Austin Area OBGYN Display | Austin Photographer

I am so excited to come share this.  Several months ago I was asked to do a photo display at the new offices of Austin Area OBGYN at North Austin Medical Center.  After months of planning, measuring, design, having them select the images (I wanted them to choose since they have to look at them all day, every day), and then printing, the first round is finally going up.  Jase stopped by there this morning to hang the first 3 (of 20+) and snapped a few iphone pics.  The first one is the shot of Teagan and Jase for their blood pressure station (would that lower your bp??).  The second shot of Calla is over one of the nurses stations.  They are 24×36 and 30×40 respectively.  There is another 20×20 birth photo in an exam room but I’ll wait until the rest of those birth photos go up to post the finished room display.  Round 2 will be coming very soon!!

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If you are a patient there, be sure to pick up one of my cards and you’ll receive a special discount on both portrait and/or birth photography!

Exciting stuff!  I’m thrilled to see it come together and so honored they asked me to do a display!  And thanks to my husband for hanging it all up and rockin’ those level skills!

product highlight | custom designed image boxes | austin birth photographer

Image boxes are hands down my favorite product.  When they land on my door step I run to tear open the package because I just can’t wait to have it in my hands and ohhhhh and ahhhhh over it.  They are substantial and sturdy and just oh so gorgeous.  I’ve been doing these for my birth clients this year and I’ve been meaning to come share some photos for awhile.  Image boxes are custom designed for each birth client and can include the birth date, birth stats, name as well as customizable text down the spine.  And if the gorgeous box wasn’t enough, when you open it up, all the birth proofs sit perfectly inside, complete with a ribbon for easy print removal and magnetic closure.

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The perfect keepsake to remember your child’s birth day.  If you’d like more information on birth photography packages and pricing, please contact me at lstradtner@mac.com or visit my birth photography website “The Birth Experience” at www.lifeinmotionphotography.com/birth.

**Portrait clients:  Watch your email around the first of the year for an entire new product line including these image boxes that can be purchased in lieu of a traditional album when you purchase all the images from your session.**

2009-10-05T20:10:49-05:00October 5th, 2009|Announcements, Client Work|

the birth of tommy | austin birth photographer lyndsay stradtner

I met MC not long after moving to Austin.  We quickly became friends and I began to mentor her and help her with her photography journey.  And by mentor, I mean hang out and goof off with our cameras.  But there hasn’t been very much mentoring going on.  Life is busy, especially at their house.  Not long after this session, MC and Jon announced they were expecting baby #2, thrilling news!  Just a few short weeks later Jon was diagnosed with cancer.  They are a strong and faithful family and after a few days of shock and tears, came out swingin ready to fight.  They rolled with what the coming days would bring them, dealing with chemo, a surgery and balancing the timing with the arrival of their second son.  I don’t know that I could have been that strong, I admire them both so much.  There was a time when we weren’t sure if Jon would be able to be present for the birth, depending on when the little one decided to arrive.  But you know what….MC is a strong woman.  She told her body when she wanted it to give birth, and it listened.  She told her body to wait until they got back from MD Anderson.  It did.  She told her swelling and blood pressure to stay it check.  It did.  She told her body that she needed a successful VBAC, to avoid a c-section and the additional recovery time for the sake of her entire family.  And once again, her body listened.  And when she thought it was time for Tommy to arrive, her mom brought her to the hospital since neither Jon or MC could drive.  She then needed to switch places with Jon at home with Jack, because she hit 8 cm’s fast, Tommy was on his way.  MC told her body to wait for him.  It did.  I will admit that I was a bit paniced when she called and said I needed to pick up Jon and rush him to the labor and delivery.  I needed to get him there in time.  He couldn’t miss it.  Not after every.single.other.thing had fallen perfectly into place so that he could be there.  He wasn’t going to miss it on my account.  We got there in time (thankfully, whew!!) and MC was a rock star.  She did so amazing.  Every single thing she needed to happen, happened.  She willed it through her strength, I truly believe that.

Click here to view the slideshow:  the birth of tommy

So when you view this slideshow, know that this family is nothing short of amazing.    Know how much they lean on and depend on one another.  Know that Jon was there holding her hand during the delivery of their son while on bedrest himself after just having had surgery.  Know how much they love one another.  And that they see their blessings through the difficult moments.  They are positive, humble, kind and giving.  And when you get close to the end of the slideshow, watch as my cute little buddy Jack gives his new baby brother a little wave hello when he sees him for the first time.  What a sweet boy he is.  Congratulations Urbans, it was an honor to get to be there for Tommy’s birth and an even bigger honor to call you our friends.

All images copyright of The Birth Experience by Lyndsay Stradtner
2009-07-27T10:32:32-05:00July 27th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

its not what you think | austin birth photographer

You may THINK the following post and images are about 4th of July.

and fireworks and family and kiddos draped in a flag.

((I’m still amazed Taryn held a sparkler….she’s deathly afraid of fireworks.  It lasted all of 2.2 milliseconds when she threw it across the yard and ran the opposite direction…can’t believe I caught that shot through the window!))

You may THINK that this post is about grown men who love to blow stuff up.

Or you might THINK that this post is about little boys trying to convince the weakest link to give him some yummy dessert before dinner.

Or you may even THINK that this is about my birthday and the gorgeous cupcake pops Alli and her family kindly made me a la Bakerella.  ((Just for the record, Mike actually lit a sparkler in the house in lieu of a candle.  it smoked us out LOL…that’s alright, 34 candles might have had the same results!))

But you would be WRONG.

These are Alli’s labor photos.  There are no photos of beeping monitors or long papers falling to the floor giving credit for contractions or of Mike and Alli holding hands as labor progresses.  She’s been making progress for weeks and we feared it would go fast once things got moving, but we had no idea just how fast.  When we left their house at 10:30 last night I mentioned to Jase that Alli had either over done it that day or she was going into labor very soon, because she had that look about her.  She may even eventually forgive him for his comment referencing a catcher’s mitt LOL.  A few hours later, we got the call and after a few frantic phone calls and some speeding down 183 and Mopac, we all arrived just barely in time.  From the time I pulled into the hospital parking lot, to the moment Jack took his first breath, was right around 12 minutes.  And although I don’t know exactly what time they arrived, I do know they hadn’t been there too much longer than me.  So we’ll jump straight from fireworks and kiddos to the “what the hell do you mean I’m not getting an epidural” shot followed closely with the moment of Jack’s birth.  She did so amazing and it was so special photographing a birth for a family we are so connected to.  I got to see his first breath, and the look of complete love and adoration on Lily’s face the first time she met him.  I got to see Teagan’s best friend come into this world.  I will go ahead and admit that I cried no less than half a dozen times today, so many beautiful moments for a family we think the world of and are so, so thankful for.  You’ll be seeing a lot of Jack in the coming days, I’ve already prepared them for my obnoxious constant presence with my camera over the next few weeks.  He’ll be one well photographed little man.

Alli, Mike & Lily, we are so thrilled over the arrival of Jack.  We are thankful that he is healthy and that you are all doing so well.  What an incredible blessing.

2009-07-05T18:19:12-05:00July 5th, 2009|Austin Photographer, My Family|

the birth of audrey | austin birth photographer lyndsay stradtner

I know I’ve said it all before, each birth is so amazing, each one is so different.  And it is true.  I am so thankful to have been invited to share in this birth experience.  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but most of my birth clients are either 2nd, 3rd or 4th+ time moms.  I think it’s because first time moms have a fear of the unknown, not knowing what to expect, how they will react, would make anyone anxious about having it photographically documented.  But what 2nd+ time moms know, and this is the reason they make up a large amount of my clientele, is that you will forget.  You think you won’t, but you will.  The memories will fade as time passes.  And that is heartbreaking.  And unfair.  When I think back to when Ty was born, it quickly becomes apparent that most of my memories of that day are based on snapshots that were taken.  Those simple snapshots evolved into being what I remember of that day.  12 years is a long time and I soooooo wish I could go back and have it documented.  I would do anything to have that chance.

Today, I am so proud of, and excited for this family that hired me to photograph their first born.  Because they get it.  They will never experience that heartbreak of forgetting the little details of their day, like so many of us have.  I’m so proud of this slideshow, looking at the images I see something new each time.  There is a depth to them, the emotions, the shadows, the expressions, the love hanging out in the backgroud out of focus, the looks of love and support between mom and dad, that get me.  The little wrinkles and the pout and just all the details that made me fall in love it this entire birth experience.

Click here to view The Birth of Audrey

Thank you M Family for allowing me to capture your birth experience AND for letting me share it.

If you are pregnant and interested in having your birth birth photographed, please visit The Birth Experience website or contact me directly at lstradtner@mac.com.  I recently opened up several additional spots in 2009 and have quite a few left in 2010.

2009-07-03T15:27:55-05:00July 3rd, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

today | austin birth photographer

I’ll be out of pocket today photographing a birth.  Clients if you need to reach me please either drop me an email or leave me a voicemail and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.

If anyone was keeping track in the comments below, MC graciously accepted Alli’s offer of victory and then proceeded to go into hard labor.  Love it!  And I’m so thankful I get to be here with them today…..

2009-06-24T04:43:10-05:00June 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|
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