- Why should I hire a birth photographer?
My easiest answer: so that Daddy can be in the moment! Your baby’s birth is a monumental moment in both of your lives. It’s raw and emotional and candid and amazing. Just like hiring a wedding photographer for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding day, you should both be in the photos and a part of those memories! In the same way, you want your nurse and/or doula to be able to focus on their duties rather than take photos with your phone or camera.
Having an experienced birth photographer will ensure that the entrance of your baby into this world will be documented. The story of your baby’s birth will be told through beautiful photos. Your family and the support staff can support you and be in the moment with you, ensuring that you and baby are safe. Your husband will be right by your side, holding your hand instead of a camera, wiping his tears instead of clicking a shutter button. The hours of labor and delivery will pass just as quickly as the hours of your wedding day but your birth photographer will make sure you have the details of the day captured to relive for years to come.
- What is the process for booking a birth with you?
After you contact me about possibly photographing your birth, I will give you a call so that we can set up a coffee/cupcake date! I love to meet with my birth clients so that we can get to know one another! This is completely complimentary for you. This is where you can tell me all about your pregnancy, your birth plan, and you can ask me any questions you may have. Our consultation meeting is obligation free.
- When should we book with you?
As soon as possible. Due to the on call nature of birth photography, I schedule a very limited number of births to ensure my availability to my clients. Once you have booked me for your birth, the non-refundable retainer fee secures your due date and 3 weeks around the date for me to be on call.
- How “graphic” will my photos be?
Typically, I stand at your side or near your head. I usually don’t photograph from the doctor’s point of view. With that being said, I am happy to accommodate any special requests as best as I can. Your photos will not be posted online without your approval. I understand and value the privacy and intimacy in birth and I want you to feel safe and protected.
- Will you use flash during the birth?
No, I do not use a flash during birth sessions. I value the importance of documentation rather than perfect light. If the room is dark, your photos will be dark. I don’t want a bright flash to distract you during labor and delivery and I want your photos to accurately portray those precious moments.
- Will you interact with us during the birth?
I like to be a “fly on the wall” during births. We can talk as much or as little as you’d like, and we will have time to establish a relationship in the weeks leading up to your birth. But, I want the moments of delivery to be yours. I want you, your husband, and your loved ones to have your own memories without me in them. I simply want to quietly capture it all.
- When will you be on call?
I will be on call once you reach 38 weeks gestation. I block my calendar off at 38 weeks until one week past your due date. During those weeks, I will have my equipment fully charged and with me at all times and I will not go out of town or have any other commitments that would keep me from your birth.
- When should we call you if I go into labor?
Call as as soon as you go into active labor! Even if you think it may be a false alarm, or if it’s 3 o'clock in the morning, please let me know. Once you are 5 cm, I will come to you and start documenting!
- What if my birth takes a really long time?
That’s okay! We all know one thing: birth is unpredictable. I will be there no matter how long it takes, until baby is 2 hours old.
- What happens if I have to have a c-section?
Most hospitals and doctors do not allow a photographer in the operating room. If yours does and you wish for me to document your cesarean birth, then we will proceed with that, just as we would a vaginal birth. However, if yours does not allow a photographer or if you do not want your c-section documented, we will proceed with whichever route you are comfortable with: either photos right after birth or a Fresh 48 session. If you choose photos right afterward, then I will come to your room as soon as I am allowed and document those sweet, first moments for up to two hours. If you choose a Fresh 48 session, then I will come back either later that day or the following day (depending upon timing) and document for up to two hours.
- What if something crazy happens and you can’t make it to the birth?
I take my on call schedule very seriously and you will be my top priority during those weeks. I have never missed a birth and certainly do not plan to do so. With that being said, in an extreme circumstance, if I am unable to be there, I have four back-up birth photographers that I will call to take my place. If I am unable to provide a back-up photographer, you will be given a full refund.
- Will I see any of my photos after the birth?
Yes, you will! I will quickly edit and send you five images (which are included in your session fee) within 24 hours of your baby’s birth. You are able to post these photos or send them to friends and family if you wish.
- When will I get to see all of the pictures?
Your photos will be edited and ready to view five days after your birth. I will let you know once they are complete so that we can schedule your session reveal appointment. This is where I will come to your home (and bring you dinner!) with your edited photos to look through. You and your husband (and any other loved ones that you wish to be there) will have the opportunity to look through the photos and place an order for any products that you wish to have.
- Are you going to post my photos online?
I will post photos online with your approval. As I stated previously, I do take your privacy seriously, so they will not be posted on my site or social media unless you are okay with it.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
Absolutely. Gift certificates can be applied toward your session fee and/or products.
- What products are available for birth photography?
I offer prints, gallery wrapped canvas’, signature albums, and digital images. All products are produced in a professional, high quality printing lab. There is no minimum product fee for your order. The most common product for birth photos is a 10x10 signature album, complete with as many photos as you wish, thick pages, and a high quality leather cover with strong bonding a embossing or engraving on the cover.
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