While having children used to be a foregone conclusion for most couples, that’s certainly not the case today. More and more people are choosing to remain child-free because they don’t want kids and would rather prioritize other things in life. One Indiana couple wanted to celebrate their decision not to start a family just as many fete their new additions. So, Tyler Frederick and Chelsea Roy decided to stage a photo shoot doing just that.
“We have a very exciting announcement to make!” Tyler wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the photos, which were taken by photographer Elijah VanDine. The pictures hilariously boast about Tyler’s decision to get a vasectomy, with Tyler writing, “We are expecting… NEVER! Got snipped mid-December and looking forward to the child-free life.”
Talking to TODAY Parents, Tyler admitted he came up with the idea for the photoshoot because he thought it would be fun. It totally was! VanDine is a good friend of his and was happy to step in and commemorate Tyler and Chelsea’s special occasion. After all, while Tyler describes his friends with kids as “rockstars,” he and Chelsea have always known parenting isn’t for them.
Tyler never expected the photos to go viral as they have, but he’s glad that they have. Seeing the couple having such a great sense of humor and feeling proud of that is inspirational to others who are in the same boat. While it’s totally okay not to want kids, it’s only just becoming more normalized in the eyes of society, so the more we can be open and honest about it, the better.
“If these pictures make things any easier for someone pressured into having kids, or helps normalize this choice, then I’m happy to have helped others even just a little,” Tyler says. It totally does, and it’s clear many people have found joy in these photos! Check them out below.