As a mommy who had every intention of having a natural birth with both babies, I was not able to do so due to some unforeseen issues that had came up during labor and delivery, I missed out. For that reason, I LOVE doing Birth Photography. It is such an experience to witness a birth. Each one is so unique and beautiful in its own way. It is such a honor to document your rite of passage as a woman and the big milestone for your family as it changes and grows.

Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you understand better on how I approach your birth story. You can look at the packages and pricings here.

Why hire a birth photographer?

Birth is such an exhilarating experience that brings out the raw emotions. It is such an amazing time. It is when you NEED your loved one right next to you supporting you every step of the way. As your Birth photographer, I am able to take some weight off your loved one by documenting this beautiful moment for you both. This allows your loved one and your Birth Support Team to be fully present for you and the baby. I am able to pay attention very carefully to each detail that you might have not seen due to you being focused on bringing your baby into the world.

When should I schedule my birth story session?

I encourage you to schedule your session during your first or second trimester. That gives me plenty of time to get you on my schedule, as well as time for us to meet and talk about the details.

When should I call you to come to my home or the birthing center or hospital?

I ask that you contact me as soon as you know that you are in active labor and are progressing. If you are giving birth at home, I want you to have someone contact me around the time you call your midwife to let her know that you are having contractions approximately three minutes apart. If you are at a birthing center or hospital, I want to know when you’re headed to the hospital and again when you are officially admitted . While these are the guidelines I generally follow, I understand that every labor is different and that we may need to make adjustments. We will discuss it during the consultation and as your due date approaches to determine what is best for you.

What if I go into labor early?

I consider myself to be on-call exclusively for your birth as soon as you arrive at 38 weeks and for the next two weeks. If you call me and you are in labor, I will reschedule any other sessions that I have on my calendar and put my life on hold to come to the birth of your son or daughter. If he or she arrives before 39 weeks, I ask that you call me as soon as you know that you are in labor and I will do everything I can to make it or send my back-up photographer.

Should I really call you in the middle of the night?

YES!!! Babies are born at whatever hour they please … and will be keeping you up at all hours for the next few months anyway! I understand that leaving to go to a birth in the early hours of the morning is always a possibility and I am committed to coming to you at whatever time you go into labor. I would hate to have you hesitate to call because you are worried about the time and have me miss out on the birth. I am usually sleeping lightly when I am on-call for a birth. I barely can sleep since I am so excited anyway!

How much time does the Birth Story fee cover?

My Birth Story coverage is UNLIMITED. Each Birth is so unique and can be full of twists and turns throughout the labor/delivery so I only have one package that is totally unlimited. This Birth Story also includes a 48 Fresh session which is done within the next 48 hours at the hospital or at home. It consists of family meeting the little one for the first time–especially siblings. It can be done either right after birth or the next day. Your pick! The Birth Story package also includes a newborn session for one hour! It can be a lifestyle newborn session as well…which is usually done at your home. 

How many images will I receive?

The number of images from the session will depend on the length of time I am with you during your labor and delivery! I try to photograph all the tiny details as well as the actual birth. It’s very important for me to capture the first time your son or daughter meets you. Depending on your plans and the policy of the hospital, I will take pictures of the first bath and other firsts after the birth. If your labor is longer, there will be more details to capture. Regardless of the exact number, I will provide enough images to beautifully tell the birth story of your son or daughter!

I’m a private person and I don’t want you or anyone besides my significant other and doctor/midwife to see anything. Is a birth story worth it for me?

Absolutely! I completely understand your feelings, and generally stand near the mother’s head to prevent any shots that show more than anyone is comfortable with. From that angle, I am able to capture the birth and the first moments in a way that will keep you modest. During your consultation, we will also discuss the kinds of images you want in your album and displayed on the blog. We will discuss the level of modesty you’d like.  Because this is such a personal experience, I respect your wishes to share (or not share).

I don’t think I’m going to look very good in photos while I’m giving birth/right after birth. Can you take some of just the baby?

I promise to take lots of pictures of the baby, but those first few moments with parents are absolutely precious. I personally only have one picture of me with both my children after birth and I regret it. My daughter absolutely LOVES looking at pictures of when she was a baby, and even though I didn’t like how I looked, I completely regret not capturing more moments of us together in her first few minutes of life. You will look beautiful to everyone who loves you, regardless of what you think of yourself. BUT if you really do not want any pictures, I will absoultely respect that.

Will my other kids think I don’t love them as much since I didn’t do this for any of their births?

They shouldn’t! When I gave birth to my daughter nine years ago, I had never even heard of birth story photography! In fact, I hadn’t even heard of it when my niece was born 3 years ago! However, if I have any more children, I will definitely hire a birth photographer! Not because I will want to remember the birth of any future children more than the experiences of the two I already have, but because it is an opportunity I didn’t have then. I would absolutely love to have someone capture the moments that are now only a dim memory. Besides that, I didn’t enjoy trying to teach my husband how to use my camera (and then directing him on photo opportunities) as I was pushing! It is a great investment.

Do you have to post the pictures on your website or Facebook page?

Absolutely not! If you would prefer to keep your images private, I completely understand and respect your wishes. I understand that it is a personal experience and that you may not want to share it on the internet. If you DO want them posted on my Facebook page as a sneak preview, I usually will send you an email with the images to get your approval before posting on Facebook! The last thing I want to happen is you worrying about what I am going to post on Facebook so you definitely will get the very FIRST look at them before anyone in the world does.

How long will it take for me to see the images?

I will try to post a peek of at least one or two images within the first 24 hours after birth. After that, it will take me approximately two to three weeks to prepare the images for you. Albums will take approximately two weeks after they are ordered to be delivered to me.

If you have any more questions at all, please contact me anytime via text (806.283.6714) or email!