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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
This toddler’s got talent! (And so does his dad!)
You won’t believe these photos of Maddex, now one-and-a-half years old, performing daredevil stunts. His dad, Brandon Hill, is a Seattle-based photographer who started a photo series called #MaddStunts that features his son in hair-raising scenarios, like hanging from one tree branch like a modern-day Tarzan or balancing like a gymnast on the edge of his crib. There are also fun photos of him in Seattle tourist spots — like being stuck to the famous gum wall near Pike Market. The photos are often accompanied by funny captions.
The magic of Photoshop is evident, and Hill photographs backgrounds and baby separately. In fact, Hill usually takes between 75 and 100 shots of Maddex. Hill’s wife holds Maddex in specific poses so that every nuanced move and expression can be captured for the perfect (and most realistic) melding of images.
Some of the photos are posted to Hill’s Instagram, and they’re incredible for capturing Maddex’s glee and mischief. “I’m inspired by his personality and the infant-to-toddler transformation,” Hill told Yahoo! Parenting. “His personality is definitely on the daring side and he doesn’t seem to believe in risk. So the series is a heightened reflection of his and my experience.”
Check out more photos of Maddex!
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
Photos of Maddex/MaddStunts courtesy of Brandon Hill’s Instagram
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Friday, March 6th, 2015
Do you remember how you felt the first 24 hours after you had your baby? Maybe you were exhausted after a long labor and delivery. Excited to finally see and hold your little love nugget. Freaked out that you’re actually responsible for another person’s life. Or, simply, full of love.
Time has a funny way of softening a memory’s hard edges, but a photograph does not. In her forthcoming book One Day Young in Hackney, British photog Jenny Smith captured 40 new moms and their babies in the first 24 hours after birth (h/t Cosmopolitan.com). It’s a tender, unvarnished look at this most personal of times, when a woman takes her first shaky steps into motherhood. Some of the mamas look serene (and surprisingly well rested!), while others seem a little overwhelmed. But they all brought me back to that terrifyingly wonderful day when I cradled my newborn son and felt, if not yet love, a consuming desire to protect and nurture.
The book, which took five years to complete, was a labor of love for Smith, who says she just wanted to shine a light on the positive aspects of childbirth. “My aim was to capture the extraordinary bonding, warmth and strength between mother and infant,” she explains in a press release. “In fact the whole range of amazing emotions felt at that time, as the mothering instinct kicks in. I find the collection of images defiant and beautiful, challenging the expected vision of those first 24 hours, a pure celebration of what it means to be a mother.”
Here are a few photographs from the book—can you see yourself in any of them?
Also see: gorgeous celebrity breastfeeding photos and #selfies, and photos just-out-of-the-womb newborns.
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
Photos originally appeared in One Day Young by Jenny Lewis, published by Hoxton Mini Press, and featured with permission of Jenny Lewis
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Monday, February 16th, 2015
In a time when conversations about public breastfeeding and loving a woman’s natural, self are happening everywhere—one would think the world would be more accepting and appreciative of the images. But this is still not the case and Jade Beall, a photographer and mother, realizes this all too often.
Beall is the founder of “A Beautiful Body Project,” a photo project that aims to display “truthful images of women” that are not airbrushed or Photoshopped, especially women who breastfeed. Her project was inspired by a nude breastfeeding self-portrait she took, and the physical and emotional changes she experienced after the birth of her son.
Recently, Beall posted a photo of seven naked moms (all with diverse bodies) breastfeeding their babies on her Facebook page (see below). Within hours, the photo received almost 9,000 likes and 3,000 comments—but with all the positive feedback came the negative. Facebook users, mostly men, left comments requesting that the image be taken down.
Finally, someone reported the image because one of the women’s nipples had not been blurred out, and Facebook removed the photo from their site. This wasn’t the first time one of her photos was removed, but Beall had made sure to blur out nipples and private areas. Unfortunately, Beall had missed one nipple, but she quickly replaced the old image with a newly edited (nipple-free) version.
Facebook does allow photos of breastfeeding these days (as opposed to a few years ago), but the site still has a strict policy on how photos display nudity. Although blurring out a nipple may fulfill Facebook’s guidelines for now, Beall and so many other moms will still continue to advocate for the display of a woman’s most natural self when breastfeeding.
“I love seeing a room full of diverse bodies feeding their babies, the very bodies that made and gave life to the babies!” she told The Huffington Post. ”When we see a woman with the untypical body type feeling empowered and vulnerable to pose for an artist, it’s like somehow I break the rules of what is acceptable for how much skin a woman ‘should’ show. And to show her allowing her breasts to be used in a completely un-sexualized manner, that really rocks the boat.”
We want to hear your thoughts: Do you think this photograph pushs the limits? Or do you think society should get with the program and appreciate photographs like Beall’s?
Plus: See gorgeous celebrity breastfeeding photos!
Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn
Photo of diverse women breastfeeding featured with permission of Jade Beall Photography
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Friday, February 6th, 2015
Warning: This post contains bloody and graphic photos of newborn babies.
Seeing your brand-new baby for the first time is the very first curveball parenthood throws you. Newborns look nothing like the fluffy, pink infants on TV. Depending on how you delivered and how soon you were able to hold your kiddo, she may look splotchy, wrinkly, or maybe even a little misshapen. There’s a reason Anne Geddes waits until babies are a little older before she plops them on top of a fake seahorse or in a patch of cabbages—they’re much more photogenic.
But as Christian Berthelot has discovered, there’s a certain beauty in seeing newborns in their first few seconds of life, before the umbilical cord is cut, before nurses have a chance to wipe the blood and varnix from the folds of the skin. At the suggestion of an OB friend, the French photographer and father of one started photographing babies delivered by C-section about six months after his own son was born.
Steven – born December 21, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. | 2kg 425 – 15 seconds of life
Despite the months of training and preparation, he was floored by what he saw during the first delivery he documented. “Everything went very quickly,” he explained in an artist statement. “It was a big slap in my face. I made photographs throughout the duration of the surgery. When everything was over and everything was fine, I went home. I drank coffee and waited several days.I knew I was not going to look at the world the same way.”
In fact, capturing those first precious milliseconds of life became a calling of sorts for Berthelot. With the hospital’s permission, he now offers parents the opportunity to have their baby photographed immediately after delivery. So far, he’s documented 40 successful births by C-section, all part of a series named CESAR that’s currently on exhibition in Paris. (h/t Huffington Post)
Berthelot realizes his photographs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea—some have found them “disgusting” or even wondered if they’re fake—but he’s offering interested parents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the very first moments of their baby’s life out of the womb, to witness the “violence” and “beauty” of childbirth. I’ll admit the images took me by surprise at first. Like some moms I know, I wasn’t able to see my own baby until a few minutes after delivery, when he was clean and swaddled. But once you get past the blood and vernix in the photos below, you see a life that’s (literally) just beginning—and I can’t imagine anything more beautiful and hopeful than that.
Louann – born April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am | 3kg 574 – 14 seconds life
Kevin – born December 27, 2013 at 10:36 am | 4kg 366 – 13 seconds of life
Leanne – born April 8, 2014 at 8:31 am | 1kg 745 – 13 seconds of life
Romane – born May 20, 2014 at 10:51 | 2kg 935 – 8 seconds of life
Lize – born December 24, 2013 at 8:49 am | 3kg 574 – 9 seconds of life
Mael – born December 13, 2013 at 4:52 p.m. | 2kg 800 – 18 seconds of life
Liza – born February 26, 2013 at 8:45 am | 3kg 200 – 3 seconds of life
I want to hear from you: What do you think about the images? Would you have wanted a photograph of your newborn taken during the first few seconds after delivery?
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
Images: All newborn baby photos featured with permission of Christian Berthelot
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
When we saw this photo Snooki shared on Insta and read the caption, our jaws dropped.
“Aw only an hour old my nugget! She’s now 4 months and a chunker! So in love with my princess.”
As adorable as baby Giovanna is, Snooki almost upstages her by looking practically flawless herself only one hour after birth!
Snooki is a study in casual post-birth elegance. (“Oh, this whole look? Just something I pulled together while still recovering from birth. No big deal.”)
Here’s why the Jersey Shore star looks amazing:
- Her flowing, tousled hair (no bed head here, apparently!)
- Her seemingly bare face (which may have minimal make-up)
- Her perfectly manicured nails with dark nail polish
- Her smooth tanned legs and arms
- Her bright pink-and-white “gown” (falling oh-so-casually off her shoulders, of course)
We give props to Snooki’s make-up and style team for her effortless and natural look (because there has to be a team…right? We’d be less jealous.)
But what really makes this photo shine is the tender glow on Snooki and Giovanna’s faces as mom and baby “cuddle” together. There is just so much love radiating between mom and baby — and, ultimately, that’s what makes this moment truly beautiful (make-up or not).
What was your post-birth moment like? Did you look as flawless as Snooki?
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea
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