Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

One of my favorite things about being a birth photographer is the opportunity to work with families a second or even third time as they welcome a new baby into their growing family. Two years ago I had the privilege of photographing Aria’s birth and was thrilled when Cassie asked me to photograph the birth of their newest baby as well.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Aria was born at the Bellingham Birth Center but Cassie was planning a homebirth for her third baby.

When I arrived at Cassie’s house she was obviously in full-blown labor. While she still had a sense of humor between contractions she was working hard.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Whenever I photograph a birth I try to stay in the background and give moms and dads their space. I try to capture each moment while being as non-invasive as possible.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Jase and Cassie made an amazing team as Cassie worked to bring her baby into the world.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Renee Bergeron specializes in birth photography and is based in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

I am always in awe of women giving birth. Whether they choose a medicated birth in the hospital or a homebirth, or anything in-between. Birth is amazing and women’s bodies are amazing.

Grandfather present at the home birth of his grandson. Bellingham homebirth photography.

Both of Cassie’s parents were present for the birth of her baby and when it came time to push Jase went and woke up big sister Elaina so she could witness the birth as well.

Grandfather present at the birth of his grandson. Bellingham home birth photographer.

Big sister Elaina is present for the home birth of her little brother. Bellingham birth photography.

I have photographed many, many births where older siblings have been present and not once has the child been scared. They sometimes worry a bit as mom gets louder, but they have all loved being a part of the process.

Big sister Eliana comforts her mom as she pushes her baby out. Bellingham home birth photography.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

It’s a BOY!!!

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Big sister Elaina was thrilled to be able to help cut the cord of baby brother Bennett.

Newborn exam done by midwife after a beautiful home birth in Bellingham.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Big sister explores her little brother's placenta shortly after birth. Bellingham birth photography.

Big sister helps out her mom after watching her give birth at home. Bellingham birth photography.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Elaina helps feed her mama fresh fruit after the birth of her baby brother.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Welcome earthside, Bennett, you are so very loved!

Renee Bergeron is an experienced birth photographer based in Bellingham, Wa. 

 

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The Birth of Umiko

Lauren was already in hard, I need to stop talking and focus during contractions labor, when I arrived at the hospital to photograph the birth of her first baby.

Monitors used to measure baby's heart rate during labor.

I was especially excited to attend Lauren’s birth because her mom, Sarah, is a good friend of mine. I absolutely love it when I am at a birth with friends.

Lauren labored long and hard to bring her first baby girl into the world.

Birth photography in Bellingham, WA by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Umiko's natural birth in the hospital was long. First births can often take 12 hours or more.

Lauren’s husband Matt was tucked in and resting when I arrived. I love that St. Joseph’s has these couch/beds right in the labor rooms. I’ve slept on them myself, more than once, during a long birth.

Husband supports his wife during labor.

After taking a rest, Matt was ready to get back to helping Lauren labor naturally.

After a rest, Sarah took backstage while Matt supported Lauren.

St Joseph's has nice, large tubs in their birth rooms.

Having given birth nine times myself, I have to say, few things feel as good as a hot bath during labor.

Finally it was time to push her baby out.

Who doesn’t love the excitement that fills the room as moms get ready to push their babies out? Some moms are nervous, some are excited, and some are just downright ready to push their baby out and be done!

Pushing a baby out is one of the most empowering things a woman will do.

The moment of relief. Her baby is out and they meet face-to-face.

The moment of relief. Her baby is out and they meet face-to-face.

Dad sees his baby for the first time.

Newborn baby Umiko is snuggled in on her mama's chest.

Grandma snaps her first photo of newborn baby girl, Umiko.

Grandma snaps her first photo of newborn baby girl, Umiko.

Newborn baby girl Umiko cries out.

Dad holds his newborn baby for the first time.

Skin-to-skin with daddy is such a great way to keep baby warm and comforted while allowing baby to get used to daddy’s smell and heartbeat.

Newborn baby girl, Umiko, cries during her newborn exam.

Everyone expected Umiko to have black hair like her mama. As soon as they laid this sweet baby girl on the exam table, under the heat lamp, I noticed it wasn’t black at all. It was dark blondish-reddish, just like her daddy’s…and the ends were even lighter!

And can we all just take a moment to admire the blond fur on her upper arm?

Newborn baby girl's first exam.

Baby Girl was chubby and happy to scream to let us all know her lungs were working just fine, thank you!

Newborn baby just after birth.

Newborn receives her first newborn exam.

Newborn being examined after birth.

Baby Umiko is weighed shortly after birth.

Dad holding baby after birth.

Mom examines her minutes old baby girl.

My favorite part of the birth may have been when Lauren starred at Umiko and said, in awe, “I made an entire human!”

Yes, you did, Lauren, a gorgeous one at that!

Congratulations, Lauren and Matt! It was such an honor to be present for Umiko’s birth. You three make a perfect family.

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Breastfeeding Session with Mace {Bellingham Photographer}

Breastfeeding Session with Mace {Bellingham Photographer}A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Last summer I photographed Mace’s beautiful, gentle homebirth and then a few days later went back to do his newborn photos. I was thrilled when his mama, Alyssa, contacted me requesting a breastfeeding session.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I have had the honor of breastfeeding all of my babies, including the two babies my husband and I adopted. These moments of feeding your baby from your body and such a gift. I know that not every mother can breastfeed her babies, but oh what a joy when mothers can nourish their babies from their own bodies.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Mace is just gorgeous…can you believe those eyes!

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

He didn’t look grumpy to me!

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I love our little corner of the Pacific Northwest! I think Bellingham must be one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

If you are interested in booking a photography session, contact Renee Bergeron at 360-383-7889 or send an email: littleearthling at yahoo dot com.

 

 

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Welcome, Malachi! {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

LIfestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron. Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

You’ll have to excuse Malachi, he’s new here. But honestly, he seems to know his way around.

I took maternity photos for Kristina (owner of Safe and Sound Doula) back in December. You can see her chilly maternity session here. After a wild ride of ups and downs, Malachi made his grand arrival in early January.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

When I first began newborn photography back in 2009 I was very into posing babies but over the years I have found that the images that speak to me the most, both as a mother and artist, are the moments in between.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

The newborn stage, while it seems endless when you are in the midst of it, is really such a short time in your child’s life. I’ve had nine babies myself so I know exactly how overwhelming the waves of diapers and blankets and spit up and crying can be.

But I also know that babies grow up; and quickly.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

So when I am invited in to a home to photograph newborns I try to capture it all. The sweet moments of calm.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

The wild moments with crazy toddlers.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

And all of the teeny tiny details of life with a newborn.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I have the honor of watching families grow and change.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I am the silent witness of new relationships formed.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

This little guy is wildly in love with his daddy already.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

He stared deep into his daddy’s eyes, taking in every word he had to say.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Babies grow and change so fast.

My job is to document them along the way.

Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Congratulations Kristina and Shawn. It has been an honor to watch your family grow.

Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography is a Bellingham photographer who has photographed over 50 births and countless newborns and families.

 

 

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Winter Maternity Photos: Bellingham Maternity Photographer

Beautiful Winter Maternity Session in Bellingham, WAWinter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I have to confess I always get a bit nervous about winter maternity sessions here in Bellingham. In fact, we got rained out on our first attempt at maternity photos. Thankfully, Kristina and her husband Shawn were completely understanding.

Bellingham winters are fickle. It might be sunny and cold, rainy and warm, snowy, icy, or anything in between.

Winter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

As it turned out we had beautiful (if cold) weather for this winter maternity shoot. Don’t let the photos (or Kristina’s glowing face) fool you. It was only about forty degrees out when we did this shoot. Thankfully, the sun was shining, giving the trees a beautiful warm glow.  Winter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Winter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Winter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Even two-year-old Paisley was an angel for this very cold session. She didn’t seem too upset by the cold. Only by the fact that she couldn’t quite catch my cats who insisted on joining us for the session! Winter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

You might recognize Kristina. She is the owner of  Safe and Sound Doula and also a doula for Doulas of BellinghamWinter maternity photos by bellingham maternity photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Less than two weeks after this session, Kristina totally rocked her birth as she welcomed a little boy into the world.

Stay tuned to see photos of Malachi’s birth!

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