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  • Connie Granja Photography {Beauty captured naturally}

    Your newborn's tiny toes, your toddler's silly smile, your child's toothless grin...  these are moments you'll want to remember forever. I pride myself in capturing what it is you see when you look at your child - their quirks, their little personalities, the way their hair smells and their tiny toes curl up. One day, when they are all grown, you'll want to remember how small they were and what your family looked like when you were all first getting to know each other. It's a beautiful and wonderful time and I am thrilled to document it and tell your story. It would be an honor to capture your family as they are today so they can treasured for generations to come.

    Connie Granja Photography is located in Boa Raton, Florida and specializes in Maternity, Newborn, Infant and Baby Portraiture in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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Baby Girl 6 Month Milestone Session – Miss Savannah Sue {Boca Raton, Fl Baby Photographer}

Finally catching up from being on maternity leave and thought I’d share some pictures of Miss Savannah Sue that I took in May (when I was 8 months pregnant! LOL!). I can’t believe I’m taking this sweet girl’s first birthday cake smash photos next month! She’s getting so big!


Baby Girl 6 month milestone session - Connie Granja Photography - Baby & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - www.conniegranja.com

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Baby Girl 6 month milestone session - Connie Granja Photography - Baby & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - www.conniegranja.com

Baby Girl 6 month milestone session - Connie Granja Photography - Baby & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - www.conniegranja.com

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2014 Breastfeeding Awareness Project – Wrap Up {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

Wow. What an incredible week! What started off as a group of photographers hoping to make a small impact in breastfeeding awareness for World Breastfeeding Week, has turned into a much bigger thing we could have ever hoped for.

Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library

The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project was an idea that came from the brilliant Leilani Rogers. Her goal was to help normalize public breastfeeding using photography, and our thought behind it was: the more we see it, the more “normal” it will become. Our plan for the PBAP was to volunteer our time to photograph women breastfeeding in public places around town, and then share our images online all during World Breastfeeding Week and flood social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest with our images. We thought this would be a great way to bring awareness and showcase how normal breastfeeding really is.

When I heard about this project from a fellow photographer, Paulina Spletcha, I knew I wanted to participate. Breastfeeding in public has been a topic that has been a part of my life since I became a mother almost 5 years ago. And more so now again, as I just gave birth 2 months ago to my 3rd child and I am breastfeeding a newborn again. My husband even thought I was a bit crazy taking on this project as I am on maternity leave and when I shot the images for this project I had my 6 week old son nursing in my sling as I shot! Little did we know that this project would blow up the way it did…

I shot my session 2 weeks early so I’d have time to edit my shots and have everything ready in time. We started sharing our images during World Breastfeeding Week on August 1st. Immediately, they had a great response. By August 5th the #pbap2014 was featured in our first article on parenting website TheStir. And even more exciting for me, my image of the mom (Taylor Snowney) breastfeeding in between the stacks of books at the library was featured in the article. Needless to say, all of us participating were excited to get some recognition for our efforts! It was so wonderful to see our project and our cause being featured in the media! I honestly didn’t realize that was just the beginning.

Connie Granja Featured in the Stir Breastfeeding Awareness Week - mother Taylor Snowney breastfeeding at the Spanish River Library Boca Raton, Florida 2014

The next day our Project was featured on the hugely popular BabyCenter.com and my image appeared again. I was in disbelief!

 


But it wasn’t until the 6th when I almost fell off of my chair – the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project was featured on THE HUFFINGTON POST! I was floored. The Huff Post Parents shared the link to their 450,000 followers and then it was picked up by the main Huffington Post page with it’s over 3 million followers! I could not believe it. Our efforts for public breastfeeding awareness was really making an impact! More so, I could not believe that my image of the mom at the library was featured all 3 times!!!

Other media outlets suddenly started taking an interest, and the next thing we know Redbook magazine published an article about it and so did parentdish,  evrystry and even the british website bestdaily.co.uk!

 

The word was spreading! Even my own newsfeed was full of shares people sharing links to these articles, as well as a sudden interest breastfeeding related stories and breastfeeding topics. Most notably that the Huffington Post wrote an article the following day about actress Olivia Wilde that posed for a a photo shoot  for Glamour Magazine breastfeeding her son. Articles featuring our images continue to be re-posted and shared and new articles are being published about the topic covering breastfeeding related stories. All of these things together are what start to change the public perception of breastfeeding. I know it’s not something that will change overnight, but my hope is that perhaps by the time my daughters are grown, this won’t be an issue they will have to face.
I am beyond thrilled about the media attention this movement has received and I am just humbled by all the wonderful comments our project has gotten. I am so proud to have been a part of this cause and helping to promote breastfeeding in public. We have contributed to this international conversation and clearly we have made an impact.

I want to thank all the moms and their little ones who let me photograph them for this – it was truly an honor to have represented South Florida moms and families with my image – truly. With out you, I would not have been able to bring my perspective and my ideas for this project to life.

A big thank you again to Leilani Rogers, who without her, this project would never have happened. I have nothing but gratitude for her for coming up with this incredible idea and for letting us be a part of it. Not only has this project brought attention to a cause that is near to my heart (literally and figuratively, LOL) she has also created a wonderful group of world-wide photographers that participated in this that I’m excited to call my new friends and colleagues. Your idea has inspired me and motivated me more than you can imagine. I thank you and I look forward to rocking this project again next year.

To see more images from this campaign, check out #pbap2014.

I’m also participating in a blog circle where you can read more about the photographers that participated in this project. We have linked to each other’s blog posts sharing our stories about the PBAP. You can check out the next photographer in the PBAP blog circle: Austin, Texas Maternity, Children and Family Photographer Sabrina Bean Photography

 

Much, much love.
Connie

 

Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library

 

 

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Mila Breastfeeding Dolly {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

My 4-year-old super-assistant, Mila, has seen me working on and talking about World Breastfeeding Week all week. I’ve been showing her the images I post and why it’s so important. She thinks it’s great and that everyone should have “booboo,” as we call it. Since her little brother was born 2 months ago, she likes to pretend she’s a mommy too and does what mommy does… so here’s my sweet Mila and her baby, Lolly. Cuddled together, giving her booboo. This Mama is over here beaming with pride!

Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library

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This is Why I Love Breastfeeding in Public {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

Why am I so passionate about breastfeeding in public? Let me show you why.

Because the more we do it, the more others see it and it becomes “normal.” Because moms should be PROUD that they are nourishing their little ones and not hiding it. Because the more our children see us do it, the more likely they will themselves.

My 4.5 year old daughter, Mila, insisted on nursing her dolly, Lolly. She sees me nursing and she wants to do it too! See, this is what I’m talking about. This just makes my mama heart proud!!!

Nurse on, mamas! Nurse on!!:)

Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library
Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library

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Day 7 – Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

So here we are, the last day of World Breastfeeding Week and of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project! All week, photographers from all of the world have been sharing breastfeeding images in order to bring awareness to this cause. Today, I want to share with you about myself. I’m a mom of 3 amazing kids – a 4.5 year old girl, an almost 3 year old girl and a newborn baby boy. I have breastfed them all, and all of them have had their own challenges.

As a mother who breastfed 3 children of her own and as a business woman that sees new mothers every day, this is a topic that is very important to me. When I was a first time mom 4 years ago, I was extremely anxious about breastfeeding in public. I did what I could to nurse at home, but if my baby was hungry while we were out, I felt I needed to run out to the car to feed my newborn, no matter how hot it was in there. It was very challenging with a crying, hungry baby. It took several months to work up the courage to nurse in public. But once I did, I never went back. I realized I had every right to feed my baby wherever I was and however I wanted to. She nursed until her 1st birthday.

When I had my second baby, we battled tongue-ties, pain with every feeding and what seemed like constant pumping – but I was determined to breastfeed her as well. We struggled through that first month but after she had her tongue tie clipped, things improved. She nursed for 2.5 years and weaned just a few months ago.

And finally, just a couple of months ago in May, I gave birth to my 3rd baby and I am currently breastfeeding him. He was tongue tied as well, and now we’re battling a possible lip tie. We’ve had our challenges, but it’s getting better and I nurse him wherever I go – even while I photographed this whole Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project! He was right there with me in my baby sling as I photographed these beautiful moms. Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing. I photograph new and expecting moms all the time. I want to help encourage and inspire moms like them to breastfeed with confidence from the beginning.

Below is a picture of me with my sweet baby boy Mateo, 2 months old. Thank you to my sister and  2nd shooter, Cathy for getting this shot. I love it. <3

Connie Granja Photography - Breastfeeding & Newborn Photographer - Boca Raton, Fl - Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Spanish River Library

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