Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD: Blog http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Thu, 25 May 2017 03:20:00 GMT Thu, 25 May 2017 03:20:00 GMT http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/img/s2/v61/u33353014-o23880217-50.jpg Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD: Blog http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog 120 80 Daniel Junior, baby boy studio newborn session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/daniel-junior-baby-boy-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer It was only a few short weeks ago that I got to meet this couple for their outdoor maternity session and now I got to take photos of their new baby boy! Daniel Junior came to my studio in Frederick MD for his first photo shoot and he did great! This little guy slept for almost his whole session and let us play around with some of his daddy's work gear. I love when people bring meaningful props to their shoot and this family really wanted to capture daddy's important police work in their newborn photos. This boy was the smiliest little thing and had the longest legs! I had the best time! Here are some of my favorites from their shoot...

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Breastfeeding Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Maternity Photographer Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/daniel-junior-baby-boy-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Thu, 25 May 2017 03:20:07 GMT
Matas: Baby boy studio newborn session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/matas-baby-boy-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer What a joy it was to meet baby Matas in my in-home studio in Frederick MD! His mom and dad booked his session a couple of months in advance and I waited patiently for the day I would meet this little one! Matas did great for his first photo shoot and spent the first half of the session fast asleep. After that, he was too excited and interested in what we were doing but we got some great awake shots! Here are some favorites from Matas' newborn photo session!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/matas-baby-boy-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Mon, 15 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT
Outdoor Spring maternity session by the lake | Frederick MD maternity photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/outdoor-spring-maternity-session-by-the-lake-frederick-md-maternity-photographer I love when clients invite me to their local neighborhood for sessions and this maternity session was no exception. This family live in an amazing subdivision right by a beautiful lake. Of course I jumped at the chance to take their maternity photos there! I love taking maternity photos, capturing mamas in the prime of their pregnancy, with not long to go until the baby comes! So exciting! Here are some of my favorites from their outdoor maternity session. 

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Ava, baby girl newborn studio session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ava-baby-girl-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Ava was a little older than the average newborn when she came to my in home studio in Frederick MD for her newborn photo session but she rocked it! Sleepy little thing spent the whole time napping and we got so many lovely photos for her family! Here are some of my favorites!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/ava-baby-girl-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Wed, 10 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT
Outdoor maternity session in Spring | Frederick MD maternity photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/outdoor-maternity-session-in-spring-frederick-md-maternity-photographer I was so excited to meet this couple for their Spring maternity session! The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, always so unpredictable in March! We wandered around Gambrill Mill, taking in the early Spring flowers and listening to the sounds of the birds and frogs by the pond. I'm so excited to meet this baby boy! 

 

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Maternity Maternity Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/outdoor-maternity-session-in-spring-frederick-md-maternity-photographer Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Spring time outdoor family maternity session | Frederick MD Maternity Photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/spring-time-outdoor-family-maternity-session-frederick-md-maternity-photographer I really love doing maternity sessions and when the session is for one of your dearest friends, it makes it even more special. I first met this family when I took newborn photos of their first daughter. Then I was honored to attend the birth of their son a couple of years ago. And now they are expecting their second baby girl! I'm so excited to see this family grow! We met at their home in Damascus for a family maternity session. It was a beautiful Spring evening for their photos and it was so much fun to capture their family, seeing all of their personalities shining through! Can't wait to meet this baby girl!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Family Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Maternity Maternity Photographer Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/spring-time-outdoor-family-maternity-session-frederick-md-maternity-photographer Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:48:34 GMT
Mother Blessing | Frederick MD maternity photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/mother-blessing-frederick-md-maternity-photographer It is always an honor to attend a Mother Blessing. This ceremony is given to a pregnant woman during her third trimester and is a celebration of that woman and of her bringing new life into the world. It's like a baby shower for the mother! Every woman should have a Mother Blessing. A chance to share stories, recognize fears and ignite passion for the upcoming birth. So many wonderful things can emerge from the fires of a Mother Blessing and I am very blessed to be a part of the lives of these mamas.

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Birth Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Maternity Photographer Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/mother-blessing-frederick-md-maternity-photographer Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:18:29 GMT
Brock: Baby Boy Newborn Studio Session | Frederick MD Newborn Photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/brock-baby-boy-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer I love newborn sessions so much and they are even more special when they are repeat clients! It was only a couple of short years ago that I took Kennedy's newborn photos and now this family were back in my studio in Frederick MD for Brock's newborn session! Brock did great during his session, sleepy little guy. How lovely it was to see them all again and capture another sweet newborn session! Here are some of my favorites from Brock's newborn photo session.

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Family Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/brock-baby-boy-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:17:25 GMT
Maggie turned one! Happy birthday cake smash session | Frederick MD baby photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/maggie-turned-one-happy-birthday-cake-smash-session-frederick-md-baby-photographer Baby Maggie turned one year old and came to my studio in Frederick MD for her cake smash session! We chose to go all-out pink for her photos! Maggie's mommy also brought a cake stand that belonged to her Aunt Lauren. Lauren tragically passed away a few years ago but is kept alive by the whole family in so many little ways. It was so nice to be able to incorporate the cake stand into Maggie's birthday photos!

Happy birthday baby girl, what a year you've had!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Child Photographer Children Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/maggie-turned-one-happy-birthday-cake-smash-session-frederick-md-baby-photographer Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:45:00 GMT
Baby girl Maya studio newborn session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/baby-girl-maya-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Baby Maya was the first baby girl I had seen in my studio in Frederick MD in a little while and we got to go all out pink for her session! Maya is a much-awaited  baby sister to her big brother Luka and he did great for his part in her newborn pictures! Mom also brought a special outfit for Maya, which I was excited to incorporate into her session :)

Here are some of my favorites from Maya's newborn photo session!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/4/baby-girl-maya-studio-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Late winter outdoor maternity session | Frederick MD maternity photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/late-winter-outdoor-maternity-session-frederick-md-maternity-photographer One of the best parts of being a Childbirth Educator as well as a photographer is that I get to photograph some of the pregnant couples who attend my classes! I love getting the opportunity to guide these families through the trials and tribulations and joy and excitement of pregnancy, birth and life with a newborn, plus it's an added bonus to be surrounded with tiny new souls :)

This couple attended my first class series of 2017 and I was super excited when they invited me to capture maternity photos for them as they await the birth of their baby. Dayna was 34 weeks pregnant for her maternity session and she looked amazing! It was a super cold early March evening but you would never know! Here are some of my favorites from Sam and Dayna's maternity images.

 

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Maternity Photographer Washington DC maternity photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/late-winter-outdoor-maternity-session-frederick-md-maternity-photographer Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:15:00 GMT
Baby Samuel newborn studio session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-samuel-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer I was so excited for this newborn session in my home studio in Frederick MD! This mama had booked her newborn slot months in advance, back in 2016 and I waited patiently to hear news of her baby boy arriving safely earthside. Baby Samuel was born a couple of weeks earlier than expected and rocked his newborn session! He slept and was happy for the whole time, and I really enjoyed meeting his family with the added bonus that Grandma came to the session too! 

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-samuel-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Gabriel's baby boy newborn session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/gabriels-baby-boy-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Back in January I was lucky to take maternity photos for this amazing family as they prepared to welcome their third baby boy into their home! Little did we know that he was going to surprise everyone by coming earlier than his 'due date' when all his siblings had been happy to stay inside mommy for as long as possible! I got to meet up with baby Gabriel when he was just two weeks old for his newborn studio session in my home in Frederick MD. This little guy did great! He was so sleepy and perfect and we managed to get family shots, sibling shots and simple baby shots too. He's also the star of my upcoming promo video! Can't wait to share that with you in the next few weeks!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Birth Photographer Family Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/gabriels-baby-boy-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Baby boy Noah newborn studio session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-boy-noah-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Baby Noah was super sleepy for the first half of his newborn session in my in-home studio in Frederick MD. Then he woke up! Lucky for me, that meant we got to see his big brown eyes and allowed me to capture some awake shots! I don't mind if babies sleep or are awake for some of their session. We always manage to get some awesome shots which captures their tiny personalities when they are still brand new and figuring out how to be in the world. Here are some favorites from Noah's newborn session!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-boy-noah-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:30:00 GMT
In home lifestyle baby boy newborn session | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/in-home-lifestyle-baby-boy-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Sometimes I get the opportunity to visit people in their own home for a newborn lifestyle photography shoot. I love these sessions as the family is super relaxed in their own environment and I get to capture some real moments of joy between them! This family was no different. Not even two years ago I was lucky enough to meet this family to take studio newborn photos for their first precious baby boy. Now I got to take photos of their second baby boy in their home in Clarksburg MD! Parker is very loved by his mom and dad, and also by his very excited big brother! 

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Family Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/in-home-lifestyle-baby-boy-newborn-session-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:14:02 GMT
Twin boy and girl newborn studio session | Frederick MD twin newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/twin-boy-and-girl-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-twin-newborn-photographer How lucky am I that I got to photograph two twin sessions within a few days of each other! This boy & girl twin session was super special because they are the beloved babies of an amazing local photographer Liz. Go check out her work! Liz was one of my biggest inspirations when I first started my photography business and I am truly humbled that she let me work with her babies for their twin newborn session! These guys came to my studio in Frederick when they were just three weeks old. They were born at almost 36 weeks so hadn't even reached their 'due date' yet. Loved working with these little people :)

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Family Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Newborn Photographer photographer photography twins http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/twin-boy-and-girl-newborn-studio-session-frederick-md-twin-newborn-photographer Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:23:22 GMT
Twin boys newborn studio session | Newborn twin photographer, Frederick MD http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/twin-boys-newborn-studio-session-newborn-twin-photographer-frederick-md These twin baby boys came to my studio in Frederick MD for their very first photo shoot! I love newborn photography and it makes my heart doubly happy to see twins in the studio! We managed to get a few different set ups before the boys had had enough and just wanted to go home and snuggle with their mommy and daddy. Twin sessions are always a little more unpredictable so I plan a few different ideas and work with the babies! There is something so super special about twin babies. Seeing how much they are calmed by each other is just so incredible. These boys are going to be the best of friends!

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Best Photographer Frederick Frederick, Maryland Maryland Newborn Photographer Washington DC photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/twin-boys-newborn-studio-session-newborn-twin-photographer-frederick-md Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:27:58 GMT
Water birth with amniotic sac visible | Frederick MD Birth Photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/water-birth-with-amniotic-sac-visible-frederick-md-birth-photographer A couple of days ago I shared this image on social media and it got reported and taken down! Not everyone loves a good birth photo, but a lot of people do, so I'm sharing here on my own website so that you can all see it and share it if you like! 

I was lucky enough to be present at this amazing water birth. Mama labored hard and strong and we all thought the baby was almost ready to come out. The mom thought she could feel the head and as it came through, this is what we all saw! 

So grateful to the family for letting me share this image of the amniotic sac bulging. Sometimes the baby's water doesn't break before birth, and sometimes -like here - the water bag comes through first before the baby follows! These labors can be harder and this mama really worked hard to bring her baby down and out. The water bag broke just as the head was being delivered. Amazing! 

You can find out more information on the amniotic sac and just how awesome it is on Evidence Based Birth HERE!

 

Lindsey Welch is a pregnancy, birth and newborn photographer working in Frederick Maryland. She loves all things pregnancy and birth and is a trained doula and childbirth educator. You can follow her motherhood photography over on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseywelchphotography/

 

 

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Frederick, Maryland birth birth photographer photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/water-birth-with-amniotic-sac-visible-frederick-md-birth-photographer Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:47:11 GMT
Inspired or Copied? | Frederick MD Photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/2/inspired-or-copied-frederick-md-photographer A couple of months ago during an amazing home birth, I took a photo that was my first really 'successful' online image. I loved, and still love, everything about this photo. It shows the beauty of birth. How it CAN be. The mom looked amazing, the baby was born in water and there was very little blood. Mom had really wanted a photo of the baby still attached to the placenta and, as he was quite happy attached to her breast, we decided to position the placenta on her belly. 

Yes it's a 'posed' shot. But not as much as one might imagine. The last minute hand on the breast was to allow us an easy share on social media, a land where nipples are not free and that exposure would mean an alteration of the image in order to share. The midwife placed the heart-shaped placenta onto her belly and the shot was taken. Who knew the impact it was going to have. The image was shared thousands of times and this birth was featured in the popular Cafemom blog!

In January 2017 it went without saying that I would enter this image into an International birth competition. I am proud of this photograph and all it portrays. From the pink baby to the breastfeeding to the beauty of the mother. I wanted to show that birth was beautiful, that breastfeeding was normal and that placentas are pretty awesome. Little did I know that someone who had copied my image at the request of another birthing mama, would enter her exact copy into the same competition. 

And win.

This post isn't to blast that photographer. I really wanted to in the first few days after the competition became public, but I truly believe that she thought that because her eye was behind the camera when her image was taken, it counted as inspiration not copying. From a legal perspective, you can't copyright a pose, and I understood that from the very beginning. I implored the organizer of the competition to look at this from an ethical point of view. The other image wasn't an original work of art. The photographer had been requested to recreate my image and the contest asked for original work. From a legal standpoint and the inability to copyright photography, I was ignored. 

Not only was I ignored, I was then castigated by the organization as copying my image in the first place - because I had dared to admit that I had been inspired to place the placenta on the belly. So - copying or inspiration? Where is the line drawn? There are incredible birth photographers all over the world, sharing their art and inspiring others to be the best they can be. To be inspired is to take someone's art and use that as a tool to form your own artwork. Your own photography. I don't take people's work and recreate it, my photography is more meaningful to me than that. I want to be my own artist and I have worked hard over the last few years to make my own name for myself in my area and have people enjoy my work. 

Now, it might seem like I'm being petty but really, you need to look at the images side by side before you judge me. I promise you, once you do, you will see what I'm talking about.

Needless to say I am no longer a part of the organization who claimed to care for it's members and then turned on one when they disagreed with what they did. The world of birth photography is far bigger and far better than one organization. There are amazing people doing amazing things with birth images. These are my inspiration. These are the people who matter to me and whose opinions of me also matter. And I will always stand up for my work.

So please - be inspired by me, copy me if you must, but please understand the difference between the two and don't use copied work to enter competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images in this blog are the copyrighted work of Lindsey Welch Photography.

Lindsey Welch is a birth photographer working with families in Frederick MD and surrounding areas. She is passionate about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding and is also a certified doula, certified Childbirth Educator and birth coach. You can follow her motherhood photography on Instagram.

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lindsey@orthostichy.com (Lindsey Welch Photography | Frederick MD) Frederick, Maryland birth birth photographer birth photography photography http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/2/inspired-or-copied-frederick-md-photographer Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:43:18 GMT
Ayden newborn baby boy studio photography | Frederick MD newborn photographer http://www.lindseywelchphotography.com/blog/2017/2/ayden-newborn-baby-boy-studio-photography-frederick-md-newborn-photographer Ayden came to my in-home studio in Frederick MD for an extra special newborn session. His brother Wyatt had his own newborn session here just two years ago and this family thought that their family was complete... Ayden had other ideas! Such an amazing time as this family grows from three to four! I'm so happy that I got to be there for the early days of both their baby boys. Here are some of my favorite photos from Ayden's newborn pictures! 

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