Birth Photography FAQ
What is Birth Photography?
Somewhere you’ve heard your friends talking about photos of births, or you’ve seen pictures on Pinterest… even Huffington Post has written articles featuring some of the best birth photos around the world. Somewhere, you’ve seen a picture floating around of a new Mom giving birth to her brand new baby. Her face says it all! She’s happy, she’s scared, she’s in pain, and she just pushed a 10 pound bowling ball out of her vagina! In all seriousness though, that moment in your life is one of the most incredible moments you will ever experience.
That is Birth Photography… a photographic documentation of the birth of your child and the support you received from the people around you. It is a series of images that tell your unique birth story.
What cities do you cover? Is there a travel fee?
I am currently serving most of Dallas and Fort Worth area in Texas, although I am willing to travel further for a fee.
If you are outside of DFW (or if travel time is more than 1 hour), a travel fee will incur. The amount will vary depending on your location.
What should I wear?
Since I am a documentary photographer, I don’t like to direct in any way or change anything about the environment. However, I have been asked this question enough times that I should probably list it here in the FAQ! Honestly, I want you to wear whatever makes you comfortable! “Wear what you normally would wear” is a phrase I say way too often! If you really do need some direction, play it safe and stick with solids.
How much do you show in photos? I am concerned about modesty.
This is the most frequently asked question, and I completely understand why! During our in-person meeting we talk about these things and discuss what you are comfortable with showing in your photos. If you don’t want any crowning/emerging/baby’s-head-coming-out shots, I can adjust where I am standing and get at the right angle to where it’s covered.
Do you use flash?
I am a photojournalist at heart. That being said, I will not use flash unless it is absolutely necessary. I want to show your story in my photos… if you wanted the room to be dark while you were laboring, then my photos will reflect that. If I find that I can’t do my job due to the lack of light, I will try to speak to others about turning on a light in a nearby room to spill some light into your birth area. If there just isn’t another way, I will resort to using flash. If I need to use flash though, don’t be alarmed! I will point it towards the ceiling or wall and you will not even notice it!
Why would I want photos of my birth?
The real question should be “Why wouldn’t you want photos of your birth?” You need photos for your birth for the same reason you need photos for your wedding! It’s a big life event! Becoming a parent is such a huge part of your life, it completely changes who you are. Plus, babies and children grow SO FAST! Sooo soo fast… and you can’t go back in time and change your mind if you chose to skip hiring a professional.
I always say… the photos you regret the most are the ones that weren’t taken.
How much does birth photography cost?
I offer a variety of package options and add-ons. Please Contact me to receive my information document.
What do I expect when you arrive to my birth?
At this point you’ve already called me and I have already left to your birthing location. When I arrive, I take mental notes of your birth space, how you’re feeling at the time, and what the rest of your team is doing. I discreetly begin photographing what I see, whether it’s your partner giving you a back rub or your doula doing hip squeezes on you. Depending how far you are into labor-land will determine if you notice me there or not. I have had short conversations with laboring Moms before between contractions, and after they have their babies they always seem to ask me “When did you arrive?” as if I hadn’t been there that entire time! It’s interesting what labor-land does to you! 🙂
When do I call you?
As your due date approaches, you will experience different signs that your body is preparing for labor. I would love to receive text message updates as things start happening so I can prepare the best that I can. If your waters break, call me! That is one sign I want to be woken up for, even if baby isn’t born for another 2 days! If you have the midwife coming over or you are heading to your place of birth, call me! The more informed I am, the more prepared I can be to leave on a moments notice.
I prefer to arrive at your birth location when you are in active labor (around 6cm). This allows me to come into your birth space with very little distraction. However, if you feel as if you need me sooner, please don’t hesitate to call me and let me know! I am apart of your birth team and will do what makes you most comfortable.
Do you offer any bundles or package options?
Yes, I do! Please Contact me to receive my package options!
Another thing I honor is Grandfathered Pricing! If you hire me for Birth Photography, I will honor the same price for your next baby as long as you hire me for each Birth after! If you hire me for a Family Session, I will honor the same rate for each session after that as long as you hire me at least once a year! Note: Grandfathered Pricing is for the original price at that time and does not include any discounts.