Featured Photographer Vicki Beauchamp
Name: Vicki Beauchamp
Business Name: The Memory Box Photography
Location: Palatine, IL, USA
Web Site: http://www.thememoryboxonline.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/thememoryboxphotography
Tell us a little about yourself….married? children? pets?
I am a mother of 3 and one on the way and wife to a wonderful man named Bobb. My kids are 7, 5, and 3. We have a rambunctious lab puppy that we named Zuko after the cartoon Avatar. We are a geeky family that loves to play Xbox, board games, and I actually met Bobb on a online role-playing game called Everquest back in 2000. I’m currently working through Battlestar Galactica (new) for the third time.
Prior to getting pregnant, I was helping families with an organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. We provide bereavement photography. I plan to start that up again after I have my little one. It’s a strange thing to be doing births while doing NILMDTS sessions. The emotions are so strong and overcoming. If you are reading this and think you could help the organization, please do! There are always sessions that don’t get taken because of there are not enough photographers and other volunteers to do them.
How long have you been in business?
I started taking on paying clients in October 2010
Canon or Nikon? What is your most used lens while photographing a birth?
Canon | 35mm 1.4L
Did you / Will you / Would you have one of your own births photographed?
I had my first two babies in the hospital and they didn’t allow photography during the actual birth and I didn’t fight it. The photos I do have actually don’t bring happiness for me. I had my third baby at home and don’t have photos of the birth except in early labor because my husband was the only one here with me and he was watching our children and supporting me as best he could.
For this upcoming birth, I have not decided. I’ll already have my midwife, midwife assistant, 2 doula friends, and my own family. I’m 17 weeks now so I have a little while to decide.
What drew you to photograph births?
A friend of mine, Maggie Glovatski, asked me to photograph her birth. It was so nerve-wracking, I was so worried about missing the best shots. But Maggie had the most calm and amazing hypnobirth that I just had to do it again. I know I certainly didn’t look that good during my natural birth! I also love the energy of women and the power that flows from the birthing mama. And of course, who could resist squishy babies and being there for their first moments?
So far, I have only photographed homebirths because of my own personal experiences, but I am hoping to expand to hospital births as well.
Tell us about a favorite moment you experienced while photographing a birth.
My favorite moment during all the births I have covered has to be Moonbeam’s birth. Just before I took the photo that won 1st place for 2012, Sona, the mama, was exclaiming, “I dreamed this and it’s happening!” She had dreamt of tandem nursing 2 children right after birth just before finding out she was pregnant with her second child. That moment was so emotional for me and for her. Really, that whole birth was really amazing. She had a really bad experience that ended in a c-section with her first so when she got her HBAC, it was awesome.
Vicki, thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Congratulations on your winning photograph, your clients are truly blessed by your talent.