There is so much going on in the birthing space - many beautiful miracles, happening all at once. Everybody in the room already has a job. Whether you have a doctor or a midwife, they are certainly too busy to photograph this moment. Your partner is there to hold you, to support you and to be there when the love of your life enters this world. Your doula is also your support system, to keep you calm, to keep your partner calm and to guide you through the motions you innately know within. A birth photographer knows the energy to hold. We know how to move and where to shoot. We can capture these moments and portray them with a beautiful golden ribbon to held forever & ever. We document so many parts of our life, why not the most life-altering day we may ever have?
Birth photography rivals the cost of a wedding day in terms of photography. Why is that? Well, as photographers, we are in it for the long haul with you. And not just that, but we are prepared on a whim for weeks surrounding your due date. If your labor takes 2 hours, we are in it together. If it takes 14 hours, we are there. It’s not only a photography service, but it’s always an added support system. After baby has arrived and has been photographed, we start the second wind of the process: organizing, selecting and editing the sweet photographs. It’s a big one, but it’s so very worth it.
I photograph in all elements of birthing space, but I must add that in any case, it is up to you - the mother - to inform your birthing team that you would like me in the room beforehand. I have never had a problem with this, but that is because I am quite to the point about this one. It’s always up to the mama. This is your birth plan and the doctors, doulas, and midwives will be listening to you. If your hospital requires permission, it’s very important to get this down before we enter on the day of birth.
As soon as possible! I book births months in advance. Since I only take on a certain number of births per month, it’s best to get it on the books as soon as you decide which package you would like. Once the contract is signed & the deposit is paid, you are signed, sealed and delivered - I’m yours until delivery & beyond!
All packages include an in-person consultation or a FaceTime/Skype consultation if you prefer! It’s definitely a big decision to invite a stranger into such an intimate moment and I would love for you to feel as comfortable as possible with me with whatever it takes. I feel fine walking into a birth and meeting you for the first time as most of my clients quickly become close to heart.
As this time is so very intimate, I typically allow myself to be whatever you want me to be in the birthing space. If you want me to interact, I am there with full support. If you want me to move like a sweet, loving, silent fly on the wall - then that’s me. It’s your day. I’m here to capture it and support you if you so seek it. I love being there for the family and birthing crew, but I also love to stay quiet and absorb into the magical atmosphere of the moment.
I would love to hear updates from you as it gets close to delivery date and need to know as soon as you go into labor. The sooner I can hear what’s going, the better. I typically enter the birthing room when you are about 5-6 cm dilated. This is when you are considered to be in active labor. Whether labor will take 2 more hours or 10 more hours from there, it tends to be a good arrival time.
The guaranteed timing of the photographs is 2-3 weeks, but I will hopefully have them to you even sooner! Within 48 hours I will send over about 5 edited previews for you to share with family.
All photographs will be delivered on an online portal where you can download the images and share with friends or family if you so desire. I am also happy to provide a custom usb drive with your full resolution images.
All of my packages are for full resolution images with consent to print as you would like. This is a huge difference that comes with some photographers only offering digital images with prints that you can order through their site. I prefer to just give you the photographs so that you can print them up and hang them all over your home if you would like. The photographs are yours to do whatever you would like with them. I do require permission if you have any of the photographs published in a publication of some sort.
The number of photographs that I deliver per birth vary on the length of labor, the timing of it all but I typically will deliver 50-100 fully edited images.
I do prefer to shoot documentary style and it will show the mama in all of her glory. I edit the photographs to enhance the them, without making large alterations. If there are some small modifications you would like me to make through editing, please let me know. I believe that mothers look so extraordinary in the glory of childbirth. I do not typically edit out stretch marks or any little love marks. If a photograph requires additional editing I will be happy to fulfill requests for $15 / photo. For extensive photoshop requests, I can send it off to a professional editing service as well.
I love sharing the stories of birth. It’s moving & so very special. And to be honest, I feel that not enough people in this world get to experience the magic of seeing a human come into this Earth. That being said, I completely understand that privacy is privacy and intimate moments may want to be kept for the family. I offer a $150 discount for families who are willing to have their story shared. Most families I photograph trust me to show their story with integrity, love & respect so this is typically the main route that is chosen. I keep my posting content pretty mild in terms of birth photography and I tend to portray the emotion shown more than anything.
I am very, very rarely sick. I take great care of myself and live a pretty healthy life. That being said, people get sick. And that is not something you want to bring into your delivery room. In the case of an emergency, I will send in my highly qualified back-up photographer. She has a similar style of photography and is so very gentle & loving. I won’t put you or your baby at risk.
I will be there to act however seems appropriate in the moment. I will go off of women’s intuition and emotional intelligence. We can create a game plan beforehand if you would like, but in most cases I will continue taking photographs if it seems like you would appreciate them.
I am so happy to still photograph for you. It is UP TO YOU to get permission & notify your doctors that you would like me in the operating room. Otherwise, it will be difficult for me to make that happen. If I am not allowed access, I will resume shooting just as access is granted.