.PREPARING FOR YOUR BIRTH STORY SESSION.
I have a deep reverence for the birthing mother. With that being said - birth stories are one of the most important and fulfilling types of photography that any artist can offer. My journey for wanting to incorporate birth stories into the many styles of photography that I offer, came out of witnessing the miracles and stories surrounding a number of my friends & family members [along with fellow photographers]. It would be my honor to document this milestone for you & your family.
Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that I have gotten in regards to birth story photography. This guide will help you to get a better understanding of how I'll approach your birth story.
What is the benefit of hiring a birth photographer? Childbirth is very raw & very emotional. Having a professional photographer present for this moment will allow your partner, your family members, & your friends - to be more present and to be most helpful to you & your unborn child. I have the ability to carefully document every single step of the way - allowing me to create an heirloom that your family will treasure for a lifetime.
What is included in your Birth Story package? First and foremost, you will have my on-call availability for  week prior to and  weeks after your due date. I am with you for as long as it takes during the childbirth process and even for a few hours afterwards. Client investment for day of labor & delivery birth story coverage includes: FREE unlimited e-mail correspondence & in-person consultation [optional]. On-call services  week before and  weeks after your due date. Photography coverage from the time I arrive - until after baby is born.  Professionally edited, high-resolution images - digitally delivered via private online photo gallery for image downloading & print ordering [additional files may be purchased]. Personalized thank you gift box including a customized USB.  Page 6" x 6" Hard Cover Photo Book. Full reproduction rights for personal printing, posting & sharing. $25 Studio Credit value to use towards customized photo albums, fine-art prints, future photo sessions and more!
What is your turn around time for these images? Typically, I will have your image gallery complete and uploaded to your private viewing gallery within  weeks of your child's birth.
When is the best time for me to book my Birth Story? It is recommended that you book and secure your spot on my calendar as soon as you know you would like for me to be there.
When will you arrive and how long will you stay after the baby arrives? I would prefer to arrive as soon as you know you are really in labor. This will give me time to document some important details. We know that giving birth is a very vulnerable and intimate event. It’s helpful to begin the journey along with you so that I'm not walking into your space the moment that things start to get really intense. I am respectful during your birth and will be as invisible as you need me to be.
What can we do to help insure the best photos possible? Please give me as much advanced notice as possible when you think you might be in labor. I know this is not always possible, but it is greatly appreciated when it is. For home births - please do not use white or light colored towels for after the baby is born.
What if I don’t want “every single moment” photographed? I have years of experience capturing photos of clients from all different comfort levels. Some mothers will inevitably want to see everything in their photos, others will prefer for me stay above their heads and take the photos from a more discreet perspective. I will ALWAYS be sure to honor your wishes. In my personal opinion, I think you will be happier in the end with photos that tell the full story - the “see it all” approach. After all, these photos are for your eyes only - and you only have to share the ones you want to.
Do you photograph Cesarean births? At this time, I do not. A number of hospitals & doctors are concerned with having a professional photographer in the delivery room. I have to abide by hospital policies and so it is important that you discuss all possible scenarios with your care providers and hospitals if this ends up being your destined route of birth.
What happens if you miss the birth? If I am given a reasonable amount of notice and called at the very beginning of labor, I will not miss it! But, quick labors DO happen and at that point you can choose what you’d like for me to do. I can either photograph the postpartum time after the baby is born like I would normally (full payment will still be due) OR you can tell me not to come at all and there will be no balance due. I do not refund retainer fees because I am making myself available to you and will live in an on-call status for weeks surrounding your birth. Again, calling me at the VERY beginning of labor will prevent a "missed birth" from happening. ***I cannot stress enough that advanced notice is a MUST! Intentionally waiting until your labor gets to be too intense, transition, or even gets to the pushing phase without me present - will likely result in me missing your child's birth.
I know you are a portrait & wedding photographer as well, what if I call you to come to my birth when you have another session scheduled? My clients understand that I am now offering birth story sessions. If I am called to your birth, I will contact any clients to reschedule their session - and I will try my best not to schedule birth story sessions during the peak of wedding season.
Do you offer gift certificates? Yes, I do! Please visit the 'products' page to purchase one!
Have a question about something that wasn't answered here? Don't hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!