As a Calgary Baby Photographer, I get to photograph bellies, births, and babies. All three are completely different. Now that this winter weather is in full swing, in-home sessions are a great way to stay warm and capture those first few weeks or months at home as a family. The dynamic changes as families grow, but I especially love working with new families. The house is always so quiet! Everyone works around the baby’s schedule so we can take things slow if needed.
This Calgary Family hired me for the birth of their baby girl, Charlotte, back in August. They began as complete strangers and now I am so lucky to call them friends. Nicole has been a huge supporter of mine since we first met, and has helped me in so many ways with my own business! I truly believe that us meeting was no accident. Nicole was so sweet to write a review about her experience. You can find that at the bottom of the post!
Normally, I recommend doing the Newborn Session when baby is between 1-2 weeks old. Nicole had asked to wait a bit longer and I am so glad we did! With Charlotte being 2 months old, she was much more alert, yet still sleepy for those snuggly shots. One of the things I do to get my families comfortable on camera is to ask them questions. This allows them to focus on each other, be present in the moment, and connect on a deeper level. In the end, the hope is that they aren’t just left with beautiful pictures, but also feel closer to one another emotionally. These images were some of my favorite ones to capture to date.
“Kristina is as good as it gets. When my husband and I were expecting our first child, we started looking at photographers in Calgary. After seeing a couple of Kristina’s birth stories, we quickly moved away from considering a maternity photo shoot and completely fell in love with the idea of birth photography instead. After meeting Kristina, the decision to work with her only felt natural. Not only is Kristina a total professional, she is one of the sweetest and kindest people you’ll ever meet.
Our birth experience didn’t go exactly as planned, as many don’t, but Kristina was so accommodating and supportive. She found a way to be right where she needed to be to capture the story without us even knowing she was there. The birth of our daughter ended in an emergency C-section. Given that in those circumstances photographers are usually not allowed in the delivery room, which was the case for us, we were really unsure how our birth story was going to turn out. Kristina was so collected in the moment. As I was being rushed into the operating room, Kristina quickly connected with a nurse who agreed to take her camera into the OR to capture some shots of our first moments together as family. Following the birth, Kristina spent a couple hours with us in recovery capturing some really beautiful shots as the three of us bonded as a new family. As so many others would say, these are memories that we will forever cherish and having them captured in photos and a video to share with our daughter one day is priceless.
Hiring Kristina as our birth photographer was not only the easiest but also the best decision we could have made. Kristina wasn’t the only photographer we met with and considered, but upon meeting her it was clear that her professionalism, the quality of her work and her character and energy were the best fit for us. We’ve never looked back and look forward to continuing to work with Kristina in the future on family photo shoots, and God willing – another birth story one day!” – Nicole