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Portland 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.

DETAILS!

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 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 | 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?

Huffington Post:

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 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 Birth Photographer | One contraction, at a time....

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One contraction, at a time...

I came across this article on babycenter.com and wanted to share with all of you. Many feel that epidural is the only way to relieve contraction pain. However many moms who have gone through labor, have commented on these successful natural pain techniques.

In addition to pain medication and epidurals, moms have lots of natural pain-management tricks up their sleeves. We surveyed more than a thousand moms to learn how they eased their labor pain. Here's what they had to say.

Breathing Exercises

A full three-quarters of BabyCenter moms used breathing exercises to ride out those contractions.

  • I found that blowing out deep breaths really helped me get through the contractions.
  • The contractions were very intense and breathing through the pain was very helpful for me.
  • It felt like I had to take all my energy and focus it, especially during the tough contractions. If I moved or lost focus on my breathing, I felt like I lost control of my body and the pain would take over.

Position changes

Half our moms found that a simple change of position helped relieve the pain. (Exercise balls can be great for this – a quarter of BabyCenter moms used one).

  • Don't be afraid to move around, walk, sit on a ball, or whatever, it progresses labor faster.
Learn about your options for labor, birth, and after, and make your wishes clear.

Rocking

Many moms rocked their way through contractions.

  • I got through it just one contraction at a time, through breathing, rocking, and moaning.

Walking

If you're up for it, try a little walk. It helped about one-third of the moms in our survey.

  • I definitely recommend walking to help with labor and delivery

Massage

Don't underestimate the power of a good massage – be it your back or your feet!

  • I packed a rice heating pad, which was amazing for my back labor.
  • A handheld massager was very useful in early labor when the pain was in my back.
  • My husband rubbed my feet with aromatherapy lotion. I was in heaven.
Learn massage techniques you can use during labor, like "nerve strokes" and the "double hip squeeze".

Soaking in the tub

Almost one-fifth of BabyCenter moms got some watery relief.

  • I spent the majority of my labor in the bathtub, which helped manage the pain and also relaxed me.

Visualization

Got a nice beach in mind? Go to it during contractions. You can also try visualizing labor before it happens.

  • The biggest advice I have is to envision labor in your mind beforehand. I prepared by telling myself that it's going to hurt, but it won't last forever... like a tattoo.
  • Take yourself somewhere else mentally during contractions.
Moms share how they made it through the toughest moments of labor.

Music

If you're a music lover, try a few tunes for natural pain management, as 14 percent of our moms did. (Looking for some song ideas? Check out our labor playlists).

  • I packed my MP3 player and used it while in labor. The music helped me relax and took my mind off the contractions.

Article credit: http://www.babycenter.com/0_moms-say-top-pain-management-techniques-during-labor_10339940.bc

Masha Georgiev Photography | Portland Oregon Birth Photographer

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Dear Fabulous Blog Readers!

I have another announcement for you.

Sadly, I will not be booking any more photography sessions in California. I will now be working solely in Portland Oregon and surrounding cities.

I am grateful for all the friends I have made here in Los Angeles. Some of you started out as clients, and quickly became more. Many of you have taught me so much. I am grateful to have worked with you, and to know you as a person. I will strive to keep in touch with all of you. You know who you are.

This is a happy announcement. And don't forget, I do travel. So if you need me in any part of the world, just contact me and we will work something out!

-Masha Georgiev, Birth Photographer

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Portland Oregon Birth Photographer | How to prepare for your baby's birth

As a Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, many of my clients often wonder what it's going to be like having a baby? Consider this your indispensable guide to prepping yourself in those final days before the birth. Here’s what to check off your to-do list: Los Angeles Birth Photographer, Pasadena Birth Photographer, Hospital Birth, Tarzana Hospital Birth

Learning to breathe

Maybe just as important as the techniques they teach you in birthing class are the friends you meet. Lamaze class is a great place to connect with other couples with babies the same age. At my class, we saw a few graphic videos, learned a few breathing techniques, and got a bunch of numbers. I’m not sure how much we used the techniques we learned, but going to Lamaze class each week helped me feel as though I was getting more prepared.

Pack it up

That due date has been on the calendar since your first visit to the doctor, and too often we count on that day as if it will really be the day. But unless you’re having a scheduled C-section, it’s more than likely you will have an early arrival or a delayed departure. So don’t panic if it’s a week past your due date. And be prepared a few weeks before, just in case. If you’re planning to give birth in a hospital or birthing center, pack a suitcase so you can feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

Make sure you pack your own camera and an extra disposable one. It’s important to have this just in case your camera runs out of batteries or the shutter breaks—this has happened to people I know, so always carry a spare!

Also remember the following: makeup, travel sizes of your shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, travel razor, hair brush, and lip balm.

Things you will thank me for reminding you about: your favorite energy bars, crackers, and bottled juice water; breath mints; your address book with all of the phone numbers of people you might want to call.

Best laid plans

By now you may have heard a lot about a “birth plan.” This is simply an outline of how your ideal birth scenario would go. It’s important that your doctor be aware of your desires. I am all for outlining your wishes and working toward making them a reality, but just be prepared that things don’t always go as planned.

Keep in mind that a successful birth results in a healthy mom and baby. Period. Whether you want an epidural, hospital birth, water birth, or natural, get all the facts, do your research, know your options, and talk to your doctor and other moms. Don’t let anyone discourage you or encourage you to go against your instincts. But don’t be afraid or upset if you have to change course. Have your plan; envision what you would like, but keep an open mind. The ultimate goal is to feel confident and prepared for your big day.

Speaking of being prepared

Many doctors and hospitals will encourage you to fill out all of your paperwork and consent forms a few weeks before the big day. The last thing you will want to do as you breathe in and out of contractions is fiddle with insurance information. I wish I’d known of this option. I arrived at the hospital six centimeters dilated, and delivered less than two hours later. I would have signed just about anything at that moment. So if you can, pre-register.

What happens in the delivery room…

Stays in the delivery room! What they don’t tell you in birthing class is that you may poop, pee, or fart while you’re pushing. It’s part of the process sometimes, and your doctor is used to it. Don’t worry or think too much about it if it happens to you. Know this: It is perfectly normal.

You never know how your body or mind is going to react at any given time until you’re put in the situation. Calm, genteel women have turned into cranky lionesses, and you may yell, scream, or say things you don’t mean or later feel bad about. I would issue a simple disclaimer to everyone who is going to witness the “miracle of birth”: It might be laced with a few profanities or some unsightly things, and you are not responsible for what comes out (of either end!).

Baby bliss and blahs How to prepare for your first babys birth

You may fall in love with your little one at first sight, but be prepared if you don’t— for some new moms, the feeling may take awhile. Lack of sleep combined with the fact that your body is adjusting to a hormonal tidal wave and the loss of the baby inside of you make it natural to feel a little “blue” or out of sorts right after the birth.

Nearly 75 percent of new moms experience the “baby blues,” but don’t worry, it usually goes away after a few weeks, and each month it gets better. If it doesn’t get easier, contact your doctor. It could mean you have postpartum depression; it affects 10 to 20 percent of new moms. If you feel this has a hold on you, talk to your loved ones and doctor. They will get you the help and resources you need to overcome it.

After giving birth, I didn’t feel sad, per se, so much as numb, emotionless. I was diligent about making sure my son had all of his needs met, but I wasn’t feeling that connection. I was a robot or a walking zombie, and this made me feel guilty and confused—why wasn’t I feeling baby bliss? It wasn’t until a few weeks passed that—out of nowhere—something clicked inside me. I still remember feeding him on the couch, looking into those little eyes, and it just hit me—this wave of intense love. I was awestruck and have been ever since. I haven’t told anyone that before, but I am telling you. So if the postpartum discomfort and the emotional stress have you a bit unraveled, be patient. The connection will come, it will get easier and easier, and you will feel more and more bonded. Relax and trust that.

Commend yourself

Before this pregnancy journey ends, give yourself credit for making it the best possible experience. You’ve lived through a deluge of information. You’ve survived the old wives’ tales and “good advice.” You’ve created a space for your baby and your partner and rearranged your home. And you’ve taken care of your body and mind. It’s pretty amazing you did it in such a short span of time! So while you’re waiting, why not write down in your journal how this transformation can carry you into the next episode of your life—going from Hot Mom-to-be to a Hot Mom!

Excerpted from The Hot Mom-to-be Handbook by Jessica Denay. Denay is a mom-lifestyle expert and founder of Hot Moms Club. She’s appeared on hundreds of TV shows and in dozens of magazines as an authority on everything “hot” for moms.

If you are looking for a Portland Oregon Birth Photographer, then contact Masha Georgiev Photography 818-636-2903 or email mashagphotog@gmail.com

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Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn Photographer | 8 Reasons To Hire a Professional Photographer

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 Ever wonder why you should hire a Professional Photographer

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As a Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn, my favorite thing to photograph is expecting Mamas, newborns, births, and capturing families with their new baby. Here are some of my top reasons and justifications for hiring a professional newborn photographer.

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  1. They are only this tiny once!

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I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but your tiny little newborn will grow so quickly!! In a blink of an eye your sleepy baby will be transformed into a wobbly toddler and then into a running child. Years from now you will hold the photos from your newborn session in your hands and be able to re-live the emotion of holding your child in your arms for the first time. You’ll pull out those photos and be amazed at how big your child has grown. You are truly capturing a fleeting moment in time.

2. A glimpse in time.

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The beautiful, curled up sleepy newborn photos that you see are taken within the first 4-12 days after birth.  You have a limited time frame to get these photos taken and you don’t want to be searching for someone who may or may not have availability during the days just after your child is born. My advice is to hire a professional photographer before you deliver so you won’t waste any of those fleeting moments with your new baby. This way when your baby is sleeping you aren’t searching the internet for a photographer, you can actually sleep as well. You can thank me later. I would recommend having your photographer in place before you reach 32 weeks in your pregnancy, just in case you deliver early. If you are looking for a birth photographer booking early is KEY. Most photographers only book a limited number of births each month, so the sooner you book the better!

3.  Safety!

You won’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just anyone, and you should make sure your photographer is trained and knowledgable in newborn safety.  Professional Newborn photographers are familiar with exactly how to hold babies safely, when and how to pose babies, and more importantly, how not to pose your baby. We are trained to treat babies safely and respectfully. No photo is more important than the safety of a baby! If you have certain poses in mind ask your photographer before hand if they have done it before and if they know how to do it safely. Ask them if they have an assistant who does spotting or if they do composite images during the editing process. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses. Not all photographers do all poses, so ask before you book.

4. Equipment

These days, most people have DSLR cameras. However, most of my clients will admit to me that they turn their camera to auto and let their camera do the work. Modern cameras can take great images on auto, but things can go very wrong too, especially with bad hospital lighting and red baby skin. This can result in dark images, blurry images or over exposed images. Your photographer will know how to use their equipment and will have manual control over their camera. They will be choosing their ISO, shutter speed and f-stop to ensure the image is well exposed. They will know their equipment in and out to get the best possible image of your little one. They will also have professional grade lenses and lighting to help capture tiny details that regular lenses won’t catch.

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5. Editing

Photographers carefully re-touch your images. We use products like photoshop and lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level. I always aim to get the best possible photo straight from my camera, but every image can be enhanced through editing, especially newborn photos. Lots of babies have red feet and hands or may have yellow skin from being jaundiced. Most babies have peeling and flaky skin, baby acne, or scratches from their nails. Some babies even have bruising as a result of a difficult delivery. A professional photographer will know exactly how to edit your images to get you wall-worthy images of your sweet little one. Every photographer has their own unique editing style.

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6. Details

Your photographer will pay close attention to the details. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands and lips. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day and babies’ feeding schedule are taken into consideration. The temperature and ambiance of the room is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible. There are certain variables that a professional photographer knows how to manipulate to help ensure an easier and more successful session. You also get to access a professional photographers prop collection and won’t have to worry about purchasing your own props.

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8. Budget

I mention this last because, in my opinion, it isn’t the first thing that should be considered when hiring a photographer.  You should definitely search for a photographer that fits with your budget, but don’t make that the only reason you hire someone in particular. This is an investment and something that can’t be redone at a later time.  Consider your budget, but also consider the photographer who will make your investment worthwhile.  A photographer who charges very little may not have the ability to provide you with the type of photos you’ll want to proudly view time and time again. You also have to take into consideration quality vs. quantity. Do you want 150 mediocre images or 40 images that take your breath away?

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The journey to motherhood comes with a lot of milestones and changes! As both a mom and a photographer, I cannot stress enough how important it is to document these stages along the way. You will never look back and regret that you took the time to get portraits of your child, only that you didn’t. Especially from birth to two years, I recommend getting portraits done every 3-6 months because changes happen so fast!! After that I recommend, at the minimum, a yearly portrait of your child and your family!

Masha Georgiev Photography is one of the most sought out photographers in Los Angeles. If you are interested in booking a shoot with Masha Georgiev Photography or would just like more information please contact Masha.

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