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COVID 19 and Your Birth

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…)


Mom sits in tub while the doula encourages her to breath during birth story

8 Things Birth Photographers Can Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine Period

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…)


14 Things To Do With Your Kids During the Coronavirus School Closure

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…)


5 Tips for Preparing for your Lifestyle Newborn Session

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…)


Newborn baby boy cries under a warmer while nurse holds him up

An Adoption Story

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…)


Woman labors in the bath tub at the hospital during the birth of her baby

Frankie’s Birth Story | An Unmedicated Birth

I recently had the pleasure of attending a beautiful, unmedicated hospital birth in Lehi, Utah. Below is a beatiful birth story, written by the mother – Enjoy! (more…)


My Birth Story | Charlotte Finn

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…)


Dad admires his son in hospital after his birth

How to Afford a Birth Photographer

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…)


Mother holds urn of baby who passed away over her pregnant belly

Pregnancy After Loss

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…)


two doulas, two midwives, a nurse and a husband apply pressure and support to mother as she labors in a Utah birth story

Raquel’s Hospital Birth | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

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…)


Mom holds twin boys after a twin home birth in utah

Twin Home Birth

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…)


Laboring mother hugs onto dad while experiencing contractions during a birth story session

Attempted VBAC | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

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…)


Three doulas headshots

World Doula Week

As some of you may know, its world doula week! But a lot of you might not know what a doula even does.
A doula is a pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum companion who provides the laboring person and their partner physical and emotional support. (more…)


Husband and wife cuddle on a white bed while cradling her pregnant belly

My Experience with Prenatal Massage

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…)


Baby boy sleeps in dads hands while wrapped in a blanket in Salt Lake City, Utah

Experienced Birth Photographer vs. Someone who is Just Starting Out

 
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…)


Baby sleeping in bassinet wearing a University of Utah hat

Ezra’s Fresh 48 Session & Video | Salt Lake City Fresh 48 Photographer

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…)


Mother and Father smile at each other after giving birth to their son during a birth photography session

Lydia’s Birth Story | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

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…)


Newborn baby sleeping on mothers chest directly after birth captured by salt lake city birth photographer

Why You Should Hire a Birth Photographer

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…)


Utah mom in labor while husband, doula and midwife apply counter pressure on her hips

Kristina’s Birth Story | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

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…)


Birth Fresh 48 Photography session

Fresh 48 Session Guide

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…)


A Doula’s View on Birth Photography

In my line of work, I often meet many other birth workers who’s goals are simple: to provide a positive birth experience.

Utah Doulas & Company and I have teamed up to provide Utah moms with the best birth experience from numerous types of birth workers. (more…)


Newborn Photography Session Prep Guide

 

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…)


Birth photographer captures nurse taking newborn babies temperature

Birth Photography Guide

Birth sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions. I have no doubt that your baby’s birthday will be absolutely beautiful. This post will help guide you in preparation for your birth story. (more…)


Husband and wife dancing in an outdoor location with trees surrounding them

A Little More About Me!

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…)