Today we’re excited to introduce you to DeAnna Weyhrich. DeAnna is a Certified Professional Birth Photographer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with DeAnna below.
DeAnna, it’s been too long since we last connected. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with our community again. Some readers might have missed our prior conversations, so maybe you can kick things off for us with a quick intro?
I am a sentimental mom, a very protective grandma, and a certified professional birth photographer (CPBP) that you can trust to capture the raw, intense, and emotional moments the day you deliver your baby. I started my photography business four years ago, so I know the importance of supporting local businesses-especially during this pandemic! I will pick a beach vacation over snow packed places every time. I can be a bit of a penny pincher at times, which drives my husband crazy, but I am more than willing to pay for things that mean a lot to me (such as professional photography). I have a silly sense of humor and sometimes people don’t get my jokes (hee hee). When I left the corporate world, I decided to take up my photography again. I photographed anything and everything as I tried to discover what I wanted to shoot and in what style. Quite unexpectedly I had the opportunity to photograph a caesarean birth, and dang was that amazing! Right there and then I knew I had found my passion! Now after four years in business, I am a Certified Professional Birth Photographer (CPBP). I specialize in birth sessions but also shoot maternity and newborn sessions.
What does being a Certified Professional Birth Photographer mean? How is it different from being a Family Photographer or a Commercial Photographer?
A Certified Professional Birth Photographer (CPBP) has been trained in and has a deeper knowledge of photographing in a medical situation. We have the skills and equipment needed to photograph births in many different types of setting. A CPBP understands the birth process and understands that babies are not born on a schedule.
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal clients are usually but not exclusively, a second or third time mom. They want to deliver in a birth center or at home right now because of all the hospital restrictions due to Covid-19. They want their support team there to not only give support but to also experience the birth of the baby. They have informed themselves about the birth process, they have put together a birth plan, and they know what they want. They are financially focused and are careful how they spend their money but have no problem spending cash on the things that are most important to them (such as photography or birth support). They are kind of introverted until you get to know them better. Once they are your friend, they would give you the shirt off their back! They are relatively optimistic but it takes time to earn their trust. They love technology, apps, and their iPhones! Because of this, they more than likely have friends all over the country and maybe the world. They love to watch shows like, Ozark and Shameless, or reality shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and 90 Day Fiancé.
Can you give our readers a bit of an idea of what it’s like working with you?
Well I have found that when a client signs up with me, I tend to take them under my wing and become very protective of them. You might say like another Mama 😉 During their pregnancy, I provide them with other professional birth resources to connect with if necessary and I stay in contact with them on a regular basis until they are closer to delivery. I like to keep things light and fun, but always informative. Typically, we become friends on social media and then I get to watch their babies grow up.
What advice would you give to someone looking to hire a birth photographer?
I would say know what kind of experience you are looking for first. Do you want someone who knows what they are doing and are a professional birth photographer, or someone who is “learning” the ropes of being a birth photographer, or even a photographer who is a jack of all trades? All are legitimate choices, legitimate experiences, and different price levels. So, you get to choose your experience and what works best for you. There are all kinds of photographers out there, but not all are Certified Professional Birth Photographers (CPBP). If you want a photographer who knows how to handle themselves in the birth space, follows a code of ethics, are skilled, passionate and committed birth artists, then you will want to hire a CPBP.
Do you have any organizations you volunteer for?
Yes, I do. I volunteer my time and passion with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. They are an organization that offers remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraits of their baby.
What are the greatest challenges being a birth photographer during the Covid-19 pandemic?
The hardest part right now is families thinking they can’t have a birth photographer with them during labor. Many hospitals have started easing up on their restrictions, but even if I am not allowed in, I can offer Virtual Birth Photography (VBP), are you intrigued yet;)
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
Yes my social links are:
WEBSITE | www.mamadeesbirthphotography.com
INSTAGRAM | https://www.instagram.com/mamadeesbirthphotography/
FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/mamadeesbirthphotography
PINTEREST | https://www.pinterest.com/mamadeesbirthphotography/pins/
The best way anyone can support my small, local business, is to just let families that are expecting, know about me. I would really love to have my brochures or business cards in more offices of obstetricians and birth centers, so if you know a doctor or a center that would be interested in informing their clients about birth photography, I would love your help!
- Website: www.mamadeesbirthphotography.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamadeesbirthphotography
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