frequently asked questions
What does it mean for you to be on-call?
I go on-call for you 2 weeks before your due date. This means that I don’t go out of town and I’m ready to join you at any time of day or night. I have my phone on me at all times, ready for your call.
How many births do you take at a time?
I take no more than 2 birth clients during any on-call period to ensure my availability for my clients.
What do I need to do when I go into labor?
Please let me know as soon as your labor starts so that I can make any necessary arrangements. Then, keep me posted on how things are going. I typically join you when you are in active labor, but if you feel like things are progressing quickly, I will be on my way!
What happens if I go into labor early?
If you go into labor early, call me as soon as your labor starts. I will still be there for you! If for some reason I am unable to make it due to being outside of the on-call time, I have backup birth photographers in place that can stand in for me.
What if I have an emergency c-section?
The OR staff make the decision as to whether I am able to be present for the c-section. If you would like me to be there, it would be up to you to advocate to have me there. If I am not allowed to document the c-section, I would still photograph all the connections with your loved ones beforehand and then send a camera with your labor partner, if desired. I would then document all the sweet moments afterward as well.
What if you miss the birth?
In the rare event of a precipitous birth when the baby comes very quickly and the birth is missed, I will still come to document all the moments after the birth. My backup birth photographers are in place as well, to help prevent this from happening.
What happens if you get sick or have an emergency?
If there is a situation such as an illness or an emergency on my end that would prevent me from making it to your birth, one of my backup birth photographers would still be able to document your birth story.
What if I’m concerned about modesty?
I work with all of my clients on their preferences for their birth sessions. If you are wanting more modest photographs, I will often shoot from the shoulder area during the actual birth, as long as space allows. This is an intimate event and I want you to be comfortable with the photographs that I am making. I will absolutely protect your privacy. After the session, I allow you to approve any photographs that I may like to use in social media and marketing.
What are your backup birth photographers like?
My backup birth photographers shoot similarly in style to me and are also professionals that I absolutely trust in the birth space. Their approach, like mine, is a quiet and supportive presence.
Do you use flash?
Quality photographs need a certain amount of light. I prefer not to use flash, but flash can enhance the photographs in low-light situations. The flash would never be directly pointed at you, but rather be bounced from a wall or the ceiling. It’s important to understand that in a low-light situation without adequate light from a flash or some other source, graininess may result.
When will I receive my photographs?
Each photo is hand-edited by me as part of my creative process. Your photos will be ready for you in 4 weeks or less.
Why does it seem so expensive?
Every birth story is unique and sometimes labor can progress quickly or take more than 24 hours. By charging what I do, it ensures my availability to join you day or night to document your birth story. Additionally, it allows me to have backup birth photographers in place. Birth photography is one of the most challenging types of photography out there and requires a special skillset to know how to document those incredible moments. My cameras are also equipped to handle the demands of low light. I’ve invested a lot in honing my craft and want to provide you with beautiful photographs. I also want you to feel that you’ve hired an expert who will be with you every step of the way.
What if I’m concerned about the cost?
There are a couple options that can help with the cost. One option is a payment plan, where we would agree on a schedule together to spread out the payments. I also offer a birth registry, which can help offset the cost. A lot of clients will send out the link to family and friends on their baby shower invites as a way for them to contribute toward the cost of their birth photography. Click here to request a birth registry.
How do I choose the right birth photographer?
With choosing a photographer for such an intimate, life-changing event, it’s important to do your research. Check out their website and social media accounts. You want to take a look at the photographer’s body of work and make sure that the image quality is strong and consistent. You want to see photographs that you connect with emotionally and are drawn to.
Look at their reviews as well. You want to make sure that their previous clients have been happy with their experience.
Be sure to meet with the photographer in person to ensure it is a good fit and that you are comfortable with them. You want to make sure that whomever you choose is someone who will be respectful of you and your birth space.