Birth Photography FAQS
What would I expect to receive in your packages?
On-call 24/7 for up to 5 weeks
Coverage of your active labor & birth, with a couple hours after your baby is born
Digital delivery of your images via password protected gallery
Turn around time is usually 4-6weeks, but I can provide a few images within 24hrs for announcements to friends & family.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a birth photography session?
The most important thing you should do is check with your doctor or midwife to make sure that birth photography is allowed in their facility and if there are any rules regarding my presence. It’s always a good idea to let them know (and your Doula, if you have one) that I will be there and make sure they are okay with it. I have yet to hear of a time when it is not allowed, however sometimes (especially during hospital births) there are rules at certain times during the process when they ask no photos to be taken. I always respect the attending medical staff and follow their requirements.
Birth is so private, won't I be uncomfortable having a stranger with a camera in the room?
Privacy is very important in the birth environment, and I always respect your privacy as a main concern. I am very careful to remain quietly in the background, and to give you as much space and privacy as required. If at any time you would like me to leave the space, I will and remain available to return until shortly after your baby arrives. I also feel that it is critically important to establish a relationship with you before your birth, so that I am not the "stranger" in the room. I strongly suggest meeting with you before we book your birth, at about 35 weeks, and will stay in communication throughout your pregnancy.
I don't want a bunch of shots of "down there" so why would I want a birth photographer?
I'm there to capture your story and one that you would feel comfortable and proud to share, so I don't take any shots of "down there" unless specifically requested. Typically, the images that I provide wont have any explicit nudity, and no images featuring explicit nudity will ever be included in an album or prints unless you request to have it included.
My partner/mother/sister/friend will be with me for the birth, and can take some pictures for me, so why would I need a professional?
Birth can be a very challenging environment for photography, as well as a very emotional and overwhelming time for everyone. Often, a family or friend will get wrapped up in the whole experience, so photos that they take are mainly when the baby is emerging and very few of the whole story behind the birth. Another common occurrence, if it's your partner in charge of the camera, they will be so involved with supporting you and rightfully so, that they may forget about the camera altogether. They also won't be in the photos, which makes for crucial moments of your birth story missed. Ideally, your photos should tell the story of all of the love and support that you receive, which is nearly impossible if your support people are the ones behind the lens. Hiring a professional photographer will ensure that you get the entire beautiful, loving, and empowering story.
When should I book my birth session with you?
The earlier the better. Once you've decided you’d like me to be your birth photographer, it’s best to book right away so I can make the necessary arrangements for my availability surrounding your due date. I only book a certain number of births within the same time-frame so I will be available to my clients when they deliver.