It may seem strange at first. Thinking about hiring someone to capture such an intimate moment. But if you ask any mother and/or father you hear the best days of their life have been their wedding day and the day their child was born. No one thinks twice about investing in a professional to take photos at their wedding. Why should anything be different for the birth of your newborn baby? Allowing a professional to capture these precious moments allows for your partner/family member/doula to truly be present while supporting your birthing process. Dad does NOT need to be fiddling with the iPhone while he should be witnessing his child’s first breath. There are many things to take into consideration when photographing a birth. Lighting, space, timing, modesty, etc. Your birth photographer should know what you want and what your level of modesty is for photos. Your birth photographer should work in the shadows and capture the environment around them without disturbing anything or anyone. I can be that for you. Another component I offer as your photographer is video. Shortly after delivery of photos, you will find I combine breathtaking videos along with images to create a beautiful slideshow montage set to music. The video is modest enough to share with your family and friends without worry! Imagine one day sitting down with your grown children, possibly after high school graduation or before they leave for college, and watching the day of their birth together!
Because of the very unpredictable nature of birth and considering I am a college student with classes throughout the week along with two other jobs, it definitely helps to secure your due date at least 6 weeks before.I will travel up to 40 miles away for a birth. After 40 miles, it will be a standard $0.53/mile going to the hospital and coming back. I travel up to 20 miles away for a free consultation.
As graphic (or modest) as you would like. I am very modest in general but raw photos tend to be just as beautiful. We will discuss your level of comfort (and the hospital’s rules) at your consultation. If you would like to have some graphic photos taken, please know those won’t be included in your slideshow or any kind of online publication. Your comfort and privacy are top priorities.
It depends. In the time leading up to your birth, we will be in frequent communication to establish a relationship so it won’t feel like you have a complete stranger in the room. I want you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. That being said, I’m perfectly okay if you’d like me to stay in the shadows and not make a peep. Keep in mind their may be times that require interaction such as if the intensity heats up during labor. There is rarely any adjusting or posing, unless it’s for modesty purposes, getting in a quick family photo or readjusting your hair.I generally don’t. I bring it in case of an emergency (baby is born in the car or the room is too dark) but I do everything I can not to use it. Most moms during labor want little to no light so please be aware the photos will have a little noise, be grainy and will greatly impact video quality. At any time during labor, feel free to let me know if it’s too light for you and we can make adjustments.
It is your responsibility to communicate with your care provider and to advocate to have me in the operating room if you wish. Each hospital has different rules about this. For example, most hospitals only allow two people in the room. One being you (the mom) and another person. Please think about this ahead of time.We will discuss this during your client meeting, but unless otherwise specified, and if the situation allows, I will continue shooting. If something traumatic happens, I will separate those photos from the rest of the gallery in case you aren’t ready to see them right after. While these photos are hard to see, they may be very helpful during the healing process after a traumatic birth experience.Whatever you choose! Most clients like the entire gallery in black and white but I can do both 🙂Usually up to 2 hours. If you have a quick labor, I will stay longer after the birth to get more footage and photographs.I am in it for the long haul! I do reserve the right to leave after 10 hours to get food/freshen up. Don’t worry about paying any extra hourly wage. The package includes unlimited coverage.As soon as you feel ANY changes, please call me and give me a heads up! I travel far for most births so I need to know as soon as possible if anything progresses. I will head to the hospital when you are in active labor. Please designate someone to be the one to stay in contact with me and let me know where you are. Staying in constant communication is the best way to ensure I get there on time for your birth.