Seattle Great Wheel

Dramatic image of the Seattle Great Wheel at night.Have you you even ridden on the iconic Seattle Great Wheel? My husband and I rode on it for the first time this summer, as we celebrated 20 years of marriage.

 

 

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The Superhero Project {Vincent}

Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

Vincent’s mother says: “Sweet Vincent was born November 2014 with clubfoot. We would soon discover a brain malformation and a rare genetic syndrome.” You can follow his story on Victorious Vincent’s Adventures with prayer-Willi, Polymicrogyeria, Clubfoot.

Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

I had such fun hanging out with Vincent. His skin is milky white and his skin so soft I just wanted to snuggle with him! I resisted the urge, however, and kept my camera in my hands to capture Vincent’s special moments with his mama. And can you even believe that hair?! He is such a doll.Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

 

Vincent is just a little bundle of personality! Thanks, Candace, for bringing him over to hang out.

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A Newborn Session at Home {Bellingham Photographer}

Just a week after photographing Pirkko’s birth, I got to go back and capture her newborn beauty. It is always shocking to me just how much babies change in so short a time! Pirkko was wide awake and intent on taking in everything around her. Can you believe that gorgeous hair?beautiful lifestyle images of newborn baby by little earthling photography mom caring for newborn baby during lifestyle newborn session

 

I love being invited into a family’s home to capture the natural beauty of family and love. That image of Pirkko with her mama reminds me of when my babies were newborns. I can almost feel the weight of them in my arms. big sisters holding newborn baby - bellingham newborn photographer

in-home newborn photo session

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Pirkko is blessed with not one, not two, but three big sisters. All happy to dote on her and brush her hair!newborn in daddy's arms

I can tell this baby already has a very special place in her daddy’s heart!

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I am a firm believer that photo sessions should be fun; no stiff smiles or awkward moments. Thankfully, Pirkko’s family agreed! I had such a fun morning hanging out with them and capturing  these sweet moments.

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Renee Bergeron is a birth and lifestyle photographer based in Bellingham, WA

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Happy First Birthday, Chloe!

I have the honor of photographing sweet little Chloe when she was just a few days old. She was still in the hospital, and still hooked up to wires and tubes.

daddy and baby with down syndrome

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing her for her first birthday. Can you believe how she’s grown? Can you believe how gorgeous she is?

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Sometimes it takes an outtake like this ^^^ to get a beautiful image like this ^^^daddy and baby with down syndrome  mom dad and baby with down syndrome

 

beautiful, smiling down syndrome baby

 

Dream big, Chloe! May your days be happy and your future bright.

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Why Hire a Doula?

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Guest post by doula, Molly Seimears photography by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Birth is a big deal.

 
Whether we experience it once or even a dozen times, each of them is a day we remember for the rest of our lives. Regardless of circumstance,  whether or not we felt supported by those around us makes a huge impact in how we look back upon it. 
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Support is so vital in every aspect of our lives, in birth it is no different. It is a intimate and emotional time full of big decisions. It is imperative for a birthing woman to take into consideration who will be supportive of their choices when she deciding who will be with her when she births. 
 
Many partners and friends are wonderful support in labor, but the knowledge, experience and continual support a doula provides benefits the whole birth team. 
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A doula is a professional non medical labor support person. Doulas support a mother and her partner physically and emotionally in pregnancy, in labor, and postpartum. They support all birth types; natural, medicated and cesarean. Most attend home and birth center births as well as ones at the hospital. 
 
I am a doula, and I am honored to be able to support women throughout this process.
 
I meet with the expecting couple before the birth, getting to know them and discovering what their ideal birth may look like. Together we make a birth plan to reflect the birth the mother wants. They get to practice techniques and prepare mentally and physically for the upcoming birth.
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In labor, a doula will help the mother by applying comfort techniques and helping her stay active for a more productive labor. The doula gives continuous support, helping the mother stay strong and the doctor or midwife stay fresh. She is a calming, encouraging and objective voice in the room. She helps maintain that calm atmosphere throughout labor.
Information is key.
 
 One of my most important roles as a doula is to educate the couple on how to ask the right questions if complications arise. This helps the birthing mother stand firm in her birth plan and make the best decision for her family if circumstances require plans to change.    
My support does not end once the baby is born. I also meet with new family postpartum. These appointments are a treat to new moms. As your doula, I am there for Mom, not just to oogle over the new baby. This time is to focus on you, your birth experience,  and life with a newborn. I am a judgment free listening ear for this unique time in your life.
 
According to clinical trials, women who had continuous support in labor-and their babies- were found to be more likely to experience better birth outcomes. John H. Kennell, MD summed it up perfectly when he said, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron
It is necessary to note that a doula does not replace or upstage the mother’s partner
 
The mothers significant other, family member or friend is her primary birth partner, not the doula.  The doula supports both of them, modeling to and assisting the birth partner, making sure they get rest as well so they can better support the mother even more effectively and sustainably. 
 
Often referred to as a birth coach a doula can be paralleled as a personal trainer for labor. Yes, we are capable of meeting our goals without one, but the advantage from knowledge, experience, and one-on-one support often leads to better results and greater satisfaction.
 
A doula’s support gives you an advantage to help achieve your ideal birth.
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You can learn more about Molly and her work as a doula at: Birth Advantage Doula Services.

 

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Pirkko’s Birth {Birthroot Midwives}

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Birthrate Midwives birth center in Bellingham, WA

Sometimes I have moms contact me for birth photography as soon as they have a positive pregnancy test. Other times moms contact me very late in pregnancy. Nesting, it seems, sometimes involves deciding that birth photography is at the top of the list for baby prep. I was so happy to be able to fit Paula and Pablo in to my schedule. I wasn’t booking births for mid-August because my family was planning to spend a week camping on the Oregon coast. Paula was due mid-August, five days after our scheduled return home. I normally guarantee to be in town for the two weeks leading up to a mom’s due date. In this case, we agreed to let Paula’s baby decide whether or not birth photography was in the cards.laboring at the birthroot birth center

Paula’s baby waited for my return to Bellingham, and on the afternoon of her due date, I got the call. When I arrived Paula was still chatty; asking how my camping trip was. I have photographed dozens of births and as a general rule, if the mom is making small talk, the baby’s birth isn’t imminent. laboring in tub at birth center

About an hour after my arrival, Paula became quiet. The Birthroot Midwives Birth Center is a beautiful, roomy facility. The room was peaceful and still, with only the sound of music echoing on the walls.birth-center-birth-bellinghamPaula knew exactly what she was doing, and Pablo knew exactly how to support his wife. They worked seamlessly together through the labor. bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthNo one needed to tell Paula it was time to push. Her body knew exactly what it was doing.Bellingham birth photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures a beautiful water birthWith very little fanfare, tiny Pirkko made her arrival into the world! A head full of thick, luscious hair and covered in vernix. bellingham birth photographer

belligham-birth-photography-2bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthbellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthCongratulations Paula and Pablo! It was an honor to be invited to Pirkko’s birth.

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Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography, captures the raw beauty of birth photography.

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Magnolia {Hospital VBAC}

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Kaylee contacted me very early on in her pregnancy. She is a very determined mama who was determined to have a VBAC. I was able to meet with Kaylee a few times through out her pregnancy and take her maternity photos. Kaylee was planning a home birth, but had to completely change her plans just a week or two before her due date. She didn’t let it shake her. She found an OB and began planning her hospital VBAC.

Mama laboring in hospital

hospital birth details shots

mama laboring in hospital

Kaylee was in her birth mode when I arrived. I’m not even sure she noticed me. Kaylee hired local doula, Lisa to help support her through her labor.

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Kaylee’s pushing stage went so fast, no one was sure if the doctor would make it…

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Things got a little intense at the last minute…we were all thankful for the fast-acting hospital staff.

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The moment of triumph. Kaylee holding sweet Magnolia for the first time. Her expressions says it all.

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Happy birthday, Magnolia! And congratulations Kaylee and Shane.

 

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The Superhero Project {Esther and Christy}

The Superhero Project was created to share the gift of professional photography with families of special needs children and to help them see their inner strength. 

This was such a fun session. I got to photograph not one but two superheroes! Esther is the 11th child in her family. She surprised her parents when she was born with both Down Syndrome and a hole in her heart. After a rough start, she has blossomed into a gorgeous, healthy six-year-old.

The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes . The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

Esther got totally into this shoot and began dancing spontaneously as I was taking her pictures. She was full of so much joy and happiness. You know the saying, “dance like no one is watching you”? That may just be Esther’s motto!The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

After adjusting to the new normal of life with a daughter with Down Syndrome, Ruth and her husband Daryl did something amazing…they adopted a little girl from Bulgaria who also has Down Syndrome.The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

Esther and Christy are such an adorable pair! Esther, at 6, tries her best to help take care of Christy (age 5). As you can see, these two have a very special bond.The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes . The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

It was discovered that in addition to having Down Syndrome, Christy had a stroke at some point in her infancy. She still can’t sit up well or walk on her own, but she is working hard in physical therapy to increase her strength and mobility. The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes . The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

Esther is still learning to talk, but she has an amazing vocabulary of signs. Here she was determined to tell me that she was drinking!

Back in November I did a lifestyle session with Christy to document everyday life in their house. It was so much fun to see the girls again, all dressed up for The  Superhero Project.

The shirts and tutus in these photos were donated by My Lily’s Frilly’s.

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Renee Bergeron, founder of The Superhero Project, is a lifestyle photographer based in Bellingham, WA. You can contact her for a session: 360-383-7889

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Anticipation {Bellingham Birth Photographer}

Mom and dad kissing toddler with glasses. Little Earthling Photography

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So much love and joy in this little family! We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of little Magnolia. As a birth photographer, I get to go to be each night I am on call with the anticipation of wondering, “will this be the night?“.

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Renee Bergeron owner of Little Earthling Photography is a Bellingham based photographer who specializes in birth and lifestyle photography.

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Pocket of Light

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Apollo-post-haircut Black and white image of boy with bow and arrow

Sometimes you find the perfect pocket of light in your home, so you take a couple of pictures.

Mordecai, age 12 and Apollo, age 5.

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