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Life with a baby
 

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My favorite thing is to shoot mama and baby moments that happen all the time. Things like caregiving activities that usually go unnoticed but really make most of our time with babies. My intention is always to create something that mamas can revisit later ... with grown up kids, how different will it feel then?

Here are a few shots from a recent session in Burbank, CA.

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Cannabis and Parenthood
 

a recent session

 
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I did a shoot with Keira Sumimoto, the founder of the Instagram account @cannabisandparenthood and we talked about how our kids might grow up to relate to cannabis.

We both use it regularly, and as much as I try to keep it in the down low at home, Amelie has asked a few times what it is.

The truth is that I don’t have all the answers but here’s where I’m at: I’ve learned so much about the power of herbal medicine in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and I’m fascinated by it all. I see cannabis as another herb we use at home to support our bodies (and mind) through the changes and challenges of life. It serves various purposes and works different for different people so like with anything else, start small and see how it affects you, and always use in moderation. Amelie is almost 6 and she understands my vape pen as herbal medicine for adults (an easy way to keep her safe until she’s old enough to make her own choices) and our CBD oil as a good ointment for “owies” (a anti-inflammatory life savior for the joint pain I was left with after being sick with a tropical virus, and my go to when Amelie get’s any superficial scrapes that need soothing).

I’m not afraid of cannabis because I’ve used it for over 6 years and it has served me and many I know well with zero side-effects. There is a big need for more research to better understand this plant and to demystify it more, but if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Also, if you’re interested in learning more, check out Canna Kids to see what results they’re finding when using this miracle plant to support people with cancer, epilepsy, and other disorders. Tracy and her team are making progress in leaps and bounds in terms of research and product development and it’s been amazing to witness!

Here’s a few photos from my shoot with Keira for Dawson+Hellmann, makers of beautiful cannabis-inspired hand embroidered bedding and pjs.

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Jessica's Family
 

a recent session

 
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Jessica is going back to work in a month, after 7 unforgettable months with her son Oliver. She wanted to honor this transition with a family shoot at home and so I came over and spent an hour with her family. I was able to capture as Oliver woke up from his nap and his parents navigated supporting his needs together. A beautiful dance of support, love and compassion for each other.

Now Jessica goes back to work and many of us know that the first day away is weird. Help me in sending her all the good vibes. Sometimes the hardest things in life — like claiming some part of your life back after having a baby — are the best most rewarding things in life. 

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Women Supporting Women
 
 
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A long time ago women supported one another. Villages of women bled together, took care of each other during the postpartum months, and grew older and wiser and respected. Women trusted and supported their community, and life – and certainly parenting – were easier because of it.

Over the centuries patriarchy played a role in dismantling what was once a strong sense a connection and togetherness. Community, the sharing of wisdom and our connection with our own bodies replaced by distrust and competition.

These photos are a collaboration between 3 mamas: postpartum doula Lauren Archer, Priscilla Ruiz and I, and it aims to celebrate our connection with our bodies and to inspire a deeper conversation about our need for community as women and mothers.

Ladies, let's understand our cycles and learn to love and honor our hormones. Let's demand the time and space to heal and care for our offspring postpartum and beyond. Let's notice every time we compare to others, every time we hate our bodies or judge someone else's. And most importantly, let's come together again. A great way to do that is by joining a women circle in your area. By gathering together to talk about our challenges, we can truly move forward and begin to heal and reconnect collectively.

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