Ashlan Taylor is the lady behind the camera at Portland Birth Stories (formally Ashlan Taylor Photography). Her BFF Jenny also happens to be a wonderful birth photographer (handy, right?!), who's business has partnered with Portland Birth Stories to ensure reliable back-up for every birth. We both have attended dozens of birth stories in the Portland Metro area over the last several years and are as passionate about birth as we are photography. While you are focused on the life changing work of birth, our cameras will be there with you, helping capture all the details that would otherwise long be forgotten. We would love the chance to meet you and tell your story. Feel free to call me, we can drink a cup of coffee or tea and see if we would be a good fit.
Back up in birth photography is important. Not just for our clients but for our families too! We actively partner within each others businesses to ensure you get the chance to know both of us before hand and are comfortable. It's important to both of us that we are able to ensure you that no matter what, 24/7 for the whole on-call period, that a reliable and well trained birth photographer you are comfortable with will be arriving at your birth when the moment comes.
It's important as a birth photographer that you feel at ease and comfortable being yourself around me. As a witness to some of my clients most raw and vulnerable lifetime moments, I try to find a blend of approachable yet invisible while working. I graduated with a photography degree from Kingston University (London, England) and a graduate degree from Leicester University (Leicester, England). I have since been lucky enough to work as both a journalism photographer, and the resident photographer for the Federal Reserve here in US. Now, as a mother to two young children, I have turned my passion for photography toward the awe inspiring experience that is birth. I fall in love with the beauty and strength of every birth story I am lucky enough to witness. My goal is to create timeless images, that are just as unique as the wonderful birth story being photographed and provide high quality finished products that can be cherished for decades to come.
I'm also following my passion with the founding of 'The Milk Stories', a blog/instagram account that celebrates and unites women in all the highs and lows that come with feeding our young. It's my dream to be able to take 'The Milk Stories', on the road at some point in the future; highlighting cultural, geographical and historical influences that shape this generation of mothers as we navigate motherhood.
A former Michigander that has fallen in love with Portland. I started my journey into photography and birth work after having my first son, Calvin. I was bit by the 'birth bug' became a doula in early 2013. Soon after, i decided to combine my passions for photography and birth - and that's how i became a documentary photographer. I truly believe documentary photography is where it's at. And i'm gonna be real honest with you right now so listen up; your kids are my clients. I'm creating these memories for them. when they grow up and have kids of their own, they'll want to see what you looked like when they were born. I can guarantee you'll walk away with treasured memories you can hand down for generations to come.