Author Archives: Carola Hochst

Days of Celebration

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt must have been a year ago when I participated in one of Pamela Wilson’s satsangs. Still bothered by a maddening fear of ‘showing myself’ I brought up the question to her what to do with this dread in my belly. She simply let me feel it, which resulted in some intense crying moments on my part. Then she asked: “And what is behind that fear?”

After a couple deep breaths a strong sense of celebration arose inside of me. I was utterly amazed. She said that in 15 years of her work nobody had ever said anything like this to her, and encouraged me: “Why don’t you simply touch people with ‘celebration’?”

Today I like to thank Pamela for her inspiring words, and her gift of making me aware of this long-standing desire of mine.

This Celebration day goes to Pamela and her teachings:

And all the people in the world who can get excited about super huge bubbles!

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Veronica and her Baby Girl Kennedy

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Thank you Veronica for sharing your story – here it is:

Early in my pregnancy I had genetic testing to make sure everything was okay.  I was 39-years-old, and while my instincts told me everything was probably fine, I still felt compelled to be practical and know what was ahead of me.  Waiting for the results was hard. I found myself in a bad headspace caused by hormones and “what ifs”.  But the day we got the call it finally came to a triumphant end. “The baby is fine,” the genetic counselor said. “There are no abnormalities.  Do you want to know the sex?” My husband, who was listening on the other phone shouted out, “Yes!” She paused for a moment and said, “Okay, are you sitting down?” We assured her we were ready for the news. “You’re having…a girl!” The moment I heard those words my heart swelled and I leaped into the air.  “Really?” I exclaimed. I felt pure elation; like a child who’d blown out her birthday candles and gotten exactly what she’d wished for. Although I had kept telling myself all I wanted was a healthy baby, I really wanted a girl. But I had stuffed the yearning way down, tucked it away in a place of “whatever happens, happens” so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Manage your expectations, I kept telling myself, “Manage them.” But, really, a girl. I had wanted a girl. I was having a girl.

Fast forward to now and Kennedy is no longer just an idea or a pure desire. She is her own little soul housed behind piercing blue eyes; strong, chubby thighs; a willful presence and a loud voice. “This girl has some lungs,” I often say to myself as she shouts from her Jumperoo when I disappear from one room into another, and she can no longer see me; as if to say, “Hey, where are you going! Stop! Wait.” I call out to her to assure her that “I’m here, I hear you; I will be right back!” and so it goes with Kennedy. She keeps me on my toes, and I’m glad for it.

It’s with that same verve she exhibits, that I sort through what our world has to offer and weave together the kind of life journey I wish her to have. One filled with tight squeezes, kissed toes, assurances she is loved, and reminders that she is her own person who has a voice, to be seen, heard, and counted. It’s an awesome responsibility, really. I’m not just her mother, but her tour guide too. Along with my husband, I get to pick from a decadent buffet of first world delicacies that I’m fortunate enough to expose her to: story times and sing-alongs at the library; hikes on Marin trails; visits to the beach, national parks and museums; a college education, travel. There’s so much, and it’s easy to feel carried away by the excitement and possibility of it all.  But if I do my job right, she’ll know these delicacies as opportunities that not all girls her age everywhere get to have, and she’ll feel encouraged and compelled to savor and make the most out of every single one of them.

Ultimately, however, when it’s all said and done, Kennedy will know that her life is her call. Whatever she chooses to become, however she chooses to be, it will be hers to design. I think that’s the best way I know how to celebrate my daughter. It’s your choice Kennedy, know yourself, baby. Know yourself. So eyes tight; search your heart, deep breath in, summon your dreams, make a wish, now BLOW!

by Veronica Navarrette

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Days of Celebration

The best ideas seem to come to me on my hikes in nature. Today I remembered that for about 7 years I wrote a diary starting every entry with: Self-Love Day 1 until I reached Self-love Day 2555.

Now I feel like moving to celebration – because what else is there to do when you learn to love yourself :).  It dawned on me to use my website and FB as diary to celebrate and share my inspired moments right here, right now.

A few weeks ago I watched these kids performing a native dance at a gallery near my favorite restaurant at Camel Rock, North of Santa Fe. Kids naturally are more in tune with celebrating every moment joyfully.

May we all be in such innocent grace as these four dancers.


I offer my Celebration Day 1 “To the dance of life!”

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Meet Baby Etta

You have already seen Emily highly pregnant and ready to give birth.

Now meet Baby Etta! Etta is four weeks young and learning her away around in this world, mostly sleeping and lying very close to Mommy. Emily glowed when I came to her house to take the pictures for my book project. Soon Emily will share her story, and I will post it when it is ready.

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Celebrating the Birth of Baby Girls

Meet Emily – she joined me for my book project “Celebrating the Birth of Baby Girls”.

It was very joyful to photograph her in her backyard leaning unto her extra special tree. Emily was so pregnant that she expected her daughter to be born any minute. From her e-mail I learned that her girl was born last week, and I can’t wait to take some pictures of her in her mother’s arms. What a blessing to start your life in a family that really loves and treasures you, and I am sure that Bohren will be excited to have a tiny baby sister.

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In the sanctuary of nature

No matter what the day brings, I always regroup in the sanctuary of nature. That is also the reason why I love to take pictures outdoors.

P.S. In one of my favorite books: The hidden Gospel, Neil Douglas-Klotz writes that Jesus was known to heal preferably in nature. Maybe it is because we are touched by our innermost truth when we are among trees, rocks or water. There is no pretending at all, and everything seems to be always all right…

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Siblings in Bad Bevensen, Germany

Outdoor pictures are as much fun in Bad Bevensen, Germany as they are in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Meet beautiful Lena who doesn’t believe that she is beautiful (what do we women have to do to see our own beauty?). And her brother Philip who helps my father in the yard from time to time; which can be rather demanding since my beloved dad wants things done exactly his way.


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Art by Nature


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Baby Zen Moments

Meet Baby Ivey in Novato, Marin County. She is already in Zen mode, as all Babies actually are – so I believe. Her mom had the great idea to have a picture taken with Ivey getting to know herself in the mirror. Actually mirror photography can be a little challenging, because of all the things that can show up, if the angles are not placed quite right. So we had fun finding a good angle to make an appealing picture. And Ivey had no objection whatsoever. Also we only used natural light for this picture. While I usually prefer to add Quantum flash to my child photography, the starburst in the mirror is not always desired.

Isn’t she adorable finding out how those mirrors work? As she grows up she will probably find out how to use mirrors for self-love exercises, for approving the way she looks, and of course Zen questions like ‘Who am I really?’.

And how do I know all of those things – maybe because I have tried them all 🙂 ?

Likely Ivey will find very different ways to make use of mirrors in her life, and enjoy her image reflected in mirrors…

Zen moments for Baby in mirror 1


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Capturing the moments of life – because life is precious!

Lately I become more and more aware of why I studied Photography relatively late in my life. One of the reasons is because being a photographer – a light-writer, gives me the chance to value and honor all moments of life, simply because life is precious!

Sometimes we overlook that. Mostly we wait to celebrate our engagements, weddings, anniversaries; our pregnancy and our children being born, and that is perfect – and it is also awesome to remember that every moment is worth celebrating – because life is ultimately a miracle.Shelby and Adam 4 Shelby and Adam1 portrait photo carola hochst photography san francisco and marin county bay area

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