According to Chinese medicine traditions, the weeks following birth (4-6 weeks) is known as the Golden Month. Many traditions and cultures over the world follow this tradition, ie 40 days in India, Russia and Greece, and many African cultures, just like the Chinese ‘sitting month’. During this time a new mother is meant to rest, feed and bond with baby, using the time to replenish and recover. I recently met these two lovely ladies who take this holistic approach to provide Adelaide mums the best possible care post birth to provide them this style of traditional postnatal care, for the modern mum, to ensure she is not overlooked. They want to break the mould and bring women the care that they really need.

postnatal care Adelaide The Golden Month 3Postnatal care specialists Dr Carla Brion and Nadia Parisi saw this gap in care for new mums in our modern world. They created The Golden Month to provide in-home support when you need it most, providing consultations, home cooked wholefood meals and breastfeeding snacks,  herbal teas, acupuncture, herbs, herbal baths while they look after baby, womb healing balms and belly binding, and postpartum massage. How good does that sound?postnatal care Adelaide The Golden Month 3

Their aim is to relax and revitalise you after growing and birthing your baby, to allow you to restore your energy and replenish yourself. They will even help to settle baby while you relax in a bath or even take a nap.

Their packages run for four weeks and begin usually after day 3 post birth.
These two women, both mums themselves, came together out of feeling the need to create a traditional care program for women of Adelaide (and they hope around Australia). So they too can experience that traditional post natal care and extended level of care, allowing new mums to focus on baby, bond and recover.

Dr Carla Brion is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Women’s Health Specialist. She has treated women in the specialised areas of hormones, fertility and pre+post natal care. Recently becoming a mother herself she felt more motivated and empowered to create a change and provide women the extended level of care to restore and recover post birth – hence The Golden Month was born. They are starting small and treat each new mother with in-home visits and traditional care and food.

postnatal care Adelaide The Golden MonthNadia Parisi is a Women’s Heath Massage Therapist, Fertility, Prenantal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner and mother to three. She knows first hand how depleted and fatigued new mothers can feel each day. After suffering burn out and mental and emotional fatigue as well as being a single mum and feeling ashamed to ask for help, she realised she had disconnected from the amazing ‘tribe’ she had around her. There’s a thousand reasons why women aren’t getting the care they need postpartum, whatever that may be that is her core reason for creating ‘The Golden Month’ with Carla.

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Upon meeting these two lovely ladies I could immediately sense their warmth and genuine love of what they do and what they provide for women. How amazing they are for giving so much of themselves to provide a wonderful, caring, nurturing, restorative postnatal service for women of Adelaide? Now it’s up to the mums (and also dads) of Adelaide to accept this support and know how much it will benefit you.

To find out more head over the www.thegoldenmonth.com to find out more about their postnatal care packages.Let me know if you enjoyed this article, finding out more about our hidden gems of Adelaide. If you have a local amazing business (or know of any) servicing new mums, parents to be, pregnancy, families of Adelaide I’d love to hear about them

Melissa x

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What do family photos mean to you? For me, first and foremost as a mum, it’s capturing moments with my family and preserving them. It’s just like Dr Seuss said, “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”. As a professional photographer knowing the joy these memories provide families truly makes me more passionate to see them hanging in homes with pride.

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In every family, there’s always one person who has a thousand stories… every now and then, they’ll share tales of long-lost cousins, and they always make sure you’re up to speed on what’s happening with your relatives.  It probably wasn’t until Facebook came along that you were able to put faces to the names. Sad isn’t it. Did you ever get that family photo when you were altogether last time? I bet you wish you did…

We recently had a family photography session and now I have a beautiful collection of framed canvases on our wall. I love them…just love them… Truly, I do.  As a professional photographer I have lots of wonderful photos of my family, as I’m the one taking them, I make an effort to regularly update them.

Wouldn’t it be great to capture your family as they are today? Well you can and the time, is now. Don’t lose these moments in time, because once they’re gone, they’re gone. Which leads me to this post, I want to help you choose the right professional photographer for your family photos.

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My own family wall collection. Photo credit, professional photographer, Doug from Twig and Olive, USA

What do you want from your photographs?

When it comes to capturing some of life’s most precious moments, you want to know you’re in capable hands – a professional photographer will do more than just operate a fancy camera.

Whether you’re finally getting around to organising that family photo that you’ve been meaning to do for ages, or you’ve just had a baby, you want to find the right professional photographer who will capture your memories perfectly.

You know the saying – you get what you pay for, so choose the best you can afford. Most will offer interest fee payment plans to help you. Don’t regret your choice, especially when it comes to family and newborn photography! The images you have today with your children and family will someday be their most treasured possessions.

TIPS

  1. Be clear on exactly what you’re after.
  2. Check if your photographer shoots in studio or on location, or both.
  3. Traditional or more creative? Do you want traditional style portraits or something fun that portrays your family connection and evokes emotion?.
  4. Family portraits should take pride in your home, so make sure your photographer offers quality products. You might want a collection of framed images to tell a story down your hallway or a large canvas that makes an impact in your lounge room.
  5. Consider your budget and, if you need, ask your photographer if there is a payment plan option.
  6. Things take time, find out what’s expected of you in terms of shoot time and ask how long the editing and delivery process will be.
  7. Find out if they help you prepare for the session and if not, ask what they recommend you do beforehand.

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Just how experienced is your professional photographer?

So, your friend’s a photographer, so is your aunt’s cousin and the man down the street. Everyone’s a photographer these days, the fact is, anyone can buy a flashy camera and start snapping, it takes experience and know-how to be able to use it like a professional. I’m sure you’ve seen those ‘nailed’ it photos flying around social media.

Knowledge really is the key here. Every element that goes into capturing a beautiful image will be taken into account. Not only will an experienced photographer know how to use a camera, they’ll know how to get the best results.

Firstly, there’s the set up. If they’re an experienced professional, they should be able to easily guide you through the process of how it all works way before the camera is even taken out of the bag. If this is something they do on the side, it’ll soon become apparent.

It actually goes beyond the aesthetics. From using good lighting, to shooting at the right angle, having a good lens and great editing software – a true professional will have a toolkit of gidgets and gadgets that will take an ordinary image and transform it into an extraordinary memory – they know exactly how to pose and interact with families to get the best reactions and connections.

If you haven’t seen examples of their work, ask to see it. You should come face-to-face with their portfolio early on, as this will give you a good indication as to just how long they’ve been in the game.

Some indicators of their professionalism might be whether or not they’re a member of professional industry body, AIPP. If they are, you can rest assured knowing they meet a minimum standard of professional photography, have appropriate insurance, comply with all business requirements, are committed to continual professional development and agree to comply with the Code of Professional Practice. Awards are also a good indicator that they’re keen on improving their craft and abilities.

TIPS

  1. Check how long they’ve been a photographer for. Experience is key.
  2. Check they are reputable and see if they belong to any industry bodies such as the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).
  3. Ask them how many clients they’ve worked with.
  4. If It’s photography for your newborn ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations, particularly whooping cough
  5. If they don’t explain the process to you up front, ask them what’s involved.
  6. Are they good with children? You’ll want to know your family photographer knows how to interact with children whether they are shy, difficult or energetic. It will put you at ease and help you enjoy the experience and ultimately, get better photographs.

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Are they a specialist in their field?

You wouldn’t go to a fashion photographer for newborn photos, nor would you go to a sports photographer for family photos. For the best results, you need to choose a professional photographer that specialises in family photography.

Generally speaking, newborn and family photographers will be specialists in their field. For example, a newborn photographer will know all there is to know about composition and lighting, effective prop use and colour coordination. Most of all though, they’ll know how to work with babies and even more importantly, they love it!

Positioning your baby safely is fundamental and being able to settle them is paramount. A specialist newborn photographer will know what to do, and, what not to do. Such as, supporting baby’s head and neck, not leaving them unattended, using stable props and not forcing them into certain positions.  A good professional photographer will have some tricks and tips up their sleeve to help little ones create beautiful photos.. They’ll even make sleep deprived and fragile parents feel at ease.

For teens, they’ll have a knack for getting great reactions and enhancing family connections – after all, you don’t do this everyday. Your photographer should make your photo session a fun!

TIPS

  1. Take the time to look through their website and portfolio of work to get an idea of what they can do.
  2. Choose a photographer based on their area of expertise.
  3. Check they are a registered business and make sure they have insurance to put your mind at ease should something go wrong.
  4. Check out their reviews.
  5. Stalk them on social media, do their clients interact and give feedback? Take note of the comments and get a feel for your photographer’s personality.

Do you like their style?

Your style sets you apart from everyone else – and the same goes for a professional photographer. Whether it’s lifestyle photography, classic photography or fine art portraiture, every photographer has their own style, or perhaps, set of styles. The trick, is to find one that has a style that fits yours.

Are you a lover of big, bold, dramatic colour? Or do you prefer natural light, soft shades and pastel hues? Or maybe black and white is your thing. Whatever your preference is, be clear on what you’re after and take note of their style.

You should be able to see similarities across their portfolio. There may be certain characteristics or traits that can be seen throughout their work, a particular tenor or design that stands out or a consistency in their approach.

Maybe there’s a peculiarity in their photos that speaks to your heart – be guided by your gut here and trust your judgement. You know what you like and don’t like. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. This is an investment and the last thing you want to do is regret your decision, especially when you’re putting your memories in the hands of someone else to capture. Pick up the phone and have a conversation with them, this will help you get to know them and see if you Have a connection.

Knowing you’ve chosen the right professional photographer will not only put your mind at ease, it will simplify the entire process and ensure the whole thing is an enjoyable experience from start to finish. All good photographers will want to go on this journey with you. In fact, don’t be surprised if you walk away from your photo session feeling as though you’ve just made a new friend.

Adelaide newborn baby photographer art work, Melissa Alagich

TIPS

  1. Check out their recent work – you should instantly get a good feel for their style. Don’t rely on just one or two images that you may have seen.
  2. Consider your own style and décor and whether your photographer fits.
  3. Tune in to your thoughts and emotions – you know what you like and what you don’t like.
  4. Listen to your gut, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t go ahead with it.

Oops I said 20 – I got carried away so there’s an extra two bonus tips for finding the right professional photographer.

Of course, if you have any questions or would like to know more about finding a professional photographer, or better still if you’d love to chat to me about your own family photos feel free to contact me here

 

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Don’t you just want to squeeze their little cheeks? What could be more beautiful than 30 adorable babies… They’re not that little for long and that’s why it’s best to book your newborn photography shoot in their first few weeks of life – when they’re the sleepiest and oh, so dreamiest. You wouldn’t believe how fast the first few months go. One minute you’re in the birthing suite and the next, you’re going to mothers’ group.

You’ve heard the saying, “they grow up so quickly”. Between your Aunt, your Nan and every woman who’s had children that you’ve ever spoken to, you’ve probably heard it a million times. They say it because, well, it’s true.

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If you’re currently pregnant, you’re going to be reading this with great enthusiasm, thinking about all the exciting things you need to do in preparation for the arrival of your little one. Newborn photography is on the list – you’ve heard all about it, your friends with kids did it, and what’s-her-name, from the prenatal yoga class organised their photoshoot too. You want to make sure you get it right. Afterall, you’ve heard about all the bad experiences people have had – and that is not going to happen to you. So here you are doing your research, making sure to cover-off on all basis before you make your final decision. It’s okay, we get it, this is an investment and you want to make sure your newborn photographer gets you – understands you.

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On the other hand, you may be sitting on the couch, scrolling on your phone and just happen to come across this blog. You look up and see your teenage son rummaging through the fridge only to find “there’s no food Mum” because he’s sooooo hungry, all the time. On the other side of the lounge room is your pre-teen, 10 going on 15-year-old daughter. She’s glued to her iPad, looking at all the things she doesn’t have and “needs it now because everyone else has it”. You close your eyes, just for a minute, because that’s all the time you have, and try to remember their newborn faces… remember those times? When they loved you unconditionally (which I’m sure they still do in their own way). Remember when they would smile the moment you looked them in the eye. Or how they would giggle when you would kiss their belly. The way they would look at you when you were feeding. Such simpler times… You wish you had organised a newborn photographer to capture those very moments. Especially now that you’re reading this. Don’t fret, you can make up for that now by booking in for a family photoshoot. It may even be on your to-do list. You’ll never regret having a family photoshoot, but, you may regret not having one.

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Back to the Mum-to-be who’s ready to get started on what’s going to be the most rewarding, yet challenging and fulfilling journey of her entire life. As you look around your home, you start to picture life as a Mum. You see yourself sitting over there on the sofa, feeding your little one, and over there by the island bench, you see yourself playing aeroplane, trying to get bub to eat their mashed pumpkin. Your nursery is full of all the things you could possibly need to make sure you are as prepared as you can be, to take care of this tiny human. If you’re super organised, and depending on how far along you are, you may already have your hospital bag packed, it might even be waiting by the front door. Here’s a little secret, you may not actually get to use what’s in that bag. So many of us have tremendous plans going into birth, only to find out their new boss (bub) has other ideas. Well, it’s best to be prepared anyway, right? Even if the best laid plans… how does the rest of that sentence go? That’s right, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Doesn’t matter though – you’re prepared and that’s all that matters at this point in time. It’s all mental preparation anyway, really. That’s what will get you through the tough times – you know those times, the ones that are set to make us stronger. Like childbirth, which despite all the stories you’ve heard, will be one of the most magical moments in your entire life. If only you could be as prepared for those sleepless nights as you are for labour. Nothing can prepare you for that.

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You’ve probably found that time has already gone so quick. It only felt like a few weeks ago that you found out you were expecting, and now, you’re getting ready to meet your little munchkin. Amazing. Next minute, it’s 3am and your rocking and swaying like a crazy lady, pacing up and down the hallway, shooshing for what feels like forever, in an attempt to put your angel to bed. Then, in the blink of an eye it’s their first birthday and you can’t believe you survived the year. You can’t even bring yourself to thinking about kindergarten or primary school – it just feels sooooo far away. But is it? Like, really? …. (um hand waving here… suddenly your baby is towering over you, and the second not too far off).

Newborn Photography ~ Memories. Moments. Family.

Your home is full of beautiful things. There’s that vase you picked up at that trendy antiques store in Norwood. Oh, and that amazing lamp you found at the treasure market in Adelaide. You can’t forget that delightfully scented candle from Hahndorf. Your floorboards are polished and your soft rug matches your block-out blinds. The stone benchtop glistens as the afternoon sun seeps in, lifting the hint of grey on your walls. Or perhaps, this is your future home… Whatever your home looks like, imagine the precious face of your little one bringing your home to life, complementing your décor as works of art. Perhaps it’s that close-up of their tiny face, or that endless moment of love captured between you… This is what turns your house into a home. Memories. Moments. Family.

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That is exactly what’s captured in newborn photography. Remember that time at your 21st when you really wanted to get that special pic, but it didn’t happen. Or at your Formal when you were too shy to get professional photos done – and oh, how you wish you had them now. Do not let this be one of those times.

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Capturing those precious moments in life doesn’t have to be hard. Let your newborn photographer take care of you – after all, that’s exactly what they want to do. They want to make this photoshoot as relaxing and special as it can be. Let your photographer do the work – trust me, for them, it’s not work, they literally live and breathe this stuff. At just a few weeks old, you won’t believe the peace and calmness that comes from a single shot of your precious little angel. Actually, you will, and that’s why you’re here, reading this, getting organised while you’re still pregnant. Because you know how quickly life can pass you by, and you want to hold on to the memories of your baby, forever.

To find out more about Newborn Photography and having your new baby photographed feel free to take a look around for more information contact me here. I would love to chat and would be honoured to photograph and capture this chapter of your family’s life.

Melissa x

AIPP South Australian Professional Newborn Photographer of the Year 2019

BOOK MELISSA FOR YOUR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY MEMORIES NOW

 

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