What is a Birth Story? Birth photography is a special session for those new families who want the entire labor and birth documented. Held at about 5-7 cm of dilation to the birth of your baby, these lifestyle sessions are perfect for remembering that first day forever. Shots of your little one’s first yawns, cute little baby feet, fingers, belly button will be documented. First feedings. Diaper changes. All of those amazing family meetings. Also, I will capture those quiet moments between you and your new little one. I will come to your place of birth within 5-7 cm of dilation. This is not a traditional newborn session; I will not pose the baby or bring props or lights. This will just be me capturing your baby’s sweet new moments in a fresh natural way!
Why a Birth Story? If you ask women who have given birth if they remember all of the details, they will probably say no. They may remember some of the details, but more than likely not all of it. And of course they don’t! They are working really hard and don’t have the energy to remember every single detail that happened. So in my opinion, just as your wedding day was documented, the birth of your baby is one of the most important days in your life and deserves to be documented in detail as well. Hiring a birth photographer also allows dads/ your birth partners to better support you. By removing the responsibility of taking photos, they are able to be 100% present to help you which is a time you will need their help the most. We have to remember that they, too, are going through a lot of emotions and are probably not the best person to take photos since they are experiencing their wife/partner go through a challenging and emotional time. They will be distracted and forget to document the moments you want captured. You want to always remember what it felt like when you saw your baby for the first time. It’s a powerful moment. The look on Dad’s/your partner’s face when he held his child for the first time. The photos truly capture the love in the room. Childbirth is the most amazing, miraculous event EVER. The moment your child enters this world is something you never want to forget. If you want to document your baby bump, and sweet newborn photos, why not document the moment your child is born? It really makes you look at how beautiful it all is and the miracle that is giving birth. What is Included in a Birth Story? The story takes place about 5-7cm of dilation of the delivery. I like to be there as quickly as possible around 5-7cm. It can take place at the hospital, birth center or at home and will last as long as the delivery does. Lifestyle photography similar in style to my Fresh 48 photography – unposed, natural or available light. A mix of black and white and soft color images. Includes 100-200 depending on the length of the delivery, digital images with print release on a custom USB. Investment is $450+tax
When hiring me as birth photographer please contact me quite early on during the pregnancy. I tend to limit the amount of clients because I have to stay "on-call" close to your due date. Keeping me in the loop throughout your pregnancy and labor is a must. Being in contact a few times the week leading up to labor, call me when your water broke and texts throughout the day about m your progress. I normally comes to the hospital when my client is 5-7 cm dilated."
*$75 non-refundable retainer and signed contract required at booking and will be applied to your session fee. Remaining balance and tax are due 48 hours before the session. *Additional rate may apply (if location is more than 20 miles from 45872 there is a mileage fee applied).