Welcome to our very first blog post! We are super excited to start this and give you a more behind the scenes look into the American Fork Fetal Fotos, answer your questions, and get to know us (Chelsea and Kira) on a more personal level.
We wanted to start with some back story on how and why we became the owners of Fetal Fotos in American Fork! I (Chelsea) am actually Kira’s Aunt, but you would never know because we are only four months apart in age. I grew up in Los Angeles, California and Kira in Utah County, Utah. Because we lived so far from each other growing up we didn’t really have a close relationship. As we grew a little bit older, into our early teenage years we became pen pals and wrote each other letters, and emails. After graduating high school, Kira moved to California for a summer, where we decided we would both move back to Utah and go to beauty school together. Kira pursued Esthetics, while I did Cosmetology. Once we finished our hours and graduated I went on to do cosmetology for the next 10 years, and Kira decided to switch career paths after finding a job at the Fetal Fotos in Murray. In the years to come she had four babies but continued to work a couple of shifts each month because she loved it too much to leave. In 2017, they were looking for a new technician, and Kira suggested that I come work part time with her. I ended up loving it, and worked part time doing hair, and part time at Fetal Fotos for a couple of years.
The process of buying the business started in November of 2019. Kira called me after she had finished a shift at Fetal Fotos in Murray. She had learned that the American Fork Fetal Fotos was going up for sale and asked if I wanted to be business partners! I was completely on board! We had no idea how we were going to accomplish this, but over the next few months we spent countless hours working on how to improve and grow the business, looking for a new location to make it what we envisioned, negotiating, learning the ropes of the business side of things, designing, ect. After nearly five months of back and forth and lots of miracles we were able to close a deal, and became the owners of the American Fork Fetal Fotos in April of 2020.
So why did we do it?! The short answer is.. Our love for Fetal Fotos, and YOU! In our years of working at the Murray location we have been able to meet so many amazing women and hear their different experiences and stories on how they became a mom. Stories of loss, infertility, adoption, surrogacy, surprise pregnancies, IVF, multiples, baby number 6, 7, 8 ,10…., we love it all. We love to see your sweet babies move and the excitement it brings to your family. We grieve with you when there is a baby that is lost, and we share in your joy when you finally get your little boy or your little girl you have been yearning for! It makes our day when your little ones become a big brother or a big sister and they are so excited to see their new sibling. We love when you get to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time after weeks that feel like years of waiting! Our whole purpose is you!! You have made us better women, and you have made us better moms. As part of our mission, we hope to connect you with other women and know that you are never alone in your worries, excitements, challenges and your journey of learning and growing each day as a mom.
We knew when we started this whole process that we wanted to provide a place where women could come and feel comfortable and taken care of no matter what stage of life they were currently in. During pregnancy our Ultrasound Sessions allow you to bring your family and bond with your new baby. We love seeing your families, and for you to be able to share that special moment with them. Our massage services have expanded to include anyone, pregnant or not, to be able to come in and relax and destress. We strongly believe in the power of self care and the need to take time for yourself. We have also added our newborn photography studio, which we are really excited about! We have seen your babies in the womb for a long time, but to see them after birth has been so exciting for us. We have two local photographers who come into the studio and do an incredible job!
People say to us all the time, “You must love your job!” and each time we can honestly answer, we really do have the best job ever. We hope you feel connected, cared for, and have a personalized experience each time you come into Fetal Fotos. We feel strongly that we are supposed to use this business to make a difference in our community and to also help women and children around the world. We have big dreams, and none of it would be possible without the support of the women in our community.
We love what we are creating together, and cannot wait to see what the future holds!