Kayla's Birth Story From Behind the Lens | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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Kayla's Birth Story From Behind the Lens | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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I have never been so excited to receive the phone call that my best friend was in labor. I was on call to watch her daughter..scratch that…my husband was on call to watch all of the kids so that I could photograph her birth!

I receive birth inquiries weekly and unfortunately have to refer those clients elsewhere. Birth Photographers are no joke because they are on call for 4+ weeks! Having two little ones of my own with very busy schedules, it is almost impossible for me to schedule birth clients.


I received a call that evening around 7:30pm to start heading to Puyallup to pick up their daughter because Kayla was in labor! She was only at a 4cm but her contractions were so strong they decided to admit her.

I took my time (first mistake), grabbed my photography gear and got my family situated before taking off. Of course, I got stuck in construction traffic on the way (second mistake) and by that point it was 8:30pm and she was laboring in the tub.

My plan was to pick up their daughter, get her home and in bed then head back to the hospital to document her birth.

8:52pm

She received her epidural and was in a lot of pain. Her daughter and husband were waiting outside for my arrival. She was at 6cm.

9:08pm

I arrived to the hospital. I loaded up the carseat and her sleepover bag, made sure Vesta gave goodbye snugs to dad (she was very excited for her first sleepover!) and I let him know to keep me updated with any changes.

Typically I arrive to the hospital when clients get to 6cm. But she was already there. Would I make it all the way back to Yelm and back to the hospital in time? Do I risk it? That was 45 minutes minimum each way! So here I was at 9 o clock that night, calling my husband to load up our kids and meet me half way. I was 25min from the hospital and just switched vehicles when I received the text…

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9:41pm

Baby is coming!

9:48pm

My gps says I was 10 minutes away. You guys, the anxiety was real.

I parked at the E.R entrance and it was a marathon I never planned on running. But oh did I run. I ran through the emergency room to get to the labor and delivery unit. I found their room and walked in (trying to collect myself) as she was pushing. But I made it.

Kayla was so strong through her labor, pushing and the act birth itself! She is one of the strongest women I know, so this came to no surprise. She was confident and controlled. Her husband was beyond supportive giving her the encouragement she needed the whole time.

Baby’s head is right there! You can do this. You got this! He is right there!
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She turned to her husband and said “We did it”. He replied with such a smile…

You did it


Birth is an amazing event to be a part of and witness. You witness the love between the parents. You witness the new love between the parents and baby. You witness life.

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May 23rd, 2019. What a wonderful day. The day you were born.

Welcome to the world sweet Baby Orion.

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Waiting on baby... | PNW Maternity Photographer | Feel Good Wellness | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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Waiting on baby... | PNW Maternity Photographer | Feel Good Wellness | Stephanie Ratto Photography

There is nothing like capturing a gorgeous woman in the early stages of labor at her home birth space. Even after having contractions all day, she still looked unbelievably stunning! We now wait for baby to make his arrival…

and we wait...


Shannon is the owner and face behind Feel Good Wellness. Feel Good Wellness is not only an amazing business, but a community offering alternative health products.


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We believe that you are not living your best life possible, unless your mind and body are completely healthy.
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The goal at Feel Good Wellness is to provide alternative medicine that will reverse and prevent disease. Their results have proven the best way to heal the natural body is, naturally, without relying on industrial produced pharmaceuticals. However, they do understand that not all products work for everyone and carry a variety of products that will suite your individual health needs.

I have never met a mama more determined to create her perfect space and advocate for herself during her pregnancy. She decorated and designed her greenhouse and space to have the home birth of her dreams. I am honored to have been chosen to photograph this moment when the time comes.

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Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Here at Stephanie Ratto Photography, I strive to bring you nothing short of amazing. Our flush mount album is crafted by hand with archival materials. This classic heirloom features thick, layflat pages printed on photographic paper. Choose a cover from our genuine Italian leathers, European linens, or Japanese fabrics.

Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Printed on archival photographic papers and handcrafted with great attention to detail. This high-end flushmount album features beautiful cover options and personalization. A full spread includes the left and right side when laying open. Our spreads are creased in the center for a seamless layflat design.

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Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

I am here to help you create. You have options to choose from our rounded corner album printed on true semi-matte photographic paper for a more modern finish to our our square cornered album showcasing our museum grade printing on acid-free fine art papers featuring true matte finishes and soft textures that will last a lifetime. Compliment your Fine Art Albums with our Luxe Leather or Luxe Linen cover materials and custom debossing. Fabric swatches are provided in studio for you to view to see which would best compliment your session and style.

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That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
— Jhumpa Lahiri

Open your very own book and travel back to revisit the memories made during your portrait session here at Stephanie Ratto Photography time and time again.

Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Premium Albums | Yelm, Washington Photographer | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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11th Place | Shoot & Share Photo Contest | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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11th Place | Shoot & Share Photo Contest | Stephanie Ratto Photography

I am just beyond words and still in shock that my maternity portrait of this gorgeous mama placed 11th out of 26, 188 entries in the Maternity category in this years Shoot & Share contest.

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The Shoot & Share contest is the world’s only free & fair photo contest. I went “all in” this year entering 50 of my favorite portraits taken in 2018. Do you know how difficult it was to narrow it down to 50 of my favorites?

Anyone can enter photos, and what is great about it is no one knows who took the photos, but everyone votes for the winners. The photos with the most votes win!

There is SUCH an incredible amount of talent in this contest and It is such an honor to be amongst these fellow photographers!

A very special shout out to the gorgeous mama! When she booked her session with me, we discussed ideas and a vision to make this session unique. She showed up in this perfect handmade outfit and my jaw dropped! It couldn’t have came together more perfectly!








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