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What is Birth Photography?
A. Birth photography consists of artistic, documentary-style images taken throughout your labor and your child's birth and the immediate postpartum period in the most unobtrusive manner. I understand how to work discreetly to capture your story while respecting your birth space and the working space of the birth team.
Why Should I Hire a Birth Photographer
A. 1. Birth deserves to be celebrated
In the hospital or at home, a planned C-section or unmedicated water birth — however it happens, birth is remarkable! You feel the weight of their warm body against yours and kiss that damp, fuzzy head. Where words fail to capture the depth of this moment, an artful photograph preserves all the emotion of your first minutes together.
Birth photography provides evidence of your incredible strength — and you may need that reminder during the grueling newborn days ahead.
2. Birth photography enhances family connection
Some people fear that inviting a photographer into their birth space will disrupt the intimate connection between a birthing couple and their new baby. I find quite the opposite to be true. Hiring a birth photographer allows your partner to be completely present with you throughout labor and delivery, and especially in those precious bonding moments after birth.
Give your partner the gift of experiencing this day fully, without worrying about getting a good picture.
3. Birth is unpredictable
There are no do-overs. Hiring a professional birth photographer means securing someone with the specialized equipment and knowledge to handle all the challenges a birthing situation can present. You want the person documenting this momentous event to have the technical skill and artistic ability to make art in the most unpredictable circumstances.
You didn’t trust your cousin to photograph your wedding — don’t leave her in charge of capturing the moment you become parents.
4. Birth is a team effort
A birthing mother deserves to be surrounded by people who know her, believe in and support her. Birth photographers are intimately acquainted both with the families they serve and also the birthing process itself.
People hire me not just for photographs, but also for the calmness I bring to their birth experience. A good birth photographer knows when to offer words of reassurance, when to quietly hold space, and how to artfully tell the story of your delivery as it unfolds.
Will we meet before the birth takes place?
A. Of course. It is vital that you are comfortable during your birth. I offer the most unobtrusive, professional approach to documentary photography. Comfort allows for the best quality imagery.
Why is birth photography so expensive?
A. Due to the unpredictable nature of birth photography, time is not limited to an hourly fee. In addition, it includes on-call service, travel, backup photographer fees (so we don't miss your day), childcare if needed, as well as the selection and editing of generally 100 images. Like your wedding day, you want to capture every detail to relive every moment. Memories fade, but they don't have to. Take it from me, you don't want to miss the opportunity.
Do you offer a payment plan?
A. We do. A non-refundable deposit is required at booking, then you are welcome to make payments up to 38 weeks gestation. These are details we will discuss at our consultation.
What about my privacy?
A. Your comfort and privacy are my number one priority. Each of my clients fill out a contract with an extensive model release, granting me permission to share (or NOT to share) your birth story online. As my client, you always have the option to keep your photos completely private. While many of my clients find joy in sharing their story with the world, many others keep those images just for their own family. Whatever you choose, I'm behind you 100%.
I like the idea of birth photography, but modesty is important to me..
A. While birth photography is an impressively physical process, it's equally an emotional transformation. Some clients want the powerful, physical content, while others prefer the more modest, emotional approach. We are trained in many ways to respect your level of modesty. Those limitations are discussed during our consultation process and taken very serious. I will be as honest as possible if I think certain limitations would hinder the outcome of your birth story.
I know it can feel overwhelming to allow someone in your birth space, but as a professional birth photographer my goal is to make you feel safe and secure.
I'm not sure birth photography is for me. Do you recommend any other service?
A. I understand birth photography is not for everyone. Fresh 48 or a documentary newborn session would be a great alternative. Contact me for details.
What if I have to have a C-sections?
A. Every birth story is worth being told through photographs. Even if you have a c-section or have a scheduled c-section, there is plenty of activity surrounding a C-section to tell your story. If I am not allowed in the operating room, I will be there waiting as soon as you are in a postpartum room. Be sure to check your hospital’s policy on who is allowed in the OR.