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Hamilton Fresh 48 Photography Session

I had my first ever Fresh 48 session at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and oh goodness is it ever such a rush to walk through those maternity ward halls with the anticipation of coming face to face with a brand new life!!! Do you know the feeling of getting to visit your new niece or grandkid or maybe you even remember the excitement of coming to see a new sibling?? When I got to document the first hours of this baby girl’s life THAT is how I felt and I super hope I get to do it again real soon.

Mama had to have a c sec due to breech. If you have a c section breastfeeding may take a little longer to establish. In this case mama would nurse for a bit then dad would take a turn with formula while she pumped.

I remember my little bro 16 years ago having this done at first before he was breastfed, and although my mom was (very rudely by nurses) told she wouldn’t be able to breastfeed, with help and perseverance she did. Don’t listen to everything they tell you in hospital, whatever your circumstance you most likely CAN breastfeed. (Tips at the end of this post)

Here are some tips from www.tommys.org for those with c secs:

  • Skin-to-skin contact with your baby in the first 24 hours after birth helps you bond with your baby and can help you start to breastfeed. If you weren’t able to have this contact, for example, if you or your baby were ill, you can still breastfeed. But it may take a bit longer for your baby to latch on and for your milk supply to come in.

  • Feed your baby as often and for as long as they want. This will mean your baby is getting the right amount of milk at the right time, and it will help your body produce enough milk.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your midwife for help, and have someone pass baby to you so you don’t have to twist in bed

  • Try different feeding positions, to find one that is most comfortable for you

  • If your wound is painful, try putting a pillow over it to protect it.

  • Ask for advice on expressing breastmilk so someone else can feed baby while you rest.

  • Community support groups, such as breastfeeding cafes, can be a good source of support and information once you’re home from hospital – your midwife or health visitor can tell you what is available in your area.

I have a model call on right now for these type of sessions. If you are a Hamilton or Burlington area mama looking to get a Freshie seshie done please read over the FAQ section to see the requirements and fill out the Questionnaire!

5 reasons to have your family photo session done in home | Hamilton Family Lifestyle Photographer by Natasha Huisman

I love shooting outdoors, finding new places to explore and that beautiful golden hour light. But let’s face it, that’s tricky to do in winter! Outdoor sessions can absolutely be done in winter, but it takes a little more planning - layering on top of styling your outfits so you don’t end up with photos of bulky winter coats and snow pants, keeping the little ones warm and happy, hoping there will be snow on the date of the session. (For me it’s keeping the feeling in my fingers while shooting in the cold!) When winter comes my shooting style switches back to embracing the low light indoors, which can be quite beautiful. You may think Fall or Spring is the best time to get your family photos done (there are still challenges - hello rain days??) so here are some reasons you might consider in your own home this winter instead!

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Reason 1: It’s easy.

No packing snacks, worrying about bringing along extra outfits to change into, no rain day rescheduling. You have everything you need right here, simple!

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Reason 2: Children & baby’s comfort level.

There is no transitioning from nap time to going out somewhere so they will generally be happier. Sometimes kids can get overstimulated or their change of environment will affect their mood. At home they are in their comfort zone and often times they get excited to show me their favourite toys they have in their room or point out where their pet likes to play etc and these make great captures!

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Reason 3: Window light!!!

If you’re worried about your house being dark or messy, taking shots beside a window can result in some really gorgeous images with great light. These ones usually end up being my favourite and I use window light in my own house for pretty indoor pictures.

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Reason 4: Documenting your real life as it is right now.

Tomorrow your house will look different than it did today, different toys will be strewn across the floor, furniture might be in a different place than it was a year ago, and when I look back at my own photos from inside my house I love to see how things change and how each day is new. That in itself needs to be documented! I shoot from a documentary inspired approach so even if your home is what you might consider a mess you may not see it that way in the images when you look back at them in the future. Doing a simple activity such as baking, cuddling up reading your kids books, jumping on the bed?? These are memories I know you will want to remember even more than a styled and posed on location session. There’s a time for those shots and a time for real life memories - don’t let these times be forgotten.

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Reason 5: Intimate, raw, REAL.

Maybe there’s a shot that you’ve always wanted to have captured but having it taken outside or in a studio is not fitting... My toddler loves to join me in the shower and play with her ducky and that is a shot I personally would love to capture for myself to remember but it’s not exactly an easy shot to get outside! In your own home you won’t be worrying about an audience. In your own personal space is where you can feel free to open up and be yourself.

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Some extra tips for in home family sessions:

  • tidy excess clutter (I don’t mean deep clean model home presentation style, just do what I do and literally shove things you don’t want to be distracting in photos into a drawer or corner for now!!)

  • wear neutral clothes, no words or logos unless it makes sense for your photos and is not overly distracting. PJ’s are more than ok too! It’s your home so feel free to wear what’s comfy.

  • have a few simple activities planned. Build lego with your kids, make some hot chocolate or put on some music and dance!

  • be open to having me explore your home to find the best light to use. That could be your bedroom, kitchen, even the bathroom if you have great light in there!

  • have your babes and kiddos fed beforehand so they don’t get hangry like mine tend to do when I bring out the camera!! Haha.

Breastfeeding Session Brampton | Hamilton Baby Photographer by Natasha Huisman

Ok, ok, what can I say about this session? I think it is probably my favourite that I’ve done. Like ever. Breastfeeding is such a beautiful thing and it means a lot to me to promote and encourage it. As I was getting these images together to blog I realized I can’t seem to find a lot that show the complete realness of it, don’t get me wrong there are soooo many gorgeous breastfeeding portraits out there. But I struggled to find many that weren’t shot at certain angles, with posing that still hides certain aspects of how you would normally breastfeed. I guess it shows that even though we’ve come so far with the #normalizebreastfeeding movement it still is not fully seen as normal?! Stop me if I’m wrong.

I remember first becoming a mother and buying one of those nursing covers you put around your neck, I didn’t even think about why I bought it, just maybe because that’s what most moms I saw did? I remember feeling super silly wearing it and felt it drew even more attention to me than if I just went without it. And the flailing arms. The poking my head in awkwardly to see if he was latched on right. Oh my GOSH I just ended up stashing that thing away and said to hell with it who cares they’re just boobs. Because guess what! They’re just boobs, dudes. Life sustaining, magical and yes usually pretty looking but I guess God made them that way because they’re so important or something, idk.

I know not every mother has the privilege of breastfeeding but I fully believe every effort should be made. It’s not just the magical milk, it’s bonding, it’s natural weight loss (not that that’s an issue but hello perfect design), it’s even good for your mental health as your hormones regulate after birth. I’m so grateful I was able to nurse my son until he was 2 and decided he was over it, and my daughter who is 2 and 2 months and still asks for it every morning and night.

I feel so blessed to have the experience of witnessing and capturing this handsome dude’s birth and then to come back again 5 months later to document these special moments with his gorgeous mama. I had to throw in a bunch from his nursery because um it’s beautiful! (My fav part is still the shit show sign you made yourself though, Nicole haha)

So tell me, did you get to breastfeed your babies? If so, for how long? And do you think we still need to work on this normalizing thing or what? Oh and I am also so open for more sessions like this, if you’d like to document and remember these days with your little ones we can arrange it for sure!!

Little Pippa's Family at Devil's Punchbowl | Hamilton Family Photographer by Natasha Huisman

Summer evening sessions. Sigh. Is there anything better than hanging out with your family in the tall grass with the warm sun starting to set and the sound of crickets all around you? Pippa and her family are so sweet, I enjoyed every moment capturing their little summer hang out. This was a couple weeks back now and the crickets and warm sun have gone away - hard to believe it’s Halloween this week, I am still in denial that summer left us!!

If you’re in the Hamilton & Haldimand area and are wanting to get in on some fall family sessions before the winter steals our beautiful evening light hit me up!

Summer's Maternity Session by Natasha Huisman

I had such a great time with this expectant mama and her family - the weather was unpredictable as mid summer can sometimes be for rain but we managed to catch these moments of joy before the storm began! I loved how open they were to what I had planned - no smiles were forced here - they told me this was the first time they’d done an outdoor session, usually they went to studios so you could see how much fun they were having with trying something new!! This sweet girl was convinced she had a little sister in there and hey guess what she ended up being right!!

I’ll let the images tell the rest of their story.

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