Upcoming Motherhood Events! (You Don’t Want To Miss These!)

I’m so excited to share this motherhood makeover session, which was a collaboration with Jackelyn Mclean, Makeup Artist! 

You do NOT want to miss out on our next events! Keep reading to find out more!

This is a special collaborative event that only happens 4 times per year!

I don’t want you to stress about anything when preparing for a photo session, so we make sure everything is provided! Along with Jackelyn providing full makeup, we also provide the wardrobe from my studio closet. My studio closet is an extensive curated collection of beautiful timeless outfits for you to choose from.

As mothers, we know how much you deserve this, and how much these photos will mean to you. We have to much fun during these sessions, and can’t wait to see you in the studio!

These collaborative shoots have very LIMITED availability and book up fast! Our next event is an outdoor shoot in Regina on July 28th, with another in studio session in the works for later in the year.

Contact me ASAP to reserve your spot! 

Studio Motherhood Session

A few weeks ago I collaborated with my friends Jackelyn and Meredith on this motherhood makeover session and today I am sharing the results. My focus on motherhood in my photography work has increased steadily over the past few years. My first born is now 8 years old I have very few pictures of him and I together…. well all of my kids really.  As mothers we are often the last one to take care of our own needs and that has left many of us not feeling “camera ready”. There are many many days when the ability to take a shower and do my hair is an absolute luxury…. whoever invented dry shampoo  HAD to be a mom!!!  Showering the tip of the iceberg as to why I am not wanting to be in pictures.  I never lost the baby weight from my first born 8 years ago. I have not worn “nice clothes” in what seems that long ago either. I have no nice clothes ……. yoga pants and a mom sweatshirt have come to be my uniform.  I could go on and one and I know I am not alone. Jackelyn and I  have seven kids between us both and have talked at length about how much we want to be present for our kids but we have let too much trivial stuff get in the way of making this happen. We decided together to help other moms NOT allow what happened to us happen to them and we collaborate a few times a year to create beautiful portraits of mothers and their children. I have a growing studio wardrobe collection that clients can use for their sessions.  I have stocked my closet full of pretty light and airy pieces that create a flattering and timeless look. My goal is to create simple, connected portraits for mothers and their children and I never want clothing to get in the way of that. The day of the motherhood events Jackelyn  is on location doing make-up for all moms. We hire a babysitter to help with your little ones while you are being pampered. We are planning our next event in Regina for July 28th and hoping to do one more studio event in Saskatoon before the end of 2019. Stay tuned to our social media pages for release dates.

This is my new friend Meredith. After following her on social media for some time Jackelyn reached out and invited her for a motherhood session with us. Meredith is a beautiful mother of four that recently went through major heart surgery, you can read her journey with a congenital heart defect HERE. When I first read her story I was so emotional as she has been through so much with her health. Since she has been through so much in the first few months of her daughters life we though she would really love for us to create some memories for the, . Such a special mother/daughter duo these two are  they really deserved this!!  Meredith and I have come to know each other more since the session and she is so bright, energetic and full of life it blows my mind she was in the hospital shortly before Christmas.  During our session Meredith said she wanted a picture of her scar and I just loved that ideas. As mothers our bodies have really been through so much and  I am glad we are living in a day and age that is embracing motherhood with such acceptance and openness. Please have a scroll through and leave a comment below it would be so appreciated!!


Make Your Own Baby Formula

Long story short I ended up making formula for my babies.   That is right you read it correctly I MADE my own formula for my kids.  I absolutely hated breast feeding…. true story it was a nightmare that I was not expecting as I thought it would come naturally and it just never did. I remember soaking my first born childs head in tears crying all over him trying to get him to latch. I felt I could do most everything but feed the poor kid.  I was a breast feeding failure, but its ok my kids are still alive. I felt at the time that using formula was a terrible thing and I felt shame for using it.  The mom guilt starts the second they are born I swear!!!! After a lot of research and with the OK of my doctor I started making my own formula for my last two children. I wish I had known about this with my first. There is a lot I wish I would have know before having my first child, as I would have paved my own path a lot earlier than I did when it comes to healthy options.I discovered the many benefits of Goat milk formula years ago and I often get asked why and how I used it so here it goes.

The benefits:

1.Less allergenic

Milk and other formulas create curds by reacting with your baby’s stomach acid. Some formulas create hard curds while others create soft curds. This has an effect on how it passes through your baby’s stomach.Goat milk formula creates a softer curd, which makes it easier for your baby to digest. If your baby is spitting up a lot or has issues with reflux, goat milk formula may be an easier option for them.Cow’s milk contains an allergen known as alpha-S1 casein, which is only found in trace amounts in goat milk formula.This isn’t to say that goat milk is completely allergen free, however. Both goat milk formula and cow’s milk formula contain beta-lactoglobulin. If your baby is allergic to both goat and cow’s milk, this may be the culprit.

2. More digestible
Goat milk formula contains more short and medium fatty acids, which in turn makes it easier for your baby to digest. The difference between this and cow’s milk is that cow’s milk has longer fatty acids. This makes more work for your baby’s digestive system.Please keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean that goat milk formula contains less fat than other kinds. It only means that there’s more of a different kind of fat, which makes it easier on your baby’s stomach.

3.Less lactose
While both goat milk formula and other kinds contain lactose, goat’s milk has a smidge less (about a half a percent difference).Cow’s milk, loaded with lactose, is oftentimes the culprit when people have gas, bloating, or other digestive issues.If your baby is lactose intolerant or is otherwise having a bad reaction to lactose-laden formulas, give goat milk formula a try and see how they react!4.

4.Boosts immune system
Goat milk formula contains selenium! This is a great mineral to help support the immune system and give them that extra boost they need.It makes sense that any mother would want to protect their child from sicknesses, and while goat milk formula won’t completely protect your baby from illnesses, every little bit helps. Don’t take those trace amounts of selenium for granted.

5.Less toxic
Cow’s milk may be more widely available than goat’s milk, but it also usually contains growth hormones. These hormones serve to artificially enhance and increase the production of milk. The thing is, goats are rarely given these hormones.These hormones can also contribute to digestive issues. If your child is already experiencing indigestion and lactose intolerance, why make the problem worse by filling them up with artificial hormones?Goat’s milk, while being somewhat common, still exists and is mainly used on the fringes of the main agriculture industry. This means it isn’t subject to the genetic modifications and specifications that cow’s milk is.This means that, when your baby drinks goat milk formula, they’re being fed only the best nutrients without artificial elements or things which may be concerning to moms.

6.Nourishment
Goat milk formula is laden with various nutrients that are essential to your baby’s growth and development. Did you know that goat’s milk contains nearly 35% of calcium requirements? And that’s just in one cup!It also is a fantastic source of riboflavin, phosphorous, vitamin B-12, protein, potassium, and more!All of these nutrients promote the healthy growth of your baby. Goats are known as bio-organic sodium animals, and that’s associated with vitality, flexibility, and vigor. All these things contribute to your baby’s strength development.Cows, known as calcium animals, are known for heaviness and stability. This is also strength, but bio-organic sodium actually contributes to joint health. Goat’s milk also has the benefit of helping out your baby’s nervous system.

7.Calcium
Cow’s milk may be known for the amount of calcium it provides, but that doesn’t mean that goat milk formula is left completely out in the dust!Goat’s milk is very high in calcium. This is great news, as you can get the benefits of cow’s milk without the additives and extra hormones.The level of calcium in goat’s milk is provided by tryptophan, the amino acid. You may be familiar with it as the amino acid that makes you sleepy after your Thanksgiving turkey!Not only will your baby be well-rested and alert after consuming goat milk formula, but they’ll actually be on their way to building stronger bones for optimal health.

8. Metabolism
If your baby is having digestive issues or has limitations regarding absorbing vitamins and minerals, goat milk formula can help boost and support their metabolism!Goat’s milk has been shown to increase one’s ability to metabolize minerals like iron and copper, particularly among those with other digestive issues.Of course, there are supplements available on the market to ensure that you get the vitamins and minerals that you need, but if there’s a natural way to make sure your baby’s absorbing what they need to, why not take it?

9.Inflammation
Goat’s milk is smoother in many way’s than cow’s milk, and it doesn’t cause inflammation. If your baby is suffering from bowel inflammation, goat’s milk is the obvious choice.Between the nutritional benefits and the digestive ease, goat milk formula may be a great choice for your baby. It goes down easier, and there’s nothing harmful that may inflame your baby’s insides.

10. The genetic make up of goat milk resembles that of human milk.

 

 

 

You can read more on WHY goat milk formula is a great alternative to regular formula HERE.

 Mt.Capara has an amazing Goat milk formula Kit that  will help you get started and you can check it out HERE.   It is the kit I started with and loved it!!!   It may seem overwhelming at first and somewhat expensive to get started but once you get in the grove it is super economical.

Recipe: 

Here is a link to ingredients I used from AMAZON.

 

Fill the bottle up with 5oz of very hot water (120F). Add coconut oil, and wait for it to melt before adding olive oil, molasses and lactose. Shake well to mix. When the contents are Add milk powder and cold water so the total volume is 8 ounces and shake well. Now add probiotics and any other once per day ingredients and shake well again. If mixing it in larger batches, mix with only half recommended water and add the remaining water at the end.

 

Larger Batch Quantities:

2 cups

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp goat milk
  • 2 tbsp goat milk lactose
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp molasses
  • 1/8 tsp probiotics per day
  • 1/4 tsp vitamins per day
  • 1 scoop colostrum per day
  • DHA- once per day based on weight

4 cups

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 tbsp goat milk
  • 4 tbsp goat milk lactose
  • 4 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 1/8 tsp probiotics per day
  • 1/4 tsp vitamins per day
  • 1 scoop colostrum per day
  • DHA- once per day based on weight

 

Do with this information what you wish but I can say my children have never had a single allergy, they did not get rashes or suffer from eczema or any common baby skin conditions. A few months after I started my second born on the formula I took him for a check up and my doctor was blown away by how bright and clear his eyes were and how truly soft his skin was….. I attribute it to the formula. DO your own research and pave your own path when it comes to motherhood and your children. I am simply sharing something that worked for me.

 

Welcome!

My name is Janna and I currently live in Saskatoon, Sask. I have an in home studio space that I use for shooting newborns, milestones and motherhood sessions.

All in all, I am surviving on coffee and very little sleep but I am happy. I have the privilege to work with absolutely wonderful families who trust me to hold their little bitty babies and honour me with the creation of their memories.  I do feel truly blessed. I would love to meet you and maybe learn a little bit about you and your family!

Janna Gobeil Photography