Professional photos are not something I’ve pursued for my family. It took me over a year to redeem a free shoot I won from Holistic Moms Northern Virginia chapter‘s one-year anniversary party for pregnant belly shots.
When I connected online just a week later with DC-area newcomer Lisa Hager of Red Thread Photography, I was intrigued by her August campaign to donate 100% of August’s income to CARE, an organization that works to fight global poverty with a special focus on helping women and girls.
We never did a newborn photo shoot with my son, but I decided his sister should get one (and we were way overdue on family photos, too). Lisa came over when my daughter was almost 4 weeks old and did an amazing job corralling my clueless family — between bouts of crying or preschooler drama — into so many lovely shots we had a terrible time deciding what images to buy! Seriously, it has taken weeks!
I don’t post full-on child faces on my blog (especially when they are so crystal clear!), so here are photos of me and the babe. I was surprised to find myself hesitating to post the more obvious nursing shot considering how much lactivism I did with my son, who nursed until age three.
This isn’t too much breast for prime time, is it? How can the most loving, healthful act be anything but beautiful? Especially in this photographer’s hands!
Thanks, Lisa, for capturing such wonderful images! Now that I have them, I guess there’s no excuse for putting off that birth announcement. Have I mentioned my daughter is now 8 weeks old?