REMEMBER THOSE INTIMATE MOMENTS FOREVER.
BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY IS A SPECIAL REMINDER OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE: YOUR BABY’S BIRTH DAY.
WHY HIRE A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER? Besides your wedding day, the birth of your child is one of the most important days of your Life!. Hiring a birth photographer frees up your partner or other support persons and ensures you get those memorable moments images captured (with your partner in them – which cannot happen if he is behind the lens.) Without a birth photographer, you may be left with just a few camera phone pictures of the baby after delivery. I will help you to capture the amazing labor process and the incredible birth miracle!
ABOUT BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY Birth and labor are very unpredictable. These are not typical portrait sessions; the lighting is usually dim and it’s difficult to plan what’s going to happen. I will shoot glimpses of your labor and birth unfolding naturally in a photo-journal style. Being trained as a birth doula, I will be sensitive to your needs as a laboring woman; I understand my role to document quietly and unobtrusively. Many women have told me that they forgot I was even there! Being on both sides of the birth process, I also understand which special moments you may want.
I AM INTERESTED IN HIRING YOU! WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?1. First, contact me to make sure I am available for your due date.
2. After you hear back from me, I will hold your spot for 10 days (of course you can take longer to decide but I can’t guarantee a spot!). To secure my services, I will send you a contract for you to sign and a deposit of $350 is required. I will also send you a link to a questionnaire that will help me to know what kind of experience you are looking for.
3. We will meet up for coffee at Cold Smoke Coffee House to discuss details, get your remaining questions answered, and get to know each other. If you do not live within driving distance, we can have this meeting over the phone.
4. The remainder of your fee is due by your 36th week of pregnancy.
BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE $599
1 complimentary interview/prenatal meeting. We will discuss what to expect, what moments you wish captured, etc. We can also get to know each other during this visit so that I am not a stranger at your birth. On-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and after your due date (until the birth)
Coverage of labor (starting in active labor) and birth up to 2 hours afterward
75-100 high-resolution digital images by instant download
Professionally custom edited images in a mix of black & white and color
All Web-sized watermarked images you may share online
Custom slideshow of about 30-40 images put to music
$350 minimum custom print order.
Extra prints and products may be ordered through me as well. Price list upon request.
Gift Certificates are the perfect baby shower gifts! They are available upon request.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY
When do you arrive for the birth and how long will you stay?
I come to your birth during active labor (around 6cm-8cm) and will stay up to 2 hours afterward.
Will photographs from my birth be posted on your website?
Yes, I do post images from the births on my website and Facebook page. However, you will be able to view your images before any of them are shared and let me know if there are any that you deem unsuitable for me to share. Only the first names of the baby will be shared on the website.
What if you don’t end up making it to my birth?
I only take a few births a month to allow me to have the greatest chance of attending each birth. If I miss your birth due to my error (ie: due to illness, attending another birth, unforeseen emergency), my back-up photographer will attend your birth. If my back-up photographer cannot attend, you will receive a complete refund. If I miss your birth because it was too fast or you did not call me in time, there is no refund and you will receive a Fresh 48 session instead.
How long will it take to receive the images?
You may expect your images in approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on my schedule.
I am concerned about “private shots”; I don’t want just a lot of graphic pictures!
Not to worry! During our interview, or through email/phone calls, we will discuss what you would like photographed and what you do not. Some women want pictures of the baby coming out, others do not. Your comfort is my top priority, so I will photograph as much or as little as you desire.
What if I have a C-Section? Can I still have a birth photographer?
If you are having a planned Cesarean birth, you will want to ask your doctor beforehand if they will allow a photographer in the operating room with you along with any other support persons you have. If your cesarean is unplanned, you may still ask, but it may be unlikely a photographer can go in with you. However, there are still plenty of beautiful moments to capture after the birth! I am more than happy to stay at the hospital to document those first few moments in the postpartum room, or I can come back later to photograph those sweet bonding times with your newborn.
What if I don’t want the actual labor and birth documented, but I do want pictures of those special first hours?
Introducing the Fresh 48! 1-2 hour lifestyle session at your birth location (hospital, home or birth center) within 48 hours after the birth.
"After having 4 children of my own, I wish I could reverse the clock and have had a professional photographer on hand for each of my babies births. They are so tiny for such a short amount of time and as a professional photographer I thought I would be able to capture everything myself or that my husband could. Everything went wrong, my cell phone froze up, my husband forgot his charger and my big camera sat there while i held my precious newborn. Sure we got some images, but not ones I've been able to document for my clients. We cannot go back in time, but we can with photographs. Birth photographer is truly freezing the experience and brand new memories of those first moments with your precious baby." ~Mariah Allen, mother of 4 little girls~