Take Charge. Period. – Head Shots. Period. – An event to support women – normalizing menstruation

Mod L Photography is a studio specializing in fine art portraiture for maternity, newborn and first year of life. Laura Levitan, owner and lead photographer blogs about issues and topics of interest to her clients. Women’s health is very important to her. Read more below to learn about a cause very near and dear to her heart – the period positive movement and normalizing menstruation.

What is Take Charge. Period.?

Take Charge. Period. is an organization that exists to provide free menstrual products to underserved women and girls who menstruate. In our country, feminine hygiene products are considered a luxury item and they are taxed by our government. Additionally, menstrual products are not included in SNAP benefits or included in programming in schools and restrooms. Take Charge. Period. aims to provide free products, education to normalize menstruation, and end the taboo surrounding menstruation that exists worldwide.

Why is the period positive movement important?

Women and girls menstruate. That is a fact. Whether we are able to purchase feminine hygiene products or not, females still need them. Imagine if you didn’t have access to these products how that would impact your daily life. What types of activities you would have to avoid, school, work, job interviews, etc. Simply taking care of your family would be difficult.

What did we decide to do about it?

Mary Cantwell pictured in her headshot. She is an award winning international sleep consultant.     Krisha Sears pictured here of The Dallas Moms Club. Krisha provides concierge postpartum care in the comfort of your home.

My two good friends Mary Cantwell of Rest to Your Nest and Krisha Sears of The Dallas Moms Club and I had a talk about how we could make an impact and help Take Charge. Period. We decided to host an event with members of the birth community here in Dallas. The concept was simple. Bring three packages of pads, get a free headshot. Any additional headshots you might want would require a donation to Take Charge. Period. (If you would like to donate to Take Charge. Period. please click here).

Mary is an amazing Dallas-based sleep consultant, read more about her here on my blog. She works with clients in Dallas and worldwide to help their kids (and the whole family) get the best night’s sleep possible. Krisha is a nurse and lactation consultant. She provides concierge postpartum care and peri-natal classes to moms in Dallas. Keep an eye out for a blog post featuring her and her business!

The event was a major success!

Several birth workers from around Dallas attended the event. It was an amazing show of support for women in our community and a great opportunity to bond over a shared mission. Thank you to all the ladies who came and supported this worthy cause. We collected over 1600 pads and raised over $500. If you are looking for a way to support Take Charge. Period. here are a few ways:

Like them on Facebook

Follow them on Instagram

Hold an event

Donate to Take Charge. Period.


Some of the lovely ladies who attended:

Dallas midwife at Origins Birth and Wellness pictured in headshot
Amy F Tate, CPM, LM, CLC – Owner and Midwife at Origins Birth and Wellness Dallas
headshot of dallas based midwife at Origins Dallas
Megan Desrochers CPM, LM Staff Midwife at Origins Birth and Wellness Dallas
Dr. Erin Stark Calaway specializes in pediatric, maternity chiropractic care
Dr. Erin Stark Calaway, Owner and Chiropractor of APEX Wellness Center
Melissa Espey-Mueller owner and founder of north dallas doula associates NDDA pictured in headshot
Melissa Espey-Mueller – Birth Doula, Educator, Speaker, Owner & Founder of North Dallas Doula Associates
Acupuncturist Emily Guevara pictured here in headshot
Emily Guevara L.Ac, Owner – The Acupuncture Juncture
Cori Lively, LM, CPM Owner & Midwife at Barefoot Midwifery
Tiffany Wicks, MS, LPC owner and therapist at Push Counseling & Coaching
Prenatal yoga expert Mireille Mears pictured in headshot
Mimi Mears, RPYT, LMT, LCCE, owner, Bami Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond
Amber Reynolds, Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor – Owner of Self Care Integrative Health Dallas
Maternity, newborn and baby nutritionist registered dietitian Caitlin Allday pictured in headshot
Caitlin Allday, RDN – Nutrition for moms and babies


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22 Responses

  1. What a great event in Dallas for you to be a part of as a local photographer! I hope some of these women end up hiring your as their photographer if they are ever expecting a baby!

    1. Thank you so much Amanda! It was so fun to run this event for other birth workers in my community to reach out and help women who are in need.

    1. Thank you so much for attending and for all that you do to support women in our community <3

  2. What a great idea to update the headshots for all these maternity and newborn specialists in Dallas! They couldn’t have chosen a better photographer; someone who can do amazing headshots AND deliver great service for newborn and maternity clients 🙂

  3. What a spectacular concept! I love anything that makes people more comfortable with their bodies. You get into the coolest stuff 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I love the way our community of women come together to support each other. So many great birth workers represented.

  4. This is such an amazing opportunity to be a part of in your Dallas community. It is wonderful to see a maternity photographer living her brand so strongly!

  5. This is an amazing concept!! It is great to see someone who is so successful with maternity and newborn photography step out of that box to gift women with their talent. Dallas is so lucky to have you <3

  6. This is such a great cause!!! It’s so awesome that your using your photography to help the Dallas community at large. I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful newborn and maternity photos!!

  7. These are great headshots! I hope you get lots of recommendations in the Plano area from these for newborn and maternity photos!

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