San Antonio 2017 Holiday Session Photographer - Milk and Cookie Sessions!

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They're baaaaaack!
Every year I get asked if we will be doing Milk and Cookie sessions again so I finally decided it was time to bring 'em back!

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Where: Brittany Brooks Photography Studio
-2379 NE Loop 410, Suite 22, San Antonio, Texas
How much: $35

Sessions will be 10-15 minutes long, sometimes quicker if all goes smoothly. A gallery of images will be delivered to you to choose your images! 
Prints, digital images, ornaments, albums, and Christmas cards will be available for purchase. 

 

The fine details:
Children do not have to eat cookies/drink milk. These can be done without.

Brittany will have mugs, small milk jugs, milk and cookies available for the kids. 

If your child has an allergy, PLEASE let Brittany know! Please feel to bring your own cookies if you'd like.

Due to the set up, these sessions are available for young children only. Families will *not* be photographed in this setup.

Children must be at least 4 months of age and able to hold their head up.

Up to 3 children of your immediate family will be allowed. If over 3 children, please choose 'Add a child' option to your cart when checking out.

Brittany will email a contract after you book your session. A completed contract must be filled out to complete your booking.

The $35 session fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be cautious of the times you're selecting.

Add ons can only be added *after* purchasing a package. 

Digital images will include up to 7 digital images depending on child's cooperation.

*Session fee cannot be used for maternity, birth, newborns, milestone or family sessions.*
 

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Custom Business Card Flash Drives

I am so excited to partner up with USB Memory Direct to promote these amazing Business Card Flash Drives!

I love the fact that you can make them look like your business card! We have given away a few so far and everyone is loving them.

They're perfect, flat, minimal, and easy to use. I really love the look of them and think it's a great addition to our photography packages.

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ENJOY!
-B

San Antonio Home Water Birth - The Birth of Blake

Here I was 41 weeks and 1 day pregnant and feeling fabulous. Almost like I wasn’t at the end of pregnancy. Shouldn’t I be miserable? Everyone assumed I was or that I should be. The thought that this baby was never going to come started to seep into my brain. Of course, I knew I would not be pregnant forever, but you start to wonder.

I am a firm believer in baby will come when baby is ready. But if I heard ONE more person say that to me, I was going to scream. My biggest fear was having to be transferred to the hospital to be induced. As each day passed, I was closer to 42 weeks and each day I was still pregnant.
For weeks I had been having tiny contractions here and there. Nothing major, none that told me, “Ok! THIS is labor!” The week before I really went into labor, I would go for five hours with contractions 10 minutes apart. Again, nothing painful or serious, but enough to know my body was getting ready. Since we were having a home birth, every night I would “prepare” my house – in hopes that I would have a birth team coming that night or the next morning. Then, I would wake up each morning…pregnant. I love being pregnant. I feel like I’m that weird lady that would be pregnant forever if I could, but I was REALLY ready to meet this baby. I wanted to hold them and kiss them and know if they were a boy or a girl!

So here we are, Saturday, July 16 (41w1d). Finally, I sent a text to my doula for some words of encouragement. She told me to take a day to myself – no social media, find something relaxing to do, take a bath, etc. I had been having small contractions again, but nothing consistent. I decided to do some acupressure points, drink some tea, organize my craft closet, (insert that other thing you do to induce labor here…a few times) and finally, relax and take a bath and have a heart to heart with this baby. At 10:30 I had one really big sharp pain in my lower abdomen and thought, “YES!! It worked! Let’s see if there’s another….”  Ehhhh…nothing. Off to bed I went.

Sunday, July 17 12:30ish a.m. I woke from what I thought might be a contraction. I kept reminding myself what my midwife told me “Labor will call you out of bed.” I doze back off. Woke up again – same feeling. I decide to get up and use the restroom and go back to bed. Again! It’s happening again! But these are not small and are a little painful. I kept referring back to my first birth when I was in labor. My contractions woke me up at 5 minutes apart and I was able to handle them pretty well for a long time. But these, these were a little intense. Another one came. They seemed so far apart but felt like forever. I decided to time them, but also try and sleep in between. At first, 12 minutes apart, lasting 1:45.  Then 10 minutes later, another one. Eight minutes later, another one.  Five minutes later another one! They weren’t consistent but were coming so fast. I figured this really could be it. I decided to get up and take a shower. In the shower I was only able to wash my hair because I had 3 contractions back to back. There’s no way these are 5 minutes apart, I thought. I get out, another one. I time them, brush my hair, get partially dressed, another one. THREE minutes. By this time it’s 2:00 a.m. and they just keep coming anywhere from 3:30 – 2:45 minutes apart. I take one last photo of my belly at 2:36 a.m.  I decided to call my doula to see what she thought. By this point they’re consistently 3 minutes apart, but now only lasting 50ish seconds long. I also call the midwife. More contractions come. I wake up my husband and tell him I called the midwife because I’m in labor. He wakes up and we start getting the room ready. It was also really adorable because he ran downstairs and mopped...haha! I try eating in between; napping is out of the question because I’m too excited!

A little after 3:30 the doula arrives. I’m still chatty cathy but tell her when the contractions come, it’s intense. I kept referring back to my first birth, “They were not this intense until later on…” I make sure we contact my other doula friend and of course, the photographer! Sometime after 4:00 a.m. I’m throwing up. The doula tells Chris to call the midwife. Thankfully, she’s awesome and was already waiting for the official invite to come on up! She came in and I was still able to talk and laugh with her. I labored in a squatting position for a while. I start to feel myself entering labor land. My eyes want to be closed. I want to be by myself. But yet, I don’t want to be alone. Us laboring women are demanding like that.

I attempt to use the restroom and try to give the midwife one last dang urine sample. I had one contraction on the toilet and it was nice to be in a different position. I labored there for a while and ask if I can get in the tub. By this time everyone is here and I know baby is coming soon, or so I hope. The tub starts to get filled but it felt like an eternity before I’m able to get in.
Finally, I get in – “Ahh, this is so relaxi…” Here comes another one. I remember saying out loud “I haven’t even gotten a break!” I have no idea what time it is at this point, but I see that the curtains are getting lighter, which means the sun is coming up! (I told everyone I wanted a day birth, so it was perfect).
I already felt like I needed to push. It seemed to help and felt so. much. better. That and really letting out a loud noise. I don’t even know what to call it – but I remember joking that I hope I didn’t sound like that one lady from that movie with Jennifer Lopez when she attends the home birth and the mom is mooing – haha!
Even though I was pushing, I wasn’t able to feel his head and I started to get discouraged. I realized my water hadn’t even broke! I kept thinking of my birth with Eli. My water broke and he wasn’t born for another 2.5 hours! I thought I was in for the long haul. I pushed some more and this time when I reached down, I felt something – maybe the bag of water? I was so happy there was something happening. 
I loved being in the tub but didn’t know how I wanted to sit. I couldn’t find a comfortable position and felt like I was all over the place. I finally got in a nice squat and was trying to hold my own legs and push but felt like it wasn’t working. My midwife was one step ahead and asked my husband to get in. He got in and I had a contraction. I pushed and felt it. The head. The ring of fire. HOLY GOODNESS. That’s a baby’s head! I bare down with my next contraction and push again and his head came out! Nikki checks to make sure cord is off from around baby's neck. I took a moment and felt his head and his tiny button nose. I even laughed, "I can feel his nose!" I wait. I breathe. I asked, "Ok, are y'all ready?" (ha!) I push again and I can start to feel the head turn, I push and I pull baby out and onto my chest. It's 7:18 a.m. - The baby is here!!! I felt so amazing. I’m pretty sure after saying “Hi Baby!!!!” The next words that came out were, “That was SO AMAZING!” I can’t believe I was starting to think baby wouldn’t be here for a while and now I’m holding this tiny, wet, adorable human being!!

Having a home birth was an amazing experience. Right after having Blake, everyone helped me out of the tub and onto the bed. My friend brought me Eli, Chris and Damiane snuggled up to me and we soaked in the new member of the family. My doula brought me breakfast upstairs and the rest of Nikki's team helped with Blake's exam and put away everything from the birth. I was able to get up and take a shower, enjoy the rest of my breakfast and smoothie, get some last minute photos in and before I knew it, Blake was nursing and we were napping.

I cannot believe a year has already gone by. Time is a thief, but we have enjoyed every second of having Blake in our lives.

We love you, Blake!

Midwife: Nikki McIver-Brown/San Antonio Nurse Midwife
Doula: Desiree Sangiuliano-Jemal/Pretty Sweet Doula
Photographer: Kara Gomez/Open Book Studios



All images are from Kara Gomez/Open Book Studios. Film clips were taken by my doula, Desiree.

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Last photo of this big pregnant belly! 2:36 a.m.

San Antonio Photographer - Breastfeeding Sessions at Cibolo Nature Center

I am sooooo excited for these!
Sessions will be held Tuesday, August 1st at Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, Texas

Session fee is $165.00 and includes 5 high resolution digital images. Options to add on images, prints, and albums are available.

Brittany has a selection of gowns available, but please note, once one is used that evening, it won't be available for a second use. If you'd like to wear your own outfits, we recommend light and neutral colors, no neon and nothing too matchy.

TO BOOK YOUR SESSION: http://brittanybrooksphotography.bigcartel.com/product/breastfeeding-sessions-deposit-only

Samples of outfit ideas and poses:

A non-refundable $50.00 deposit is due at the time of booking your session. Your remaining balance will be due no later than Tuesday, July 25th. Invoices that are not paid by July 25th will forfeit their session time slot.

Looking forward to meeting you and your nursling!
-B

San Antonio Family Photographer - Cibolo Nature Center

The more and more I photograph families in San Antonio, the more I am realizing my heart truly is with a documentary style type of photography. Letting the kids just be kids, enjoying themselves, being silly, and playing. These are the memories we want to preserve.  These are the memories I want to document for you. These are the memories I want you to look back on year after year in an album.

I'm loving these images from Cibolo Nature Center.  I had never been and it was everything I imagined and more! The boys enjoyed playing and splashing in the water and it made for the perfect, candid moments.

ENJOY!
-B

San Antonio Newborn and Birth Photographer - Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak,
Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your family session, please click here.

The Birth of Jack - San Antonio Birth Videographer

I had the honor of attending another amazing birth at the Birth Center Stone Oak in San Antonio, Texas!

I loved watching this strong mama labor while dad was with her every step of the way. They were so in sync and in love, I cry every time I watch their film. Jack is one lucky baby to have such loving parents.

ENJOY!
-B

San Antonio Newborn and Birth Photographer - Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak,
Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Birth or Fresh 48 Session, please click here.

A day at The Witte Museum - San Antonio Family Documentary Photographer

Anyone else so excited that summer is finally here?! We started things off right by renewing our library cards and getting a Witte Museum membership. The last time we went to the Witte they were finishing up their dinosaur exhibit. The kids and I were excited for this part because we LOVE dinosaurs!

We spent majority of our time with the dinos but loved venturing around the rest of the museum. It was amazing for them to see the exhibits up close, dig for fossils, explore outside, and have a dance break in the elevator! I challenged myself to bring one lens with me (the Sigma 15mm). It was quite the challenge, but I am loving how these turned out!

ENJOY!
-B

 

San Antonio Newborn and Birth Photographer - Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak,
Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Family Documentary Family Session, please click here.

San Antonio Family Documentary Film - The Hinds Family

I was so sad when Susan moved away. Her family recently moved to Las Vegas (insert crying face here). One night we were chatting about me coming to visit to document a family film for them. By the time the conversation was over, my flight was booked! I love traveling for work, but it's even better when you get to go see a friend.

We had soooo much fun while I was there. On the day we decided to film, the weather was perfect. The kids and Susan got ready, finished their school work for the day, then Susan spent one on one time with each of the kids. In the evening, everyone pitched in to help cook dinner (which was delicious, by the way!) and skyped with dad, who's deployed.

I think family films are still very new to San Antonio, so I hope they really start catching on. I obviously love taking photos of families, but films are really something special.

ENJOY!
-B

 

Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and
newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Family Documentary Film, please click here.

San Antonio Family Documentary Film - ViVenzio Family

I have documented the ViVenzio family on several occasions. It has been an honor watching their family grow right before my eyes.

They recently welcomed their newest member in March and he is sooooo cute and squishy! I came over early one morning and documented them cooking, snuggling, and nursing. I love the way their film turned out.

ENJOY!
-B

 

Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and
newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Family Documentary Film, please click here.

San Antonio Family Documentary Film - The Smith Family

I am so in love with Family Documentary Films!!

I met the Smith family when they were expecting their second. Their lifestyle newborn session is one of my favorites to this day.

They're the sweetest (and most gorgeous!) family and I was so honored to do a film for them. I ask families what it is they want to remember most. That's what I want to document.

Is it making pancakes on a Saturday morning? Board games? Curling up and reading together? Perfect. Let's do it! We had a lot of fun this day and their film turned out perfect. 

ENJOY! -B


San Antonio Newborn and Birth Photographer - Brittany Brooks Photography specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography and videography.

Offering services in San Antonio, Converse, Universal City, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak,
Cibolo, Wind Crest, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas.

To find more out about our sessions, please contact us.
To book your Family Documentary Film, please click here.