What if someone told you that you would not remember the first time you held your baby? Or that you wouldn’t remember the look on your husband’s face when he first saw your baby?
Between the pain, excitement, family and friends visiting and nurses/doctors coming in and out of your room, the whole birth experience can become very hazy and hard to recall.
I can’t remember the sound of my son’s first cry. I don’t remember the look on my husbands face when he first saw my son. I don’t have any idea what MY face looked like when I first held my son. Did we both cry, smile, laugh? I can’t remember!
While I was getting cleaned up my son was measured, wiped off and weighed. I missed all of it! After nine months of waiting to meet my son, those first few hours with him are such a blur now.
Little things such as family that was in the room, what I did while laboring, the look in my husband’s eyes as he looked at me, the laughs and cries we shared as we entered the 14th hour of labor….I don’t have photos that captured any of those moments and soon those mental memories will begin to fade.
As a first time mom I was so worried about everything for my son and I forgot about ME and my needs and wants. If I had taken a second to slow down and think about what I wanted, I would have thought to hire a birth photographer to document one of the biggest days of our life.
Birth Photography Information
I will be on-call starting at your 37 week mark until your baby is born. I will quietly arrive when you are in active labor (about 6cm) and stay for up until 2 hours postpartum. I want to make sure I am there to capture those beautiful moments of you meeting the newest member of your family.
This session includes my time and talent, so there is no separate session fee. Each birth story comes with 75-100 artistically and professionally edited images. The number of images depends on the length of your labor.
Being welcomed into your birth space is a privilege I do not take lightly. Documenting births is a passion that requires a great deal of time, dedication, and sacrifice. For this reason, I am only available to accept a limited number of clients per month. If you are interested in booking me for birth coverage, please contact me as soon as possible.
Let’s meet for coffee or tea so we can chat about your vision for the big day!
Birth Photography FAQs
Why would I want my birth photographed? Isn't that kind of gross?
The day of your birth is full of adrenaline and it is often hard to remember the details of who came to visit and what your partner looked like while meeting your child for the first time. Having a birth photographer in place means that your partner does not have to worry about fumbling with a camera and can completely focus on you and your well being.
Many birth clients have also found a healing when looking back on the images of their birth, an ability to make sense of some partial memories.
A birth photographer is not a medical photographer, rather a storyteller of your baby's first day.
What if I have a C-Section?
Each birth is different, however, if your C-Section is not an emergency, it is possible that I will be able to be present in the operating room. We visit this on a case by case basis.
How do you know when to come to my birth?
In your consultation, we will go over all of the details about how I handle on-call time, partner notifications, and backup plan strategies. I will have you call me when labor begins and on your way to the hospital. I will be at the hospital when you are around 5-7cm.