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If you are here, you are either interested in birth photography or just curious about the details, either way let me answer some questions you may have.
First off... BIRTH photography???
I get it, trust me, birth photography is a fairly new concept especially in our little Louisiana communities. Your southern momma may gasp at the thought of hiring a photographer to photograph you giving birth! Well to answer the question, "Why hire a birth photographer?", let me get into my history of birth photography to give you a little insight. In 2013 I photographed my very first birth, it was my childhood best friend & her husband's first child, my godchild, Aisley. I really didn't know much about birth photography, being that I am a portrait photographer, I hadn't done anything like this before! But that day was one of the BEST days ever for me, it was the first time I had seen how miraculous and beautiful birth truly is and I fell head over heels in love with being a part of it. I cried behind my camera snapping away as Aisley was born. It wasn't just a baby being born and snapping a few photos, I watched my best friend set eyes on her child for the first time after hours of labor, I watched her husband gently care for his wife with the most unconditional love & support in his eyes, I watched her mom's joy as her baby girl became a mother... and I documented every bit of it for them to treasure the rest of their lives.
So, why hire a birth photographer?
Just like your wedding day, the day you give birth is a whirlwind and before you know it it's over and you're like wait what just happened?? The day you get married and the day you have your child/children are the most important days of your entire life, so many beautiful and intimate moments happen and you miss some of it because there's so much going on. Your mind is racing, the adrenaline, the medication, the calls/texts, the contractions, the visitors, focusing on getting some rest.. you may not get to see your mom smiling at you with pride from across the room, or your husband's face as he holds your hand through a contraction, or your child's very first moments of life, and you won't see the way you looked when you wrapped your arms around your newborn finally. You'll feel all of these things, but birth photography is the only way you can go back and feel those things over and over again. Focus on those special moments with your loved ones instead of worrying about making sure someone snapped photos, let ME worry about that. So maybe the question you should ask is why not? Birth photography is not for everyone, some aren't comfortable with a stranger being a part of something they may consider private, and I completely understand that. But I hope you'll consider it, and I can promise you that you'll never regret it.
frequently asked questions
When should I schedule for my birth?
As soon as possible, at this time I only
take one birth per month so it is important to schedule as soon as you have your due date to be sure I am available.
Can I meet your before booking?
Absolutely! I would love to meet for coffee, get to know you, and talk in person about any questions or concerns you have. Let's do it!
What is "On-Call"?
As your due date date approaches, I will be sure I am available by going on-call. Which means my phone will be on me at all times and I will not travel distant. I will be checking on you after your weekly appointments to get updates so I can be as prepared as possible. I will give you my personal & business cell numbers and you are to contact me at anytime 24/7 when labor starts.
Do I need approval from my doctor/hospital?
Yes, before you schedule me you need to talk to your doctor to be 100% sure they will allow me to photograph during delivery. I will stay out of their way, and most doctors are coming around to birth photography as its becoming more common.
What if I have/am having a c-section?
No matter how your birth takes place, I am available to tell your birth story. You can see a few c-section deliveries on my blog, if you are curious!
What if I don't want my images shared on your website?
Some feel as though birth is a private, intimate thing and only want photos for themselves and I completely understand that. Your photos will not be shared online if you request. However, I do hope that you'll consider allowing me to share your photos for other moms considering birth photography to see and be inspired by. You can also request that specific photos not be shared.
What if I go into labor when you have another session?
All clients who are scheduled near your due date will be notified in advance that I am on call for a birth. 99.9% of the time, clients are very understanding if I let them know my client is in labor and we will reschedule.
How far will you travel for births?
I will typically travel within a 1-1.5 hour radius for births. Within the Alexandria, Opelousas, Lafayette, Crowley, and Lake Charles areas. The farther away your are the more important it is to keep me updated on ANY changes as your due date approaches.
What kind of photos can I expect during delivery?
While I believe birth is a beautiful natural thing, I can assure you that I am a modest birth photographer. I do not take or deliver photos that show any private parts of mom or baby. I am typically positioned on either side of you during birth to ensure no photos you would not approve of are even taken. Nursing photos are often taken but taken modestly. We can discuss this further if you have any concerns.
What if we want a quiet, personal birth with no distractions?
I can be as quiet or sociable as you want me to be. I can be a fly on the wall (other than the clicking camera sound) or we can be friends and talk throughout the day! I prefer the latter but it is your preference to have it either way! During the actual birth, I will ALWAYS be quiet and stay out of the way while shooting. If any of this is a concern, please let me know!
What if my birth takes a long time?
Then I am at the hospital for a long time! :) I plan to be there when you are around 4-5 cm dilated, and I do not leave until 1-1.5 hours after delivery! I have been at a birth for 24 hours before, it happens! I am not leaving your side!
What does birth photography cost?
Just like wedding photography, birth photography should be viewed as an investment, and an investment that is worth every cent! Being that I am just now taking a leap into birth photography, I am offering my services at a lower cost than you'll typically find as I am trying to portfolio build. I have different options available as far as the cost goes so feel free to take a look here.
Do you offer payment plans?
I do offer payment plans, there is an initial fee due upfront depending on what inclusions you choose. Your total is to be paid in full by 2 weeks prior to your due date. We can discuss payment options further and find a plan that works for you!
Are all the images black & white?
As I said before, I am a modest birth photographer and due to the sometimes graphic nature of birth photography, I prefer my work in black & white. I also find black & white images help you really focus on the emotion & love in the photos and that's important to me. I can do color photos at your request but all blogged images will be black & white.
If you find there is any question you have that I missed here, I am an open book!
Let's talk! Contact me here!