs, we’re in the middle of renovating so I have no bathroom to shave them in. The last thing on my mind at the moment is organising maternity or newborn photos.  And besides, I hate having my photo taken.”Maternity Photos, Country life, Australia, baby belly, relaxed style, couples, long grass, paddock, rural NSW

Its ok my lovely, I understand.  Let me tell you right now, I’ve never, ever, had anyone say to me “Oh yay, I can’t wait to have my photograph taken. I love being photographed. Hurrah its photo time!”  And that’s why I’ve worked so hard to make this easy for you.newborn babies, twins, boys, in home photo session, Armidale NSW, lifestyle

PRICING: You can find all my session pricing right HERE.  There are NO hidden ‘nasties’. Everything you need to know is right there.

BOOKING: You can book or ask questions right HERE.  No question is too silly, pinky promise!

PAYING: I require $100 upfront to secure your session date/time.  The remainder is due one week before your session.  Payment plans are also available.  Too easy!

YOUR SESSION: Don’t stress.  Its going to be fine.  We’re basically going to hang out & chat & laugh for a bit while I take a few photos.  No biggie, you can do this!  I can’t wait to meet you xoxoin-home lifestyle photo session, newborn, baby, first baby, new parents, grandparents, baby girl, relaxed newborn photos

World Breastfeeding Month 2015 : #PBAP2015

First and foremost I need to start by saying that I do not believe there is a ‘right’ or a ‘wrong’ way to feed your baby.  There is only what works best for you and your baby.

For me personally, breastfeeding didn’t come easily to start with.  I am so incredibly grateful for the support I was given that allowed me, not only to reach my breastfeeding goals, but to exceed them.  It completely blows me away that my body produced everything that my boys needed at the time.  I really enjoyed the one on one time breastfeeding allowed me with each of them, and to this day it is still one of my favourite parts of becoming a mother.

This project is about not just about supporting breastfeeding women with their own personal choices but, also making those choices accepted in the wider community.  Feeding a baby is normal.  Feeding a baby when & where it needs to be fed is normal.  And if that ‘when and where’ happens to be at a coffee shop, a supermarket, the library, or some other public place – that’s normal.

Here are a few of my favourite images from this year’s sessions and the stories that go with them, I hope you enjoy them.

If you are struggling with breastfeeding please seek help.  A great place to start is the Australian Breastfeeding Association(ABA) website.  If you would like to speak to a trained volunteer counsellor, then call the ABA helpline 1800 686 268.    If you are local to the New England NSW area you can find the the local ABA support group here.   Alternatively, for down-to-earth, no-nonsense information on breastfeeding, co-sleeping/bedsharing, & attachment parenting, head to The Milk Meg (you can also find her on facebook)

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“Throughout my pregnancy with April, I dreamed of breastfeeding. In fact, I romanticised the idea. It would be simple, natural, instinctive. That wasn’t the case. My nipples cracked and bled. Mastitis crippled me time and again. I cried night and day for the hours that she greedily attached herself to my body. It was a physical, psychological and emotional battle. And then it wasn’t. Then it was beautiful, effortless, creating such a unique bond with a little girl who thrived from the nourishing, vitamin rich liquid gold that my body produced at the perfect temperature and volume. Breastfeeding became all that I imagined and I took great pride in seeing her little body flourish, the accumulating delicious rolls and extra chins. It has been quite the journey. Sharing our breastfeeding story is so important – to inform, support and normalise something so organic and at the core of our human existence.” Elitia & April(6mths)

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“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles…tongue tie, lip tie, gastro-oesophageal reflux and recurrent ear infections.  My son continued to persevere with feeding, so I did everything I could despite my own discomfort, to give him the health, wellbeing and nutritional benefits he needed.  After medication and surgical treatment we’re forever bonded by these struggles to achieve success on our breastfeeding journey.  Today we are both content to be able to enjoy our experience as easily as a stroll in the supermarket.” Angela & Jameson(26mths)

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“I’m proud of what we’ve overcome to get where we are. The village we’ve found through breastfeeding using a supply line and donor milk has given us the most amazing support, and we’ll be forever grateful for the difference that’s made to our breastfeeding relationship.” Alex & Freddy(3.5mths)

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“Breastfeeding has reminded me that, after a traumatic labour ending in an emergency c-section, my body *can* do what it needs to for my baby. I am so happy to be able to give her the best start possible.” Bree & Pippa(11.5mths) 

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“Hazel’s dad has type 1 diabetes and we were advised that breastfeeding was one way that we could reduce her chances of developing it. It was a lot of hard work at the beginning, but it was just too important not to persist.” Catherine & Hazel(14mths) 

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“I have breastfeed Savannah the longest out of my 3 children. She has FPIES(a severe food allergy) which meant that she was unable to tolerate anything other than breastmilk until she was well over 12mths old. She is now eating most foods but she still likes breastmilk best.” Samantha & Savannah(18mths)

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Please click HERE to continue in the ‘blog circle’ and see more beautiful breastfeeding images from Lacey Barratt Photography.

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Bree : Armidale Herbal Bath Photographer

Bree and I met online.  Ok, so I realise that sounds dodgy but, stay with me!  She applied to participate in my PBAP sessions and after chatting via email I asked whether she’d be interested in a Herbal Bath session.  You see, in our emails she told me all about her rough introduction to motherhood.

As sometimes happens, the birth of her daughter didn’t go according to plan, and Penelope was airlifted to the NICU at a hospital several hours away immediately after she was born.  It turned out that Penelope was a little fighter, and she was back in her mum & dads arms in no time at all.  To look at her today you’d never know what a dramatic entrance she had to this world!  Situations like that tend to stay with you for a long time and so that’s why I suggested a Herbal Bath to Bree.

First up we had a really nice chat all about Penelope’s birth, how Bree had coped, how her partner had coped and, most importantly, how gorgeous Penelope is!  Then we filled the bath with lovely warm water, added some lovely healing and calming herbs, scattered a few fresh flowers and Bree & Penelope hopped in and had a soak while I took some photos of the beautiful connection they have.

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Yan Yan Yan ( & Clarissa… )

I heard about this workshop thru some friends of friends of friends (in other words, it was mentioned in an online photography group I’m in).  The gorgeous Clarissa offered her beautiful studio for the Sydney workshop(& her gorgeous family as models).  Yan agreed to leave her babies at home and fly over to us from the U.S.   And so a group of us came from all over NSW(and even some from ACT and VIC) to spend the day together and learn from her.

My favourite part of the whole experience, was quite possibly the scariest part too.  Having my ‘portfolio’ reviewed by Yan.  It was amazing to have someone critique my work in such an honest but, kind way.  She really hit the nail on the head for me, and I’m already seeing the benefits from the changes I’ve made based on the advice she gave me.

I didn’t attend this workshop with the intention of ‘becoming’ Yan.  I mean, the whole point of the workshop was to ‘become yourself’ as far as your photography goes (besides, I’m not really sure anybody can ‘be’ Yan, except for Yan herself!).  But, you know the little voice in your head that says ‘I really like this…’ and the other voice that sneaks up and laughingly says ‘but, no-one else will!’.  Yeah?  Well, one of the main things I took home from the workshop was the confidence of knowing what I do like, and what I don’t like, as far as photography goes.  The confidence to tell that other voice to ‘get lost!’.  That, and the confidence to just be ‘me’. xoxo

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