Portland Birth & Lifestyle Family Photographer Blog

Portland Birth & Lifestyle Photographer | Masha Georgiev | Details

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I've been meaning to post a blog about this topic for a while, and since today is a pretty chill day, I figure I could tackle this topic here.

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So many of you ask me questions like,

"Should I have my make up done?"

"Should I have my hair done?"

"Should we do a posed session or a lifestyle session?" 

"Should I get false lashes?"

The simple answer is I don't know. The reason why, is that so many of you are so different. What may work for one family, does not work for another. In fact, in the beginning I used to always suggest that Mom's have false lashes for the dramatic effect. Later I realized that although I love the dramatic volume look, some moms just don't. Some want a more natural look.

Some families want a totally 100% posed photo session. They want me to take control, guide them, pose, them, turn them, and direct them every step of the way. Others, (like myself) want a more natural, organic feel photo session, and anything that even resembles posing is out of the question. 

So what's a photog to do? The best solution is often the simplest. 

Before booking any session, I schedule a convenient time, when you are most relaxed (weather that's in a coffee shop, or a play ground, or in the comfort of your own home) so we can meet each other face to face. This is the time for you to get to know me, and I get to find out all the little DETAILS  that you have been dreaming of! This is when I LET YOU TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT YOU EXPECT. I like to take detailed notes when we meet, to make sure I don't forget anything at the time of your session. (This is my favorite part!->) This is also the time for us to brainstorm about what kind of session you want? How your hair, makeup, lashes, and wardrobe will be. We can play around with any ideas you may have! If you don't have a hair or makeup person, I can recommend some for you! I have many contacts and resources at my disposal!

THE POINT IS - IT'S WHATEVER YOU WANT!

I love my work! I love meeting new people! And I love coming up with new creative ideas for you to have as UNIQUE of a session AS YOU ARE!

So let's get together, and plan your personalized session that is unique to you and your family!

-Masha Georgiev, Portland Birth & Lifestyle Photographer

 

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Portland Lifestyle Photographer Masha Georgiev | Styled Bride Wedding Photoshoot

Today is one of those beautiful rainy days, with glimmers of bright sunlight here and there! On a day like this, I just love editing! My workstation is right next to a big beautiful natural light window and I love the sound of the rain drops somberly hitting the window in the background while I work.

So what am I working on? Here's a peak:

 

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I'm so excited about this project! I was honored to collaborate  with Laurie Kassabian from LaurieSarahDesigns.com to work on their brand new upcoming jewelry line! I won't leak more than these few photos, but, these pieces of jewelry that Laurie and her husband Avo handcrafted are nothing short of STUNNING! I can't wait for this gorgeous new collection to drop! 

If you want to know more about Laurie Sarah Designs, and their handcrafted design process you can follow them on facebook and Instagram @lauriesarahdesigns

In the mean time, here's a few more sneak peaks at their new collection!

 

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Portland Lifestyle Family Photographer Masha Georgiev | What is Lifestyle Photography?

What do you think of when you hear the words "Lifestyle Photography"?

Well here is an example of what exactly a lifestyle photography session is! 

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Lifestyle is a documentary type of photography. Very similar to Birth, it captures the moments as they unfold. 

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Unscripted. Unplanned. Raw. 

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Every Lifestyle Session is unique. Each session is not like anyone else's session. That's because it's not, it's YOURS!

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Want to know more without booking? Give me a call or text 503-875-0461

I'd love to get to know you over a cup of coffee and answer and questions you may have!

Portland Birth & Family Photographer Masha Georgiev | Midwifery Week 2017!

Once a year the world realizes that Midwives are amazing, hardworking individuals, that support life right at the start! This week (Oct 1-7th) is World Midwifery Week! And if you had an amazing midwife deliver your baby, then pick up the phone and call her, and say THANK YOU! (Or at least text her! )

But on a more serious note, being a part of the Portland Oregon Birth Community I have worked with some of the most amazing and talented midwives out there! I have seen first hand the hard work they put into every birth. They are right there with you, from the very first moment you realize your having a baby, through the no so pleasant 9 month (40 week) journey when you and your body undergoes significat changes. To the moment you meet your little one for the very first time! Midwives ROCK! And this is my way of saying THANKS!

These are some of the amazing midvives from the Bella Vie Birth Center in Salem, OR. 

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Portland Birth Photographer Masha Georgiev | Shelby's Birth Story

A few weeks ago I had the honor of documenting Shelby's Birth Story at Bella Vie Birth Center. Needless to say, it was a very special day for both Shelby & Delan. I am grateful to have been inivted to share this day with them. Here is their Birth Story.

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Portland Family Photographer Masha Georgiev | Fall Mini Session Dates

One of my most popular mini session events is back for 2017! Take advatange of those gorgeous fall colours, and book your family in for one of these short n' sweet sessions!

These sessions are $150 each, and include 6 hi-res digital images of your choice (your gallery will have more than 6 images in it, so you will also have the opportunity to purchase more if you wish).

Only twelve 20 minute time slots are available - at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 on both the 14th and 28th of October. Please private message Masha Georgiev Photography's page to find out which time slots are available, and to book your spot! Time slots are first come, first serve, and will be held for you with a 50% deposit (balance will be due on or before the day of your session). 

Location will be TBA, based on where the best fall colours are closer to the session dates, but I have a beautiful spot in mind that's got a little meadow of wild grass with trees arching over it! In case of uncooperative weather, your sessions will be rescheduled as close to the original session date as possible.

Any further questions, or ready to book? Just shoot me a message! So excited to photograph all of you lovely families again this year!

-Masha Georgiev

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Portland Newborn Photographer | Baby Rhys Newborn Session

Welcoming the newest addition to your family is something beyond wonderful! When your new baby comes home for the first time, you can't help but to stare at every inch of his or her tiny little body. Those tiny fingers & toes, those beautiful eyes with fluffy eye lashes looking around gazing at their new world that they are now a part of! They are getting to know your face, your touch, your smell.  Week after week your baby will change so much, and I enjoy being there within the first few days of your baby's life to document these little details forever! 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph this little man!

Please welcome Baby Rhys!

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Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | World Breastfeeding Week

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I want to feature one of my favorite breastfeeding images from last year! This mama was courageous and strong! She birthed at home with the aide of Midwives and her loving husband by her side. It is my privilege to share this stunning photo with you!

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Portland Family Photographer | Masha Georgiev | Knight Family

The excitement of becoming a parent for the first time is indescribable. So you can imagine how I was feeling when I found out that I would be with these folks through their whole journey to parenthood. You may remember Bryndan and Bree way back a few years ago when I did their engagement photos. I was so happy to hear the news that they had a little bun in the oven, and I was honored to do their maternity photos. And now, I am honored once again, to be able to document this little man, who has entered the world, and has 2 of the most amazing parents! 

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Portland Family Maternity Photographer | Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens | Merlin's Family Maternity Session

There is always something so exciting when I'm shooting a family session. This family session had a little extra joy, because they are expecting their second baby. The excitement on this little girls face says it all!

Well enough typing,,,,,Have a look for yourself!

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Portland Family Photographer | Mother & Daughter Family Session

Photographing families is something that gives me such joy! This family was so much fun to get to know. They are sweet, very kind, and super hillarious! The great thing about photographing in Portland, Oregon is that you can never run out of gorgeous locations! Practically any place can be a backdrop. This family session focused on the Mom Yana and her lovely daughter Kristina. Their bond is unbreakable. Here is a little sneak peak of their session:

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A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend!

Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | Why Midwives Matter?

Why Do Midwives Matter?

From my early childhood, the thought of a Midwife was a bit foreign to me. Growing up in the US I believed that babies are born in hospitals, with moms huffing and puffing in their hospital beds, until the doctor says "PUSH", and then magically this little tiny human was born. While this may have been the experience for many expectant parents in the late 80's, today's parents have a variety of options to choose from aimed to have the best possible birth experience.

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"But why does all that even matter?" you may ask. The short answer is trust me, IT MATTERS!

My own birth experience was unpleasant and not at all what I expected. I was uneducated, unaware, and had no clue what to expect. I delivered at a Los Angeles Hospital, I had an epidural, I had an episiotemy, and virtually no support. If I could describe my birth experience in one word it would be OBLIVIOUS. Anyway I can go on and on about my sad birth story, but thats not the point of this blog. All I can say is, I wish I did have a midwife to support me not only in my birth, but in the stages of my life before and afrter pregnancy. I wish that our government could see how important their role is.

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After photographing many births with and without midwives, I'm here to say that MIDWIVES DO MATTER!

What's the big deal you ask? Read on...

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I found some interesting facts that help show why Midwives matter?

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Evidence shows that midwives save lives.

Midwifery, when provided by educated, trained, regulated and licensed midwives that are integrated into the health system, increases quality of care and leads to a sustained improvement of maternal and newborn health outcomes. 

Yet, there are major gaps in maternal and newborn health outcomes across the world. Annually, approximately 287,000 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Further, 2.7 million babies die every year in their first month of life and a similar number are stillborn. An estimated 56 percent of these deaths could be prevented through strong partnerships with midwives. 

If we ensured women had access to professional midwives everywhere in the world, we could save more than 8,000 lives every single day. I don’t think I have ever heard of a better return of investment. 

The problem is, we don’t have enough midwives today, and far too many midwives lack proper support, compensation and respect to conduct their jobs. To make things worse, many midwives also face discrimination and harassment in the workplace, many times due to skewed gender norms because they are women. Many midwives also face economic barriers to conducting their lifesaving work, with many midwives reporting low salaries that sometimes are not enough to live on. 

In today’s global context, we are seeing too many strikes against women’s and babies’ lives, through the lack of political commitment towards maternal and newborn health, leading to inadequate resourcing of midwifery services. 

With the Sustainable Development Goals that have been set to be met by 2030 - the member states of the United Nations have agreed to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and end preventable deaths of newborns. They have also agreed to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

Now, these are bold statements that require action. To achieve those goals we need more midwives. We also need to ensure that all women are respected and free. We need to listen to their voices and acknowledge them.

There should be no question about it ― having access to a midwife should be the norm. And we should all care to make it so. 

May 5th is the International Day of the Midwife, with this year’s theme being Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life. Learn more through the International Confederation of Midwives and their partners and support them in their work to strengthen the midwifery workforce and improve the health and rights of women and children worldwide. 

 

*The above images are of the lovely Melissa Gordon Magnus CPM, LDM - Rose City Midwifery doing what she does best!

 

 

Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | Melissa's Birth Story

"Nothing stands out more in my mind, than the day I met you"

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Portland Newborn Photographer | Newborn Session | Baby Kai 12 Days New

Being a Birth & Family Photographer, serving the Portland Oregon Metro and surrounding areas.  I have been photographing newborns for 5 years and have captured so many brand new babies through my lens. Here is a little peek into baby Kai's session.

Kai was 12 days old during his session and was such a dream baby.  He had the most gorgeous, skin and loved to sleep.  I absolutely love being able to incorporate the Seattle Seahawks theme into his session.  So much fun!

Kai's newborn session was captured in Kai's home by Masha Georgiev Photography.  For booking information and availability, please email us mashagphotog@gmail.com or simply call 503.875.0461

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Portland Senior Photographer | Nastya Class of 2017 Senior Session Sneak Peak

Senior season has started! And although Senior Photography is not my primary specialty, I do enjoy getting out of the delivery rooms and out in the beautiful outdoors! I especially love getting creative and experimenting with different poses and lighting. Meet Nastya, she is smart, intelligent, and ready to graduate!

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Portland Birth Photographer | My response to "Birth Photographer Refuses to Document C-Section"

I promise I won't make this long. But I just had to say something about this. For those of you who haven't heard, in the past couple of days, a viral post quickly started to circulate the internet. For the most part, I saw it on the Sanctimommy Facebook page. Here's a little taste of what I'm talking about:

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Being part of a huge worldwide community of Birth Photographers, Midwives, and Doulas I was quickly notified of such disgraceful comments. I must admit, I spend a few hours trying to research whether this was an actual Birth Photographer or a hoax. I was unable to confirm whether these texts were real of fake, but for certainty, they are sending shock waves throughout the birth world.

As a birth photographer, I was completely disgusted when I read these texts. "How dare someone to speak this way to an expectant Mom?" I thought to myself. I was angry. I was furious.  I honestly could not calm myself down.

I sincerely hope these texts are fake, and a sad attempt at going viral. Whatever the case, I want to speak out and set matters straight.

I belong to a worldwide community of Birth Photographers all over the world. I can honestly say, that no real birth photographer views a cesarean as surgery and not as birth. That would just be impossible. A baby has entered into this world. He or she was born, and a new life has begun. Regardless of how that baby was born, it is and always will be a birth.

What do you think? Leave your comments below ☺

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Portland Birth Photographer | Birth through a Father's eyes

We all know that giving birth is HARD WORK! Most of the time, we tend to focus on the laboring mom to be, and how hard it is for her. We look at the pain her face reflects, and the clenching of her fists as she works through each contraction. But for this blog post, I would like to focus on the often forgotten hero behind the scenes. THE DAD TO BE. After all, dads are there even before labor begins. They have been putting up with us for 40 weeks (that's a long time). They had to clean our throw up, get us to bathrooms, fetch us random foods at all hours of the night, survive our mood swings, and if you already have kids--become MOM. Ultimately I would like to shed some light on this whole experience from a father's standpoint. For the purpose of this blog post, I interviewed a recently new father and asked a few questions about his experience. (Father's name has been changed to Ryan protect the manliness of this super awesome dad) los-angeles-birth-photographer-7

Masha: Hey Ryan, thanks for agreeing to do this! Ryan: Hey it's no problem at all, I'm glad I can help.

Masha: So I guess the first thing we need to know is, is this your first baby? Ryan: Well actually this is our third.

Masha: Wow! Congratulations! Ryan: Thanks.

Masha: When you first heard the news that you were going to become a father for the first time, what were your thoughts and feelings? Ryan: When my wife sat me down, to tell me that she was pregnant, I kind of already knew it. We had been trying for a few months at that point, and I was secretly hoping that this was the month, and it was! I have to admit, I was a little scared and excited at the same time. My first thought was "This is actually happening, I'm going to be a father, I am now in charge of someone else's life and I better not screw it up!" (chuckles)

Masha: If you can remember, what was the first trimester like for you? Ryan: Going to the doctor to get the pregnancy confirmed had me worried sick. I remember thinking "could the test be wrong?" Thankfully everything went well. Throughout the first trimester, I felt a lot of anxiety. Not knowing the sex, not knowing what to expect, planning, calculating, it was all a lot to take in, but through it all, I was super excited!

Masha: Did your wife have morning sickness? Ryan: Uh yeah she had it pretty bad. It started a few weeks after our first doctor's visit and pretty much lasted all day and night. I felt really bad for her.

Masha: Did she have it for all three pregnancies? Ryan: Yeah pretty much, but not through the whole pregnancy, just the beginning.

Masha?: How did you feel? Ryan: Helpless. Like I couldn't help in any way. But by the third baby, I was pretty used to it. It was just life.

Masha: Did you guys want to know the sex of your baby(ies)? Ryan: Oh yeah, I couldn't wait!

Masha: What are the names of your children? Ryan: Emily, Emma, and Ethan

Masha: Wow they all start with the letter E! Ryan: Yeah, it's my wife's thing. I'm cool with it.

Masha: What was it like to see your baby for the fist time on the sonogram? Ryan: It was amazing! I couldn't believe that tiny little blob, will be a full human. I have to admit, deep down, I was more excited than my wife. Don't tell her!

Masha: Do you feel the pregnancy lasted too long? Ryan: Towards the ends, it's like "come on out already" but that's because my wife was uncomfortable, and therefore I was uncomfortable. But now that I look back, they all seem to have gone by pretty fast!

Masha: Tell me your experience the first time your wife went into labor. Ryan: Uh, well it was a lot of back and forth. We kept thinking labor was starting, but then it would stall. I guess that's normal. When the real labor was actually confirmed, I started to panic a bit. At that point, you just don't know what to expect. I remember trying to drive as smooth as possible. We got to the hospital at 4 am. For some reason, I was expecting it to be like in the movies. Her water breaks, we get to the hospital, she's screaming and squeezing my hand, the baby comes out, and its all over. But she labored for 14 hours after that.

Masha: Did she choose to have an epidural? Ryan: Yes. That was kind of scary. But it did help a lot. Finally after hours and hours of exhausting labor, and almost 2 hours of pushing we welcomed our first little girl!

Masha: Were your other two children born in the hospital? Ryan: No, actually the other two children were born at home. After the first baby, we wanted a more calm setting, and my wife wanted a water birth. So we found a midwife and doula through a birth center, and she had both of our babies here at home.

Masha: Did you like the home birth more vs the hospital birth? Ryan: YES!

Masha: Why? Ryan: It was a totally different approach. With the home birth, we chose not to have an epidural, and try to go all natural. I kind of got into the whole birth process thing because the midwives included me and I felt part of it. I have to say it made me so much less anxious and stressed out. I was still freaking out though. Both of our home water births were much shorter than the hospital birth. She labored for 8 hours with the second baby, and 9 hours with the third. Watching a home birth, vs hospital is so different. Our doula and midwife really supported my wife. When the babies came out, it was calm. I have to honestly say, it was beautiful. I would do it again.

Masha: If you were to give any words of advice to any dad's to be out there, what would it be? Ryan: Hire Masha to be your birth photographer! (laughing)

Masha: Haha, but seriously. Ryan: I would have to say-Don't overthink it. Embrace it. Be there for every part of it. Don't miss anything. Document everything. Your life will totally change, for the best. Support your wife, it's not weak to show feelings, to be kind, to care. Do it. And if possible, I would recommend doing it at home if you can. It makes a huge difference!

Masha: Thank you so much for being willing to do this. I really appreciate it. Ryan: Anytime.

Thanks for reading this interview. Please like and comment below.

DISCLAIMER: The father in the photo above is not the person being interviewed.

Portland Birth & Newborn Photographer | Baby Milana 1 Month New

Sometimes it's simply not possible for Moms to get into the studio right away. And because of this, sometimes my newborns are, well,,,,, not newborns anymore. But that does not stop me from taking amazing photos! I loved photographing little Milana. Her big blue eyes were fixed on my and my camera the whole time! I bet when she grows up, she will love her photos just as much as her Mom and Dad did!

To book your Newborn, Birth, or Family session with Masha Georgiev Photography please call 503.875.0461

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Portland Maternity Photographer | Bree's Winter Maternity Session : It's a Boy!

Bree and Bryndan are going to make such amazing parents to their little boy! The two of them share an enviable love with one another and are just so at ease in each others arms. While shooting they were laughing, joking, and hugging. Sweeter words have never been uttered and I love being witness to such affection. They are both so blessed to have each other and I’m so happy to share these images with you all. portland-family-photographer-5

There is so much anticipation right around this time. Every day you wonder if it’ll be the day you meet your little one. And then one day he comes and you can’t remember what life was like before he came into this world.

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Bree and Bryndan, I am so incredibly excited for you both and I can’t wait to meet the little one!

To book your Maternity Session please call 503.875.0461