For many years, Carol Anne and I worked as solo doulas but after taking the HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method Practitioner training course over a year ago we started teaching classes together. Our students loved the atmosphere and vibe we created and started asking, “Can we hire you both as our doulas?”. From there we combined our businesses and this recent spring officially became Lifetime of Love Doula Services Inc. At first, we blended our two styles, but this summer we have been toiling away on an exciting re-brand and relaunch. As some of our clients have noticed our website is looking snappier and vibrant, and most importantly, we added some new and improved photos!
These are no stock pictures y’all! Thanks to a midwife with a big heart and a team of talented artists, we had the opportunity to do both a photo and video shoot.
Last year local midwife April traveled to Kenya with charitable organization Creation of Hope and volunteered at the local hospital in Kikima as a midwife. Upon her return home she hosted a charity auction to raise money for this wonderful organization. While there, Carol Anne bid on a package for a stylized photo shoot that included hair and make up, and was thinking that this was a chance to get some good head shots. As fate would have it, it turned into so much more! This fabulous photo shoot package was put together by one of our former clients and incredible makeup artist Dawna Boot. She combined her talents for this auction item along with Alana Salisbury of 1486 Photography, and hair stylist Ladylyn (who was not available the day of the shoot, but was kind enough to offer us a complimentary service at our leisure – thank you Ladylyn).
The morning of the shoot started early after a night of anxiety, excitement, and ultimately no sleep for Carol Anne and myself! Tell us that we will be attending a birth the next morning and we are cool as cucumbers and we’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Tell us that we will be in front of a lens – that’s a whole other story!
Dawna Boot has us covered though (ha, makeup pun) and we looked flawless within a couple of hours of waking!
Next, we set off for our photo shoot with Alana, the genius behind 1486 Photography. We arrived with bags in hand full of outfits and shoe boxes. Our hope was that she could capture not only our personalities, but more importantly that “Je ne sais quoi” that Carol Anne and I have when we work together. Alana was so kind and professional. She made it easy to relax in front of the camera. Carol Anne’s knowledge of the male anatomy definitely brought smiles to my face, and my own behind the scenes antics which had both Carol Anne and Alana in stitches (I may or may not have flashed Carol Anne)!
You’d think that this would be considered a full day’s work, but no no. After our photo shoot we headed back to Dawna’s house, as she so generously welcomed us back into her home to film our upcoming videos. After she touched up our make-up, our awesome videographer Mike Shelley of T.O. Drones set up and started rolling film on us. At first we were giggly from exhaustion, but once we started talking about how passionate we are about our work as birth doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth and breastfeeding educators, things started rolling along smoothly.
It was great to talk about our business and our skills and the benefits a doula not just to an expectant mother but to her partner, family and community as a whole. We cannot wait to see the final cuts and share it with you all here.
Stay tuned because there are more great and exciting things coming from us yet! We are just getting started.
Sarah Baker is a the co-owner of Lifetime of Love Doula Services. She has been supporting families for almost a decade as a birth doula, postpartum & infant care doula and childbirth educator. She is mom to three boys, twins and a singleton.