Saturday, March 24, 2007

Busy weekend!

I have four sessions this weekend - this is from the second. The baby is only 8 days old, and he was adorable! I *love* newborns. I wish people would just stop by here on the way home from the hospital :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Kissables Panel - what a cutie!

I love doing these. He was so cute, I had a hard time narrowing it down to 9 images.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Saturday session

We took this series at the end of the session, and almost didn't do it! I wasn't sure I'd like the dress (more formal than I usually do, since most of my babies are wearing just a diaper cover, if anything!), and the baby was starting to get tired. But we gave it a shot, and it's my favorite image from the whole session. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pregnancy project

So I've been working on a new project - documenting several women as they change during their pregnancy. We're about halfway through - a few have dropped out of the project, but several are still coming in, and it's going great. I love the idea of watching how these women change - most of my maternity portraits are done right at the end - I don't get to see the before and during, just the end. I'm not sure how it's going to look in the end - I think I'm going to do one large image with composites of everyone at the same point in their pregnancy. But then again, I might do something completely different. That's the nice thing about this being MY project - I'm the only one I have to make happy!

This is an image from one of the sessions (and a combo playdate with our daughters - I love it when my clients have kids the same age as mine!)


Friday, March 9, 2007

Local Girl Makes Good!

Okay, so the title is a little corny, but that's how I feel about the print competition I just entered.

Last weekend (weekend before last?) I went to the annual VPPA state convention. The trade show was fantastic - I saw some really amazing products that we're going to be offering. Gorgeous albums, printed quilts, custom jewelry. Oh, and these beautiful huge canvas portraits - close ups of kids faces - that I just can't wait to do. Once again, my kids will have to be the guinea pigs while I try something new.

One of the things that I love about these conventions is the print competition. There were over 400 entries - all made by fantastic photographers. I entered six images in competition and received ribbons for everything. Five hung in the exhibit, and one image, Tough Guys, earned a blue ribbon and a merit seal. The four best images will continue on to the SEPPA convention and competition, and if they do well there, on to the national PPA competition, where I'm hoping to garner another merit or two (After earning 25 Merits, a photographer may earn his/her “Master of Photography” degree from the PPA. ) So, yeah, I'm pretty pleased.

The main reason I go to these conventions, though, is the education seminars. I'm always looking for ways to bring you better, more creative images, and who better to learn from than the pros? Again, I can't wait to incorporate some of the ideas from the seminars - it's going to be a great year!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Go Micah Go!

This is an excerpt of a post* from Micah Salb, a DC attorney, parent, and all round good guy:

I am very pleased to announce that Councilmember Graham introduced the breastfeeding protection act today! Based on a sage recommendation by a local mom, the Councilmember agreed to our suggestion to call the bill the Child's Right to Nurse Human Rights Amendment Act of 2007.

Councilmembers Schwartz, Barry, and Brown all cointroduced the Bill and Councilmembers Cheh, Wells, Gray, Catania, and Evans have cosponsored the Bill! That means we have nine of the councilmembers' support right out of the gate!

And none of this would be possible but for the support of the dozens of folks who called and emailed their councilmembers on this important Bill. In fact, it is interesting for me to watch as skepticism and disinterest turned into support based on community action.

One of the most important accomplishments was Councilmember Graham's success in maneuvering to get the Bill assigned to the Workforce Development and Government Operations Committee, chaired by Councilmember Schwartz. That means that the Bill WILL advance. But since it is budget season, it is unlikely that anything will happen until April or May.

The next step will be for Councilmember Schwartz to hold a hearing sometime in the Spring. That is when we will mobilize again to get the legions to show up in droves to testify. After the hearing, Councilmember Schwartz will finalize the bill and have the committee mark it up (vote on it). Then it goes to the full Council for two votes.

Stay tuned! And please contact me if you have any stories of difficulties that you have faced at work or in the community when you breastfed. -Micah Salb

I think what he's doing is great. I personally never had anyone challenge me on nursing my children in public (well, other than my mom, but that's a whole other can of worms), but I've heard of others who have, and I find the whole situation appalling. If you have any stories to share, please feel free to post them here, or if you prefer, email them to me and I'll pass them along to Micah.

*Posted on the DC Urban Moms listserv, and excerpted with explicit permission from Micah Salb.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Congratulations to Julio and Graciela!

Who just had twins! I can't wait to see the babies.