I could not wait to share their stunning gallery with this gorgeous family from their Maternity Portraits! They were all dressed to perfection! Mommy to be is wearing one of the gowns from the collection I offer exclusively to my clients! The sun was out and I couldn't help but capture the gorgeous natural evening light for Cyprina's Professional Maternity Portrait Session! I can't wait until their fine art print order comes in! It will make for a BEAUTIFUL display in their home to enjoy this special time in their life time and time again.
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I am so excited to have the opportunity to feature an amazing small business jewelry company. Sweet Pea's in a Pod by Kelli O offered her time to allow me to ask some questions about her company! Keep reading for an exciting offer at the end.
I came across Kelli's small business one day and just had to order my own breast milk jewelry piece. I pumped milk on my Sons 1st birthday to send to her so that I would always have a special keepsake to represent making it to 1 year on our breastfeeding journey.
First off, tell me a little about yourself!
Hello! I am so honored to be featured in your blog! A little about myself, I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, which was where I met my husband. We married in Ohio and shortly after moved to Oklahoma for his job. We have been married for 10 years and have two children. Our daughter is 7 and our son is 2. Before children I worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for a few different agencies. After children I have been a stay at home mom with a few of my own businesses.
What sparked your interest to start your business? How did you come up with the concept of breastmilk jewelry?
I first heard about breastmilk jewelry about 5 years ago when I overheard someone talking about it. I looked into it and was amazed at what could be done with breastmilk. I did lots of research and lots of trial and error in my shop and after about a year I finally came up with the perfect method to preserve breastmilk.
Do you make jewelry as your full time job?
Is this my full time job, well I would say my 2 children are my full time job. As we all know, being a mother is a big job and takes lots of time! Lucky for me, my shop also has a playroom so I can work while my son plays. Nap time, evenings and weekends are also my work time.
"Sweet Pea's in a Pod by Kelli O" How did you come up with your name? Is it meaningful to you?
My business started out with me making what I called sweet peas in a pod. Little pea pod pendants with peas to represent your children. I used to call my daughter "Sweet pea" so it was also a meaningful name.
What pieces do you currently offer in your shop?
I offer quite a few different piece in my shop right now. I am always looking for new pieces to offer, so my inventory is also always changing. I offer earrings, rings, European style beads, bracelets, pendants and sweet peas. With each piece that I offer, I also offer many different inclusions to go into that piece. Some of my inclusions are, first lock of hair, umbilical cord, placenta, fabric, flowers, shimmer, pearlization, color, opal, fire opal etc.
What is your favorite piece to date? Can you even choose?
Right now my favorite piece is my halo ring. It is a sterling silver ring with a breastmilk stone set into the middle. Surrounding the stone are cubic zirconia that also trail half way down the band. The cz's are also set into the side of the stone setting.
What is the best part about your job?
The best part about my job are my customers! I do this because it is so rewarding to hear from moms that are just in love with their jewelry. Breastfeeding is a very hard job and to be able to preserve that memory in a tangible piece of jewelry is priceless.
What goals do you have for the future of your business?
I would love to increase awareness of breastmilk jewelry. All to often I hear from a sad mother who wishes she would have know breastmilk jewelry was a thing but has long ago thrown all her frozen milk out. I currently offer little breastmilk drops that can be kept in a memory book or a shadow box.
What advice do you have for any entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business (wether that be jewelry or anything else)?
Research research research! Figure out what you want to do and do lots of research on what is already out there, prices, how to market yourself, websites etc.
What is your advice for first time moms who are choosing to breastfeed?
Breastfeeding is hard. At the beginning breastfeeding hurts. Stick with it and it is very rewarding and you will be glad you did. If you cant stick with it for whatever reason, don't beat yourself up about it. However you want to feed your baby, Fed Is Best!
Is there anything else that you wish to share with us?
In addition to breastmilk jewelry I also offer formula beads for formula fed babies. I also offer ashes preservation to preserve the ashes of a pet or loved one.
I am so thankful you took the time to tell a little about yourself and your small business to share with us. I think that everything you offer is so amazing! These are truly keepsakes you don't want to miss out on. Go take a look at her page HERE to see what you can order!
When you place your order, mention this blog and receive 15% off!
Thank you again so much for your time Kelli! A special thanks as well for my amazing breastmilk jewelry pieces.
Stephanie Ratto Photography is so excited to have been invited to attend as a vendor for Operation Baby Shower 2017 at JBLM! I look forward to seeing all of you ladies there and look forward to giving away some FREE maternity portrait sessions along with other session discounts and even some fine art prints!
Stephanie Ratto Photography is gifting one lucky mother to be who enters for the door prize, a maternity session and fine art portraits valued at over $400!
But wait...there's more!
Come see me at my vendor booth and enter to win a free maternity mini portrait session! You'll have exclusive access to my maternity gown collection and we'll create a custom portrait experience for you.
Have you already booked your session with Stephanie Ratto Photography? Don't worry, I didn't forget about you! You'll have the opportunity to enter to win a free 11x14 Fine Art Canvas, 10% off of your reveal session order from your portrait session or 3 fine art 8x10 gift prints!
Want additional entries? Here is how!
*Share this blog post on Facebook! Make sure it is public so that I can see <3 Show me this Saturday March 4th at Operation Baby Shower and you'll receive an extra entry!
*Comment on this blog post saying that you have checked in and something you can't wait to get to do with your new little one! If you have already had your baby, share something that you love the most!
Comment on my Facebook post with this blog link what you love most about being pregnant or loved about being pregnant.
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Do all 4 and receive ANOTHER entry!
*Take a selfie in front of my booth and #srpbehindthescenes #stephanierattophotography on IG and You'll receive an extra entry!
Ready to book a session with Stephanie Ratto Photography? Don't wait! I am currently booking out through September and have limited available dates per month.
The first 2 newborn sessions booked with me at Operation Baby Shower 2017 will receive a $50 gift certificate from Mother Nurture Ultrasound to go towards a 3D/4D ultrasound!
I can't wait to see you this Saturday March 4th at Operation Baby Shower 2017!
Stephanie Ratto Photography
I can't believe it has been 1 year since I have taken little Kane's newborn portraits. He was my first newborn client in Washington since my move from Texas. Kane couldn't have been more perfect of a baby and slept his whole session. 1 year later, here we are and he is still handsome as ever. It really does tug at my heart strings being able to be a part of these special milestones and seeing how my newborn clients have grown.
Kane was all smiles for his 1 year portraits. I felt like I was really able to capture and see how his personality has developed and grown over the year. He definitely isn't a fan of cake though! We figured that one out real quick. Enjoy a peek into Kane's one year old portraits and cake smash (not so much smash) portraits! To Joe and Mandy, It has been amazing being a part of your lives and I appreciate and am so happy you chose me to be your family photographer.
Joe is an amazing tattoo artist and owner over at Clever Rebel Tattoo in Federal Way, Washington! Follow the link to check out his work. My husband is still trying to convince me to let him get another tattoo :P
I love being able to share my clients fine art portraits displayed in their home! It brings such a smile to my face that my work is enjoyed daily.