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Meet DeAnna Weyhrich of ddWeyhrich Birth Photography in Mead

Today we’d like to introduce you to DeAnna Weyhrich.

DeAnna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After working 18 years in banking and six years at a data management company, I decided I needed a break from the corporate world. I said I was retiring but it didn’t really turn out that way. After about one year of being “retired,” I started exploring my love of photography again. At first, I started taking pictures just for fun but so many people started telling me I should really start my own business.

One day my eldest daughter asked me if I would be interested in photographing a birth. Of course, I said yes! I met with the mother to find out more details about her birth plan. The plan turned out to be a C-Section. This would be the first time seeing a baby born that was not a family member and being allowed to be present for a C-Section. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. It was just as exciting and rewarding to see a sweet little girl arriving earth side that wasn’t a family member. I still get goosebumps when I think about it.

That was it; I was hooked. I didn’t even know birth photography was a thing at the time. All I knew was this is what I wanted to photograph and I had to figure out how to make that happen. I started researching to find out anything I could about being a birth photographer. When I searched FaceBook, I found a group called Birth Becomes Her. I started following them and learning as much from the group as I could. Then they posted they were going to have a workshop for birth photographers. Right then and there I decided I was going to attend the workshop no matter where it was going to be held. Well, it turned out it was going to be in Golden, Colorado! Birth Becomes Her was based in Denver, Colorado and I didn’t even realize it. That was a sign to me that my feet were set upon the right path.

I attended the workshop and meet the ladies running BBH, Monet Nicole Moutrie, Jennifer Rainey Mason, and Alli Parfenov. These are some really amazing women and photographers. I believe they have been truly instrumental in helping birth photographers into the mainstream and helping me on my own journey.

Now I am starting my third year. I know I still have a lot to learn and experience. With every client and every birth I photograph, I learn something new. I am so amazed by and grateful for the women and families that allow me into their intimate and personal birth space and allow me to capture such a beautiful and magical time in their lives.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say it has been a smooth road but it could have been a lot worse. I have met and made friends with some amazing women that have been more than willing to help me along the way. The hardest part for me has been and still is to a point, the business part of things. I will admit I was a bit naive in my thinking about starting my own business. I thought all I had to do was put a few Facebook posts up about birth photography and of course I would have tons of clients. That was the farthest thing from the truth. So I took a step back and began really building my business. Creating a website with the help of Alli Parfenov (BBH), taking classes online for everything from A-Z. I am still teaching myself and learning everything I can about birth and pregnancy and how to be an even better photographer.

Please tell us about ddWeyhrich Birth Photography.
My business is birth photography but also it is so much more! I specialize in birth moments but I also take maternity and newborn photographs. I consider myself a lifestyle/documentarian; capturing moments as they happen naturally. I am still finding my own style and my own voice through my images but I believe I will be known for clean, bright, beautiful, and timeless images.

The thing I am most proud of about my company is it is a unique genre but it is quickly becoming well known and mainstream. My work and most other birth photographers are passionate about normalizing birth. Giving birth is not something that should be hidden away. It should be celebrated and embraced by all.

I believe the thing that sets me apart from others is my passion to not only provide the service of photography but to provide resources to my clients. I have spent a lot of time connecting with other birth professionals or companies that assist women with their pregnancies. This has allowed me to provide brochures and business information to my clients when I first meet with them. For example, some of my resources are doulas, midwives, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, Infant CPR Educator, placenta services…you get the idea. I believe in providing resources for my clients before, during, and after delivery of their babies.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memories from my childhood would have to be the times I would spend with my Grandma Bryant in Missouri. I grew up in a military family, so I was not around our extended family very often. When I would stay with my Grandma, I would run around freely on her farm and go to livestock auctions with her. We would milk the cows, see baby pigs being born, make homemade ice cream, and play rummy in her basement when it was too hot outside. My little sister would even ride her cow “Jersey” because Grandma didn’t have a horse.

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