The birth of a child is such a personal, intimate event, some may think it's the last place a photographer would be. But, having been on both sides of this subject as a parent and a photographer, I can say I would give just about anything to have photos of those special first moments when my girls were born: the tears, the joy, the tiny feet. Unfortunately, I have to rely on memories, which can sometimes fade over time.
For that reason, I am super excited to offer birth photography services to clients! Birth photography is a combination of two things I love: babies, and candid, editorial-style photography that tells a story. Your story. The story of your family. The story of first moments.
What is birth photography?
Birth photography is a photojournalistic-style, on-location shoot that captures all of the events of your baby's first moments of life, from the time you are in active labor until a couple hours after birth. It is an unobtrusive way of documenting all stages of this momentous occasion: your labor and build up to delivery, first moments of life, the emotions and those first precious hours with your child. I do not use any flash, shooting only with available light which is often low. Many of my birth photos are black and white, but some are color.
Birth is so intimate and private. Are birth photos revealing? Do you take photos of the baby as it's coming out?
A common misconception about birth photography is that all of mom's "private parts" will be on display and captured on film for all the world to see. My images are discreet and tasteful, capturing only your baby's birth journey and the emotions that come with the beginning of life. Furthermore, with 13 years experience working in healthcare before I became a photographer, there is practically nothing I haven't seen.
I will look so ugly! I don't want to be on camera!
Like with boudoir shoots, my job is to capture your birth story as it unfolds, but to do it in a way that is respectful and makes you feel beautiful and empowered. Women are amazing creatures with the ability to create and push life into this world. Let me help you celebrate it and see how truly beautiful and amazing you are!
What if something goes wrong and I have to have a C-section?
In case of emergency c-section, I will still be there waiting to capture your baby's first moments as soon as I am able.
Why should I hire a birth photographer? My support person can just take photos with their cell phone.
My sole job is to capture every moment of your birth story as it unfolds, so your support person can put down their cell phone and focus on doing their job: supporting you! A lot can happen during labor and delivery. Support people have enough to worry about without the added pressure of taking photos. Hiring a birth photographer frees up other family members to offer encouragement and support without worry that they will miss capturing a special moment. Cell phone photos often don't print well. With a birth photographer, you will have many high resolution images that will last a lifetime.
What's included with a birth photography package?
With birth photography, you receive:
How much does it cost?
Please contact me for prices for birth photography.
Grow with me packages are a fantastic way to document all of your child's major milestones during their first year of life. There are several packages to choose from.
A studio cake smash session with customized background props (cake not included)
A private link with all images
* Mix and match and customized packages available. All shoots are in studio or on location. Subject to additional $25 fee for extra mileage over 25 miles from studio location. Extra prints available at an additional charge. A 20% deposit is required on all photo packages above $200 to hold spot.