As a home-birthing mother of three, I have a deep, deep reverence for the birthing mother. A birth story is one of THE most important and fulfilling types of photography that I offer. My passion for birth came out of my own amazing miracles and the story surrounding each one of their beautiful little faces. It is my honor to document this right of passage for you as a woman, and milestone for your family as it grows and changes.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions that will help you to get an understanding of how I will approach your birth story.
What is the benefit to hiring a birth photographer? Birth is a very raw, emotional, amazing time… many mom’s would describe it as time warp!! By having a photographer present, not only can your partner, family, & friends be more helpful to you, but they can also be more fully present in the experience itself. You as the mother often times cannot see all that is happening because you are so focused on the task at hand!! I am able to carefully document each step of the way, and heirloom you will treasure for a lifetime.
What is included in your Birth Story package? As we know, babies come when they are ready. First and foremost, you have my on-call availability in the weeks before and after your due date. I schedule no more than 2 births a month to ensure I am able to be there. I am with you for as long as it takes and even a few hours afterward. You will receive a private online gallery for sharing, and a digital download of the images with copyright release up to 8×10″. Complete package information is available on the Pricing page. Photo slide shows on DVD are also available for an additional fee.
What is your turn around time for my images? Typically, I will have your images complete and gallery uploaded within 2 weeks of your birth. Prints take up to an additional week to be shipped and delivered to your home.
How would you describe your post-processing style for this type of photography? As you might be able to tell from my website, I gravitate toward color images. They are colored with life… and I prefer it that way for births as well. I lightly edit my birth images because I want them to tell the real story. You should expect images that show what things were really like, very little touching up is done. If you prefer black and white images, please let me know ahead of time. I’m always happy to retouch a few images for your download gallery if requested.
When is it best to book my Birth Story? Being that I shoot a very limited amount of births in a month, it is recommended to book and secure your spot on my calendar as soon as you know you would like for me to be there.
When do you come and how long do you stay after the baby arrives? I prefer to come just as soon as you know you are really in labor. This gives me time to document many of the little, important details that you will want to remember later… as well as be a part of the delicate birth environment before labor intensifies. Giving birth is a very vulnerable and intimate event. Walking into your “zone” once you are in it can upset the balance and be undesirable. It’s helpful to begin the journey along with you. I am respectful during your birth and will be as invisible as you need me to be.
What can we do to help insure the best photos possible? Please give me as much advanced notice as possible when you think you might be in labor. I know this is not always possible, but it is greatly appreciated when it is. For home births, please do not use white or light colored towels for after the baby is born. Darker colors actually make the photos look better as your baby’s skin will pop off the dark back ground and well, it’s just easier to photograph too!
What if I don’t want “everything” photographed? I have clients will all different comfort levels regarding their birth images. Some mothers want to see everything in their photos, others would prefer I stay by their heads and take the photos from that discreet perspective. I will honor your wishes. I DO think that most clients are happier in the end with the “see it all” approach. Birth is a miracle, and trust me you will want to relive and remember every detail years down the road. After all, these photos are for your eyes only….. and you only have to share the ones you want to.
Do you photograph Cesarean births? Yes, I do! Some hospitals/doctors are concerned with having a photographer in the room. We can discuss a few ways to introduce this idea to your physician and be sure they are on board with having me there. In the end though, I have to abide by their policies and so it is important that you discuss all the possible scenarios with your care providers and hospitals.
Are there any times that you are NOT on call? Yes, I will not will not be on call on any of my children’s or husband’s birthdays (November 26, Dec. 4, Dec 15, Dec 28), Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Thank you for understanding!
What happens if you miss the birth? If I am given a reasonable amount of notice and called at the very beginning of labor, I will not miss it. But, quick labors DO happen and at that point you can choose what you’d like for me to do. I can photograph the postpartum time after the baby is born like I would normally and you will still owe the full amount, or you can tell me not to come at all and there will be no balance due. I do not refund retainer fees because I am making myself available to you and will live in an on-call status for several weeks at the time surrounding your birth. Again, call me at the beginning of labor and this will rarely be an issue. Please note that I myself have 3 children to get settled and absolutely MUST have advanced notice. Intentionally waiting until labor gets intense, transition, or the pushing phase will likely result in a missed birth. It’s called a Birth “Story” because I want to be there to capture all of it!
You are also a portrait photographer as well, what if I call you to come to my birth when you have another session scheduled? My portrait clients understand that I am a birth photographer. If I am called to your birth, I will contact my clients to reschedule their session.
Do you offer gift certificates? Yes, I do. Please contact me if you’d like to purchase one.
Do you offer discounts for multiple bookings, i.e. maternity, newborn, JOY package sessions? Yes, I offer a percentage off the total OR additional print credit for each session. Let’s chat about creating a custom package that works for you!