Event showcases area's maternity businesses

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Faith Piper's approach to family photography differs from the standard studio shots.

Daphne Ali (left) and Maewanda Miles pose in fashions supplied by Lula Bloom at the April Showers maternity expo.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Daphne Ali (left) and Maewanda Miles pose in fashions supplied by Lula Bloom at the April Showers maternity expo.

Her birth and family-documentary photography preserves memories of the birth of a child.

"It's about the relationships and the anticipation surrounding the birth and after the baby comes," said Ms. Piper, of Sandpiper Photographers, who was one of several vendors at April Showers, a baby fair at the Aiken County Recreation Center on April 19.

A computer slide show showed pictures from one birth she documented. The photographs covered an array of scenes and emotion.

"I get photos like the baby's first bath; Dad carrying the baby back to the nursery; and the baby being weighed," she said.

This was the second year the baby fair has been held at the center.

"This event is a way to introduce moms and moms-to-be to some of the businesses around the area who cater to them," said Tandra Cooks, the recreation supervisor at the center.

Some vendors had products designed for mothers.

"We pamper Mom before and after," said Janet Crawford, who sells Mary Kay cosmetics.

Lula Bloom, a maternity boutique in Aiken, provided items for a fashion show.

Although the turnout was light, Ms. Cooks said she plans to do it again next year.

The next event at the Aiken County Recreation Center has a different target population. A senior wellness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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