Sweet baby Nora made her grand entrance into the world a little bit early but she’s the strongest little fighter and managed to leave the hospital with no time in the NICU! Before she was born, her mama and daddy came into the studio to celebrate this pregnancy with maternity photos. After losing their first baby, they knew this time was special and needed to document it. I’m so happy to be able to offer these indoor maternity sessions in the winter months! So much more comfortable for a pregnant mom!
We were able to incorporate this sweet rainbow headband from Devoted Knits as a way to remember Nora’s older sister.
Little Nora was tiny but mighty! She was such a sweet baby to cuddle and pose!
I’d love to document your pregnancy and your baby’s first days of life! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the link below!
Once upon a time, I was a new stay-at-home mom with the cutest baby girl who was growing and changing faster than I could have ever imagined. I did my best to freeze time with photographs but I kept getting motion blur, dark pictures or things out of focus! That’s when I decided to really invest my time in learning my DSLR camera. At the time, I couldn’t find one comprehensive place to walk me through step by step and teach me the basics. There were a few camera stores that taught in-person classes, but leaving my new baby with a sitter just wasn’t an option. I turned to the internet and pieced together my education bit by bit. It was slow going. Every time I tackled one subject, I felt like I had to take two steps back and learn something else before moving forward. Over the years as my skills have grown and photography has turned into a profession for me, I hear more and more people facing the same challenge.
Enter Snap Happy! I’ve created this online course packed full of information that will walk you step-by-step through learning your DSLR camera. Both technical aspects and artistic aspects are covered! Class opens tomorrow, but you can work at your own pace! The materials are all downloadable, so you can come back to review when ever you’d like. There will be live Q&A sessions throughout and you can also get feedback in the course Facebook group, both from peers and your instructor!
Take a peek inside the classroom in this video:
The first run starts December 1, 2017! To get more information on everything that is included and see if this is the right course for you click below!
I know Julianne only through social media but love her sense of humor and care for women surrounding pregnancy and life with a new baby. You should definitely give her a follow on Instagram at @jcurtis_nocodoula
Here’s what Julianne had to say about birth, babies and her Fort Collins doula business:
Why did you become a doula?
I have always been a person who loves to nurture and support people, especially women and mothers. The birth and postpartum space has been a place where I always felt like my awkward self fits in. And it’s funny because even when I was a young teenager, I was brought into the birth space. It was like the universe was telling me I was supposed to be a doula, even back then. It just took me 20 years working careers that just paid the bills before I realized it. I raised my daughter by myself as a very young mom and often lacked the support of a village. I love so much to assist families in ways so they don’t have to feel alone on their parenting journey. You can read more about my doula story in my blog at www.juliannecurtis.com/blog
What areas do you serve?
I serve Northern Colorado and Cheyenne Wyoming. Most often I attend both home and hospital births. The hospitals I frequent most are Poudre Valley Hospital and Banner Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies and Mckee hospitals in Loveland. Other cities I attend births quite often are in Longmont, Boulder and Lafayette. I will also attend births in Greeley, Cheyenne Regional and as far North Denver.
How many births have you attended? Is there a special story of a birth you’d like to share?
I have attended over 50 births now. I’m sworn to secrecy when it comes to sharing the birth stories of my clients. But there is one special one I can talk about. I might be a little biased but attending the birth of my grandson almost two years ago was by far my most memorable birth. I I was in full doula mode until he was born. Once I knew mom and baby were in good shape I turned off being their doula and was able to be full on Grandma. I was in love. I do remember every birth I attend and find even the unhappy births where there is a loss to be special.
Are you certified? What’s your education?
I am a certified birth and bereavement doula trained to provide doula services during any trimester of pregnancy with any birth outcome. I am currently servicing as the Vice-President and Community Outreach Head Chair for the Northern Colorado Doula Association (NCDA). In 2018 I will be taking over as President of the NCDA. I have received the following certifications and continuing education: Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula 2016 – Stillbirthday Trained Birth Doula 2015 – Dona International Trained Postpartum Doula 2016 – Dona International Certified Expert Robozo Credential 2017 – GK University Trained Life Coach – 2005 – Fearless Living Institute I am currently working on my CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) Certification and Childbirth Education Certification.
Do you have a backup doula? How did you choose them?
Northern Colorado has an amazing number of doulas working in the community. I work with backups depending on my clients personality and needs. I choose backups based on their professionalism and doula work matching as close as possible to my own.
How many clients do you take a month?
I am a full time doula. I’m lucky that it’s my passion and my career. I take on average four births per month. I will take up to six postpartum clients a month depending on each families needs for support. Each month I will also work with families who have had or in the process of pregnancy loss.
How would you describe your doula “style”?
I would consider my style to be custom tailored for each client I work with. I provide non-judgmental support to each family, no matter the type of birth they desire. I strongly believe this is their birth and they should be able to look back in twenty years and be proud of the decisions they got to make for themselves, no matter how much their birth plans change along the way. I do my best to always provide families with all the evidenced based education and then empower them to decide what options are best for them. I really try to promote a sense of community and support with my clients that continues long after their babies are born. And with all of that my clients know they will get lots of comedic humor from me (at the right times) and nurturing support the rest of the time. I’m like the mama (they have always wanted) without the drama.
Do you offer any additional services?
I am also a postpartum doula, adoption doula and bereavement doula. As a bereavement doula I work by donation only. I co-facilitate two grief groups in partnership with 3Hopeful Hearts; A miscarriage support group which meets the 1st Thursday of every month. And the other group, Pregnancy and Parenting After Loss, this group meets the 1st Wednesday of every month. You can find out more about these groups at 3hopefulhearts.com I also provide Bengkung Belly Binding to postpartum moms. It’s amazing.
You can find Julianne at :
Julianne Curtis, SBDJulianne Curtis, SBD – Birth, Postpartum & Bereavement Doula Services
I met this mama over a year ago when she attended a Snap Happy workshop in my Loveland studio! I helped her understand the basics of getting better photographs of her darling little girl and walked through some of the settings on her DSLR camera. I was so excited to hear from her that she was expecting a second kiddo!
Sweet little Wyatt decided to surprise his family and make his appearance a little early! He was a tiny little guy when he came into my Loveland studio this fall! He was so sweet to snuggle and his big sister did a great job holding him with the proper motivation (Read: BRIBE! haha!! ) ! Siblings this close in age are always a gamble; we definitely came out winners though!
I love that Wyatt showed his sweet eyes for his session too! He was so calm and just checking out this brand new world <3
Learn more about what goes into a photographing a newborn baby for your family when you click below!
Sweet baby Reese came into the Loveland studio shortly after he turned 6 months old. I absolutely adore this age!! Babies are so smiley and happy and haven’t quite reached that stranger danger zone just yet. Reese was no exception! He was happy as can be to show off his new skills sitting up unassisted and holding his head high during tummy time. All babies reach these milestones at their own rate of course so I always suggest booking your session for the milestone vs an exact age. Documenting your baby’s growth through the first year is so fun as there is so much change from day to day!
For Reese’s session we used a combination of mom’s favorite outfits from home and the wardrobe I keep in studio! She loved not having to stress about what he was going to wear and making sure things fit before leaving home. We know how quickly these little people outgrow those adorable outfits before they ever get to wear them!!
If you are interested in documenting your baby’s first year with studio portraits, contact me through the button below!