The Birth of Walter {Bellingham Birth Photography}

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I have been a Bellingham birth photographer since 2010.

It never, ever gets old.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

I was shopping at Walmart when I got the text that Amy was in labor and things were moving fast.

I finished paying for my purchases and headed home to grab my bag.

I always have it packed and ready to go by 38 weeks, so it was a quick trip home.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

I love shooting births at Birth Roots Birth Center. The rooms are spacious and full of natural light. I was hoping for a daytime birth so I could take advantage of the beautiful lighting.

I was hoping for a daytime birth so I could take advantage of the beautiful lighting.

Amy was already working hard when I arrived.

She was settled in the birth tub, comfortable and in her zone.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

As a birth photographer, I always try to stay in the background. I always try to be aware of the atmosphere and vibe in the room.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Amy’s baby was posterior which meant pushing took a lot longer than and was much harder than during many births.

But she did it!

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

 

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Walter was overdue and his tiny wrinkly feet showed it.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Walter was also big.

And chunky!

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

TEN POUNDS!

A ten-pound posterior baby! 

I know they say you don’t get a medal for giving birth without drugs, but I think Amy deserves one.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth. Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Big brother Jack wasn’t sure about the new baby thing…

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth. Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

and kept trying to escape.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

But big sister, Evelyn? She was enthralled.

Congratulations, Amy and Marcus!

You have a beautiful family.

Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham-based birth photographer who has captured the arrival of over 40 babies.

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Strike a Pose Workflow {Review}

Holding a canon lens cap.Back in 2014, the unthinkable happened. The computer I used for my business went Ka-boom. Thankfully, I saw it coming and had all of my files backed up and saved.

But.

Buying a new computer required that I update my editing software. Prior to that, I had been using the Photoshop CS3 that I purchased in 2007. I knew Photoshop. We were pretty much BFF’s.

Making the jump to Creative Cloud meant I could harness the power of Photoshop and Lightroom. I knew there was so much potential with Lightroom, but oh, the learning curve was steep.

I had to learn everything all over again. I was swamped with work. I had no choice but to dive in and learn.

Now, I do 95% of my editing in Lightroom. I love the ability to quickly match the editing of all my images and the ability to make batch adjustments. One thing that has frustrated me, though, is losing the brushes and detail work of Photoshop.

I recently had the opportunity to give the Strike a Pose Lightroom Workflow a try.

Wow. Let’s just say LR just leveled up to BFF status.

Strike a Pose comes with 62 portrait brushes and 69 Presets. The brushes include face sharpening, highlights, color overlays, eye whitening, teeth whitening and more. I have a very clean editing style. I don’t want anyone to ever look at my photos and think they have been altered at all.

Having said, that, of course, I do alter my images.

{For the images below I used only the Strike a Pose presets and brushes. If I was editing these to print, I would make other adjustments. What you see is not the finished products}

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by GREEN. Green trees, green grass, green skin tones. Every photo I take outdoors needs to have the color adjusted, it’s just a fact of life. A small trade off for the beauty of living in the Evergreen State.

For the image above, I used only the Strike a Pose workflow brushes. I took out the green, used the face sharpening brush (sharpening is one of the features I miss most in PS) and a light vignette.

I used only the Strike a Pose brushes and made no other adjustments.

One thing I was interested in seeing is how well this would translate to another photo if I simply clicked the “previous” button in LR.

In the photo on the right, you can see a dark spot on my daughter’s shirt. Other than that, I was happy with how the edits translated into another photo.

The image on the left here is SOOC (straight out of camera) and the one on the right I used the Fix Green preset. This I really, really liked! I can definitely see using this for my summertime photos.

 

Here is another example. SOOC on the left and nothing but Fix Green on the right.

I’m not a fan of Presets…I have only one that I use and it is a black and white Preset which I use and then make adjustments to.

However, while testing out the Strike a Pose I tried a bunch of presets on my images….and loved this Summer Ten preset.

A review of the Sleek Lens Strike a Post Lightroom Workflow.

SOOC

A review of the Sleek Lens Strike a Post Lightroom Workflow.

Summer Ten Preset

I can definitely see using this preset with a few tweaks to make it my own.

But what if you want to take it a little further?

Review of Sleek Len's Strike a Pose workflow.

SOOC

Review of Sleek Len's Strike a Pose workflow.

For this image, I used Summer Ten and Golden Sun. This is definitely more editing than I generally do on photos, but I like the result.

Overall, I really liked this set. I found a few in the Strike a Pose that I really do like and plan to use. I felt like the brushes are extremely useful. I definitely think it is worth the $39 price tag if you have any interest in the presets or brushes.

Here are two great links if you are interested in learning more:

Sleek Lens Lightroom Tutorial and Lightroom Presets.

I was given a copy of Strike a Pose Workflow for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I received no compensation for this post.

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Playing with Shadows and Light

Playing with Shadows and Light.

When taking photos I love playing with light. Light and shadows. Low-light.

I was at my parents’ house recently and noticed the sun shining in through the blinds leaving strips of sunlight across the carpet. I was watching the light and wanted to do something, anything with them.

I took a few photos but didn’t love what I ended up with.

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 500, SS 1/125, AP 5.6

For one thing, the glare off of my parents’ TV was distracting, especially with the white wall. I knew I needed something different. I saw the potential in the light but didn’t like what I what I ended up with.  Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 100, SS 1/125, AP 4.0

I called over my younger son, Apollo. I liked the way the light fell across his face gently curving. But the TV and glare was still an issue.

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 100, SS 1/125, AP 4.0

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 100, SS 1/125, AP 4.0

Apollo had his g-tube removed in November. He ended up with a terrible staph infection and it has just recently healed over. I have been wanting to get a good photo of the scar and was inspired by the light. I asked Apollo to removed his shirt and got this shot. I didn’t like it at all. Not only were the stripes distracting but one fell directly over his scar.

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 320, SS 1/125, AP 4.0

I asked Apollo to turn around so I could get photos of the scars on his back. I wasn’t happy with this image either. You can clearly see one of his scars below his shoulder bone…but the second scar isn’t even visible.

At this point, a cloud moved in front of the sun and the stripes disappeared as if someone had flicked a switch.

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

ISO 320, SS 1/125, AP 4.0

Then I took this.

This is the image straight out of camera. No editing. I went home knowing this was the image I had been wanting to create.

Sometimes playing with shadows and light can create magic!

I converted the image to black and white using my usual method. I took the photo into Photoshop and darkened the background slightly.

To me, this image is magic.

It is exactly what I was hoping for.

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Baby Owen {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

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Being a newborn photographer his almost as fun as being a birth photographer! Most clients contact me to schedule their newborn session while they are still pregnant. This means I still spend weeks on pin and needles waiting for my tiniest clients to be born.

Baby Owen was an absolute dream! His mama nursed him while I set up for his session. Once he was handed over, he modeled for me like he’d been doing it all of his life. He was squishy, snuggly and smiley. What more could you ask for in a sweet newborn baby?

I had so much fun at his session!

Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes.  Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes.

Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes.Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography captures the natural beauty of babies in the comfort of their own homes.

Congratulations Pam and Reid! Your baby is a such a handsome little doll. You two are going to have so much fun watching him grow.

To book a session with Little Earthling Photography,  contact Renee today!

(360) 383-7889

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Siya’s Newborn Session {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

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Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

It was nearly impossible to choose just a few favorite photos of Siya to share on the blog. She was such a perfect little newborn model. Her head full of luscious black hair, perfect skin, and tiny features. I had so much fun hanging out with Siya and meeting her family.

Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Siya loved being held by her daddy. Each time she would fuss, she calmed right now in her daddy’s hands. Just look how relaxed she is!

Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Just look at that expression! Siya is adorable even when she fusses.

Siya was the perfect baby model for our newborn session. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Congratulations Kaushal and Pantki! Your little girl is beautiful.


Renee Bergeron is a newborn and lifestyle photographer based in Bellingham, WA. Call 360-383-7889 to book a session.

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Asa {Rainbow Baby Newborn Photos}

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Remember sweet little rainbow baby Asa? His older brother Matthew was stillborn last October. Well, Asa was born strong and healthy last month and we had a very special newborn session to commemorate his older brother and to show Asa’s individuality as well.

Sit back and enjoy!

Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WA Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew.  Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew.

Rainbow baby, Asa, and his big brother Matthew's clothes.

The sweater and booties in this image were handmade for Matthew by his mom. 

Congratulations Jon and Jessica. I was so honored to be chosen as Asa’s photographer. I can’t wait to watch him grow!

Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham birth and newborn photographer. 360-383-7889

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Birth of a Rainbow Baby {Asa}

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Ten months ago a very special little boy was born. His name was Matthew, he had Trisomy 18 and he was stillborn.

I had the honor of photographing Matthew’s birth. Jessica and Jon showed such amazing strength and courage as they walked through a difficult, complicated pregnancy and birth. I will never forget the moment Jon held Mathew in his arms and looked up at his parents and said, “We saw this through to the end. We have no regrets”.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Jessica got pregnant quickly after Matthew’s birth. Prenatal testing showed this baby, also a boy, was healthy and strong! To say I was excited about photographing this birth would be an understatement.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Jessica’s labor with Matthew was long and hard. Her labor with Asa was much shorter and she handled the contractions amazingly! When I arrived she was at 8 centimeters and still laughing and joking between contractions.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Soon enough Jessica got more quiet and serious. Things were moving along.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when Asa let out his first cry.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth. Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Asa has the most amazing head of swirly blonde hair!

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Congratulations, Jon and Jessica. Your little boy is beautiful!  Thank you for allowing me to document his story.

Rainbow baby, Asa, and his big brother Matthew's clothes.

Asa with big brother Matthew’s clothes.


Birth team

Midwife, Allie Watkins from Haven Midwifery.

Doula, Carolynn Slocum from Birth by Design Doula Services.

Renee Bergeron owner of Little Earthling Photography is a birth and newborn photographer based in Bellingham, WA.

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Aria {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

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I had the honor of photographing sweet little Aria’s birth at the Bellingham Birth Center.  Two weeks later I got to see her again and take her newborn photos. It always amazes me just how quickly newborns change!aria-bellingham-newborn-photographer-5

Aria has an adorable and precocious big sister, Elaina. I fell in love with Elaina as soon as I met her because she reminds me so much of my own firstborn daughter.

Natural, lifestyle newborn session. Bellingham newborn photographer. Natural, lifestyle newborn session. Bellingham newborn photographer.

Natural, lifestyle newborn session. Bellingham newborn photographer.  Sweet siblings! Bellingham newborn photographer.

Sweet siblings! Bellingham newborn photographer.

Sweet newborn images by Little Earthling Photography. Bellingham newborn photographer.

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Harlan {Bellingham Newborn Photography}

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Harlan was born five weeks early and spent a few weeks in the hospital learning to eat and grow. Because of this he was nearly a month old by the time I got to do his newborn photos. Harlan was an absolute doll and made this session so easy.

 Nick and Quincey had such a beautiful nursery set up for Harlan!

Harlan was born five weeks early, so he was nearly a month old by the time I got to do his newborn photos. bellingham newborn photography

Harlan was born five weeks early, so he was nearly a month old by the time I got to do his newborn photos. bellingham newborn photography

Harlan was born five weeks early, so he was nearly a month old by the time I got to do his newborn photos. bellingham newborn photography

Congratulations, Nick and Quincey. Harlan is beautiful!

[Quincey is a doula in Bellingham, WA. Be sure and check out her page.]

Renee Bergeron is a birth and newborn photographer in Bellingham, WA. Book your session today: (360) 383-7889.

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Breech Baby Turned Vertex {Finn’s Story}

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Birth doesn’t always go as planned. In fact, I’d venture to say that birth rarely goes as planned. Melissa had a beautiful homebirth with her daughter and was looking forward to the same with her son. The problem? Her little guy was breech. No amount of manipulation or encouragement could get baby Finn to turn head down. Melissa and her husband Mark dealt with the change of plans with such grace; when he wouldn’t budge, they they settled on a planned c-section. Melissa was sad to lose the dream of a  homebirth but wanted what was best for her baby.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The morning of Melissa’s scheduled c-section, I had another client in early labor. Despite their due dates being ten days apart, it looked like their little boys would arrive on the same day. I called my back up to head to the birth center for my other couple and checked into the hospital with Melissa and Mark.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Melissa got all settled into her room. The nurse set up an IV, they had a cap and suit ready for Mark to wear in to the OR. All that was left was to do a final ultrasound to confirm that the baby was still breech.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Now, I am the first to admit that I rarely know what is going on in an ultrasound image. I can detect the flash of a beating heart, but that’s about it. Despite my poor ultrasound reading abilities, when the doctor did the ultrasound on Melissa, all I saw was a big, round circle….a circle that looked suspiciously like a head at the bottom of her stomach.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

I was off in the corner documenting it all…I love how you can see the interest growing in just what was showing up on that ultrasound screen…sure enough, baby Finn had defied the odds and turned head down; no c-section necessary.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Melissa immediately called her midwife to discuss the turn of events. The doctor gave them the option to head home or stay and be induced. After a lot of discussion they made the decision to stay and be induced. After learning she didn’t need a c-section after all, Melissa didn’t want to risk Finn turning breech again.

At this point, things slowed down. I left to go relieve my backup photographer and photograph the birth of my other client at the birth center just a few miles away. That baby boy, also with the name Finn, was born within an hour or so. I stayed for about two hours after his birth, capturing all of his first moments. Things were still moving slowly for Melissa, so I headed home.  Once things picked up in the afternoon, I headed back to the hospital to capture the birth.

Labor had kicked in and Melissa was working hard.

After a fast first delivery of her daughter, Melissa was in for a long, slow ride this time. She and Marked worked together beautifully.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!  The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

When Finn finally arrived, he needed a bit of help and was taken to the warming bed.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finn’s daddy stayed by his side the whole time, lovingly watching over him.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finn was born covered with a  rash, so the nurses called the pediatrician to look him over.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!  The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex! The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

After a thorough once over, Finn was declared fine and finally taken to his mama’s waiting arms.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finally, finally Melissa had her reward in her arms. I think her face says everything right here.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Congratulations, Melissa and Mark! You did an amazing job brining Finn into this world. You faced disappointment and stress at every turn. You showed courage and grace through the entire experience. I feel so honored to have been invited into your birth space.

Finn is amazing!

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