Some exciting news I hinted about on my Facebook page yesterday!
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be partnering with La Leche League of Rochester, MN to document and photograph next month’s Big Latch On event!
Big Latch On is a chance to participate in a world-record-holding event. The goal of this event is to break the world record for the number of women breastfeeding simultaneously. Big Latch On events are going on around the world on Saturday, August 6, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week 2011, which is always August 1 – 7. What I love about Big Latch On is that it promotes and supports breastfeeding in a fun, nonthreatening way. It’s not a surprise flashmob in a crowded mall or an in-your-face protest event outside an unsupportive business; it’s simply an event for breastfeeding families to participate in while enjoying one another’s company and maybe get a chance to help break a world record!
The event is open to the public at Rochester’s Three Links Park shelter, and all breastfeeding families are welcome to participate. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Big Latch On starts at 10:30 a.m. and will officially last until 10:31 a.m. That’s right — just one minute! Nursing dyads are free to nurse longer or to begin before that, but only moms and babes nursing from 10:30 to 10:31 will be counted toward the world record.
I’ll be there, documenting the event with my cameras. (Don’t worry, if you don’t want your picture taken while you are nursing, you’ll be given a special name badge to wear so that you and your nursling won’t appear in any images. You’ll still be counted toward the world record, but images of you and your nursling won’t be used).
After the Big Latch On, I’ll be offering breastfeeding mini sessions!
As a doula and breastfeeding mother myself, supporting breastfeeding families is near and dear to my heart. This is your opportunity to forever capture this amazing time between you and your nursling. Sessions will last 10 minutes, and I’ll artfully and discreetly document you feeding and snuggling your child. For $50, you’ll receive at least 5 images in a private online gallery and a CD containing both printable and web-share versions of your images. You’ll receive a 15% discount on any prints or products you order from your session. And the best part? 15% of ALL session fees and sales from breastfeeding mini sessions will go directly to La Leche League, to help support breastfeeding families in Rochester and around the world.
There are only 10 slots available for breastfeeding mini sessions, and you MUST reserve your time slot and pay in advance. I’ll be doing these breastfeeding mini sessions from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in a shady cove of trees and wildflowers at the edge of Silver Lake, just across the street from the Big Latch On at Three Links Park. Once you’ve reserved your time slot, I’ll send you more information about what to expect during your mini session and afterward.
Can’t make it to the Big Latch On or the breastfeeding mini sessions? I am happy to incorporate breastfeeding images into ANY portrait session I offer (newborn, maternity, child or family sessions) at no extra cost. If you’re interested in JUST breastfeeding portraits, I can spend 30 minutes at your home or other location of your choice capturing 10-15 images. For $150, you’ll get a CD containing high-resolution printable and watermarked web-share versions of all images in your private gallery.
In addition to my casual and candid portrait sessions for families, children and seniors, I also offer newborn sessions and birth photography. For more information, click on the links below.
Newborn sessions are priced the same as regular sessions. Please plan on newborn sessions taking from 1.5 to 3 hours. More details are here (PDF).
You only get one first moment. I’ll help you remember it forever. The Big Day package includes:
- A 3rd trimester consultation to get to know one another and discuss your preferences for your birth photographs
- My photography services during your labor and birth
- A private online gallery of your images (50-100 total)
- A CD of all your images, containing both high-resolution and watermarked low-resolution versions
- A custom slide show of selected images from your birth
- A 4×6 hardcover brag book containing your choice of 25 images
- Cost: $300 (this is a portfolio-building price, and will increase in 2011)