Sophie Gail's Birth Story {Logan Regional Birth Story Photographer} by Katie VanDyke

I tried to have a baby all natural after being induced and I couldnt handle it. It was tooo much pain. Having a baby is tough, emotionally physically and mentally. I admire all of the Mom's who do this stuff all natural. Tiffany is one of those Mom's.  I will just let you read her Birth story in her words.

"We had to get induced early due to high fluid levels and the baby was LGA (large for gestational age). My last baby got stuck with shoulder dystocia so we wanted to avoid the dangers of that. 

For 14 hours I was in early labor and only progressed from 1cm to 3cm. At 10pm the doctor broke my water. This helped the baby’s head to engage and finally contractions got more intense and started making some serious progress. 

We walked, swayed, bounced on the birthing ball and rested in bed. This whole time, I used the Hypnobirthing I had been training with. I kept the headphones in one ear to help me focus and keep my mind in the right place. In 3 hours, my progress had doubled and I was at 6cm. This is usually where I progress really quickly, and like my other two, this was no different. The doctor arrived early, knowing my history of progressing quickly here at the end (lesson learned when he missed my daughters birth- whoops!). Contractions were intense and I could feel a little pressure but honestly I didn’t think we were close to done. After swaying through a couple strong contractions, I could feel the baby’s head begin to descend. I said “The baby is coming.” and we got everything set up and got me on the bed. 

My husband, Drew, is trained in the medical field and we had planned on him delivering the baby with the doctors support. He started getting ready and dressed to deliver. The doctor was worried about my position because of our history with shoulder dystocia. So we sat the bed to a sitting position and they took off the bottom half. After a few strong contractions, I could feel the urge to push so I began the birth breathing used in hypnobirthing that we’ve been practicing and have used with my last two babies. 

Honestly (maybe I’m super weird) this is my one of my favorite things ever. This moment right here is the reason I go natural- being able to feel baby’s head descend and know exactly where she is. It is the most incredible moment and brings tears to my eyes just thinking about how precious and blessed I am to experience this. 

It was only a few deep breaths and she was crowning. The doctor and my husband were both right there to make sure everything was going well. The doctor told Drew what to do and showed him where and how, it was a really neat experience. Once the head and shoulders were out, the doctor said “Okay Tiffany, you can reach down and grab your baby” so I opened my eyes, reached down and pulled out my baby. It was incredible. I put the baby on my chest and forgot for a moment that we didn’t know the gender yet. Drew and the doctor were trying to get a good view. Drew was excited for this moment because he thought it was a girl since the moment I told him I was pregnant. The baby was laying chest to chest with me so they couldn’t see great. I heard Drew say “Oh! It’s a boy!” And the doctor corrected him and said “No, that’s a girl!” Sure enough, our little surprise baby is a girl, Sophie Gail born at 8lbs 12oz."

Ok so do you know why I love photographing birth stories now? This was such a cool experience for me to see how strong Tiffany is, and women are. Tiffany is clearly much stronger than me, but its WAY inspiring to see a new baby born to a wonderful father and mother. 

Thanks Tiffany and Drew! You guys do good work! 

Saige { A girl and her horse, Logan Utah Horse Photographer} by Katie VanDyke

I love these sessions. They are some of my favorite! This girl, her sister and her mom are some of the coolest girls to get to hang out with. I love how fun, and easy going they are! Saige is from Box Elder and she loves soccer, riding horses and being with her friends. She is a total natural in front of the camera and I loved being able to capture her in a few different locations and outfits. We started at Green Canyon with her horse Pacer. Her horse is even photogenic. Then we went to Providence Utah, to a really cool colored barn I know about. The owner is super cool about letting people take photos there if you just ask first. He lives in the house near by. Saige had some REALLY cute outfits. My favorite was her overall velvet dress from Roolee. 

The reason I love these sessions so much is because they are able to capture the in between moments of life. You have the yearly school picture, but they dont show your personality or anything other than how you've grown up a little more each year. When you're a senior then you get to schedule your senior session and capture everything about you. But what about the in between?

I dont know about you guys, but I stopped doing a lot of things when I transitioned from Middle School to High School. I went from doing 5 extra curricular activities to two. I didn't get photos of the things I loved at that age. Or really who I was at that age. Unless I needed a photo for a rodeo queen contest or the yearly school photo, there were no other photos taken. Except for selfies, I did those before they were called selfies. I truly wish I had more photos of me when I was younger. I wish I had more photos with my favorite animals. The ones who are in heaven now. I wish I had more photos with my best friends, through all ages because some of them didn't last. 

I am so happy that Saige will have these moments to keep forever. I can promise she will love them when she looks back on everything in her life as she transitions into new things each year.

Her Mom called me after the session to tell me thank you and I was so incredibly grateful for it! It means so much to just know that your clients are just good people. The kind you think about the little things and are nice and just real people. I love them!!

Thanks Saige and Monica!

Bridal Session with a Yak (Yak Wedding Photos, Creative Wedding Photos) by Katie VanDyke

Bridal Session with a Yak

Yak Wedding Photos, Creative Wedding Photos

I was so excited for Calli when she told me about how she had contacted BHLDN Wedding Dresses and they had agreed to send her one of the upcoming winter wedding gowns. She shared with me about how excited she was when we were out hunting for Christmas Trees in Idaho. She was telling me how she had planned to shoot in the Tetons at a little wooden Church but because of a death in the family, she was unable to do it like she had planned. Somewhere in the discussing styled shoots I told her we had a friend who had a few Yaks that are friendly, and that I would do my best to help her out. I know what its like to have an awesome idea that you cant stop thinking about, and then just not be able to make it work for some reason or another. I felt so bad that she wasnt going to be able to make her idea come to life like she wanted so I offered to help if there was something else I could do. 

A few weeks later she called and asked if I wanted to help her put it together a little closer to home. She picked the dress, and contacted the Vendors, and I found the Models, and Yak as well as helped to find a church location in Cache Valley. 

One thing I loved about doing this shoot with Calli is she is great at the natural type poses, and I do more of the classical type poses. So we both were able to get a good variety of shots. 

I feel like everything worked out perfectly and I am so happy to be able to help Calli bring together what she had been picturing and make it come to life. 

When we sincerely want to help others and dont want anything in return, beautiful things happen!

I cant wait to see what other awesome visions will happen in the future! 

Dress: BHLDN

HMUA: Kayla Vellinga

Flowers: Dahlia Event Planning

Tie: Zuzu

Venue: Old White Church 

Little Church Wedding
Old church Wedding

Just a little video from the Yak session below :)