the birth of harrison | austin birth photographer

I realized the other day that this sweet family gave me permission to share their birth and I hadn’t hit post!  There are so many things I loved about this birth.  First, being asked to capture another birth for them, returning clients make my heart swoon.  I LOVE that this family is so big and fun and loud and full of love.  They invited me to the “before” birthday party and you’ll see a few photos in the very beginning and then I followed them to the hospital.  I’ve had people question whether they want to have a c-section photographed or not and my answer is always YES!  All birth experiences and babies are worth documenting!  I love that I get to be moms eyes, along with my camera and lens when she is being tended to, moments she would have missed otherwise.  All these first moments, they are so valuable, and they slip by so very quickly.  I’m honored and humbled to get to be a part of so many births.

You can view their full birth slideshow below (reader viewers will need to click over).

If you’d like to have your birth photographed, I still have a few openings in 2012, but contact me at lstradtner@mac.com soon as they fill up fast!

2012-02-07T20:08:28-05:00February 7th, 2012|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Introducing Alexandra

A storm came through last week. A big one. The kind of Texas storm that makes me long for the simple rain and drizzle I grew up with in the pacific northwest. When it rains here, why does it have to be so….violent?! Why can’t it just rain?! I got the call around 2 am that this momma was in labor. Her plan was to labor at home for a bit and she’d call me with an update. Just a little while later, I got another more urgent call, I could hear it in her voice, it was time to move. I jumped out of bed and as I threw on my shoes I heard some massive thunder. I thought no biggie, I’m not missing a birth. I have never, ever, missed a birth. I’m about 40 minutes from their hospital, but if I hurried, I really thought I could make it in time. Little did I know, that storm, it looked like this:

I live at the top of the red line and the hospital is in Austin.  I made it to Cedar Park, midway down before I started to really white knuckle the steering wheel and get scared.  It was black except for when it was pure daylight from the lighting.  It was hitting the ground too.  At one point I looked up and saw the beginnings of funnel clouds.  Having been in one tornado in my car years ago, it is never an experience I want to have again.  I didn’t see a single car out there and because of the construction, water was just sitting on the road.  I couldn’t see through the rain to drive so I pulled over under an overpass thinking I could wait it out.  Then I pulled up the radar on my phone and my heart sank.  I knew I couldn’t drive through the worst of it, all the way to the hospital.  It started to get even worse, so I called my husband in a panic, knowing it wasn’t safe for me to continue, but crying because I couldn’t face missing this birth.  I waited a bit more and we decided the only safe thing to do was for me to turn around and head home.  10 mph and I cried the whole way.  I just can’t believe I missed a birth.  The really great news is that my client made it to the hospital safe and sound, they were traveling from the east so they only had to drive a little ways through it coming in from the side.  And the same for her doula, thank God for that!  Based on how busy the hospital was, I’m pretty sure the drop in pressure from the storm coming through sent a whole lot of Austin women in to labor!  The nursery was packed when I stopped by the hospital to take a few photos before they were discharged with their new perfect and beautiful daughter.  I’m sad that I missed it, but I’m so incredibly thrilled for them!!  Big sister is just tickled pink over her new sister, I love that!

If you are interested in having your birth photographed, please check out my birth website and contact me for more information / availability.  I still have several openings for births in 2012 but they go quick!

2012-02-03T21:47:11-05:00February 3rd, 2012|Client Work|

Elvis has arrived.

His real name is Harrison.  If you are curious as to why he was nicknamed Elvis, go here.  And his gender was such a fun surprise for everyone, I love surprise babies!  This birth started out with a big pre-birth party at their house and I have to admit, I had a lot of fun.  Just like at Izzy’s birth, there were a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles, and there was especially, a whole lot of love.  So many moments I loved, the kids dancing to Elvis music at the party, big brother Hudson discovering the gender for the first time, momma enjoying her baby and totally mesmerized by his sweet face she’d waited so long to see, daddy holding his tiny little hand in the nursery, Izzy asking so many questions when she first met him, “why are his eyes broke” because they were closed was my personal favorite, sweet girl.  And of course, 18 loving family members gathered in one postpartum room to welcome this little guy in to their big old fun family with welcoming arms.  He’s one lucky little guy.

If you would like to have your birth photographed, I am currently booking births for 2012.  If you are not in my area, and are looking for a birth photographer, please visit www.birthphotographers.com.

2011-09-17T12:32:50-05:00September 17th, 2011|Austin Photographer|

Introducing Annslee Nichole

I had a maternity session scheduled for tonight to capture a cute little baby bump.  I still met up with this beautiful family, but they were photographed a little differently than initially planned for today!

Out of all the mommy/baby photos I’ve captured, yeah, that one goes in right toward the top of the list.  Love it.  Pure joy!

Congrats A & T on your beautiful new baby girl!!

2010-03-02T20:32:01-05:00March 2nd, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|