Will we have a chance to meet before the birth?
Absolutely! After you fill out a contract, questionnaire and pay your non-refundable retainer, we'll schedule a meeting for sometime during your third trimester. I prefer to do this at your home if you're having a home birth so I can familiarize myself with the commute and where I'll be shooting. If you're planning a birth center or hospital birth, we can meet at a coffee shop or at your home.
Once I'm in labor, when do I call you?
Let me know as soon as you think you're in labor so I can start arranging childcare for my kids. Then it's just a matter of keeping me updated with your progress. I will come when you're in active labor. If you're having a hospital or birth center birth, usually this is shortly after you arrive. If you're having a home birth, this is usually when your midwife arrives.
What happens if you miss the birth?
It's a question no one wants to have to consider, right? If I miss the birth and it's my fault, I refund all of your money, including your retainer. If I miss the birth because you did not call me soon enough, then your retainer can be applied to a Fresh48 or newborn session.
What if my hospital doesn't allow photographers?
This is a conversation you have to have with your care provider before you book with me. If you find out during labor that your hospital does not allow photographers, I will shoot what I'm able to shoot, but I can't be held responsible for not being able to capture the entire birth story.
Is there anything that will help you create amazing images of my birth?
Light! Seriously. As much as I know how comforting it can be to labor in a pitch black room, cameras just don't work if there isn't some light available. A dimmer on your light switch or a lamp would be great. I also have a flash that I can use, pointed away from you. This is something that we will discuss during our emails and first meeting.
How long do you stay?
I usually arrive when you're in or nearing active labor and stay until after you've given birth. There is no time limit for your labor. Once baby is born, I stay to shoot cutting the cord, first feeding and the newborn exam. This usually last 2 hours. My goal is to stay just long enough after the birth to capture those first moments without intruding on the time you'll be spending bonding with your baby.
I would really love photos of my older kids meeting the baby. Can we make that happen?
If you're giving birth at home, and timing works out, then I would love to get those shots for you. Hospital and birth center births don't typically allow for enough time after delivery for siblings or other family/friends to come while I'm still there. You can always add on a Fresh48 session and I will come back 12-48 hours later to get those first meetings.
What kind of timeline should I expect?
After I receive your inquiry, I will send you a questionnaire to get to know you and your family a bit better. We will discuss payment, any concerns you have and scheduling a time to meet in person. After I receive your signed contract and non-refundable retainer, you will secure your spot on my calendar. When you feel like labor is starting, call me! I will arrive when you're in active labor and stay until the newborn exam is completed. 2-3 weeks after your session you will recive a link to your gallery online where you can download your images. Then you will choose your top 5 images for birth announcements and I will send you proofs within a week. After you pick your favorite birth announcement design, I will place your order and you will have your announcements 2-4 weeks later.
Will my images be posted online?
If you sign the optional Model Release, then I will likely post some of your images on my website and Facebook. You can take a look at my Birth gallery to get an idea of the types of images I post. If I think an image might make you uncomfortable if posted publicly, I will ask for specific permision first. Your comfort and privacy is my main concern.
Can I post my pictures on Facebook?
Definitely! You’ll get two albums, one for print and one for posting online. Use the web ones that have my watermark and have been resized to look their best online. Tagging my business page is also super appreciated!
Will be able to print my pictures?
Yep! Your print release is include in the price of the session.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! If spreading out payments is the only way that you can afford birth photography, then I would love to work out a payment plan so you can have this once in a lifetime event documented.