Ponchatoula LA | Newborn Kendall | Choosing The Best Birth Plan

Birth plans are a very personal decision between you and your doctor.   See below to read up on some of the different options you have for both first time moms and veteran moms.  

Let me introduce you to sweet Miss Kendall!  Such a beauty and may have faked us out a little bit but she ultimately slept like a dream!  I don't know about you but this lil lady looks like her Daddy! 

Birth Options

Midwife, OB/GYN: 

What pulls at you heart strings: Having a coach type atmosphere? Having someone with a more natural approach? Anyway you choose it's important to ask questions about their methods and planning for your pregnancy.  You also want to mesh well with their beliefs and personality to yours.  Mostly everyone LOVES their Doctor or Midwife and think they are the best...but what's important to you may not be to them and vice versa! Read up on Midwife vs Doctor HERE


Is a doula right for you? That's something for you to determine. If you are wanting a more natural approach with out an epidural or if you have specific birth plan you are wanting to adhere to I would say a doula may be right for you. If you are wanting a more hands off approach then you may not want a doula.  HERE's a great article on why and how you should choose a doula.

Hospital, Birthing Center or Home Birth

Are you wanting the comfort of your own home?  What about the "safety net" that a hospital provides? What about somewhere in between? These options are something to think about especially in regards to who you choose to assist you in your birth. Check out all of your options HERE

Epidural vs Natural

Here's another option to this about before choosing a midwife or doctor.  Do you want to try natural and have the option for an epidural? Do you absolutely want an epidural? Or are you an all natural girl? Read up on the benefits and risks to both HERE.

Inducing Labor?

Will you be induced? That is a great topic to discuss with your doctor!  I remember that feeling of wanting to evict my babies!!!!  You're beyond uncomfortable and just beyond excited to meet your precious little bundle!!! But is it the right decision for you?  Click HERE to find out the advantages and disadvantage to inducing labor. 

Cesarean sections & VBAC's

Will you have a cesarean?  Who knows! But it is something I think every mother regardless of your "ideal" birth plan needs to be aware of and prepare for.  There are many factors during delivery or health of mom or baby that can lead to a cesarean.  Are there times when they are "rushed" into...yes.  So it's important to at least educate yourself on the idea of one.  Click HERE for more info on some reasons for a C-Section.

Already had a C-Section? Is a VBAC in the cards for you? There are certainly benefits and risks to both a repeat C-Section and having a VBAC.  Read up on your options HERE.

What Else?

Relax!!!  You have a long time to make a decision.  And make the decision for you!  Everyone will have an opinion but ultimately it's what YOU need to feel comfortable with!  You are already getting that "mommy instinct" go with YOUR gut!!!! 


Mandeville, LA | Newborn Seth | Capturing Moments

Are you wanting to better capture your littles day to day life? Are you looking for some tips?  Stay tuned to the end of the post!  First, check out Seth!!!  He was such a sweet boy and loved to eat and sleep!  Setting up for a newborn boy shoot can be a challenge.  If you are a boy mom you know the struggle of going clothes shopping only to find the boys section is a quarter of what the girls section is.  Well the photography prop world is the same way...sometimes worse.  So how do we overcome this...we get CREATIVE!!!  I'm a boy mom and know the struggle and make it a personal challenge to give other boy moms awesome VARIETY with super CREATIVE setups!  Girls can't have all the fun!!!!

mandeville La newborn photographer

Capturing your littles

We all see pictures that document kids and babies day to day lives like a story.  You can too!  Here are some tips:

1. Capture the beginning.  Are they taking out the bag of bristle blocks? Capture them dumping them out!!!

2. Forget about getting that perfect smile or having them play and dress perfectly.  Instead, let them play as they are and do.  Don't let them know what you are doing and hide around the sofa or piece of furniture and capturing them PLAYING.  These are the memories you want to remember.  You want to remember their personalities as they were.  How when they think they scrunch their nose or stick out their tongue.  

3. Pay attention to how they are playing.  Are the lining up their toys?  Great capture those toys lined up alone without your child.

4. Capture the end result of their creation or milestone accomplishment!

As you can see you have now captured the beginning, middle, details, and the end....A STORY! It's hard enough for us to remember exactly what our kids looked like as they grew up but remembering their quirks, how they learned a new skill, or even their reactions to accomplishments and failures are the hardest to remember!  DOCUMENT those memories while you can!!!  Time is fleeting! 

Metairie, LA | February 10, 2016 | Newborn ~ Julia

Pure, blissful, serene, amazing, sweet...just some of the "feels" that are had after every single baby that comes into our studio.  

Miss Julia was no exception!!!  Those cheeks, pursing lips, tiny nose, and stunning hair!!!  Just gorgeous!!! She was an absolute joy to work with and yep she loved to eat.  That must be a trend as of lately. 

Linda Lea Photography will be rolling out a few new and exciting things in February for 2016.  We've created a way to give back to our loyal clients and started a referral program.  You, our client, will receive a gift as well as your referral.  Our packages have changed a little.  We've restructured them so our clients can customize them more to your wants and needs.

March 19, 2016 from 10-4 Linda Lea Photography will be at the Northshore Baby and Child Fest!!!  Come out and show us some love!!!