My story...

First and foremost I'm a mama 24/7, and also a full time photographer!  I'm blessed to have a supportive husband, a spunky stepdaughter, the most amazing tiny two year old, and one more baby girl on the way.   I started this journey after the birth of my first daughter.  I knew I wanted to stay home with her.  So with an always present "I can do that!" attitude, I picked up my camera and knew this was the path I wanted to take.  What I didn't know was how challenging (yet fulfilling) it was!  That's what I love about photography...the challenge.  Taking an image from your lens to a print, and knowing your clients will cherish it for years to come...thats pretty sastisfying.  But its not why I continue to pursue this "job" that has become my passion...

It was after I photographed my first birth that I fully realized why I wanted to continue down this path.  I arrived at the clients home not really knowing what to expect. I walked into a serene and quiet setting, and there was a mama in a birthing tub, breathing through a contraction.  She was sweating and in pain, but while she was laboring to deliver her baby, her husband, the birth team and myself quietly watched a beautiful miracle unfold.  Behind my lens, I silently sent my encouragement, support and wiped the tears from my eyes.  But it was when I delivered her her images, that it hit me...she will get to see what we all were blessed to see, the emotion, the raw beauty, the endurance, the miracle.  She will have the memory from the other side of the lens.  The same memories  that made me silently cry tears of joy.  Having had a child at home myself, I knew the importance of these images to her.  I, all of a sudden, knew my gift to her.  I gave her what she didn't get to see. 

I realized at that moment, when standing in front of a camera, you don't always see what everyone else does. You may not see the beauty in the moment or in yourself.  It's the times when your in the middle of labor, or you wish you would have lost that extra 10 lbs before family portraits. Or even though you just feel fat, you want to capture some memories of your baby bump.  Maybe your just awkward, or don't like your picture taken...those are the times I love capturing...what your friends and family see.  Maybe it's the beauty that you see and you want to freeze time before your babies grow up...  Being able to give someone pictures from the other side of the camera, sharing with them the beauty I see, is why I continue to do what I do.  The good Lord has given me a beautiful life and family and my passion is capturing and sharing your beautiful life with you.

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All photography provided by Tifani Beecher.