What is birth photography?
Birth Photography is the documentation of the journey of your child entering this world. Photos that reveal the emotion, love, anxiety, and pain that childbirth places upon you. Photos are taken during the labor and birth of your child as well as 48 hours after the baby is born.
Do you take pictures of the whole labor and birth?
I ask people to call me when they are leaving to the hospital and when they arrive in their maternity room. I take pictures of the entire labor and birth and a few hours after baby is born. It is important to capture these pictures during this heightened state when mom is in active labor.
Will you post the photos on the internet?
I always have my clients sign a contract with model release, however I always consult with my clients which photos they would rather me posting publicly. I don't want my clients to feel uncomfortable.
Will we meet before the birth?
Absolutely! Its important that your mothers feel comfortable with you and especially in their birth environment when delivering. I always meet with my mothers multiple times over coffee or lunch.
When do you show up?
I am on call 24/7 starting 10 days before the due date. I ask my mothers to call me when they are leaving to the hospital and when they have arrived in their maternity room. Labor may last a few minutes to many hours, so I am always prepared to be on the run when they call.
How long will you stay? What if I have a long labor?
I will stay the entire time throughout labor and 2 hours after the baby is born. I will also return 48 hours later if the mother wishes to have "Fresh 48" photos done.
What if I have a short labor, will I get any of my money back?
No. There is no way to predict how long the labor will be. All births require the same amount of expense, time and commitment.
Will I have to get approval from my hospital?
Most hospitals will allow birth photographers. However, some providers may not want photos being taken or have a limit as to how many people are allowed in the room. I will be responsible for finding out this information.