I just adored this little Mommy & Me mini maternity session last weekend of Antoinette and her precious daughter Alana. It was a special time to commemorate the last few weeks before baby brother arrives! I’ll be heading to the hospital for a First 48 Session with them and I’m excited to see Alana’s first reactions to her new baby bro. I really just adored this bond between Mom & Daughter, full of so much love & devotion between them and I feel I was able to capture that through these images, which were done in about 5 minutes. When working with toddlers, the trick is to work fast and play while working! Because playing is what life is all about! See you guys SOON!
Back by popular demand, I am offering Pay-What-You-Can Portrait nights!
These are perfect for those families who only need a few images this fall rather than commit to a whole session, or for very active kids who’d rather do anything but sit still longer than a couple minutes, or a few maternity portraits, sibling portraits, even a pregnancy announcement. All of the images below were taken on these same Pay-What-You-Can evenings in September when I was fundraising for my trip to Seoul, each family only had about 5 minutes with me and look at the beauty we captured!
All done at Antioch Park in Merriam KS.
Saturday Oct 25th –> 5pm – 5:55pm
Sunday Oct 26th –> 5pm – 5:55pm
Saturday Nov 1 –> 5pm – 5:30pm (only open for booking once the 25th & 26th are booked)
Within that five minutes, we capture beautiful portraits and you will get 3-5 high resolution digital images emailed to you with the week after your session to print and use however you like. Easy peasy!
I do have a minimum cost of $40 per slot to help cover my expenses and go towards helping with the costs of continuing to always offer my NICU sessions to families for free to them. Normally in the fall families book a standard family package of $250 + tax to be able to have their portraits taken with me, so this is a very incredible opportunity to get some beautiful portraits taken at a fraction of the cost and help fund my NICU work to local families.
No payment up front is necessary to book, payment due at the time of the session. In the event of cold weather (below 60 degrees) or rain, an evening may be cancelled and sign ups asked to choose another available night.
Don’t miss out! No other nights will be offered this year as Daylight Savings happens soon!
These slots go FAST so email me at email@example.com to sign up!
And here it is, the FIRST BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for my Global NICU Project, the first leg will take me to SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA! Full Details of the GLOBAL NICU PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT are here on the blog at THIS LINK or under Project Info.
I’ve been planning this for a few months now and the time has come to announce to you the details of the first leg of my international portrait project to document preemies both in and post NICU in all cultural regions of the world. The plans and dream for this project was born of my heart and soul, and so it’s appropriate that it all starts in Seoul.
As I’ve documented and shared stories of preemies here in the USA, just the Kansas City Metro, I’ve become a part of the deeply personal and close knit NICU community. I noticed that people from far and wide all over the world would share their stories just by seeing one of my photos and many, too many to count, tell me they wish they had someone who could do for them what I do for my families here, that is to help heal the heart through the art of compassionate photography of their wee littles while still in critical care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As I searched online, I rarely found professional images of preemies in other cultures and started studying what I could to learn of other cultural approaches to prematurity. But here’s the thing, people can read all they want to try to find and know facts on other cultures, but it’s a whole different approach to find out how people actually FEEL, REACT, and COPE with having their child in the NICU. It’s not facts and statistics that I care so much about, it’s the PEOPLE, the FAMILIES, and the BABIES whose stories NEED TO BE TOLD and they NEED to have these images they would otherwise never have to be able to show their child(ren) what that experience was like. As with here at home, it won’t cost any family I photograph in the NICU any money at all.
Forget math, it is the art of Photographs that are the universal language that not only our minds understand, but our hearts.
WAYS YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS AMAZING PROJECT:
While I am fronting a lot of out of pocket expenses to make this happen, I still NEED YOUR HELP.
This trip will cost me about $3000 US and I’m only hoping to raise half that in donations to cover my plane ticket if you felt led to help with this project for whatever reason, which you can do at my GoFundMe page. $1500 US for one round trip airfare is what that is going towards.
Pay What You Can Photo Session Days:
On select days I will be hosting 5-10 minute sessions for cash donations to help with the expenses of the trip. In these sessions you will receive 2-3 High Resolution Digital images of my choice for you to use however you like. Perfect for filling the need of a family photo for your Christmas card or a baby or toddler portrait. Images to be delivered via email only. Suggested cash donation is a minimum of $40.
Sept 22nd –> 5:30 pm – 7pm (Ironwoods Park)
Sept 24th –> 5:30 – 7pm (Antioch Park)
Sept 26th – 5:30 – 7pm (Antioch Park)
Please EMAIL me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
I am accepting donations of knitted or crocheted preemie hats & booties and gently used/still look new preemie clothes to take with me to donate to families. Please email me when you’re ready to ship or drop off and I will make arrangements for you. Please note that you are responsible for cost of shipping to me, thank you for understanding.
I’m so excited about this project and can’t wait to share this part of the Global NICU Community with you and the rest of the world.
Thank you for all your love and support, it means so so much!
So social networking is a wonderful thing sometimes and Instagram is my favorite (hey you should follow me at http://instagram.com/jessicastromphotography). I was browsing NICU related hashtags on the app and found a current image of two most beautiful twin sisters who were born at just 25 weeks in April. I liked the image and their mom checked out my feed and as it turns out, she was a local Mom and she’d even heard of me while in the NICU but hadn’t had a chance to get in touch while the girls were admitted. Such a nice way to meet a new friend! After chatting with their Mom, I asked her if she would be interested in bringing the girls into the studio for a complimentary mini-newborn session to just play and have some fun. I was so delighted when she said yes and brought these gorgeous girls in to the studio!
Introducing twin sisters Adeline and Amelia, born weighing just 1 lb 6 oz and 1 lb 7oz and look at them now! They were NICU graduates sent home 4 weeks before their due date and here they are just a week before their due date at 3.5 months old weighing approx 7 lbs each. I loved cuddling with them and they did so wonderfully. Getting twins to sleep at the same time is tricky at best when they’re brand new but the fact that we did this at 3.5 months old when they’re usually quite alert when awake, I was so excited and thankful my tricks worked! =)
If you’re interested in a newborn session, be it a mini or a full studio session, please check out my packages page and get in touch! I have openings for the fall!
If you’re pregnant and due in September, November, or December, YOU NEED to check this out!
LIMITED TIME OFFER!
What are First 48 Sessions? –> Lifestyle portraits of your new babe within the first 48 hours of birth to capture all those brand new details that go away FAST
No posing of babies, no props, just baby as she/he is, fresh and wrinkly.
Skip the inexperienced corporate packages that are sold room to room and give your baby the very best of first portraits.
Scroll down for Package Info!!
Package 1: $100 + tax
Includes my time & expertise in a 20 minute session
Your choice of 5 high resolution digital images from a selection of 20 proofs
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design
Package 2: $200 + tax
Includes my time & expertise in 30 minute session
Your choice of 10 high resolution digital images from a selection of 20 proofs
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design
Package 3: $300 + tax
Includes my time & expertise in a 40 minute session
Your choice of 20 high resolution digital images from a selection of 30 proofs
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design
The following locations are covered with no additional travel fee:
Overland Park Regional, Shawnee Mission, St Luke’s South, Menorah, St Joseph Medical Center
The following locations will require an additional $50 travel fee to cover the additional time and expense involved:
KU, St Luke’s Plaza, & Olathe Med
Because New Birth Company sends parents home within approx 8 hours of delivery, it is hard for me to get to the birth center before you leave as I am not on-call and the sessions are done within the first couple days. IF I am available, I will make every effort to get there, however I can not guarantee it. If you live within 10-15 minutes of NBC, I may be able to come to your home to do the session instead. This is NOT a newborn session and I will not be posing or using props on the baby.
If you are birthing at home, I may be able to do a First 48 session in your home depending on your location. A travel fee may apply.
NEED TO KNOW:
–> A minimum of Package 1 is to be paid in full at time of booking to guarantee your reservation around your due date
RESERVE HERE —> https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/first-hospital-package
–> You may upgrade packages down the road or upon seeing proofs
–> Most often I go the day after the baby is born once the family is settled in their room
–> This is NOT a birth session where I am on-call to capture the moments right after birth
–> You may email me to let me know baby has arrived or text ONLY if it is during the day. Middle of the night texts are not cool.
–> This NOT a newborn session and I will not work with props, please don’t ask me to use them or to drape a blanket as a backdrop because I will say no.
–> If timing works out, I love to capture first meetings with siblings but you will need to be aware of the time limit on the package you choose
–> Images are proofed online within approx 2 weeks and your selections made available to you via email only
–> Please be ready to start the session upon my arrival, this will involve preplanning baby’s feedings so you’re not feeding when I arrive
–> If your location is not listed above, I am unable to go to your location as it is some distance from my home. For example, Centerpoint is almost an hour away from me, so by driving there and back it is an additional 2 hours of my time and of gas, which is why I’m unable to offer these sessions there.
–> It is YOUR responsibility to contact me to let me know baby has arrived. If you forget, the price only of the package paid will be credited towards a standard newborn session in the studio that does not include any images that must be scheduled within 2 weeks of birth or monies are forfeited
–> Types of images captured are baby alone in bassinet, with parents, with each parent, with siblings if applicable, and other details such as hands, feet and hair as applicable
–> I shoot Mondays thru Saturdays during the day time only, evening sessions are not available
–> I do not shoot on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day so I too can enjoy my family
These may not be back after the new year so get them while you can! September, November and December babies!!
Please email me today to book your session! email@example.com
Check out securely online to reserve you session at https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/first-hospital-package
THANKS SO MUCH!!