Frequently Asked Questions
What is birth photography?
Beginning with labor, all the way through delivery to baby's first breath, meeting mom, dad and family members, birth photography tells the story of your baby's birthday.
How long will you stay at the birth?
I arrive at your birth once active labor has started (about 5-6cm dilated) and stay until the baby is all clean and settled into your arms, usually about 2 hours after delivery.
Will we meet before the birth?
If possible, yes. It is important you are comfortable with my presence before I arrive at your birth. If we cannot meet in person due to distance, we can arrange a Skype or FaceTime meeting.
What if I go into labor in the middle of the night?
I am committed to dropping whatever I am doing so I can make it to your birth in time for your delivery, even if it means giving up a night of sleep. This is part of the reason birth photography is a large investment, because it requires me to sacrifice pieces of my personal life so that I can capture such a huge event in your life. It is my genuine privilege to rush to a birth in the middle of the night.
I like the idea of birth photography, but I am concerned about my privacy.
I understand and am happy to respect your wishes for privacy as well as your unique comfort level during labor. We can discuss in detail what you are comfortable with and any limitations you may have. I will be as honest as possible about whether or not I will feel your limits may restrict the outcome of your final birth story.
What (in detail) do you photograph?
Emotions. Moments. Your story. Before your labor even begins, we will discuss what you are comfortable with me photographing.
Birth is beautiful and intimate, but there are plenty of images I can use on the internet to display the beauty of birth without showing nudity of any kind. Some moms prefer not to share any images and some are okay with their images being showcased so that other moms may be inspired to hire a birth photographer as well. I will request your permission before sharing any photos of you and your family.
What if I am planning a scheduled c-section? How does that change things?
When you have a scheduled c-section, I will come with you to the hospital and will catch all of the going on’s as you prepare to enter the O.R. If I am unable to join you in the O.R., I will send my camera in with your parter. Once you are in recovery and reunited with your baby, I will continue to capture your birth story as you enjoy your first moments holding and snuggling your new baby. I will process and deliver all of the images taken by your partner, as well as the rest of the story as told through my camera.
How does the booking process work?
A signed contract and a 50% retainer fee reserves your due month.
Do you offer other session types, besides birth?
Yes! I shoot a variety of portrait sessions including maternity, newborn, baby milestones, family portraits and even small weddings. Please inquire for more information.