“I love pregnancy, labor, birth; pretty much everything associated with little babies. I truly believe that there is no other experience in life that comes close to matching the magnificence of bringing a new life into this world.

This was my third pregnancy and my first unknown gender birth. I fully woke up at 3am unable to sleep thru my contractions any longer. I labored at home with contractions 5-7 minutes apart for the next 14 hours. I decided to go to the hospital around 5pm and after getting settled into my room, I labored with my husband, mother, sister, and shortly after, my doctor as well. I felt so blessed to be surrounded with so much love and positive energy, but also tired. Olivia decided to make her appearance at 11:23pm. Once I got over the shock that she was a girl, and by far my biggest baby, I couldn’t feel anything other than blessed. Especially when after holding my baby for maybe 10 minutes I looked over at my rock star husband/labor coach, only to see him sleeping in a chair way too small for his 6’3” frame.

Jen has been there for all 3 of my births and I feel so lucky that she was. Her presence in the birthing room is unobtrusive and at the same time supportive. Anyone who has spent any time with her knows that she brings joy and peace with her everywhere she goes; and that those are two things needed in any delivery, especially a natural one.

Seeing the birth story put together, I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful it is seeing the love, exhaustion, joy, struggle, excitement, anticipation and laughter, from not only myself, but from everyone that was present. Jen perfectly captured the feelings and emotions of the day and for that I will be forever grateful.

As long as I felt that day was at the time, it was just a fleeting moment in a lifetime. It was one of my best experiences, and I’m so happy that the feelings and emotions of that day were captured in more than just my mind. Thank you Jen for that very special gift.”


“June’s birth was quite possibly the most magical day of my life.
I felt such an intense presence and love with life it is hard to describe. It was a very internal experience for me, because of its intensity. Being able to see our birth day now with eyes open and from a different perspective adds such a deep dimension to my memories… my memories that are sadly beginning to fade away.
I dream of being able to connect to that same level of love everyday and funny enough I want to be back in labor again now. To me these photographs stand as a reminder of a deep connection and preserve the memories that so touched my soul.
I am so grateful to have them to share with my loved ones and to share with my sweet girl as she grows. Rita was such a wonderful energy to have at my birth. Her loving spirit, confidence and sense of humor put me at ease and added to my strength. Thank you Rita for this beautiful gift.
– Jen


“Jen did an incredible job capturing the birth of our son, Kaemon Justice. I was hesitant to have someone in on this experience, but after looking at her work, I couldn’t resist. Jen handled herself with a sweetness and class that is hard to find. She listened to what we wanted and went above and beyond in delivering it. She captured a once in a lifetime moment for us and it is truly priceless. I can’t look at the photos without crying! ”



Jen was there to capture the first few hours after our baby was born. It allowed us to be in the moment as a new family of three, not worrying about taking any pictures or capturing a good shot to share with family She was completely unobtrusive and it felt so natural she was there. The way she captured little things, her feet, the hospital bracelet, the weather outside, really tell the story of our sweet baby girl’s birth. We are so happy we did it.

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"We love ALL the photos from our maternity shoot, birth story, and newborn home photo shoots. We can’t get over how wonderful it is to have them to keep forever. Our birth story was a bit chaotic but Rita helped make a scary situation better with her calming presence, humor and sound advice. The photos were the icing on the cake! We now have beautiful images to share with family and friends and keep as a constant reminder of where our family started! Thank you Rita!"


"My husband thought I was completely insane when I told him I wanted a photographer to capture the story of the birth of our son.  I knew that when the time came we would miss the details and forget the moments that a photographer could freeze in time.  From the first conversation we had through FaceTime I knew Rita was the perfect photographer for us.  Our son was due January 13, which put her on call over the holidays, and I felt sure she would turn down our request.  Not only did she take us up on our request, she was at the hospital 30 minutes after I called her to tell her our son was coming 2 weeks early.  Rita walked in the room, a virtual stranger, and was an old friend within the hour, at one point taking my hand during my labor when my husband had to step out of the room for a moment.  On her way in she called to see if we needed her to pick up anything for us, my only request was nail polish remover, which she brought without question and a smile on her face.  And her work...she has an amazing eye, sees every little detail that would have gone forgotten by us and captures it in the most stunning, beautiful photographs I could imagine.  Rita will forever be our go to photographer from now on, I only wish we had found her before we got married!!"


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"Hiring Rita to capture the birth of our sweet daughter Charlotte was the best thing we could have done! When my husband and I told our families that Rita would be coming to capture Charlotte’s first moments, they were hesitant, but once they met Rita, they understood. We knew there would be moments that we wouldn’t remember. We knew we both wanted to be focused on what mattered, our sweet baby. We looked at her portfolio and knew instantly she was the one to witness our first born coming into the world. Just from her work alone, we knew she was amazing! Until we met her, Rita has such as sweet and giving personality. We were unsure if she could or would even be willing to drive to St. Louis, but she never even paused when we asked if she would be our photographer!  She came in from Kansas City to St. Louis.

She has such a commanding presence with such an eye for detail.  She allowed us to focus on our daughter and each other. When we got our gallery back within such a short time period, we were stunned, both at the quick turn around and the level of quality of her work! We both cried when we say the day through her artistic and talented eye and lens of her camera. She captured the pure love and joy of the day between the two of us with our baby. We constantly get compliments on her work! We can’t wait to have more babies and invite Rita along for the ride again."


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"I cannot begin to express how much I love this company. Rita is amazing. During the birth of our son, she went above and beyond. She made it to the hospital with plenty of time to capture my labor and delivery, she moved my husband’s car so he wouldn’t have to leave me while I was in labor, and she even went to get us dinner in the pouring rain. On top of all that, she was able to capture the most emotional photos of my labor, delivery and our daughter meeting her baby brother for the first time. These photos hang on my walls and remain the background on my phone (a year and a half later!).At first my husband was hesitant to spend money on a birth photographer and wanted to take the pictures himself, but after meeting Rita and seeing her work, he has since said that it is the best money we have ever spent.

The photo’s she took at my son’s birth still bring me to tears, and they will be what I share during his graduation and at his wedding. These photos are one of the few irreplaceable items I own. Since our son’s birth, we have used Rita for all our photography needs, and will continue to do so in the future.

I recommend Rita and Heirloom Photo Company to anyone and everyone who want to relive their most cherished and fleeting memories for a life time. " - Elise