I want my birth experience to be private, quiet, and focused. Why would I want a stranger in my delivery room and my lady parts documented forever?
First of all, I do not document your lady parts - unless you want me to and your doctor is okay with it. The focus is on capturing the first breaths of your precious little one, but also on the emotions leading up to and directly following delivery. I will only photograph from the angle that you see as you deliver, so the lady parts will remain unseen. Birth is an extremely intimate thing, so my goal is to be silent and stealthy - documenting the event from flattering angles and never asking you to pose or smile.
What will my doctor/midwife think?
Birth photography is quickly gaining in popularity, so most care providers are at least familiar with the idea. It is your birth experience so you have the ultimate say. However, it is always a good idea to discuss your provider's policies and preferences before the big day.
When do I let you know that "it's time"?
This is going to sound crazy... but... go with your gut! If this isn't your first labor, think back to how quickly or slowly your labor has gone in the past and use your best judgement! Please let me know when you are being admitted to the hospital or when your labor starts, so I know how to plan my day (or night!). Send me a text once you're in active labor or you are dilated to at least a 6 and then give me at least 30 minutes to get to you! I prefer to be on the safe side though, so it's better to let me know earlier rather than later.
There is no shooting time limit on the birth session - how long will you stay?
I purposefully do not put a time limit on my birth sessions because each labor and delivery is a different experience entirely. I will be there as long as you need me to be. Typically I shoot during a few contractions, birth, and then 2 hours post-delivery to get all those special "firsts". Even if you progress slower than expected once I arrive, I'm not going anywhere!
What if I have a C-section?
You are bringing new life into this world - something that deserves to be documented and celebrated no matter how it happens! You are just as important to me as those moms who deliver vaginally - and so is your birth experience! I will go into the operating room with you if it is allowed, so I recommend advocating for me ahead of time. If it is against hospital policy for me to follow you into the operating room, I will be ready to start shooting again directly after delivery.
What if something unforeseen happens?
Most labor and delivery experiences are uneventful and worry-free. If, however, something does not go according to plan, I will respect your space and continue to shoot unless you tell me to stop. Depending on hospital policies, I may or may not be able to continue shooting in the NICU. You have full reign to tell me what you want in every situation; this especially applies to unforeseen (or tragic) situations.
How do I book a session?
Baby's due date is usually more accurate in the second trimester, so I can pencil you in tentatively as soon as you know you're pregnant, but I won't officially book until you've entered your second trimester. I highly advise contacting me as soon as possible once you know you're expecting, to ensure availability. Just use the contact form on the Inquire page or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once I receive your request, I will confirm date availability with you, and then send you a welcome packet by email that contains a contract, invoice, and other important info regarding your birth session.
Why do you offer digital images instead of prints?
I want to give my clients the best images that I possibly can without charging an arm and a leg. There are many excellent places to print that are much cheaper than charging per image. I offer digital prints with full printing rights (including release form) because I want my clients to have the option of printing any image they like, wherever they like, whenever they like – even years later.
When will I receive my images?
I am committed to having a short turnaround time. Your images will be edited, uploaded, and available for download via your online gallery no later than 3 weeks from your session date or your session fee will be returned to you in full.
What are my payment options?
In order for me to reserve your time slot, your session fee needs to be paid in full. I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards (includes a small processing fee). I would be happy to work up a custom payment plan for you if necessary - simply contact me! Your session fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another date or different session.