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Tacoma Maternity Birth & Baby Photographer | Its of no surprise that I have taken time away from photography and films, as clearly you can see by the lack of new blog posts. Granted, I have attended more births and have met more families than my blog will show, but I did indeed take off some much needed time.

To stay relevant and “important” in the photography world, you HAVE to keep up on your social media. Facebook. Instagram. Your own personal website and blog. But, if I am being brutally honest, in this season of life, social media and web presence, for me anyways, is the last thing on my mind. Sure. I know it is needed to run a successful business with a decent sized client base. But, at what point do we say, NO, when it comes to the excess.

If you know me, then you know that I am a mother to 4 children. Four beautiful girls whom I homeschool and provide their taxi services to and from the gym. My two oldest are competitive gymnasts and my two younger ones are climbing the ladder to perhaps, *shrug*, join their sisters on the competitive team. You’d think by the amount of hours that we put into it, that either I was a gymnast, (and I most certainly was not), or that we have some sort of far fetched goals for our kids. And again. We do not. Right now, we are happy to support the thing that breathes life into their minds and bodies. It is something that they live to do. And it is positive and encouraging and it has brought confidence out of my oldest and it has brought discipline and respect out of my 10 year old. It might run my ragged, but I am happy that we are able to support them in this journey… whether it be for the long haul or for the here and now… I LOVE being a gym mom. I really do!(Also, I am falling in love with Gymnastics Photography! Granted, I really LOVE the beautiful ladies in the leotards that I am photographing, but I really enjoy capturing doing what they love, and showing them what I see. Which is strength, beauty, hard work, skill and talent. These girls put so much of themselves out there… and I just LOVE it!)

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Gymnastics Photographer Tacoma Seattle RentonPINIMAGEHowever, the title GYM MOM, pays no respect to the daily grind… and with trying to be on call for births and producing beautiful films of said births… currently, I cannot find a way to make both of these things run fluidly alongside one another. And, it hurts my heart a bit, but I know that this is currently a season that we are in, and I can completely get behind that.

Before I knew just how hard it would be to support a traveling competitive gymnast, I decided to quietly shut down ALL operations of KaetheJo Binder Photography, from mid December – April. And, I am SO happy that I did. I didn’t make a spectacle of it, I simply just took a step back, and have repeatedly apologized to clients who allowed me to start a project with them… that I have yet to finish… because, I simply don’t have the capacity to be an emotive creative at the time. I am so happy with their patience and trusting in me, that once I do have that time and space, I will be able to create something so much better, than if I just sat down at 30 minute intervals and “got the job done.” While as a person, that is certainly more along the lines of how I operate – as an emotional creative artist, that couldn’t be further away from how I work. So. If you are one of these patient, trusting people of mine, THANK YOU!

While it isn’t yet April, I have had the pleasure of meeting a sweet baby girl (whom I have photographed her family for years now), and a sweet new momma to be. Photographing these beautiful people, and creating art, breathed life back into my creative heart. While I knew I needed to step back, it was certainly hard for me to not have that creative outlet. As an artist, I yearn to create and make art. And, when that is shut down, a part of me shuts down too. These past two weeks I have felt like I was walking on sunshine! This may sound silly, but I felt good and complete.

With this breath of fresh air, I was reminded that even though I KNOW that I cannot do the Gym Mom and the Photographer side by side – that photography is something that I cannot simply quit, if even for a season. A few weeks ago, I was seriously considering closing up shop and focusing on the here and now. But, with a little leeway and grace, I know that there CAN be a space… even if it is scaled back.

Our competitive season is wrapping up and I feel like a few brick loads will be released off of my shoulders. Before I start marketing and shouting my business name all over town, I know that in order for my creative heart to be fulfilled and not overly stressed, I do have to scale it back and take on a smaller load. And, I am okay with that!

So what does that mean? For my Birth Photography Clients, that means that I will again have to shut down from December – April. I can still offer In Home Newborns, Fresh48’s, Maternity and all that jazz. But I will not be able to take on a Birth Client from December – April. This hurts my heart, but I know it was the right step this year, and I know that it will be the right step next year. I will also be lessening my Birth Photography & Filmmaking load all together. Being on call is not only hard on me, but it is hard on the whole family. I will be reducing my client load to ONE PER MONTH. If you have any desire to have me photograph or film your birth, the sooner you schedule your Birth Photography consultation, the better. The only way to guarantee your Birth Photography experience with me is to have a signed contract on file and your retainer paid in full. But, please don’t let this discourage you! I know and love local artists in the Birth Photography community that I would LOVE to shout their names out to you! So, even if you think you are late, please inquire! If I have a spot open, perfect, but if not, I will help you find the right photographer!!

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And with that, I want to create living art! I want to work on projects that are beyond standard photography. If you have an idea… even if it seems out of this world, PLEASE contact me. Lets make something together!

xoxo

 

Tacoma Birth, Baby & Newborn Photography & Videography! Are you looking for a Birth Photographer in the Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn and surrounding areas? KaetheJo Binder Photography offers Birth Photography and Documentary Newborn Photography both in-hospital and in-home on location in Tacoma, Washington and surrounding cities. For more information please click the contact tab above or email me at tacomabirthphotographer@gmail.com! I look forward to documenting YOUR Birth & Family Story!

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I was so excited to come and meet baby Javier when he was only a few hours old! Momma was tired after a long delivery, but that didn’t stop the amount of love that was in that teeny tiny room that day. Mom, Dad, Big Sister & Grandma, were all there.. and they couldn’t get enough of little baby Javi! So happy to have been a part of his BIRTHday celebration!

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Tacoma Birth, Baby & Newborn Photography & Videography! Are you looking for a Birth Photographer in the Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn and surrounding areas? KaetheJo Binder Photography offers Birth Photography and Documentary Newborn Photography both in-hospital and in-home on location in Tacoma, Washington and surrounding cities. For more information please click the contact tab above or email me at tacomabirthphotographer@gmail.com! I look forward to documenting YOUR Birth & Family Story!

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Tacoma Birth Photographer | I got to know this sweet baby’s momma only a few weeks before his arrival and completely fell in love with her! Momma waited and worked for a long time to finally meet him! When I arrived only about 8 hours after he was born, there was so much love and happiness in that room (and maybe just a hint of sheer exhaustion:))! Momma. Daddy. Big Sister. And Grandma – who became a Grandma for the first time upon his arrival! It was a joyous day! And I was so happy to have been included in the party! Here is the Sneak Peek of Baby Javier’s BIRTHday! <3

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Baby Javier’s Sneak Peek Fresh48 Film Coming Soon! Be sure to check back next week to see it and fall in love with him just as I have! <3

Tacoma Birth Photography & Videography! Are you looking for a Birth Photographer in the Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn and surrounding areas? KaetheJo Binder Photography offers Birth Photography and Documentary Newborn Photography both in-hospital and in-home on location in Tacoma, Washington and surrounding cities. For more information please click the contact tab above or email me at tacomabirthphotographer@gmail.com! I look forward to documenting YOUR Birth & Family Story!

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Tacoma Birth Photographer | The Birth of Leith. One of the most peaceful births I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I still shake my head in disbelief at how peaceful it truly was. Had I not known mom was in labor, I wouldn’t have known. This momma was amazingly strong beyond any stretch of the imagination. She breathed out her precious baby boy into the water and then brought him straight to her chest.

A beautiful, natural, hospital water birth at  St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma Washington.

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{The Birth of Baby Leith’s Full Length Film coming soon!}

Tacoma Birth Photography & Videography! Are you looking for a Birth Photographer in the Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn and surrounding areas? KaetheJo Binder Photography offers Birth Photography and Documentary Newborn Photography both in-hospital and in-home on location in Tacoma, Washington and surrounding cities. For more information please click the contact tab above or email me at hello@tacomabirthphotographer.com! I look forward to documenting YOUR Birth & Family Story!

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Tacoma Birth Photographer | Changes are happening! Both nationally and now locally! I have been seeing images and birth films of Family Centered Cesarean Deliveries or Gentle C-Sections, and I have been patiently waiting to see a change here in Tacoma. It wasn’t that long ago that I witnessed a nurse tell a mom, who was only minutes away from being escorted to the OR, that she would not be able to hold her baby in the OR. There simply wasn’t enough room and she would be able to hold and bond with her baby once she was moved to recovery (anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour after delivery). The nurse also told her that photographers were not only not allowed in the OR, but not allowed in recovery either. The soonest her birth photographer (me) would be able to photograph her precious new baby, would be when they were moved to a postpartum room. Not only was mom’s dreams of a vaginal delivery crushed, but now she would not be able to enjoy immediate skin to skin, let alone not even allowed to hold her baby after he was born. But also, birth photography, that she researched and invested in, wasn’t even a possibility. For her, she felt defeated. And as her birth photographer, I felt helpless.

I have been present for other Cesarean Birth Days where I was not allowed to go back into the OR. However, I was able to meet baby as soon as mom and baby came back to recovery. I had attended other C-Sections that followed suit of the one mentioned above. And then, the day I was waiting for, happened!

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As soon as mom was brought into the Mom & Baby Room at Valley Medical Birth Center in Renton, Washington, the FIRST thing the nurse asked mom was… “Do you plan on doing skin to skin in the OR?” My jaw dropped to the floor. And then, she asked for my name and said that she would bring me my scrubs to change in to! Again, my jaw dropped on the floor!

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I witnessed change, happening right before my eyes. The idea of a sterile birth day, is changing. The idea of mom and baby, bonding, breast feeding and being together, is becoming the new norm. Giving mom options in the OR is happening. And I am so happy to see this change!

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For momma’s who are looking at delivering by Cesarean, I urge you to research the hospitals in your local area, who are making changes for the better. I urge you to read about Family Friendly Cesareans, Gentle Cesareans, and so on. There are different names to this approach, but they all come down to one thing. They all give mom and baby The Golden Hour after birth. Giving them time to bond. To breastfeed. To be together, as they should be.

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