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|

the birth of evangeline

This slideshow makes me cry every single time I watch it.  The beautiful music sets me right over the crying threshold.  You see, the stunning voice, is none other than the woman in labor.  Her child entering the world to the sound of her voice.  She is incredibly talented (and is working on a lullaby CD, I personally can’t wait!).  This birth was filled with happy, quiet, curious, wonderful, beautiful moments….



[ This birth was attended by midwife Christy Tashjian and I would highly recommend her. ]

2010-10-16T14:55:02-05:00October 16th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

welcome little one…

Man oh man, marveling over the miracle of life and birth, just after a baby arrives, it gets me every time I see it.  So beautiful.

He arrived on his due date and he gave his momma her wish:  he weighed under 10 lbs. (just a teeny, tiny, smidge under 10 lbs. but it still counts).  His birth order will bring him great joy and laughter as he has 3 fun, energetic, filled with personality, siblings ready to fill him with love.   Little J, you are one lucky little man to land in this family, you’re gonna have a blast!  Congrats W Family, it was an honor to photograph the journey and arrival of your sweet baby boy.

((I had to include one of their doula, Shelley Scotka, above.  She was absolutely phenominal and is truly talented at what she does.  She has an amazing relationship with this family as she’s been there for the birth of all 4 of their children over the last 13 years.  So, so special.))

2010-09-29T22:08:37-05:00September 29th, 2010|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!!

the birth of annslee | austin birth photographer, the birth experience

She arrived and was welcomed by a family so filled with love. She’s a very lucky girl. When I look through the images, it hits me how happy everyone was that day. And joyful.  And thankful.  You can see it on their faces, each and every one of them.  I love that. And I’m thankful to have been there to document it. I love mom’s tears in her eyes as she sees her baby for the first time.  And the gaze from dad over to mom with a smile as he holds their daughter for the first time.  I’m always so impressed when first time moms hire a birth photographer, I know that they will never know the pain of forgetting one of the biggest days of their life.  I know that pain….I thought I wouldn’t forget….but all those little details are diminishing over time.  But not this family, they can relive that day any time they want by viewing their slideshow or going through their images, and I love that.  As all of these babies that I’ve photographed coming into this world grow up, I seriously can’t wait to hear what they think about it!

This birth was also my first opportunity to meet the infamous Austin Area OB, Dr. Seeker. He has a reputation here in Austin for having an amazing bedside manner and I think you’ll see in the images that he truly loves what he does. It shows,there is no denying it. I can now understand fully why his patients adore him so much.

BIRTH SLIDESHOW: THE BIRTH OF ANNSLEE

Congratulations again Amanda & Trent on the birth of Annslee, it was an honor to photograph her arrival.  Thank you for letting me share her birth story!

Looking for a birth photographer but not in my area?  Click here for the directory.  Photographers interested in birth photography, click here for mentoring information.  Also, there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes with my mentoring program, be sure to watch this blog for BIG news about The Birth Experience very soon!!

2010-04-14T13:45:52-05:00April 14th, 2010|Announcements, Client Work|

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|
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