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    Hi I'm Crystal Garcia, and I am living and loving in Bellingham, Washington with my hip-hop dancing 6 year old boy, animal loving 5 year old girl, 10 month old ball of squish and a brilliant and fun husband of 9 years.
    I specialize in pregnancy portraits, on call birth photography (without the use of flash), newborn portraits in your home, plus child and family photography. You can find more of my work on Facebook here.

On Monday morning I was getting up to take Brian to the airport and I got a text from a midwife that someone was on their way to the new Birthroots Birth Center in labor. I didn’t know the name of the mama, but it sounded like I was supposed to be there so I got everyone ready and asked my friend if I could bring all three of my kiddos to her house at what ended up being 6:45am and headed to the birth. There I met and amazingly strong and beautiful mama, her husband and their doula, Christi.Apparently Bethy was planning on calling me that day to connect with me about photographing her Cialis 10mg birth, but went in to labor instead so Jessie, her midwife, texted me to come. So let this be a PSA to book your birth photographer in advance, haha!:)

Here are some of my favorites from her birth that can be shared.:)And also the family’s slideshow! Thanks for bravely inviting me to your birth, without having ever met me before Bethy, it was an honor! Congratulations on your new baby and being the first birth at the center!

I love including a shot of the sky around the time of a birth. Often mamas don;t get to go sit and stare at the sky for a while.:)It was a beautiful day for a birth.

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A few weeks ago I packed up my littles and headed over to the Kitsap peninsula to spend a few days with my big sister and her family. Her oldest daughter Jennifer is about to begin her senior year of high school and she asked me to take her senior pictures! First of all, I can’t believe my niece is a going to be graduating high school this year, that she is driving and that today she started her first job! Secondly I was so excited to photograph her! I normally don’t photograph many seniors. To be honest, it is because I didn’t feel cool in high school and senior photography intimidated me because I still feel pretty uncool. But, when I began to look at senior photography, I was Priligy saddened by the overuse of make up and accessories and often sexual poses. This made me feel like I had the chance to photograph my niece being herself and looking her age in places she loves and poses she felt comfortable and confident in, one that didn’t over sexualize her.

The best part is, we had a great time together and I loved spend a couple hours hanging out, talking about life and growing up and shooting-it was a blast!  Thanks Jennifer for showing me how much I love photographing people of any age and spending  a morning with me and letting me be your senior photographer. I love you and I am so proud of the woman you are growing up to be-beautiful, strong, hard working and bright!

 

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  • Valerie Lynn Williams - July 16, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    You both did an outstanding job! I wish I’d had an Aunt as talented & helpful at that time of my life. I can’t recall my graduation and only have one photo in my cap and gown.

  • Rebecca Austin - July 16, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    I can’t believe my little cousin is so big already! I’ve missed out on so much of her life (and everyone else’s) by moving out east. What beautiful pictures! You are truly talented.
    Love,
    Rebecca Austin

  • Byron Williams II - July 16, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    They are are wonderful! Numbers seven and eleven especially!

I am so behind blogging all the fun we are having this summer! Last year we moved here in June and I was 30 weeks pregnant and wasn’t really up for exploring with all the nesting and unpacking I had to do, so I am really feeling like I have a lot of catching up to do. The Bellingfam blog has this great bucket list that we have been checking things off of, in addition to some other fun things we have done in the area. It’s no secret that I LOVE the Columbia neighborhood, where we live in Bellingham! I love the school, the houses, the neighbors, the email newsletters and alerts, the location and the parks…oh Elizabeth Park! During the summer in my neighborhood the Eldridge society hosts the Elizabeth Park Concert Series each Thursday evening from 6-8pm. It is such a wonderful, family friendly event! There are a few food and ice-cream vendors, including Mallard’s Icecream, and great (and I really mean GREAT) local bands, dancing and of course children running around playing everywhere. Many people pack a picnic dinner, while some purchase food form vendors. The first week we went my family ate ahead of time and packed dessert (a strawberry pie using the strawberries we picked from Barbie’s Berries) and this week I made pulled pork sandwiches and packed a picnic. Here are some tips I thought I could have used before my first Thursday evening concert:

  1. Bring a blanket to sit on
  2. Walk Buy Tramadol or ride bikes if possible (parking is limited and fills up fast)
  3. If you eat ahead of time, bring snacks for the kids (and yourself). With everyone around you eating, you will be ready for second dinner!
  4. Get to the food vendors early to avoid lone lines (especially at the Mallard’s Icecream tent!).
  5. If you have kids that will want to play at the playground sit between the gazebo and the playground, unless you want to keep them off the playground, then sit at the opposite side.
  6. Bring toys for toddlers. I packed my 10 month old’s stacking blocks and that and the music kept him busy when we weren’t walking around with him in the Ergo.
  7. Bring a little cash, especially if you want to buy lemonade from the kids across the street with the stand, or the kid who peddles around a bike trailer with a cooler filled with sodas and popsicles .

The below pictures are form the first concert featuring the Legendary Chucklenuts. This week we hear Clearbrook Dixieland Jazz, both bands were wonderful!  Dates for the rest of the summer concert series are:

  • July 17 “Prozac Mountain Boys” – Keeping the PNW safe for bluegrass
  • July 24 “Yogoman Burning Band” – Jamaica-New Orleans dance riddims
  • July 31 “Maggie’s Fury” – Melodic Celtic folk-rock
  • August 7 “Dana Lyons” – Political folk
  • August 14 “Luke Warm and the Moderates” – Rock, soul, funky fun covers
  • August 21 “bandZandt” – The east county’s favorite dance band
  • August 28 “Penny Stinkers” – Folk cabaret

 

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