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Annie Hurst with Annie Jean Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business? 

“A little bit about myself and how I got here…I worked in Corporate America as an Executive Assistant for 12 years. After exiting that world to be a stay-at-home mommy, I found myself looking for a creative outlet. I decided to start a children’s clothing boutique. Crazy enough, that’s what lead me to photography! I needed images for my website for my boutique so I nervously picked up our “fancy” DSLR and fiddled around with the software I had purchased with my employee discount before leaving Adobe. Yep, I said Adobe, the creators of Photoshop. Ha! Funny how one thing leads you to another, isn’t it? I’m now five years into photography. I’ve learned from some of the industry’s finest via in-person workshops, online workshops, and tutorials. It’s been such a fun ride. ”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else? 

“I’m willing to try new things. I don’t put myself into a box.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“The variety, the creative outlet, capturing moments.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“I’m crying.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA? 

“I love that we can work hand-in-hand with mothers who entrust the doulas in helping bring newborns into the world and the photographers capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

What’s something we might be surprised to learn about you?

“I went paragliding in Switzerland!”

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Sarah Roberts with Yellow Kite Lifestyle Photography

What inspired you to become a photographer?

“I’ve always enjoyed photography and my parents gave me cameras when I was young. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook staff but then went on to study journalism in college and didn’t take many pictures. I received my first DSLR when my second child was born and loved taking pictures of him and his older brother. So it’s been a gradual process but I just love capturing beautiful things!”

What motivates your work and what sets you apart from everyone else?

“I love witnessing the sacred event of birth and seeing the empowering women who give birth. What sets me apart is my journalism background and unique way to tell a story.”

Yellow Kite Lifestyle Photography

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“I love documenting babies and women doing amazing things!”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“Sarah was absolutely fantastic! She took my birth photos, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! She came to the hospital very quickly and was great to work with. She was super friendly, but was also great at disappearing into the background making having her there for the birth experience totally natural. I will cherish the photos she took forever.”

If you could have one photographer super power what would it be?

“It would be to take pictures with my eyes!”

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Rowan Steiner with Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

Rowan Steiner
Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“I started photography 3 years ago in college to capture moments of my young children and the hobby quickly turned into a passion. I spent about 2 years building my skills before shooting my first birth. After that first birth, I instantly fell in love and ultimately decided to specialize in birth and newborn”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

“I absolutely love birth and I’m fascinated with all it has to offer. I love capturing my clients authentic and raw story”. -Rowan Steiner

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“I love being able to provide families with memories that they’ll be able to cherish forever”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

“I had a customer say, ‘Not only were my birth center birth photos documented gorgeously … but Rowan contributed her gentle but supportive energy into the room. I connected with her and also forgot she was there – if that makes sense. I had a preview photo that I could use for social media announcing within a few hours of my sons birth. I will cherish her work for me as long as I live’.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“I enjoy the genuine connections I get to make with other birth workers in the community”!