We had the good fortune of connecting with DeAnna Weyhrich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeAnna, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
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.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
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 was the business part of things. I will admit I was a bit naïve 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. Taking the certification courses though, has really brought me a long way on my journey. 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 the honest, realistic and highly emotional birth moments I capture. 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 and companies that assist birthing people 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.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well that would totally depend on which friend:) But I would probably take them to the Summit in Loveland. That place has a lot to offer for a good time. We would also probably do a day hike in the mountains and have a picnic. Then maybe spend the day at Windsor Lake for some fun in the sun. Then for sure have a big family BBQ. My family does this quite often.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I attended a workshop and met the ladies running Birth Becomes Her (BBH) now named Birth Becomes You, 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. I also have to give credit to Birthbound Photography, Leilani Parente Rogers and The Beauty in Birth, by Tavia Martin. Taking their certification courses really solidified what I learned from BBH and even beyond. AND of course I have to give a shoutout to and for the women and families that allow me into their intimate and personal birth space and allow me to capture such raw, intense and highly emotional moments in their lives.
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