Birthing on a budget: 5 ways to help you afford your dream birth team - Natalie Bee Photography of Spokane, Washington
Welcoming a new addition to the family is an exciting & joyous occasion, and having a birth photographer or doula supporting you can make the experience so much more memorable. but let's face it: these are absolutely considered luxury investments and not all families can make it possible. as a mother of 4 kids myself, I know how budget constraints can pose a huge challenge in hiring who you truly want for your birth day. For this very reason, I wrote down 5 ways that I could personally afford my birth team years ago, and figured it could be extremely helpful for others since we're all becoming even more aware of what investments we're making for our future, whether they be tiny or monumental.
I am currently offering a free micro maternity session to all 2024 birth clients!
Holiday Mini Sessions + Early Black Friday deals were announced this weekend to all VIP group members & Newsletter recipients. Feel free to join both if you'd like to have early access to any future sales & updated availability!
All sessions are 10-20% off all november long, but larger discounts (30-50% off) will be available at 6am on black friday (11/24) & are first-come-first-serve basis:
This is not an over-exaggeration: I loathe picking out family photo outfits for everyone - despiiiiiiiise it. If I could outsource that one: I 1000% would.
Here are my personal & professional tips for making this step just a tad bit easier on everyone, because believe me! I have definitely arrived to a session frustrated as hell because this process always induced so much stress that I was not in the best place emotionally to be the goofy, loving, stress-free mom that I know I can be...
My biggest tips are: wear something you are comfortable in & wear something that celebrates you/your personality/your style/your family vibe! At the end of the day, these photos are for you, for a lifetime - I want you to fall in love with these images.
I took myself out for a solo concert date last night which honestly felt like an ice cold glass of water on a hot-ass day: so. freaking. refreshing.
while I started my photography journey nearly 15 years ago shooting concerts, documenting so many of the older EDM-scene shows (Pretty Lights, Opuio, Beats Antique, CloZee, etc.), I unfortunately haven't done much since becoming a mother.
I've had this huge urge to push farrrrr out of my comfort zone recently and this was just what I needed in life right about now: self-love + music + photography.
Monumental puts on some of the absolute best local shows, including last night's Stoe + Ghost Heart + No Bragging Rights set at The Big Dipper!!
What An incredible turnout for a Monday night in Spokane...
I saw a quote from BirthNerds the other day that resonated with my personal experience, that said: "Every lactation journey is unique and influenced by individual circumstances, choices, and support systems."
Everyone's journey is so different and we have no idea how that journey has formed a person...
I often get asked why I photograph people feeding their babies, and it's simply because: I wish I had done so for myself.
Simple as that.
These are the exact images I would want for myself...and my heart bursts when I am able to give this experience to others.
Simple, delicate & totally tailored to your baby:
now booking milestone sessions at the Betty & Bee portrait studio!!
To help families celebrate their unique journey, I am offering studio mini sessions for all feeding stories: breastfeeding, chestfeeding, SNS, tandem, extended, shared...you name it, all is welcome here!!
Mostly I just want to start this by saying a huge-ass thank you to you...!!!
I really can't say enough "thank you's" because your continued support over the last decade has meant the absolute world to me, and to my family.
I believe that social media creates this lie that if you're not posting - you don't exist;
we are so inundated with fast-paced content most of our day, that it's so easy to slip through the meta cracks [god forbid]. and alas, it is unfortunately what I feel I've done over the last year, and I am truly sorry for that; It's not you - it's totally me.
I lost a lot of myself in motherhood. in wifehood. in sisterhood. in all walks of life. while the pieces are slowly finding their way back together, I'm definitely not whole. After 2020 I constantly asked myself, "How am I expected to put my entire heart into this work for others, when I felt so broken myself...?".
after struggling with postpartum depression, loss trauma, untreated ADHD and a very surprising recent Autism diagnosis! ...I DECIDED TO TAKE A BIG STEP BACK from my career TO FOCUS ON my dwindling MENTAL HEALTH. This was hands-down the best move I could have made! I'm on my way to understanding my world again, which also means reflecting on how my business runs and how my clientele could potentially shift due to all of this change. Full transparency: I really struggled to even share any of this with you; I don't want to lose anyone that I hold dear in my heart because of this job.
however, I feel in my bones that me being authentic and raw about all of this will ULTIMATELY bring the people that are meant for me: closer. And at the end of the day, it is that basic human connection and understanding that brings people closer...
so, cheers to change!!!
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, WA Maternity, Birth & Newborn Photographer, certified Birth Doula + mother of four.