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When I first met Carla and her daughter, Carolina, I knew I had to photograph them. There is this sweet light that extends from their interactions and I wanted to show Carla just how beautiful their mother/daughter relationship is. I’m so happy I got the chance to do that.

We spent a day reading, laughing, sipping pretend tea, and having a dance party in the living room. Here are some of my favorites from our day together…

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I have limited availability for family sessions for the remaining 2014 year, if you are interested in having your family’s love captured don’t hesitate to send me an email!  lauren@laurenguilford.com

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  • Kel Ward - Oh my gosh, I love this session! Your shots are so creative and artistic, with so much variety. Beautiful mother and daughter.ReplyCancel

  • jody savage - These are just precious!! I love how you captured the special bond they share! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa O'Dwyer - What a sweet session! So effortless and natural!ReplyCancel

  • Krystle Akin - Oh my word! I love so many of these and I so want this same style for my family. Girl you are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsy McCartney - SO in love with this sweet session!! What a joyful mother and daughter connection! I feel like you captured them absolutely perfectly, they must love these images to the moon and back!ReplyCancel

I remember standing outside the children’s ministry hallway chatting with Tyler about the benefits of having a doula and how he and his wife should really look into having one for their second baby’s birth. Not long after that conversation I began the training & certification process to become a birth doula…and a handful of months later I got to help Helayna and Tyler bring baby Roland into this world!

A few months before he was born I was talking to Tyler at church one Sunday and asked if he and Helayna had picked out a name yet and he told me yes – Roland. My arms were immediately covered in goosebumps. I think I may have responded with something like “are you serious?” or “no way!” And then went onto say that Rowland was my dad’s name (mind you, it’s not a very common name…so it definitely took me by surprise to hear that’s what they were naming him).

Being there for Roland’s birth was a healing experience of sorts. While I had lost my dad, Rowland, I got to help Helayna bring her Roland into this world (and she did such an amazing job). It also gave me this deep sense of affirmation that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing at this point in my life.

I’m so grateful that Tyler and Helayna trusted me to be their birth doula…I can’t quite express what it felt like to be there as baby Roland was born and I’m so happy to have had that experience!

Here are some images from their newborn session when Roland was about a week old! Big sister Eleanor was as cute as ever loving on her baby brother  :)

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  • jody savage - oh I got chills reading your story! So excited for you in your next adventure! Wish you had been around when I had my children!!! And the pictures are just lovely as usual!!ReplyCancel

  • Kel ward - I love each and every one of these! Beautiful photography of an adorable family, Lauren!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa O'Dwyer - Love them! You’ve captured a beautiful mood and time in this family’s life!ReplyCancel

  • wendy laurel - oh so good! lovely photos of the family.ReplyCancel

  • Krystle Akin - Oh Lauren these are just precious! I am in love!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsy McCartney - What a sweet family and set of images!! These will be such a treasure for them! Beautiful job, Lauren :)ReplyCancel

While most of my birth photography clients contact me a few months in advance, every now and then I get some last minute inquiries. And by last minute, it’s usually within a few weeks of their due date. However,  a few months back I got an email from a mama who was currently in labor and looking for a birth session! There’s a first for everything…right?  ;)

Del Mar Birth Center is already such a peaceful and calm place, but this mama and daddy brought even more peace to their room. When I walked in there was music softly playing, and baby Keyanna was so content snuggling on her daddy’s chest.  I’m so glad that it all worked out for me to do a Fresh Baby session for these new parents!

Here are some of my favorites from our time together…

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  • Jody Savage - wow, I cant believe she had the strength to call you during labor but what a GREAT decision that was. Such a joyous occasion she can now treasure forever!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish Barker - These are so tender and full of love! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Kang - Oh what a sweet baby! Precious!ReplyCancel

  • Jen O. - These are magical. So sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina - The sweetest baby!!! And did that momma seriously just give birth?? She looks amazing! Great job, friend!ReplyCancel

  • Kel Ward - I can’t stop staring at these! That baby is just a little bundle of perfection and you captured every little detail so perfectly! Beautiful family.ReplyCancel

Last week I shared Melissa’s sweet and peaceful home birth of baby Elisabeth, which means now I get so share some of the images from her newborn session!

Elisabeth was a dream, so calm and content the entire time I was there (just how I remember her from the morning she was born). Here are some of my favorites from our day together…

 

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“You have to let go and surrender to your body. Trust your body, it knows what to do.”

That is probably one of the most important things I’ve learned since becoming a birth worker. I think it is the single most true, and nearly impossible, statement about labor. If you’ve given birth you can most likely remember how difficult it was to not tense up and not worry about the contractions that were yet to come. Labor & delivery requires your full attention on the present moment. Each contraction. One at a time, and not concerning yourself with the next. Focusing on your breathing and surrendering to your body with each contraction. I can only imagine how difficult this is for moms…especially if they’re ruled by their thoughts like I am. “You mean I can’t control something my body is going through?!?”

It’s the biggest lesson in letting go.

Being apart of Melissa’s labor & delivery, I witnessed how peaceful a birth can go when you let go of the control you think you have and truly surrender to your body and baby. Melissa did such an amazing job, and it was such an honor to be there to capture the home water birth of sweet little Elisabeth.

Here’s a bit of her birth story…

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