Viewing entries tagged
photojournalism

Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

Comment

Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

NEW 2018 BOOKING INFORMATION:

As many of you may have heard I am taking a much needed sabbatical from birth this summer. It's been a long time coming. Since specializing in birth nearly 4 years ago, I've never had an extended time away. I felt this break was needed, and necessary to truly avoid a burnout from something I love so dearly. I desperately needed some self care time as well. There are surgeries I've put off that need to be addressed, and I'm SO looking forward to turning my phone off and living presently and spontaneously with my family. Needless to say, I'm pumped to start this time away.

BUT I am not leaving the birth industry. I think there has been some confusion, and rumblings around town and the internet that I'm done shooting births. That is not the case at all. A sabbatical simply means a break. I have booked a handful of births this Fall after my summer break, and plan on taking more on in 2018.

I'm writing this blog as moms are now finding out they are pregnant for 2018, and I'm getting questions and inquiries so I thought a blog post to clear the air of any confusion would be best.

My approach moving forward, to avoid burnout of on-call life, will be to have seasons of On-Call time. The taking two a month scenario, well, it never really seemed to be two a month. And the longer I do this, the more repeat clients I gain. Between April-May I had 8 moms in 8 weeks. 7 of those were repeat clients. That's double what I "say" I will take on in a month. Not to mention the 3 I took on in March, one of which wasn't even a client of mine, but rather me backing up another birth photographer. So the two a month is great in theory, but I often found myself overbooked.

So moving forward these will be my On-Call months, with a priority given to previous clients first:
February (2 slots available)
March (2 slots available)
April (2 slots available)
May (1 slot available)
June - August: OFF-CALL
September: (2 slots available)
October: (2 slots available)
November - January: OFF-CALL

If you find yourself expecting during my Off-Call time, it will be up to my discretion as to whether or not I will choose to take the session. Again, priority consideration will be given to past clients first.

During my Off-Call months I will be taking on Family Documentary Sessions, and Mentoring Sessions, with the possibility of quarterly mini-sessions.

I hope that this will allow a more healthy balance of On-Call life and family life. And I hope you all will stay along for the journey! Thank you to everyone for your love and support, and prayers as I've navigated this difficult journey of finding peace and balance as a wife, mother, and business owner!

Comment

Columbus GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | Progressive Family Dinner

Comment

Columbus GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | Progressive Family Dinner

Just before Christmas I was asked to film and photograph a progressive family dinner. Admittedly I did not know what that was. But as soon as Jenny told me, I knew it was going to be a blast to document. And it was, but whew, it was also a challenge. 4 houses, 4 meals, in 4 hours. Did I mention there were 23 people, from one of the most amazingly blended, adoptive families I've ever met. Anytime I get to hang out with this crew is an honor. I'm so thankful they asked me along to document and share in this special time so close to Christmas.

Comment

columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | cora

Comment

columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | cora

This girl right here. Well, she and her family hold a very special place in my heart. I was there to photograph Jim asking her to marry him, I also shot their engagement photos, their wedding, their maternity session, and now the birth of their precious Cora. Alex's dad is also our pediatrician, and in my early days of motherhood helped me navigate some scary time with my Finley. He's also been with us through countless cold and sick seasons with our other child that has zero immunity to anything. 

Alex also helped babysit my kiddos a couple of years ago, she was one of the handful of people who would come to my rescue to watch my babies, when I would get calls from mom's in labor. Watching her, and getting to know her, I knew motherhood would find her well when the time came. And I was right. She was made for this. She owned her labor, she's thriving in motherhood, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

And Jim, well, Jim steals the show guys. Alex did all the hard work but he supported her so beautifully, and so selflessly. Oh and his reaction to momma pushing and baby being born.... I'm warning you now, go grab some tissues. It's the sweetest dad reaction to date!

Comment

columbus, ga birth photography | ker-fox photography | john

1 Comment

columbus, ga birth photography | ker-fox photography | john

Sometimes life throws you curve balls, and specially with birth and it's ever unpredictable nature. Kristan was diagnosed with low platelets and was basically given two options for delivery... no epidural, or being put completely under for a c-section. Kristan is a neonatal nurse at St. Francis, and I would often see her up there working while I was shooting other births. I would always ask her if she was ready, knowing the options she faced. I think when you know you can't rely on an epidural, your head and heart embrace and prepare differently.

She was supported beautifully by her friends and colleagues throughout the day. Her husband was a constant force by her side, reading scripture cards to her, wiping her forehead, and doing hip/back compressions the entire labor. 

Kristan successfully navigated this birth naturally, and beautifully. I mean who am I really, but I was so so proud of her! 

She and Jeremy immediately blossomed into parenthood with such grace. I've loved watching this sweet boy grow, and I imagine I will continue to love watching him... just not to quickly for all of our sakes. 

1 Comment