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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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I remember walking away from meeting Natalie, Todd, and Ever for the first time with a goofy smile plastered across my face. It could have been because they’re an adorable family full of excitement and love for one another. Or maybe it was because of Ever’s happy face paired with surfer curls. Or the way Natalie loved on her boys so sweetly.

While I’m sure it was because of all these reasons,  when it came time for Natalie to deliver, I added one more to the list…the light that shines so brightly through Natalie.

Up until this point in my life, I had never quite seen someone so peaceful and loving to everyone around her, in all situations (even childbirth). Everywhere she went (and as you’ll soon see, we walked to many places) she brought joy with her. The entire nursing staff adored her…and the same goes for her doctor. In between intense contractions she would be making those around her smile, even just moments before she delivered baby Legend.

I always feel so blessed to capture such an intimate moment in a family’s life, but I felt extra blessed being a witness to the extreme beauty Natalie displayed throughout the entire birthing process.

Here’s a glimpse at baby Legend’s birth…

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  • jody savage - ahhh this is just absolutely beautiful. This family is darling, so full of joy. Wonderful job – absolutely beautifulReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Madden - Seriously unbelievable! You have such a talent & I can only imagine how much they’re going to treasure these photos. PS: I love all of her bracelets! So chic for labor. :) ReplyCancel

  • Trish Barker - Very compelling images. I was really drawn into each and every one of them. Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Kina - This set brought tears to my eyes. So real and wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina - My heart just about exploded looking through these. You are so good, friend!! And that last one! SO stinking adorable.ReplyCancel

When I first met Renee, she was already well on her way to opening Earth Baby. As we chatted about her plans for the store, I could tell how passionate she was about truly helping the families in our community. Renee knows first hand what it’s like for those looking to make the change to cloth diapers but not knowing what steps to take. Thankfully, she brings all of her hard work of research and experience to the table to help those around her.

Walking into Earth Baby, you will immediately feel the difference from other baby boutiques. You’ll be welcomed by smiles with hearts passionate to listen to your unique situation with an eagerness to help! Renee and Jennifer really make shopping at Earth Baby a wonderful experience for everyone – whether you are a crunchy mama or not!

Here’s a bit from my time spent getting to know Renee and Earth Baby a bit more…


Tell me a bit about yourself…

My name is Renee Kennedy- Powers. I am a mother of 2 boys, Gavin 7yrs old and Tannen 15 months old, and am married to Brian and a cloth diaper lover! I like to call myself a ” half-crunchy” mom. I am not perfect, or the most healthy, natural mom but I really try with my boys. 


What made you decide to open Earth Baby?

My son Tannen was highly allergic to disposable diapers. We tried about 11 brands of different disposable diapers and each one made him have an “abnormal” horrible reaction which resulting in going to the hospital on numerous occasions. One of his doctors advised I looked into cloth diapers ASAP or my son could have male issues later in life. I looked at him as if he was crazy! I knew nothing about cloth diapers! I was thinking the old diapers my grandma would talk about with the pins and thought “there is no way I could do that!”

I started researching online and could not believe the chemicals that disposable diapers were filled with and soon discovered there was a whole world of “cloth diapers and natural parents” out there.  I also could not believe what the savings each year could be with cloth diapers! There were so many brands of cloth diapers and different styles. It was actually very overwhelming and kind of discouraging at the time. I looked up cloth diaper stores and there was nothing within 2 hours of my home. I wanted a brick and mortar that I could just walk into..hold and touch the diapers and be educated on what to do, the types of diapers, prepping and washing the diapers etc. I was worried if I ordered online, I would have no idea what I was actually ordering and if I was doing the whole “cloth diaper” thing right. I did not want to just order anything and it not work and waste all that time and money.

Here we are..now helping families at Earth baby!


What makes you so passionate about cloth diapers?
Here at Earth Baby our greatest mission is to create a caring judgment free place where people can comfortably come and learn, share and buy the things they need to create a green and happy lifestyle for their families. For us going green was a path we just found ourselves on one day. What we found was a huge eye opening but overwhelming world of products and information. We want to help make your path simple and easy. Regardless of whether or not you are the crunchiest of granola greens, or a newbie to the green scene, we are here to help! No question is too small, and every little step makes an impact.

From the initial ideas for selling cloth diapers, how has your store expanded?
We also sell baby carriers, Organic baby and mother body products, Organic clothing, Eco-friendly toys and other items, natural laundry care, feeding items, and lots of other organic and eco-friendly parenting products. We personally have used and try everything we sell. We really stand behind our products!  Be sure to stay tuned, as we have more great products to come! 

I know you plan on having classes for parents, what topics will you cover?
We will have a wide array of classes, from Cloth diapering 101 to Babywearing! Essential oils, Holistic medicine, Baby music, Post and Pre-natal fitness and nutrition. Mommy and Me yoga, Hypnobirthing and even Organic Baby food making classes! 

So far, what has been your favorite part about opening Earth Baby?
I really enjoy helping the parents. I feel like so many come in unknowledgable and stressed out because they are so confused but want to cloth diaper. I love walking them through all the diaper options and explaining the process of cloth diapering. It’s amazing how relieved they are when they walk out with their first purchase of cloth diapers. It’s all about the education…I love the phone calls and facebook posts of how switching to cloth has been the best decision for their families and how they love cloth diapering! 

Do you have any fun classes or events coming up?

Yes! We have Post-natal fitness with Birgitta Lauren coming up this weekend. We also have a fabulous class for Babywearing with Laura Brown. We will have the baby wearing class on the 2nd Friday of every month! 


Where are you located & what’s your contact information?

Earth Baby is located at 13454 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. Our phone number is 818-917-6193

Are customers able to purchase products online?

Yes! We are always updating our website with new fun inventory. www.earthbabyboutique.com  You can also register right on our website for classes anytime. 



Any fun last words for people who have yet to come check out Earth Baby?  

Earth Baby Boutique is LA’s premier cloth diaper boutique! We carry the largest selection of cloth diaper brands as well as babywearing, organic baby and maternity care, baby feeding products and unique eco-friendly toys. Earth baby was born from the idea that the internet shouldn’t be the only place to find the cloth diapers you’re searching for, we know that every family has a preference and unique situation. Let us make finding the right cloth diaper solution easy with in store education & product selection assistance.

We cannot wait to meet you and help your family come to the Greener side of life! 

Thank you Renee for spending a day showing me around and allowing both myself and those reading this post to get to know you and Earth Baby!

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  • Kimberly Barnes - What an awesome store! I love how you photographed it – I bet Renee loves these images! Makes me wish I lived close enough to check out the store in person.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Madden - What a beautiful store! Wishing I lived in CA. :) ReplyCancel

  • Jaine Kershner - this place is so cute!! love it!ReplyCancel

  • christina - cute shop!!! great pix!!ReplyCancel

  • Kel Ward - I love it! The store is seriously adorable. I love the way they have everything set up and as a mom who was pretty darn crunchy when her kids were little, I love the whole concept!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa O'Dwyer - How beautiful and color! The babies must love it!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Powers - LOVE it so much! Pictures and all! You have such amazing talent and I can see the passion you have for photography! You are for sure doing what your were born to do! Thanks again so very much from the Earth Baby mamas! -Renee and JenReplyCancel