2022 Welcome Guide – Breastfeeding


I believe in celebrating life, and believe family is what makes life wonderful. It’s important to me to give as many moms as possible the opportunity to have these photos taken, because I know personally that you will treasure them for years to come.

I joined the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in 2014 to celebrate and empower all mothers who choose to love and nurture their babies their best way.
This particular shot has so much meaning for me. I had this idea in my head of an image that would show the world that no matter how different we may look on the outside, inside, we are all just mamas loving our babies as hard as we can.

My first daughter was born nearly 7 weeks premature; I wanted desperately to breastfeed her, but at 3lbs 10ozs latching was nearly impossible even with the help of skilled lactation consultants. I went on to pump exclusively for her, when severe jaundice presented itself in a way that could have meant she would be readmitted to the NICU among other lifelong damages. It was recommend to us to switch her to formula, and when we did, her jaundice cleared up immediately. You would think this made the switch an easy decision, but I still think of that difficult time often.

When I had my second baby girl 5 days overdue, breastfeeding came naturally to us. She latched immediately and with a healthy appetite! We nursed almost every 2 hours, around the clock, until she was 14 months old when one morning she woke up and asked for a pancake instead. I’m not kidding. Because of her “schedule” I had to learn to become comfortable nursing her in public, at any time, no matter where we were or what we were doing. To stay home and feed her would have meant to never leave the house; she never accepted bottles (or pacifiers) so pumping was not an option, and the cover was strictly for a rousing game of peek-a-boo which often left me exposed and struggling.

In 2013 I discovered Leilani Rogers’ breastfeeding work, based out of Texas, and became a contributor to the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in 2014 when she first accepted affiliate photographers. My work has been featured on The Huffington Post, PEOPLE Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Leaky Boob, Redbook Magazine, Baby Center, and many others. Though the formal organization of PBAP ended in 2019, my mission to promote beautiful imagery of breastfeeding in real life and positive public breastfeeding has not.

Photos of the moms and babes for the 2019 Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, by Northern Virginia breastfeeding photographer Blaire Ring.
“Nursing around others has always been difficult for me. Even in my own home I will excuse myself and go to another room when we have visitors. Over the holidays it dawned on me that I should not have to go put myself into time-out to feed my own child in my own home. I am really pushing myself to gain the confidence to feed my child how, when and where I need to without feeling ashamed.” – Jenifer C.

Breastfeeding session creative retainer $99

Full portrait experience: We’ll work together to choose the perfect location for your session. This might be at home or at a gorgeous spot outdoors. These sessions are all about your breastfeeding journey and are available anywhere in the NoVa/DC area.

“Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project”: These sessions are about normalizing breastfeeding in public and promoting positive public breastfeeding imagery. They must take place in a public space in Loudoun County and a full model release is required. As my way of saying thank you for participating, you will receive watermarked copies of the images to share online.

The retainer and contract are due at booking to secure your spot and includes your pre-session planning and consultation, and everything that happens on my end before, during, and after your session. Session retainers do not include digital files or printed artwork. Breastfeeding sessions are up to 30mins and supporting partners and other children are always welcome to join.

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Your images will be ready and uploaded to a password-protected online gallery within 2 weeks of our session for viewing and ordering.

Digital images are available in the following specially priced collections, available only for breastfeeding sessions:

Red Hook $900, entire digital gallery + $150 product credit

Astoria $700, 20 digital images

NoHo $350, 10 digital images

Park Slope $200, 5 digital images

Click here to view product samples.

Photos of the moms and babes for the 2018 Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, by Northern Virginia breastfeeding photographer Blaire Ring.

“Breastfeeding reminds us of the universal truth of abundance; the more we give out, the more we are filled up, and that divine nourishment – the source from which we all draw – is, like a mother’s breast, ever full and ever flowing.” – Sarah Buckley

2022 Breastfeeding Welcome Guide from internationally published Northern Virginia photographer Blaire Ring, Second Ave Photography. Prices and collections subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are subject to 6% Virginia state sales tax as applicable by law. Location/permit fees mare not included in the session retainer. Travel fees may apply to areas outside of Northern Virginia.

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Every portrait session and school booked allows me to support local animal rescues, The March of Dimes, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and offer free portraits for parents riding the NICU roller coaster. In 2019 I donated over $3500.