the birth of john

I connected with this family right away, from the moment I walked in the door for their pre-birth consultation.  Their dynamic, the ages and relationships of their children, all felt so very familiar (minus the baby on the way of course).  Visiting them felt just like being at home!  Their sweet baby boy is a few months old now and I hear growing pretty quick!  He was born at the Austin Area Birthing Center.  I can honestly say that this one was tough for me to stand back and blend in.  They are a riot, I laughed and smiled so much during early labor. A whole lot of smiles and a whole lot of love. This labor and delivery was longer than her other 3 but she was such a trooper, so strong, so able and she really listened to her body.  Their amazing doula, Shelley Scotka, has been there for the birth of all 4 of their children.  What a huge blessing and amazing relationship they have with her.  If you are thinking of hiring a doula (and I highly recommend it for all birth settings!) she would be a great choice.

Thank you to the family for allowing me to share the birth of their son.  But most of all, thanks for letting me be there that day to capture it all.

The Birth of John…..

2011-01-15T20:52:03-05:00January 15th, 2011|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

NEW WEBSITE: birthphotographers.com for IAPBP | Find A Birth Photographer

I am so excited to share this with you!  This has been a work in progress for months and months.  I’ve known this was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  And now, with the help of my very technically skilled husband, it is finally ready!  Be sure to scroll down for a quick Q&A!

FIND A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER | birthphotographers.com | IAPBP

What is birthphotographers.com?

It is a resource for parents.  Expectant parents who are looking for a birth photographer in their area.  It is a tool for photographers.  We can now bridge the gap between the people who want a birth photographer and the professionals who provide the service!  I’ve felt the need for this for SO long.  I get TONS of emails asking if I know somewhere in California, Michigan, just about every single state, every single week, sometimes daily!  Emails from women who desperately want their birth documented but they can’t find anyone to hire.  There are days I have a few minutes to help parents track down someone, but many days, with a busy business and three crazy kids, I just didn’t have the extra time.  Simply put, birthphotographers.com brings parents and photographers together!

What does IAPBP stand for?

International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

But wait, didn’t you already have a directory through your mentoring program and The Birth Experience?

Yes, but it was for members of my mentoring program only.  Looking at the bigger picture, not all birth photographers have a need, or perhaps the means, to be mentored and memberships were limited.  The Directory at birthphotographers.com is open to all photographers across the world.

What else does birthphotographers.com provide?

First and foremost, it is a Directory for parents to find a photographer in their area.  We also created a blog (yes, I will be blogging even more!) where I will post birth related articles.  We will have guest bloggers including doulas, midwives and other birth professionals posting on a wide range of topics.  There are several articles that I am writing on the ins and outs of hiring a professional birth photographer, and there is a detailed Resource Center that can help you find a midwife, doula or birth center in your area.  You will also find a suggested reading list!

What is a Feature on birthphotographers.com?

We will feature one birth photographer each month (it may become more frequent based on traffic).  Each feature includes an interview and images linked from the birthphotographers.com front page.  Emily Weaver Brown is our first featured birth photographer this month.  Check it out!  Once you are a member of IAPBP and your listing is active in the directory you can apply to be a Featured Photographer by filling out THIS FORM.

Features aren’t just for photographers though, we are also asking moms to submit their birth stories to be posted on the blog.  Who doesn’t love a good birth story?!  I sure do!!  We are looking for birth stories of every shape, size and variety.  We know each one is unique and can’t wait to hear all about yours.  If you are a mom with a birth story you want to share, you can send it to us HERE.

Is there a fee for parents to search the directory?

No.  It is 100% free.

Is there a fee for photographers to be added to the directory?

Yes, there is a small, one time fee of $10 to set up your listing and help defray the costs of running the site, hosting, etc.  This is not an annual fee.

What if I sign up and later change my business name or website address?  Will I be charged for a new listing?

No.  Just email me your new information and we’ll get your listing updated right away.

How long will it take for my listing to appear on birthphotographers.com once I pay?

I do my best to get them up as quickly as possible.  It should never take more than 48 hours.  Many times it will be much faster than that, but I am giving myself 48 hours just in case I am off photographing a birth.  If you don’t see it within 48 hours please email me at lstradtner@mac.com.

I am a photographer in Austin, can I be listed in the directory?

Of course!

Will you provide a logo to put on my site to show that I am a member of IAPBP?

Yes, it will be sent to you via email once your listing in the directory is posted.

Can I subscribe to the RSS feed for the new birthphotographers.com blog?

Yes, click here for the RSS feed link.

Is birthphotographers.com and IAPBP on Facebook?

Yes, you can see the fan page here.

If you have any other questions please post them in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.  I truly hope that this site is an amazing resource for parents and photographers that results in many births being documented!

Now go look at it already, I’m excited!!

baby girl | austin home birth photographer

I had the honor of photographing another home birth yesterday and there were not one, but two firsts for me.  One, this is the very first birth I’ve photographed where the baby arrived on the actual due date!  And, believe it or not, this is the first birth I’ve photographed where the family would be surprised by the gender, believe it or not.  I had to really stop and think back through all the births I’ve photographed over the years and I do believe this is the first surprise baby.  And surprised they were!  I LOVED that moment of realizing that with 4 sons, they now have a daughter.  This momma worked so hard for her baby, it was a long, hard labor, but the reward was absolutely amazing….

Congratulations T Family, I can’t wait to hear the final name choice!

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Interested in having your birth photographed?  If you are local, visit my birth website and contact me at lstradtner@mac.com for available spots.  Not in my area?  Check out this list to see if there is a birth photographer in your area.  Photographers looking for information on birth photography can visit my mentoring site, The Birth Experience.

2010-03-28T12:53:43-05:00March 28th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

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|

life is beautiful | austin home birth photographer

Birth photography is my passion.  I love all kinds of births, medicated, unmedicated, the ones in the hospital, the ones at home.  Each one is the beginning of a story.  Each one is different and unique and special.  And I get to be there.  But here is what I love the most about home births….

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It’s like being in on a secret.  While the rest of the world goes on about it’s business, there is something amazing and wonderful and REAL going on behind that door.  There is a MOMENT of LIFE.  The world is changing right then and there.  And no one knows.  In a hospital, these things are expected.  But at home, the rest of the world, the neighbors, everyone, assumes there is an everyday evening routine going on, eating dinner, someone reading a book or watching TV.  They just go on but there is a MIRACLE happening right on the other side of that door.  I love that I get to be in on that secret.  It always takes my breath away.

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Noah was born shortly after 10 pm last night, in the same room as both of his big brothers.  The image on the left was taken in the water, he loved being in the tub.  I can’t wait to get to know him over the next year.  Congrats to you all Butler Family!!

For more information or to inquire about having your birth experience photographed, please visit the birth experience.

2009-12-16T16:58:45-05:00December 16th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|
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