Do you feel like you were FULLY informed when you gave birth?

 

Do you feel like you were FULLY informed when you gave birth? Sadly, a lot of women I talk to have some unresolved feelings or resentments regarding their birth stories. They say “I wish I would have known!” or “I wish I knew that I could say no to that procedure!” But...when did you give up your bodily autonomy?

You didn’t. You were born into it. You were born into a culture of other people telling you what to do with your body. Telling you what they’re going to LET you do with your body.

”Oh you’re 41 weeks? My doctor wouldn’t LET me get that far along”

”Your baby is breech? My OB wouldn’t LET me birth vaginally”

”I’m really wanting to have a VBAC, but they won’t LET me.”

Ladies ladies ladies, this is absolute bullshit. Your body works. Your body was MADE to give birth. You just have to find your way through a political, patriarchal, patronizing system. You just have to find your voice. Do your research, and make your own choices. Your care providers WORK FOR YOU. They do NOT tell you what to do with your own body and your own baby.

In birth, we can’t say ALWAYS and NEVER. There is no certainty in birth, there is a time and a place for medical interventions. But our society has screwed up the birth system SO badly, it makes my heart hurt, it makes me cry, and quite frankly it makes me feel like I’m going to throw up when I think of all the unnecessary harm and trauma that happens in our current birth system.

Please. I am begging you to INFORM YOURSELVES. If you need any help at all with informed choice, please reach out to me and I will get you the information you need to make your own informed choices.

This photo is from an absolutely beautiful home birth in Squamish. She had a doula, support of her partner, and her birth photographer (yours truly!) She was also supported by our absolutely wonderful Roots Community Midwives.

This woman knew exactly what she wanted. But most importantly, she knew what she DIDN’T want.

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Ice Cream Mini Sessions - Fun in Squamish with Alice and Brohm!

 

The verdict is in…everybody loves Ice Cream!

This was my favourite partnership to date; the most delicious ice cream known to man, great weather, the iconic boler, and we got to hang out at the new Alice & Brohm shop at the Squamish Town Hub!

The skies threatened to open up (pretty typical of Squamish weather, as we all know), but luckily on the Big Day, the clouds held off. And I was SO thankful for that! Certainly didn’t want any rain on this parade of adorable-ness!

So please, sit back, grab a snack (or an ice cream cone!) and check out how much fun we had!

Who doesn’t love smushy ice cream faces?!?

Who doesn’t love smushy ice cream faces?!?

And sticky little hands…

And sticky little hands…

The little mohawk just kills me!

The little mohawk just kills me!

Such blue eyes you have!

Such blue eyes you have!

Brotherly love, such a fun family!

Brotherly love, such a fun family!

It’s your ice cream cone, and you can eat it how you want to!

It’s your ice cream cone, and you can eat it how you want to!

Sharing the stickiness :P

Sharing the stickiness :P

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Such dapper little dudes for their photoshoot!

Such dapper little dudes for their photoshoot!

These guys were sooooo cute!

These guys were sooooo cute!

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Tickles!

Tickles!

I can’t get over this little fluffball that came for the fun! He was so well behaved, and a great poser!

I can’t get over this little fluffball that came for the fun! He was so well behaved, and a great poser!

The perfect Mother/Daughter date!

The perfect Mother/Daughter date!

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Can’t forget the pup!

Can’t forget the pup!

This little gal was such a character!

This little gal was such a character!

Color coordination, loving it!

Color coordination, loving it!

Aw man, the ice cream is alllllllmost too good to put in your Mama’s face…almost!

Aw man, the ice cream is alllllllmost too good to put in your Mama’s face…almost!

How to bribe your kids to hang out with you…ice cream!

How to bribe your kids to hang out with you…ice cream!

And now for some sisters! Love the matching outfits <3

And now for some sisters! Love the matching outfits <3

Grandma love is just the best!

Grandma love is just the best!

Of course the young ones always make the biggest mess!

Of course the young ones always make the biggest mess!

…and also ham it up for the camera!

…and also ham it up for the camera!

Her “mean mug” is becoming famous…

Her “mean mug” is becoming famous…

…and it’s easy to see why!

…and it’s easy to see why!

I just love the dynamic between these two.

I just love the dynamic between these two.

CHEEEEEESE!

CHEEEEEESE!

Coaxing a smile out of the older gal was a bit of a challenge, but we made it happen!

Coaxing a smile out of the older gal was a bit of a challenge, but we made it happen!

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“Brother…what on earth are you doing!?”

“Brother…what on earth are you doing!?”

I won’t tell you what he was laughing at here! Boys will be boys!

I won’t tell you what he was laughing at here! Boys will be boys!

And last but not least, the family knows how to have fun!

And last but not least, the family knows how to have fun!

Mmm mmmm goooood! It tastes even better when you’re wearing fancy clothes, I bet.

Mmm mmmm goooood! It tastes even better when you’re wearing fancy clothes, I bet.

Her little pink spoon just melts my heart!

Her little pink spoon just melts my heart!

“whatchu lookin’ at?”

“whatchu lookin’ at?”

The sticky ice cream princess!

The sticky ice cream princess!

Pinky’s up, like the queen! And last but not least…

Pinky’s up, like the queen! And last but not least…

“Please sir, I want some more!”

“Please sir, I want some more!”

 
 

Well, good news! There will be plenty more where these come from! I would like to make the Ice Cream Mini’s an annual event. And hey, we might not even have to wait that long. Just a few months of rain, no biggie.

If you want to be first to know about the next round of Ice Cream Mini’s, shoot me a message!

Photographer: Katia Grondin
Ice Cream: Alice & Brohm
Locations: John Hunter Park | Squamish Town Hub
Wooden Bench: Anna’s Interiors

Thank you so much to everybody who made these magical moments happen, it was a pleasure working with you all!

 

"Day" in the Life - Squamish photographer adventures to Robert's Creek

 

The best part about having a sister as a professional photographer is how long it takes to get the edits back...

...not.

I took a big trip over to Robert's Creek, and my camera came along, of course. I snapped fifty bazillionty photos of their real life over on the Sunshine Coast! We even got a formal(ish) family photoshoot in at the very end! My sister would constantly hassle me about finishing the photos, which I finally did. And when I hit "export," I WEPT TEARS OF JOY! Not because of the many hours I spent post-processing, but because this collection of images are some of my favourites, ever - of some of my most favorite little & big people! I can honestly say that my sister is my best friend in the whole wide world! 

It's also neat that I grew up with my brother in law - we got into all sorts of shenanigans together in high school! We go way back, and when he asked my sister to marry him, I could not have been more thrilled! You will have to ask her the story of his proposal...it's so Nick! And so adorable. 

As well, my sister found out she was pregnant with her first...when she took a pregnancy test IN MY HOUSE and then proceeded to NOT EVEN TELL ME until a few days later. I'll still never get over that, but I still love you, sister! 

Fast forward to their eldest being almost 6 years old. HOW does this even happen? I remember when she finally told me about the pregnancy, I did a little dance and jumped up and down, of course. It was a long wait for me, (I'm sure it was just a breeze on her to be carrying that fiesty little bowling ball around inside for 9 months) but when the day finally came for me to meet my first-ever niece, everything changed. 

On my way down to Lion's Gate Hospital, where she would be giving birth via elective cesarean (read about it here), I was almost there. 2 more streets! And then, a red light...UGH. That red light just caused me to BURST into tears, I was SO anxious, and SO excited, I just couldn't possibly wait one more second! But, I didn't have a choice. My heart was going a mile a minute, with anxiousness, and with love that I didn't even know was possible, yet.

After arriving at Lion's Gate Hospital and getting parked and all that fun stuff, I went up to the recovery room, where Midwife Lydia from Root's Community Midwives met me and said "are you ready to meet your niece!?" 

I was SO ready! But I was not so ready for the feeling of exploding love everywhere.

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The feeling of meeting your first niece is unfathomable. Lucky for me, I have like, soooo many nieces now! I also have a nephew and one more on the way. All of these little people! They are for another entry, soon ;)

In any case, I COULD NOT FUCKING WAIT to show this gallery to my sister + the sweet fam! There are so many hilarious, heart-warming moments here. My absolute FAVORITE thing about documentary & lifestyle photography is that it is so raw & real. The real shit, the funny shit, the messy shit. Sometimes, there is actual shit! And that is okay, because that is real life, and that is what we live for 

<3 

These goofy little girls! Hanging out at  the Gumboot Cafe  in Robert's Creek!&nbsp;

These goofy little girls! Hanging out at the Gumboot Cafe in Robert's Creek! 

Funny story - when my sister and I were kids, my mother left us with a babysitter for the very first time. We were playing on the trampoline, and my sister fell into me. She smacked her head on mine, and there was instantly blood everywhere! Of COURSE she cracked her head open on our very first time being babysat...OF COURSE. I thought her stitches were pretty damn cool. If I remember correctly, when she got them out the Dr. taped them to a prescription paper and drew a silly little face!&nbsp;

Funny story - when my sister and I were kids, my mother left us with a babysitter for the very first time. We were playing on the trampoline, and my sister fell into me. She smacked her head on mine, and there was instantly blood everywhere! Of COURSE she cracked her head open on our very first time being babysat...OF COURSE. I thought her stitches were pretty damn cool. If I remember correctly, when she got them out the Dr. taped them to a prescription paper and drew a silly little face! 

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I told them to pose nice, so we could send all the photos to the Easter Bunny, in hopes of him bringing them more chocolate. Is that unethical? Likely so! *shrugs*

I told them to pose nice, so we could send all the photos to the Easter Bunny, in hopes of him bringing them more chocolate. Is that unethical? Likely so! *shrugs*

The little sister should ALWAYS have one eye open! I'm the older sister, so I know this to be true, muahahahahha!

The little sister should ALWAYS have one eye open! I'm the older sister, so I know this to be true, muahahahahha!

I sure wouldn't mess with either of these kiddos! I swear, they are sweet sometimes, though.

I sure wouldn't mess with either of these kiddos! I swear, they are sweet sometimes, though.

And the rooster says "toodaloo, motherfucker." I LOVE that these kiddos get to experience the magic of having livestock in their very own backyard! Something I will strive for, until I get it! I also plan on adopting an old tortoise too, one day when I own a yard.

And the rooster says "toodaloo, motherfucker." I LOVE that these kiddos get to experience the magic of having livestock in their very own backyard! Something I will strive for, until I get it! I also plan on adopting an old tortoise too, one day when I own a yard.

The many faces of Taija, I'm not sure why she was such a ham on this day!&nbsp;

The many faces of Taija, I'm not sure why she was such a ham on this day! 

#sorrynotsorry kids, these are definitely going in your Wedding slideshows!&nbsp;

#sorrynotsorry kids, these are definitely going in your Wedding slideshows! 

I swear, it's not pee! When I was a kid, I was lucky to get a bath bomb here and there, but these guys have it all! Little color pellets to dye the water, bath crayons, boats, balls, and even a  BC Ferries  souvenir!&nbsp;

I swear, it's not pee! When I was a kid, I was lucky to get a bath bomb here and there, but these guys have it all! Little color pellets to dye the water, bath crayons, boats, balls, and even a BC Ferries souvenir! 

We took a little visit to the  Sechelt Public Library , and of course wreaked a bit havoc. Don't worry, we were quiet about it!&nbsp;

We took a little visit to the Sechelt Public Library, and of course wreaked a bit havoc. Don't worry, we were quiet about it! 

A long lens is key to photos of kids when they don't want to pose for pictures! I mean, I had to bribe her for that first one of her pretty blue eyes, but the rest I totally snuck when she wasn't looking!&nbsp;

A long lens is key to photos of kids when they don't want to pose for pictures! I mean, I had to bribe her for that first one of her pretty blue eyes, but the rest I totally snuck when she wasn't looking! 

I love watching kids pick their nose! It makes for the most hilarious photos. Another one for the books, my love!

I love watching kids pick their nose! It makes for the most hilarious photos. Another one for the books, my love!

Nothing wrong with a little hanging out on the floor, we all know your mommy sweeps a million times a day anyway! You kinda have to when you have such an amazing backyard and you're in and out all day, tracking in dirt and sticks, and who-knows-what-else!&nbsp;

Nothing wrong with a little hanging out on the floor, we all know your mommy sweeps a million times a day anyway! You kinda have to when you have such an amazing backyard and you're in and out all day, tracking in dirt and sticks, and who-knows-what-else! 

THAT FACE,&nbsp;THOUGH!&nbsp;

THAT FACE, THOUGH! 

"This is my trailer park shirt!" Yep. She said that. I have noooo idea where she came up with that *shifty eyes*

"This is my trailer park shirt!" Yep. She said that. I have noooo idea where she came up with that *shifty eyes*

The crazy comes out when they're waiting for dinner!&nbsp;

The crazy comes out when they're waiting for dinner! 

And a little bedtime snack, complete with a story (with funny voices, and everything!) goofy faces, and some tasty adult "tea."

And a little bedtime snack, complete with a story (with funny voices, and everything!) goofy faces, and some tasty adult "tea."

Cold hands n' cooking up some smiles! As an adult, I was excessively excited to eat some of those, I'm not gonna lie.&nbsp;

Cold hands n' cooking up some smiles! As an adult, I was excessively excited to eat some of those, I'm not gonna lie. 

I think someone visited the yard overnight, and seems to have left some things behind...

I think someone visited the yard overnight, and seems to have left some things behind...

I hope the Easter bunny didn't leave any broccoli or carrots in the Easter Eggs! Spoiler alert - he/she did.&nbsp;

I hope the Easter bunny didn't leave any broccoli or carrots in the Easter Eggs! Spoiler alert - he/she did. 

The sugar rush begins!

The sugar rush begins!

Also not sorry for posting this one, too perfect!

Also not sorry for posting this one, too perfect!

Goofing off at snack time. Why don't I look that cute when I'm eating?

Goofing off at snack time. Why don't I look that cute when I'm eating?

Some playtime in the morning while Mama gets some coffee in her.

Some playtime in the morning while Mama gets some coffee in her.

Just a gorgeous day to head off to the beach! The weather was pretty much perfect for my entire visit, couldn't have asked for anything more!&nbsp;

Just a gorgeous day to head off to the beach! The weather was pretty much perfect for my entire visit, couldn't have asked for anything more! 

Them holding little hands...*crying emoji!* They are going to be best friends when they grow up, though I'm sure there will be some animosity between then, if they're anything like my sister and I!&nbsp;

Them holding little hands...*crying emoji!* They are going to be best friends when they grow up, though I'm sure there will be some animosity between then, if they're anything like my sister and I! 

Such little sweethearts when they are playing and discovering.&nbsp;

Such little sweethearts when they are playing and discovering. 

A bit tuckered out after the beach adventure. Just gonna stop here for a snooze. And yeah, you probably SHOULD keep that helmet on, with your big sister around!&nbsp;

A bit tuckered out after the beach adventure. Just gonna stop here for a snooze. And yeah, you probably SHOULD keep that helmet on, with your big sister around! 

After a quick stop back to the homestead, some dinner, and a change of clothes, we headed back to he beach for some formal-ish family photos!&nbsp;

After a quick stop back to the homestead, some dinner, and a change of clothes, we headed back to he beach for some formal-ish family photos! 

And so far, so good! I didn't even have to photoshop any stains out of the girls' clothes!&nbsp;

And so far, so good! I didn't even have to photoshop any stains out of the girls' clothes! 

And they behaved so well, despite their protests for photos. Gosh, HOW CUTE ARE THEY!?

And they behaved so well, despite their protests for photos. Gosh, HOW CUTE ARE THEY!?

I did, however have to photoshop some guy out of the background of most of these. Sorry, guy!&nbsp;

I did, however have to photoshop some guy out of the background of most of these. Sorry, guy! 

You've gotta get a bit silly for family portraits! Funny, whenever I tell a group of people to make a funny face, the tongues always come out!!&nbsp;

You've gotta get a bit silly for family portraits! Funny, whenever I tell a group of people to make a funny face, the tongues always come out!! 

I know that I am an adult and not a teenage girl but the phrase "I can't even!" definitely applies here! Sisterly love &lt;3

I know that I am an adult and not a teenage girl but the phrase "I can't even!" definitely applies here! Sisterly love <3

So stinkin' cute! And a bit closer look at this gorgeous  Peekaboo Beans  dress (right).&nbsp;

So stinkin' cute! And a bit closer look at this gorgeous Peekaboo Beans dress (right). 

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They sure are cute together, but I bet she whispered something TOTALLY evil to her sister...

They sure are cute together, but I bet she whispered something TOTALLY evil to her sister...

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DEFINITELY had to photoshop that guy out for the smoochy photo!&nbsp;

DEFINITELY had to photoshop that guy out for the smoochy photo! 

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It's been 5 years and he's only tried to throw her in the ocean once (that I know of...) I think that's success!&nbsp;

It's been 5 years and he's only tried to throw her in the ocean once (that I know of...) I think that's success! 

Contrary to popular belief, it's NOT always the kids that screw around at these photoshoots, Dad's gotta have some fun, too!&nbsp;

Contrary to popular belief, it's NOT always the kids that screw around at these photoshoots, Dad's gotta have some fun, too! 

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And I must say...after 5 days of being thrust into full-on life with 2 little girls, I was exhausted, but so, so fulfilled. I could not be happier!&nbsp;

And I must say...after 5 days of being thrust into full-on life with 2 little girls, I was exhausted, but so, so fulfilled. I could not be happier! 

 

Ice Cream Mini Sessions with Katia G Photo + Alice & Brohm

 

Squamish! Take chances, make mistakes, and GET MESSYYYYYY! Read on for all the deets!

I am offering a limited quantity of Mini Sessions, in partnership with my buds over at Alice & Brohm. If you haven't tried their ice cream yet, check this out...

LOCALLY SOURCED FRESH INGREDIENTS, BLENDED TOGETHER AND MADE TO ORDER.
NO ADDED COLOUR OR FLAVOURS.
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET...LITERALLY.
IT’S DELICIOUSLY SIMPLE.

Together with Katia G Photo, you get real, authentic messy moments of you & your loved ones. These are perfect sessions for the kids, the grandparents, the newly engaged couple, or heck, maybe you want to propose with ice cream? Why not! These sessions are every bit as fun as you are, let's get together and make some messy memories! 

THE DETAILS

$150 - Includes ice cream*
Choose 2 images from a personalized online gallery

August 17: 6 to 8pm - John Hunter Park, Squamish
August 25: 1 to 4pm - The Ledge COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE, Squamish

Yes, I know, you want to book this immediately...So fill out this form, and we'll choose your spot! Additional dates may be added, so check back often. I'm so excited to meet you all! 

*ice cream for 2 people is included. Additional ice cream can be purchased at the time of your session from the Alice & Brohm Boler! 

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Squamish Moms - Have you heard about UBC's Childbirth Fear Study?

 

Hello lovelies,

So you just found out you're pregnant. A million thoughts flash quickly through your head. Is this for real!? You text your sister a photo ... "is there actually a second line!?" You wonder how you should tell the other half. You start planning the gender reveal in your head. You're relieved that you know what all those weird symptoms were about. You want to tell EVERYBODY! But as time moves along and you adapt to the changes you're experiencing, it starts to dawn on you...you're going to have a baby. You're going to give birth to a baby! As you get closer to the big day, fear and uncertainty can set in. Friends and relatives are regaling you with tales of how horrible labor and birth were for them. You begin to think about how you will manage the pain. You become afraid of the pain. You have a hundred different suggestions coming at you from all different directions, and you don't know what to do. This can be an incredibly scary time for a pregnant woman. For some, it goes beyond that.

I have agreed to help with recruitment for a Childbirth Fear Study, being conducted by Dr. Nichole Fairbrother and a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia's Department of Psychiatry.

"The purpose of this new study is to find out if our new measure can help us to identify women experiencing clinically significant fear of childbirth. To do this, we are asking pregnant women to complete the online Childbirth Fear Questionnaire and a very brief interview to assess clinically significant fear of childbirth.

In our study, we are also looking at how childbirth fears relate to pregnant women’s birth preferences, mental health, and history of sexual abuse and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. This is an important topic because we know that women with mental health problems, or a history of sexual assault or trauma may find childbirth more challenging. We also understand that this is a sensitive topic.

This research is appropriate for women who are pregnant and 18 years or older. Please note that we would like to hear from ALL pregnant women (those who are fearful of childbirth and those who are not)."

TO PARTICIPATE, click here.

Thank you!