Photography is Art

I am not just a Mom with a fancy camera, I am an artist with a unique ability to see the world in a different way. I’ve been surrounded by the basic principles of art for my entire life, which led me to my bachelors degree in art in 2012. When I don’t have a camera, I make pictures with my eyes as I see color, balance, shapes, composition, and light in the world around me. Just as a painter would put their emotions and past experiences in their paintings, each photograph I take has my own emotions and experiences in them. When I take your picture, it’s because I see patterns, light, balance, and composition… I see pain, heartache, love, and worry. I can feel your energy and your vibe, and I work with you in your birth space. When you hire me, you are hiring an artist.

Read more about how I work in your births space in this blog post.

This is how I roll

FIRST, I want to hang out with you! I am your personal artist! In order for me do my job to the best of my abilities, I must know who you are! So, I require in-person meetings before attending your birth. Not only is it great for you to see exactly who is going to show up when you are in labor… for me, meeting you during this time also gives me the opportunity to feel your energy and vibe. I bring along a questionnaire to fill out while I’m with you and I answer any questions you have lingering. It’s not the answers to the questions that matter, it’s the way you answer them that help me. I know your schedule is already crazy busy, so I stay flexible with days and times to meet! Plus, I come to you!

SECOND, Reserve your estimated due date. I only take a limited amount of births each month, so be sure to leave your deposit to reserve your EDD. I often book up in advance, so don’t wait! I go on-call for you at 37 weeks gestation (this is when your balance is due). But don’t worry – If you are one of the rare few who have their babies before 37 weeks, I’ll still come if I’m not at another birth. The only reason I mark my on-call/off-call times is so that I can take trips more than an hour away and indulge in an extra glass of wine!

THIRD, It’s baby day! Holy crap, that went by fast… it’s confirmed that you are in active labor and I am heading your way! When I arrive I observe the birth space and get a feel for where your at. If you are planning a natural unmedicated birth, I will see how far off into labor land you are and assess my next moves. I may stay back depending how you look, sound, etc. If you are well into active labor, I typically come closer and may be right next to you. Trust me though, you won’t even know I exist! If you are planning an epidural, well, I may not be able to hide very well! So, I’ll blend right in! If you’re chatting it up, I’ll chat it up with ya!

FOUR, Relive those intimate moments. Most of my birth packages come with sneak peek photos within 24 hours, so you can relax and look forward to having a few high quality photos to share with your friends and family on social media. The time it takes to receive the rest of your images/video varies depending on which package you chose and if I had births back to back before yours. On average, it takes me around 3-4 weeks to deliver a full gallery of images or your shorter PG version of your video, and 6-8 weeks for your full video. Great things take time and I will keep you updated every step of the way!

Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all!

We all like it! But I’m sad to announce that it doesn’t grow on trees, so we have to pick and choose where to spend it. As your due date approaches, you’ll start to see your wallet become empty and the printing on your credit card will start to wear out and become illegibleI hear ya! Trust me, I do! I have a little one and I know how much it costs to assemble your birth team. I also know how expenses can pile up quickly and unexpectedly. Heck, you’ve got a baby on the way!

Here’s the thing though… at the end of the day, it’s just you, your partner, your bundle of joy, and your photos. And if you ain’t got the photos, then you better have a good memory!

Alright… you and I both know the only reason you clicked on this page was to look at how much I charged! So I’ll give it to you straight.

Birthing families spend anywhere from $1800 to $3550.

Other Documentary sessions are anywhere from $500 to $2200.

…Now look at a placenta photo for fun