Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

Friday Funny: How Babies Are Made… Or Not

February 22, 2013

Let’s wrap up our week with a giggle — enjoy!


Alisa & the women of Blooma

P.S. – This came to me via multiple e-mail forwards… if you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give attribution!

Bellyrama Photos & Video – Gorgeous!

August 28, 2012

Last Saturday, Blooma’s Sarah Longacre led a beautiful yoga practice for mamas in all stages of motherhood, on a lovely late-summer morning.

Were you there? What did you love most about Bellyrama? And how about those strong Jesse Bennet arms or those sexy Anna Melzer belly dancing moves, eh?

Photographer Tanya Villano captured the day in pictures and assembled them into a video, too. Check them out!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma





Pregnancy Photo Project Looking for Participants

August 16, 2012

We thought we’d pass along an opportunity to participate in a fascinating photography project about pregnancy in the workplace. Details are below or you can download a flyer about the project. If interested, contact Prof. Deutsch directly at Act soon — the project winds down at the end of this month.

Saturday Schedule, 2011; Photograph by Hillary Mixon-Jones

Mamas, what are some of the challenges you’ve discovered about working while pregnant? What kind of support have you received?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

My name is Todd Deutsch.  I am a photographer and Associate Professor of Art at St. Catherine University.  I am working on a national project called “Showing: Pregnancy in the American Workplace.”  As the name suggests, photographers around the country have been invited to photograph pregnancy at work with the goal of encouraging public discussion around work- life balance and women’s health. 

More information about the project, which will include an exhibition and a book, can be found at  Examples of my own work can be found on my site,

I am very excited by the potential that this carries.  While pregnancy in general is a common subject, pregnancy at work isn’t often shown. It presents something of a hole in the collective photographic record.  “Showing” aims to change that. 

Right now I am trying to make connections with people who might be interested in participating. Those who choose to participate will receive prints from me for their family albums, regardless of whether or not any of the photographs were selected for publication. 

Mini Maternity Photo Sessions – Booking Now

March 27, 2012

Capture the beauty of your blooming belly on film! Photographer Zane Taylor, whose photos are exhibited throughout Morning Star Women’s Health and Birth Center, is holding mini maternity photo sessions at the birth center on April 21.

Sessions are 20 minutes long and you’ll have the choice of three different packages to include digital and print images. Strike your favorite prenatal yoga pose or find inspiration in Zane’s maternity portfolio.

For more info and to book your session, see Zane’s blog or give her a ring at her Minneapolis studio 612.801.3684.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Congrats to the Baby Bump Photo Contest Winner!

March 12, 2012

And the winner of the Baby Bump photo contest is. . .

[drumroll please]

Miss Cynthia Jacobson!

With over 200 votes, this beautiful mama-to-be is the winner of a free newborn photo session and Blooma goodies including a class pass and long-sleeved Blooma T-shirt. Your class pass is good for prenatal yoga in Minneapolis, St. Paul or Shakopee, or for any of our yoga classes, including Vinyasa Flow, BYOB and more!

Come in to redeem your prize later this week, Cynthia! Congratulations!

Seriously, how adorable is this glowing mama’s picture? And a big thank you from Alexia Strawn for all of you who submitted photos!


Sarah H. & the women of Blooma

Win a Newborn Photo Session!

February 21, 2012

Blooma has teamed up with Alexia Strawn Photography to help out with her win-a-newborn-photo-shoot promotion.

Prenatal yoga mamas, all you have to do is submit a snapshot of your pregnant belly and get your friends and family to vote. The bump with the most votes wins! Full details on how to enter are below.

In addition to a newborn photo shoot, the winner will also receive a long-sleeved Blooma T-shirt and one class pass good for any yoga class of your choice, whether Prenatal yoga, Bring Your Own Baby yoga (BYOB), Take It Easy yoga or Vinyasa Flow. The pass will be honored at any of Blooma’s locations, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Shakopee.

Choose your photo soon — the deadline to enter is Feb. 28. Good luck! We know there are A LOT of cute bellies out there!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Family Photo Shoots for Valentine’s Day!

January 10, 2012

The lovely Lisa Venticinque, yoga teacher and amazing photographer, has planned a day of mini photo shoot sessions for kids (and their parents) to be held Jan. 21. She’ll take your best photos and create super cute, boutique Valentine’s Day cards for you to send to your favorite people!

Shooting day is Saturday, Jan. 21. The 30-minute session is $110 and includes:

• A photo disk featuring 15-20 high-quality, finessed images for you to keep and share with others

• One specialized card design incorporating photo(s) from the shoot: choose from three design options

• A package of 25 printed cards with envelopes, printed to the highest quality and delivered to your home

My family is already signed up. Can’t wait! For further details, click here and call Lisa V. {612.868.6864}  to book your spot ASAP!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

National Geographic birth photo — gorgeous!

November 22, 2011

Mamas-to-be, YES — this is the moment you’re waiting for. The split second of amazement when you meet your baby for the first time and your hearts bursts open wide.

Photo by Jane McCrae.

This gorgeous shot was captured by a former midwife named Jane McCrae. reports that the photo has won National Geographic’s 2011 Photo of the Year contest (love it!!), though National Geographic still has voting up on its site. Since it’s unclear which is the most recent and accurate, vote for it if you love it!

We’d love to hear from you, mamas— can you describe what it was like when you met your baby for the first time? Share below by Dec. 1, then we’ll randomly choose one to win a free yoga class at Blooma!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Order Your Blooma Birthday Party Pics!

November 20, 2011

The uber talented Tanya Villano has posted her gorgeous pictures of Blooma’s 4th birthday bash! Check them out, find all those cute pictures of yourself and your kids, then order away!

The password is: bloomaguest


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Beautiful belly art

August 4, 2011

New mama Vang S.  was the randomly-selected winner of a free Blooma yoga class after entering our belly art contest! See her lovely artwork below. Of her creation, Vang said, “Prenatal yoga helped me find balance and peace within while waiting for baby to arrive.”

Congratulations on your new little one and your free class!

Mamas, did you create art on or with your belly? Send pics to alisa (at) and we’ll post them on our blog.

We also want to give a shout out to Rebecca B.’s belly art, with contributions by her two older children. Adorable!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Vang's bellycast

Rebecca B.'s belly art — so much love!