for what you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.
Finding the perfect photographer can be overwhelming. There are a couple of important things to consider before booking.
What style are you looking
have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve
the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and
maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some
examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.
at their website and Facebook page. Are the portraits in focus? Are the colors
off? Is the posing good?
typically only post a couple of their best photos from a session, so if the
ones posted aren’t that great, it’s not a good sign.
Research and review.
you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get
online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view
their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what
others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of
their personality and style.
have a ton of positive yelp reviews and Facebook reviews.
other important points to consider when researching photographers are:
Budget. Do their services fall within your price range? Do they have a payment plan?
Expertise. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
Location. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be? Do they have a studio?
Quality. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure, and saturation.
don’t want just anyone handling your sweet new baby. Check to make sure the
studio is licensed and insured. How many newborns have they photographed? What
safety measures do they take?
are they photographing your baby or family? On railroad tracks–that is illegal.
In a glass jar–highly dangerous! Hanging in a crocheted blanket from a tree
What about after the
the photographer provide any retouchups? Head swaps?
studio does full retouchups, removing acne, marks, etc. This is included as
part of our service.
Who to choose?
in touch with the photographers you are considering and ask any questions that
you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the
phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out
whether you’re comfortable with them and feel they can do the job you need them
important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. While there
is nothing wrong with helping out your hobby photographer friend who has just
started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important
events and occasions that you can’t relive.
Our studio does studio and on location portraits and we’d be happy to discuss your session ideas with you.
year of your baby’s life they change so much from day to day. While I highly
recommend professional portraits, here’s some tips for capturing a few moments
on your own as well.
is your friend, but not all lighting is created equal. Have you ever noticed
how sometimes photos have a yellowish tint? Yeah, you can thank those indoor
lights. So let’s look for some window/natural light.
your baby so that their head is closest to the window, and their little booty
is parallel to the window (if you want mainly face photo) or farthest away from
the window (if you want full body).
I use a big light that acts very similar to a window light and position it just
to my right, and maybe slightly to my back.
mind, shadows are your friend! Without shadows, you’ll have a flat image and
you won’t see all those cute little baby rolls.
to think about is the angle you take the photo, you don’t want to shoot so that
you don’t see up into the baby’s nostrils, as that’s not flattering and creates
a “black hole.”
forget to step back and get full body, as well as get close and get details.
doing a naked baby shot, you also have to think about all those little bits.
You want everything tucked in so you don’t see their genitals. Push comes to
shove, a little blanket can help cover things up.
afraid to experiment. Shoot straight on, stand up higher and get a shot from
above, etc. Even going on the shadowed side and shooting back at the baby can
create a nice effect.
bean bag that is a bit stiff is a good place to start with posing your little
throw blankets work great over the bean bag to not only help keep your little
one warm, but also give you a nice soft backdrop.
towels are great for putting under the blankets to help prop them up.
or No Props?
people prefer very simple and clean. Either baby completely naked or with a little
outfit on they want something that represents them and their personalities.
try to do both. But it’s something you’ll have to think about when you’re
thinking about your own photos, what do you like?
different popular poses with your little one.
Siblings with the new baby.
on the older child’s age, you might want to position them laying down next to
each other, or have the older child sit on the ground with the new baby in his
lap. (I would have a spotter though, just in case!)
With each parent, individually.
skin on skin with dad is fun, especially if he has tattoos. Or if he’s military
or has another uniform, that can be a great way to customize it.
having a hard time getting your little one settled, a swaddled baby is
typically a happy baby!
Baby on tummy.
a nice cute shot of their whole little body laying down in that cute little
pose, showing off their toes and fingers.
Hands on arms/elbows, front view.
more of a straight shot of your little one, but can include a little bit of
their whole body. But the focus is more on the face.
Head in hands.
Get dad to
hold the new baby in his hands, it shows how little the baby’s head is at this
time in his life, compared to daddy’s hands.
Wedding rings on toes or fingers.
be especially sentimental if you plan on gifting your child with those rings
Baby on his back.
be a very natural pose for little one and if he has gas, the tummy pose may
irritate them, but this pose is usually pretty comfortable.
Buckets and baskets.
bucket or basket is popular with newborn photographers
toys can be a great way to make your session extra special. Oversided teddy?
Make it look like your little one is sleeping in it’s lap. Grandma make the
little one a special little doll, have her hold it.
items, like a wedding dress or veil is another nice idea to incorporate.
crib as part of your session. Pose your little one in there on their belly,
face towards you and shoot them through the bars or from above.
of Newborn Photography
There are two
main different types of newborn photographers, lifestyle and studio/posed.
Lifestyle photographers are photographing things as
they happen naturally. So if you like this style, you like the photos of the
chaos of everyday situations—the house the way it is, the kids doing what they,
want, etc. The only problem with doing this type of session yourself, is
lifestyle sessions typically include YOU, the parent.
Studio/posed photography is how I typically shoot.
While I shoot families with their little ones, it’s in studio, posed for the
best possible results. While the family photos would be exceptionally hard to
get on your own, since you need to hold the little one AND take the photo, posing
your little one for some photos of only them.
phones have come a long way, but even as a professional, I still struggle to
get great shots from my cell phone, so if you’re struggling, you’re not alone!
with Canon professional SLR cameras, if you want some info about what I shoot
with and what I recommend, check out the For Photographers section on my
website for info about education and gear.
Baby rolling, or kicking out. Little ones like to push
and kick, always be careful of where they are on a prop, make sure they aren’t
too close to an edge or on an unstable prop, like a bucket without help. I have
an assistant or parent sit near me, within reach in case they need to grab the
little one, as safety is of the utmost importance.
Strap on camera. This may sound crazy, but if
you’re photographing above the baby, make sure the strap is on your wrist tight
or around your neck. The last thing you would want is to accidentally drop the
camera on your little one!
Glass jars, etc. There was a time when people
put babies into glass jars with their heads sticking out, etc. This is
dangerous. What if the baby kicks out or something happens and the jar falls
and cracks? I would only hope that all photos using things like glass jars are
being photoshopped and not really done.
Railroad tracks. What most people don’t realize is, shooting on
railroad tracks is illegal. Even adults who know what they are doing have been
caught by surprise and killed, here in the US, so just avoid the railroad
Fabric hanging. Sometimes, people request a shot of their little
one inside a wrap, lifted off the ground. When we shoot this, we do this on top
of a bean bag and there is a spotter right there to help in case the little one
were to fall, etc.
A lot of
people love the shot with the babies legs all the way to the front near the
baby’s face. I’m not a huge fan of this shot. Not all babies will do this pose,
some just aren’t this limber. Also, if they have gas, tummy issues, or anything
else that is bothering them, they may not want to do this pose at all.
Head on hands.
This is a
popular request and we do it quite a bit. But what most people don’t realize
is, this shot is typically composited. Basically, we set the baby up in the
pose, and my assistant holds their hands at the bottom, under the chin, I take
a photo, and then she moves her hand to hold the baby’s head and I take another
photo. Then I combine these shots in Photoshop, to create what looks like the
baby is resting on her hands. Little baby heads are quite heavy and it would
not be comfortable for them to rest on their hands, if they can do it at all.
So if you’ve tried to do this shot and couldn’t, this is the secret of how I do
all these tips, I don’t know that I could even go over everything I’ve learned
over the years on how to create the best newborn portraits while keeping your
little one’s safety in mind.
struggling to take photos of your little baby, or just overwhelmed with the
thought of it, give me a call, (904) 891-0359 or shoot me an email Christy@jaxphotographer.com
Whitehead is a pregnancy, newborn and cake smash photographer in Jacksonville,
Florida. She has been voted best photographer multiple times and has been
featured on Buzzfeed multiple times for her fun and geeky photos.
I’ve lived in Florida most all of my life and I’ve only ever found ONE shark’s tooth. My husband loves to go to the beach and walk and look, but we just never find them.
I’m one of those people that for gifts I rather give experiences, so for Father’s Day, I found Fossil Florida through a friend and booked Chase for a 4 hour private fossil/shark’s tooth dig for 4 people.
My father in law, Felix, my hubby, Andy and my daughter Spencer woke up early one Friday morning to meet up with Chase in Gainesville.
We were hunting for about 3 hours or so and I found about 120 shark’s teeth, plus sting ray teeth, an alligator tooth plus some other stuff, including a broken Megladon tooth.
I posted a photo on Facebook and EVERYONE was asking me how we found so many shark’s teeth, where, etc.
I have been back since, when my brother came to town, but we just went by ourselves, not with Chase. I HIGHLY recommend going with Chase. One of the biggest reasons is his knowledge.
He is super friendly, great with kids and REALLY knowledgeable about everything you find and run across. He loves what he does and you can tell! Plus he goes to different places all over the state to hunt!
My daughter found a huge Megalodon tooth that she is sooo proud of. My father in law found a tooth that Chase absolutely loved, my FIL tried to give it to him, but he refused, but politely offered to turn it into a necklace for my FIL.
Chase said he has found arrowheads while doing the digs also!
We had a great experience and I wanted to share it with everyone and with this week being Shark Week, and Chase just having his first boy (shark theme nursery, of course!) this last month, this seemed like the perfect time!
He provides EVERYTHING you need for your hunt and is a great host that keeps digging and refilling your sifter with sand/fossils! All you need is a bottle of water, swimsuit and maybe some snacks!
Read all the way to the end for my review and a DISCOUNT CODE!!!
From Chase: We are super excited about shark week, my daughters are making shark art and Wednesday I am displaying my shark tooth art at Art Walk in Jacksonville!
My grandmother was a pro at finding shark teeth at the beach, I would walk next to her and not finding any as she picked them up right and left.
I remember always looking at her piece of art my aunt made for her with their findings from a trip to Fernandina Beach–It has hundreds of shark teeth and even a nice 2” Megalodon!
I always looked for them at the beach, and in the shell cart path ways at the golf course, but it wasn’t until a friend of mine showed me that you could find them by diving in the dark creeks I grew up swimming and fishing in.
The first time I went looking in a creek, over 10 years ago, I found a 2.5” Megalodon tooth and I was hooked! My favorite place to hunt fossils is scuba diving or snorkeling in Florida waters like deep creeks/rivers. The fossils accumulate in the gravel when the water ways wash through the ancient layers.
I have found the fossilized teeth and bones of many of Florida’s extinct and living animals, from alligators and dolphins to horses and bears. Shark teeth being the most common of course.
In the past year, I have picked up approximately 100,000 shark teeth of all different shapes sizes and colors. The majority of them going into my fossil Florida artwork, the largest of which contained almost 10,000 teeth alone!
A large variety of recognizable shark teeth and other fossils go into our interactive fossil dig kits as well!
One of my favorite finds is a 3.5” perfect ancient dolphin/whale relative known as a delphinodon. They aren’t found too often and it’s the only one like it I have seen!
Anything funny ever happen? I once took a family to a small private creek and ran across a 7’ rat snake, I grabbed it by the tail and tossed it off in the woods. The family was a little surprised, but that’s how Florida is.
How do you see your company in five years? I will continue making art, leading private guides and expanding our jewelry and dig kit lines.
Sharks lose an average of 30,000 teeth in their lifetime, that times millions of sharks, and 400 million years, there are still many to be found!
We will be expanding our private guide areas, and looking to start taking children’s groups in the future!
How can people book you?
DISCOUNT CODE to get a free mini dig kit with any purchase from the website: Sharkblog
ICongrats parents, you made it! You survived summer break. Here’s some ideas for those back to school portraits.
day of school is a milestone for all kids and parents. I always try to catch a
photo of my kids on their first day to show how big they were, what they wore,
etc. Over the years, it’s fun to look back on those images and to see how much
they’ve grown from one year to the next
some really cute ideas that you can use to make your child’s first day of
school photos memorable and unique.
shot of the outfit. You’ve spent the time choosing the perfect outfit for
this day so why not hang it up somewhere and get a shot of it before they get
dressed? Lay the outfit out on your child’s bed and take a shot from above or
place it on a cute hanger and hang it against the door. Then, once your little
one has it on, let them give you their best model pose with it on!
blackboard. Incorporate a cute blackboard with a frame into the photos. Fill
the blackboard with facts such as the date, their age or even what they want to
be when they grow up. Easels also work really well for this and will give you
more space to be creative.
drawing. Get your child to draw themselves on their first day of school and
include this in your photo. Or have them write their name
and incorporate that into the photo to show off how their penmanship has
changed as well.
their progress. While taking a picture on the first day of school is a
must, make a point of taking a photo on the last day of the school year too. It’s
always kind of sad to compare the two photos for me. Another sweet idea is to
get your kid to pose with their first day of school photo from the previous
year to show their progress. Or have them wear the same outfit as the first day
By having fun and making this moment a big deal for your
children, you will instill confidence in them and prepare them for the day and
year ahead. Good luck parents!
A couple of months ago, I was over at Diamond D Horse Ranch for an event and ran into Bee Friends Farm and their honey products. At first, I didn’t think it was local, the logo and packaging just looked very corporate and national. I’m a huge honey fan and am always buying local honey, so I was shocked to find that it was a Jacksonville-based company.
I bought a bunch of items and took a couple of quick product photographs in our studio and I wanted to share some info about them as well as our own personal review!
They had a product that I had never seen before called Roasted Toasted Salted Pecan Honey. They call it pecan pie in a jar. If you love pecans and honey, this is amazing. I honestly wasn’t sure what I would think of it, but I hid it from my kids so I wouldn’t have to share. I bought pecans and added it to the jar and added honey and it’s not the same, but it is getting me through my withdrawals! LOL.
I bought some for my mother in law as well and she said she thought it was weird but when she tasted it fell in love with it as well!
The company is run by third generation beekeepers. Leach has been a draftsman, engineer and so much more. When the market crashed his successful cabinetry business fell with it and he was looking for something new.
Michael had always learned a lot from oral history and getting into hives so he started selling bee equipment in 2009 and then in 2013 moved over to honey production as Bee Friends Farm.
Brentley Stead is the Marketing Director for Bee Friends Farm, though she says, Bee Friends Farm Wrangler is more accurate. She got her start with the company after college and says that they run the company full time and it’s a lot more time consuming than folks think!
“Between maintaining our retail stores (you can find a map of our local retailers here), bottling honey, taking care of bees, selling honey at events and doing educational events there’s a lot to get done,” she says. “We have about 400 hives right now and we are looking to expand to 700 by the fall!”
They are currently located right off of I10 and Lane Ave but are migratory beekeepers which means they move the bees depending on what blooms are in season.
What has been the hardest part about working with family, as a family run business?
Having a family run business means we can focus on what needs to be done because we all chip in for tasks that must be accomplished for the business to move forward. That might mean test tasting products, late nights moving bees, cleaning toilets, running around making deliveries the possibilities are endless and it isn’t always glamorous. Because we are all in this together, we get it done together.
Christie, Michael’s wife, and their three children are always pitching in. At markets, with creative projects and more they are always willing to help! Christie is also the mastermind behind why our Creamed Honey is so delicious. She plays a big role in our fundraising programs for schools as well.
Can people visit the farm?
We wish we could say yes to this request and we are working on it! For now, we have a couple of great opportunities: You can come visit us the first Saturday of every month when we host a bee mentoring workshop with the Jacksonville Beekeepers Association which is a very cool way to get some hands-on education and meet fellow beekeepers.
We also host a Honey Tasting Workshop with Congaree and Penn practically every month. You can find info on both opportunities on our website – and if we start to open up the farm social media would know first! We are also excited to announce our upcoming Honey Bee Festival on August 17th. Fans can find more info on the event here: https://beefriendsfarm.com/pages/honey-bee-festival
What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?
We have some great outdoor opportunities in Jacksonville like the Arboretum, farm visits at Congaree and Penn, taking a book to Memorial Park, hanging beachside, biking trails and more.
When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?
There are so many great markets around town and pop-up events picking one of those is a great way to spend a day!
What’s your favorite bee related movie?
We are loving the bee/honey segment in the four-part series Rotton which you can find on Netflix. It’s very accurate – know your beekeeper!
What’s your current obsession?
Craft beverages are super fun right and we’ve been experimenting with other local businesses in town! For example, Wicked Barley specializes in meads and they have been using different types of our honey to make some magic happen, or Hive Alive who specializes in Jun Kombucha which uses honey instead of sugar. Cocktails are all the rage too (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and working with Volstead downtown and Wildcrafters in Riverside – an upcoming alcohol-free bar – is always exciting for us.
Where do you see Bee Friends in 5 years?
We hope to still be producing the best quality honey in North Florida! We are also currently working towards expanding into beekeeping equipment and selling bees again. There’s up and coming beekeeping community and we want to help make sure they get quality supplies and bees. Maybe get into more backyard beekeeper education – stay tuned!
Honey!! In all seriousness, there is a local ice cream maker in Springfield, Thomas Reed Creamery, who makes small batches for his neighbors and he makes some honey-based icecreams that are divine!
We also specialize in Cream Honey which is a crystallized version of our Jacksonville Wildflower and then we add an infusion of spices or extracts. That crystallization is what gives it that thick, rich texture. There is no added sugar or dairy. My favorite is Mexican Vanilla it is rich and smooth and the vanilla almost mellows out the sweetness.
Oh, we love so many, but are pretty partial to spots like Bread and Board, Vagabond Coffee, Ugly Cupcake, and Vitality Bowls.
Education is very important to Bee Friends and they try to do a lot of outreach in schools and troops/kids club (which they do not charge for).
We bring our observation hive and bee suit and the kids can’t get enough! We offer fundraising programs for those schools as well – it makes a nice change of pace from wrapping paper and cheesecakes.
We also do special events and people can book our Tasting Experience for weddings, corporate events, parties etc.
What if I want to be a beekeeper or want more info?
For those looking to become beekeepers, interested in beekeeping we recommend coming out to our upcoming event on August 17th the Bee Friends Farm Honey Bee Festival. All of the local Beekeeping Clubs will be in attendance and available to answer your questions!
The Jacksonville Beekeepers Association is an amazing organization and we work closely with them. Any time anyone is interested in learning more about beekeeping or our fabulous community the Jacksonville Beekeepers Association is a fabulous year around resource. Find more from them at JaxBees.com
Christy Whitehead is a corporate and product photographer located in Jacksonville, Florida. She photographs headshots and products for many types of companies. She often features local companies and products on her blog that she thinks other people might find interesting as well!
Elizabeth Luke, the owner of The Jacksonville Baby Co. has been a trusted provider of personalized care and support for families, in and around Jacksonville for the better part of two-and-a-half decades.
Specializing in childbirth education, postpartum support, in-home infant care, and sleep coaching, she’s bringing information about child birth classes to our blog today!
So you’re having a baby. Congratulations! You may have some ideas of what you want your birth to be like, or maybe you don’t! You and your partner or spouse (if you have one) possibly have some questions and a few concerns surrounding pregnancy, birth, and the critical post-birth time period. Those are all good signs! I am a big believer of hope and faith as well as open-mindedness and mindfulness. I also know a birth class can make you or break you!
A birth class can make you or break you…. what exactly does that mean?
Well, here’s the scoop. Birth is a surprise beginning, the biggest surprise most people will experience in life. Sure, you know you’re having a baby and that is exciting, but not a surprise really in the sense of birthing. Not everyone, but most pregnant people know the sex of their baby before birth, most of the time there’s no surprise there. You plan to have x, y, and z covered. No surprised there! Whew! Thank goodness!
Your doctor is lined up and your baby’s birthday is scheduled! Awesome!
Guess what? Doctors are human and sometimes have emergencies themselves! Shocking, I know! Seriously though, they have things come up, even those in a practice of 1, 2, or 5 or more doctors. Also, babies have absolutely no regard for our calendars and have been known to come early, so that could be a surprise!
You’ve already researched epidurals and other pain relief techniques and you know you’ll be getting that!
Did you know that epidurals aren’t guaranteed to work, or can only work on one side of the body and not the other? Did you know that not everyone is a good candidate for certain medications? Did you know that even the most well thought out, planned, and educated parents experience births they never anticipated would happen? It happens every day and the last thing you want to be is blindsided.
So, what can you do to avoid being blindsided?
Take a childbirth class! Not just any birth class though because remember, a birth class can make you or break you! And what I mean by that is quite simple really. Hospital birth classes have come along way in teaching about the biological process of birth, but they still fall short in teaching you real-life tools and explaining the full range of options available to you. Hospital classes will also teach you hospital policy and the basic motions expected at that particular hospital…although your care provider has the ability and flexibility to override any hospital-wide policy! So, there’s that!
Many birth classes set parents up for a certain type of birth.
Sounds great, right? It’s not! In fact, setting parents up for a certain type of birth, vaginal, un-medicated, vaginal with an epidural, water birth, etc. is irresponsible and can lead to unrealistic expectations, broken or damaged relationships, feelings of resentment or skepticism, even birth trauma, and worse still, feelings of failure as a parent.
WOW! Let that sink in.
What a way to enter into the hood, parenthood that is! Sadly, this is the birth culture today in the United States. Parents do all the things they think are best or right and still come away feeling like shit. I promise you I hear from parents day in and day out who reach out to me for support and resources to make peace with their feelings surrounding their births. It’s terribly sad isn’t it? To think of starting out that way.
But, there’s a better way!
The Confident Birth & Parenting Class teaches parents about all types of birth. It truly helps parents learn all of the options with out inducing fear, another tactic that sets parents up to feel like failures! It teaches students how to think through situations when they arise. It teaches the importance of communication and gives them the tools they need to communicate effectively. If there’s ever a time in a person’s life that communication is vitally important it’s during the birth of their baby.
Parents need to be able to trust one another, trust their care providers, birth team, and more importantly, they need to be able to trust themselves!
A birth class can make you or break you so select one that sets you up for the best possible outcome! The Confident Birth and Parenting Class offered only through The Jax Baby Company will set you up for success no matter if your birth is spontaneous or induced vaginal, elective, scheduled, or emergency cesarean, medicated or non-medicated vaginal, water, home, birth center, or a hospital birth! If you’re in the car traveling near or far, in a house with your pet mouse, laying in the bed or standing on your head, kneeling down with a baby about to crown, on a plane or in the express lane, this is a birth class you can use anywhere in any situation! Promise!
A love for crafting, jewelry and design as well as being inspired by her mother’s devotion to the Catholic faith, brought Charmaine Crawford into the forefront of designing rosaries.
She contacted me a couple of months ago about photographing her gorgeous designs.
I’ve been to the Vatican twice and they have a small shop in there and I don’t remember seeing rosaries as pretty as hers. Plus, hers are handmade and the attention to detail is exquisite.
The first rosary she ever made was for her mother when she entered Hospice care. It was made with pink crackled beads, a beautiful Crucifix and a center piece of pink and green enamel. Her mother loved it so much that she was buried with it.
Knowing that others will be using the rosary to pray and that it might mean that much to them as well, inspires Crawford when she’s picking out elements and designing the jewelry pieces.
Many of them are made with Swarovski pearls and crystals or
beautiful fire polished beads. All hand chosen by Crawford.
“My mom had a keen eye for beauty, and she was very much a perfectionist,” Crawford says. “Every time I work on a rosary, I think of what she would say if she looked at it. I double and triple check my rosaries for quality, color, and texture.”
Crawford was crafty from a very young age. She grew up
making doll houses, drawing, crocheting, and knitting. As an adult, she began
creating jewelry–initially as gifts to bring her friends and family joy.
Crawford studied at The New York Institute of Art and Design,
where she received a certificate in Jewelry Crafting and Design.
She hopes that her custom rosaries will bring each family
many years of blessings and that they will be passed on as family heirlooms.
Custom requests accepted. However, you can pick them up locally at:
Queen of Angels Catholic Store at 11629 San Jose Blvd, Suite 3.
Christy Whitehead Photography photographs products for all different types of companies. For Charmaine we photographed her items on a white backdrop, doing 2-3 images per item.
Some clients also have us remove the background to give a very crisp backdrop, like below.
Contact Christy for a custom quote for your own product photography or business photos at 904-891-0359, Christy@jaxphotographer.com
There are secrets to getting more sleep after your baby is born and Elizabeth Luke, a postpartum and infant care specialist at The Jax Baby Company is sharing three of them with all of you! Too often we hear about sleep-deprived parents falling asleep in compromising positions while holding their newborns. We’re here to help you all sleep more soundly and as safe as possible!
Now, I know you’ve heard parents complaining, “sleep deprivation is real,” and “you’ll never sleep again.” Listen to too many of those comments and you’ll find yourself rethinking the whole parenting thing, or you totally won’t even remember these comments until they hit home for you! Not only is it possible to have a baby and still get a reasonable amount of sleep, but you’ll also feel better and think more clearly when you do!
Here are the top 3 secrets to getting more sleep after your baby is born:
1. Take Shifts
During the first 2-3 weeks after giving birth, you should try your best to get as much rest and sleep as possible. Sleep is a key component to good health and essential to postpartum recovery. Without sleep, you’ll quickly turn into a mombie (zombie mom). As cute and as sweet smelling as your baby is you need rest. Optimize your sleep by taking shifts with your partner! It’s a strategy that helps both parents get the rest they need while keeping an eye on the baby’s needs full-time.
2a. Begin a Routine
Give yourself and your baby three full weeks to snuggle, get know one another, rest and sleep as much as possible, and just be. By 3 weeks be ready to implement a routine! Beginning a routine by the time your baby is 3 weeks old will help you lay one layer of a strong foundation for better sleep overall. Remember, routines are NOT schedules, they ARE a customary or regular course of procedure.
2b. Begin a Somewhat Flexible Schedule
Aim to begin a somewhat flexible feeding and sleep schedule by about 4-6 weeks. Each baby is different, but by the time most babies (who are born full-term and considered healthy) are 6 weeks old they are ready and thrive on a regular routine and flexible schedule. How you ask? We know the way!
3. Hire Help
Yep, there’s expert help for this and much more after your baby is born! Postpartum and infant care specialists help you with all the things! To give a more specific idea of what we do here’s a short list:
help you get restful sleep
ensure you can get showers each day
assist you in learning your baby’s needs and cues
help you set healthy boundaries
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work out and implement routines/schedules
assist with light housework like dishes, laundry, and meal prep
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Elizabeth Luke, the owner of The Jacksonville Baby Co. has been a trusted provider of personalized care and support to families in and around Jacksonville, Florida for the better part of two-and-a-half decades. Specializing in childbirth education, postpartum and in-home infant care support, and sleep coaching!
I love my kids’ school photos–for all the wrong reasons. The last one my son had, he looked like he hated the photographer. My daughter always has a weird cheesy smile. What are your childrens’ photos like? Do they make you laugh too?In studio, I can take more time with the kids, it’s not one long procession of kids. Even my daughter tells me “you don’t have to buy the school photo mom, yours are better.” Love her!
And while I love those photos from school, they are def. not going on the wall. I prefer to keep them for maybe blackmail later. You know—that big page in their senior yearbook filled with the photos of the past.
In studio, I can take more time with the kids, it’s not one long procession of kids. Even my daughter tells me “you don’t have to buy the school photo mom, yours are better.” Love her!
If you’re like me and would prefer a more custom experience and not run of the mill and cheesy, why not consider taking some professional headshots at the studio instead?
Below are just some of the differences between school photos and studio portraits.
School Photos: Your child’s school photos are usually shot in
front of a generic, sometimes from the 80s background. These backgrounds tend
to be distracting and move the focus off your child completely or just look
flat out dated.
Studio Photos: Shooting professional headshots in a studio
means you have the option of choosing a more classic backdrop, something that
keeps the focus on your child. Or updating the photos with a bit of color. Let
your child’s blue eyes shine with a blue backdrop.
Posing and Smiling
School Photos: When it’s time to take school photos, kids are
called up one at a time, placed in a standard pose and told to smile in front
of a complete stranger before being rushed back to their classroom. In our
studio, we do not only a headshot, but full body photos and try to get a little
more personality out of the kids.
Studio Photos: Our studio takes the time to make your child
feel more comfortable in front of the camera, which results in a natural
expression and smile. We also try a
variety of poses so that you walk away with more memorable portraits of your
The End Result
School Photos: When you receive your child’s school photos
you usually get one or two standard photos in various sizes. There is nothing
unique or special about the photos and they usually end up in a drawer in the
house if you purchase at all.
Studio Photos: I not only takes a variety of photos of your
child but we spend time editing them too. Did your kid cut his chin—no worries,
we’ll edit that out for you. Love one pose, but like his smile on another, no
worries. We are a custom studio and will help you get the perfect photo.
These images are something you can proudly display in your house, and show off your child’s true self.
Contact us today to set up your own custom portrait session. 904-891-0359.
Dr. Cristina Padilla contacted me a couple of months ago needing portraits for her business to showcase what she does. She wanted to feature them on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. I happened to be looking for a chiropractor at the time but was having an issue finding one that worked with my schedule since you typically have to drive out to their office.
Our meeting came at a perfect time. Dr. Padilla just recently got an office space, however, she mostly makes house calls!
Padilla has been practicing for almost 5 years. Her husband is a chiropractor in Amelia Island.
How did you become a chiropractor?
I received Chiropractic care as an athlete during my teenage years and had a great experience. After undergrad, I wanted to stay in the healthcare field and in 2010, a friend suggested I explore a chiropractic college in NY state.
At that point, I planned on working with athletes after graduation but as I went through the program at New York Chiropractic College, I learned about all the amazing benefits Chiropractic and Alternative Medicine offer children and women during pregnancy. I underwent a post-graduate 12-course program with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to become certified as a Pediatric Chiropractor and a Webster Technique Chiropractor.
Side note (from Christy), if you are a pregnant, contact Cristina, I had the Webster technique done to me at least once a week during my last pregnancy and birth was sooo much easier, not to mention the chiropractic care helped with a lot of the pain I was having!
What is your favorite part about chiropractic care?
Chiropractic, in its core, focuses on enhancing the bodies ability to heal and to manage physical, emotional and chemical stress. The fact that I help people reach their maximum health potential and become the best version of themselves every day is absolutely rewarding.
I love being part of a woman’s journey through fertility or pregnancy and empowering families to seek alternative methods of healthcare for their children.
What do you specialize in?
I underwent 14 months of training in Pediatric and Pregnancy Care, additional to the 3.5 years of Chiropractic education. I am certified in the Webster Technique for pregnancy care, which is a Chiropractic-specific protocol to prepare women for an optimal birth experience by aligning their spine and balancing their pelvis.
I am also certified in Kinesiotaping by Kinesiotape International. I use this technique mostly in my pregnant patients and in athletes.
You’re a mobile chiropractor, is that common?
In Jacksonville it is very uncommon. Because the majority of my practice are busy professionals, children and pregnant women, being mobile allows me to provide convenient care for my patients, without the added stress of taking time off of work, traffic and missing school/work to be able to receive the care they need.
How did you come up with the name of your business?
My mission is to help families and children express the best version of themselves with good health, a positive lifestyle and healthy practices. I think this is all summarized in helping families thrive.
Now on to the fun stuff:
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Buying a home in Jacksonville (ideally in Springfield!), starting a family and partnering up as a chiropractor with a birth center!
What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?
I love checking out local coffee shops and breweries, being outdoors–going to the beach, riding my bike, going for runs.
When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always do together?
We always go to St Augustine. I love the historic neighborhoods and it reminds me of home (Puerto Rico).
What’s your favorite movie?
I don’t have one specific one but Disney’s Lion King, Love Actually (a Christmas staple), Juno and Under The Tuscan Sun are some of my all time favorites.
What’s your favorite song?
Some of my all-time favorites are “Let It Be” by the Beatles and “Eso es vivir” from La Secta, a puertorican rock band.
What’s something you can’t live without?
Coffee and sunshine.
What’s your current obsession?
Chocolate hummus (yum!) and the Backstreet Boys new album, DNA. I listen to it almost every single day. I’m a total BSB fan. My girlfriends and I bought tickets to their concert in August!
What’s your favorite food?
Puertorican, all the way: mofongo, tostones de pana and my mom makes the best “ternera”, which is a meat stew. But I can eat Mexican every day too!
Anything with chocolate, especially cakes or a baked good.
In Jacksonville, I love Lime Leaf (Thai), Latin Creations (Puertorican) and Cantina Louie. In St Augustine, I love Taverna del Caballo (Spanish/Tapas).
Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville?
I live on the Northside of Jacksonville. I like going to the local breweries, Wicked Barley is my favorite but I love hanging out in Springfield. I am a huge fan of the historic neighborhoods.