Ah summer.... As the wife of a teacher with summers off, I must say it is a magical time when you catch up and wipe stuff off the to do list as your husband cooks dinner and does laundry. Yes, a magical time indeed.
I thought I would use my free time, as Jared is currently tinkering in our darkroom (previously known solely as the laundry room) to post some of my favorite shots from the last birth I filmed. I always snap a few pics too. I mean, why not! I'm there. I have a camera. And, I love to do it.
Thank you again to the Jacksons for trusting me to be a part of the birth of their first born! Congrats! Such a beautiful family, inside and out.
Seriously, this is one of the coolest things I get to do with my job as a 'record keeper.' I love to document the moment a mother holds her baby in her arms for the first time. The joy. The relief. So surreal. Sorry photographers, but photos just won't do it justice.
I loved Danielle since our very first meeting, where we discussed the many aspects of birth and motherhood over tea! And, let me tell you, this woman is STRONG. She planned for a natural birth and never once did she falter or say "I can't." As anyone who has been in labor knows, births don't always go as planned, but Danielle faced every moment with courage, conviction, and grace.
Thank you so much for trusting me to capture such an important moment. It was an honor.
Seize the 'good stuff,'
I had such a wonderful time capturing this very large, very fun family. I hope you will enjoy this photos for years to come.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words regarding the photos (published earlier) of Hopie's Birth Story. I've never really considered myself much of a photographer; I just like taking photos of my kids...but, obviously, photography and videography share a basic core knowledge about using light and sharing a narrative. But, my medium of choice for birth story's is video, and, I think you will see why...
(Make sure the HD is on by clicking the "HD" in the bottom right hand corner.)
It has been such a wonderful, amazing experience to watch your journey to motherhood. When we first spoke over the phone about you taking on a part-time caregiver role for Jude and Harvey (in 2013 was it? Harvey was just 4 months old), you apologized for not being able to start right at 8am that first day, because you were seeing a fertility specialist. I have been praying for this day for you since that phone call, and here it is.
When I told Jared I had finally found childcare, he asked what I knew about you, this stranger coming into our home, and I told him you had an inner light that shined bright and strong, and that was all I needed.
My kids fell in love with you almost instantly, and your grace was a calming presence in our home. Thank you for loving my children. I say that knowing you now know, truly know, what it means to be apart from your baby for even just a few seconds, let alone a whole work day. I always felt comforted knowing they were with you. And the testament to your love in grace is that my children still ask for mommy, daddy, and you when they are upset.
I was so honored when you asked me to document your delivery, and when you look at these photos, I hope you will sometimes think about the smiles of the two little boys whose lives you shaped before you started you own family. I am forever indebted to you.
From one mother to another,
Carpe Diem Video Productions is proud to announce we offer birth videography. :-) There is only one package and it comes with a highlight reel like the one you see at the bottom of this post (on DVD or Blu-ray) and 15-20 images (photographs) edited. At this time, Lauren is the only videographer on our team offering birth videography, and we will be accepting only five per year.
As a mom of two beautiful boys, I am sooooo very excited about this next chapter in our business. I had a birth photographer for the birth of my second baby, Harvey, and I wouldn't trade those photos for anything. With that in mind, it is my goal for my mommy clients to feel about their birth video.
And, so, without further ado, let me present to you the very first "Hello, World!" video featuring the beautiful Ms. Rose Marie. I am so honored to have been a part of this birth and to give this family something they will cherish indefinitely.
If you are interested in meeting to discuss having your birthing experience (home or hospital) filmed, please fill out the contact form on this website, and Lauren will get in touch with you.
My dear friends Jacqueline and Keystone are getting ready to have a baby, and Jared and I could not be more excited. We simply LOVE these two. We actually left our house on a Saturday night...yes, babysitter and all... and shared an evening with these two and some other friends and new acquaintances, to celebrate the newest member of their family, due to be arriving before we know it.
As we celebrate, I cannot help but to be reminded how much fun this wedding was and how evident Jacqueline and Keystone's connection is. Their love is bright. And it is wonderful to be near it. So, in honor of these two (who always have us laughing) I thought I would post this video. I know it is a long video, but the dancing at the end is for sure worth a viewing. (And there are several cameo shots by yours truly- wink)