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Pregnant mother looks sideways to her partner while he embraces her from behind during a sunset photoshoot on the cliff at El Matador State Beach with ArtShaped Photography and Birth Services.

9 Tips for your Pregnancy

Feeling overwhelmed during pregnancy? Here are some of my favorite tips to help you thrive during the change your body and soul are undergoing.

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In this colorful slideshow Artshaped Photography captures the reality that sometimes homebirth transfer to hospitals. In this case, mama needed to rest and after she did, she pushed her baby out surrounded by an amazing team of partner, nurses, OB and her midwife who never left her sight.

Baby Meadow’s birth story

From the moment I walked into their house to document their birth, all I could sense was peace. Mom decided to transfer to the hospital at some point and despite the madness of lights and revolving door of nurses I usually witness, this time, this birth was calm, respectful and honored.

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Outdoor Photography Activities for Kids in Santa Monica

You will usually find most children these days busy on a computer or phones and tablets. Or you will find them watching television. All these activities cause them to sit in one place for a prolonged duration.
Learning photography will pique your child’s curiosity and help them become more creative.

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Mom discovers she has just birthed a baby boy. Picture by ArtShaped

A Surprise Gender Birth

Our gender surprise, a gorgeous baby boy. It still amazes me how peaceful my birthing environment was; quiet, dim, calm. All things my hospital birth was not. Not only was I able to feel in control about my labor, I felt an incredible feeling of empowerment — I am feeling I still ride 4 weeks later!

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Black and White photograph captured by Artshaped photography of pregnant couple embracing on top of the stairs at El Matador beach, Los Angeles

Follow the waves

Thanks to my husband, I pretty much know the best locations for any outdoor photo session in the area and thanks to his skilled advice, I can estimate if the conditions ( tide, sunset facing and time of year) are favorable or less for the purpose of the photography session.

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the benefits of vernix
Doula Support

The benefits of vernix

Blog story about a gentle hospital VBAC that took place in Santa Monica and captured by ArtShaped Photography and Birth Services.

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Gentle VBAC birth mama during pushing
Doula Support

Gentle hospital VBAC

Blog story about a gentle hospital VBAC that took place in Santa Monica and captured by ArtShaped Photography and Birth Services.

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shameless cesarean birth
Birth Photography

Shameless Cesarean Birth

I want the shame to stop.
I want mothers to feel celebrated, loved, respected and seen; no matter how they end up birthing their babies.

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Color image of mother and baby right after birth where mother kisses her baby's hand during a very emotional first look. Image courtesy of ArtShaped Photography and Birth Services
Babies Photography

The benefits of skin-to-skin after birth.

Find out the advantages of promoting skin contact between mom and baby after birth. Think of it as a lovers’ first date where the magic should not be interrupted, directed or interfered.

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