Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca Henrie.
Hi Becca, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
When my son was a baby, he was diagnosed with a rare food allergy called FPIES (Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome). He was later also diagnosed with MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), which is a rare mast cell disorder where your body doesn’t regulate your mast cells and histamines properly so you can have chronic allergic reactions.
Because of these health issues, he only had 6 safe foods until he was 2 years old and had to live off of a medical formula. It was heartbreaking for me as his mom to see him suffering and having to go to the hospital off and on. During that time, I picked up a camera to document his journey with food. I wanted to document every safe food he passed and how his special formula quite literally kept him alive during that time.
I wanted him to have photos to look back on to show him his journey and how brave and resilient he was. Then photography quickly became a huge passion and outlet for me. I started documenting everything which then turned into offering sessions for other people at a low cost. I spent hours upon hours studying and perfecting my craft as a photographer. I took classes and put in so much work to be where I am now!
I’ve since had two more children and have loved documenting their lives and milestones as well. Because of the health issues that my son faced, I have felt really called to help families with medical issues. Every year, I reach out to several cancer families and give them photos that they can cherish forever. I’ve been so grateful to have found photography.
It has healed me in so many ways and given me beautiful and priceless experiences with some incredible people!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were so many times that I wanted to give up because I felt like I wasn’t good enough and that I would never get to a point where I could be seamlessly proud of my work! It’s easy to compare your work to other photographers and feel like you will never be as skilled as they are!
There were actually some times when I did take some breaks from it and stopped photographing because I just felt very discouraged. I’m so glad that I didn’t give up and kept pursuing my dream!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Northern Utah Family and Birth Photographer. I do basically anything but weddings and engagements. Birth is probably my greatest passion.
I’m a certified doula and I’d totally be a midwife in another life! There isn’t anything like experiencing birth through a lens! It’s truly incredible and makes me cry every time! I photograph a birth, newborns, maternity, baptism, families, products, commercial photos, you name it!
I’d say that I’m most proud of my ability to connect with people. I’m a huge extrovert and I truly love getting to know new people and being a part of capturing their priceless moments!
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The Covid-19 crisis was a hard time for me in my life! My kids and I all struggle with a rare disease called MCAS that makes it harder for us to fight viruses. My husband also battles Multiple Sclerosis, which makes him high risk as well. So we isolated quite a bit during those two years and it was lonely.
My photography business slowed way down and I lost my passion for photography for a while and wondered if I’d ever grow my business beyond where I had gotten! Then I got Covid and am still dealing with some long-haul issues even a year later that has been difficult to overcome.
I’ve been grateful for the pandemic because it made me appreciate those moments of connection even more! Getting back out there and starting to be busy with photography again after being pretty removed from it for so long just solidified to me that this is my calling.
This is my purpose and my passion is to capture the beautiful moments of others!
- $350 for one-hour family, newborn, maternity, or Fresh 48 sessions.
- $1,100 for birth photography.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: beccahenriephotography.com
Becca Henrie Photography