In the whirlwind of welcoming a new life into the world, women often find themselves navigating a challenging period known as the fourth trimester. This phase, lasting approximately three months postpartum, brings a unique set of physical and emotional challenges that are frequently overlooked. From postpartum mood disorders to hormonal changes and unexpected bodily discomforts, this article sheds light on the commonly underestimated issues that women face during this crucial time. (more…)
In America, and I am sure other parts of the world, infant and pregnancy loss is taboo – and I get it. Babies shouldn’t die. It goes against everything we understand as humans and can cast a shadow of fear across us like nothing else. But babies sometimes die and we owe it to their parents to make the topic easier for them to talk about. (more…)
2020 was undoubtably the weirdest year I have experienced as a birth photogrpaher. I learned a lot about perseverance, learning to accept “plan B,” and letting go of things that just can’t change. A lot of pregnant people found themselves under supported. Women went to appointments alone, only to be unsupported when they discovered their babies no longer had heartbeats. Women went into labor without their partners present. They wore masks through heavy breathing, while pushing out their babies. They were denied support from doulas, friends, family, etc. Siblings haven’t been allowed in hospitals to meet their baby brother or sister. (more…)
I am SO excited to have these presets available for you guys.
I actually made them and listed them a few months ago, but I am finally getting around to making this post (thanks, COVID!) I have named these presets the Relax, Release and Open Presets, because they’re been made specifically for birth (although, I use them on all my photos!) Click here to purchase them! (more…)
COVID 19 has been wreaking havoc in our world lately. Total country shutdowns have happened in places like Italy and China, and here in the states, a lot of Governors have put a “shelter in place” order. This makes it so only “essential” personnel can leave their home and continue work. This has caused major changes for nearly everyone, but what do these changes mean for those who are pregnant? (more…)
The Coronavirus has seemed to wreck havoc. And not only in the US, but around the world. School closures, colleges moving courses online, businesses closing, people working from home, etc. For most people, it’s been nothing short of overwhelming. Even if you AREN’T worried about the coronavirus, the way the general population is panicking and stockpiling is a little exhausting. Here are a few things us birth photographers can do while we’re at home during the Coronavirus quarantine period. (more…)
This whole Coronavirus thing has been a little crazy. School closure, college classes moved online, events and concerts canceled, businesses closing down, etc. It’s caused panic and wreaked havoc for days now. But as you settle in to your new normal, here is a list of things you can do with your kids during the 2-week school closure. (more…)
All my newborn sessions are lifestyle sessions. What that means is that I photograph you in your home, with minimal posing (but I do give guidance!) to document you in your everyday life. The things you’ll miss most, like snuggling up to your newborn in your corner of the couch. Or the times you admire his little feet and think to yourself “did I really create this perfect little human?” Or the times your older child points the things you overlooked, like the funny way his cowlick swirls in the back of his head. This post is merely a collection of tips to help you prepare for the documentation of this stage, but don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or need more guidance – I’m always reachable by filling out this contact form! (more…)
I am lucky for the opprotunity to document many things in my life, but the documentation of this adoption birth was something that struck me to my core. A younger me had a hard time understanding adoption, but as I got older, had more children and started documenting so many different stories, I have a deeper level of understanding, acceptance and love. (more…)
I woke up at 4am to a very sharp contraction. The first thought in my head was “could this be it?” I noted the time and fell back asleep.
Again, I was woken up to a sharp contraction. It’s been about 25 minutes since the last one. I decide to get up and take a bath. As the hours continue, the slowly get closer and closer together. (more…)
So you want one, but you aren’t sure how you can afford a birth photographer. I get it, birth photography can seem expensive and can be a big decision in a lot of people’s lives. But before I jump into ways to afford a birth photographer, I want to give a little spiel about WHY birth photography is priced the way it is! It’s so important to understand the time, effort and expenses behind something before being ready to fully invest into it! (more…)
This post definitely doesn’t have anything to do with photography (and has to with pregnancy after loss), but it’s been weighing on my mind a lot lately as I enter the third trimester of this pregnancy.
First, I want to start off by saying I have been pregnant for FOURTEEN months at this point. I have had three consecutive pregnancies since last February and it has been a whirlwind of emotions through every step of the way. (more…)
This birth was a quick one. She had done the majority of her laboring at home. Her doula, Kasaundra, messaged me to tell me that they were heading in and that she was feeling “shaky,” which can be an indicator of transition. We all headed out and arrived at the hospital at the same time. (more…)
A twin home birth is not something that most people come across often. A lot of people think that twins NEED to be delivered in an OR via c section… and while that CAN be true, it’s also true that you can birth twins vaginally, at home and with one baby even being BREECH. (This was a unicorn birth FOR SURE!) (more…)
I met this family last second and the decision to document thier birth came only days before they ended up in the hospital after her water broke. It was a last second decision, but it was so easy to connect with them as humans and parents. (more…)
Okay, I told you guys that I would update you on my FIRST EVER prenatal massage. First things first – I AM SOLD on these. 110% sold. But before I get into my experience at Maternal Massage, I want to drop some info on the benefits of prenatal massage.
In addition to simply feeling awesome, prenatal massage can be extremely beneficial during pregnancy. (more…)
I’m not going to lie to you – my first birth photography session was NOT that great. It was clear that I was naïve to the birth process, the small space, the lighting situation, where to stand, when to come, etc. I didn’t know what angles and shots I should have gotten. I didn’t know (more…)
I am so happy I was able to capture this fresh 48 session for this sweet fam! Ezra was born at the Univeristy of Utah Hosptial in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only did he have the perfect skin and hair, but he was also so well behaved. Below is the fresh 48 video. (more…)
I was first in contact with Lydia and Ben about 4 to 5 months ago, when their doula (Beth Hardy with Hear Tones Doula) had contacted me to mention that they may be interested in hiring a birth photographer to preserve their birth story. After contacting them, they had decided to book the birth session for a due date of early December. (more…)
Imagine with me for a second that you are grey and old. Your children have grown up and are all moved out of your house. They’re married now and they’ve provided you with sweet grandchildren that you adore. Now imagine being able to open a memory box with images from one of the most important days of your life – the birth of your child. Imagine the happiness and love you will feel when you’re able to remember those sweet moments that changed your life forever. (more…)
Kristina contacted be about 1-2 weeks before her due date in hopes of booking a birth session. This was my 4th birth session for the month of August, but I didn’t have any clients due during the week of her due date, so I was able to squeeze her session in. About a week later (and the night after my birthday!), I received a call at 2:30 am. (more…)
A fresh 48 session is a session in hospital (or location of birth) within 24-48 hours of birth. My main goal for these sessions is to capture the raw and candid first moments with your baby. The sessions are lifestyle sessions, which means they aren’t posed and props aren’t used. (more…)
Newborn photography is one of the harder niches to specialize in, because baby is boss! Getting them to settle in poses and into a deep sleep can take longer than most people expect. I have complied this prep guide to help you prepare for the best newborn session possible! (more…)
Hey guys, I decided I’d kick off my first blog with a little introduction!
My name is Rowan and I am a local photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake (well, mostly) and grew up in a few different neighborhoods throughout the valley. I spent my sophomore and senior years of high school in Bellingham, Washington, but (more…)