Birth FAQs


What is birth photography? Why should I hire a professional photographer?
Starting with labor, all the way through delivery to baby's first breath, meeting mom, dad and family members, birth photography tells the story of your baby's birthday. By hiring a professional photographer to be present at your birth, you will ensure that you're capturing the best photos possible. As a professional I understand lighting, composition, angles, and equipment which all in turn help to document your birth appropriately. This also guarantees that Dad will be free of his picture taking duties and more able to assist mom in the birthing process as well as enjoy those first moments with your baby once they have arrived. 

When are you on call and what will you bring?
2 weeks before and 2 weeks following your due date, 24/7! I will just bring myself, my camera bag and camera. I do bring a flash as alternative lighting but rarely use it. 

How private will my pictures be?
I will get your permission before sharing any shots of you and your family. This is something we talk in-depth about at our meeting. Some moms prefer not to share any images and some are okay with their images being showcased so that other moms may be inspired to hire a birth photographer as well.

How will I get my pictures?
I deliver all images through an online gallery. This gallery can be password protected and can be shared with just you, or you may use this gallery to share, download, print, and favorite the images from your birth. I deliver 3-5 sneak peek images within 72 hours after birth, to share as an announcement with family and friends. Your full gallery will take 3-4 weeks for completion.

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How long will you be at my birth?
There is no specific time limit, as birth is pretty unpredictable. I usually arrive once you are considered to be in active labor and will stay until 1-2 hours after baby is born.

When will we talk about my birth plans?
I try to meet all of my birth clients at least once before their due date, and oftentimes before they decide to book their birth with me! I want to ensure you are completely comfortable with me and my shooting style, and I want to make sure I understand your desires for your birth!

What if labor begins in the middle of the night?
No problem! We will be in contact leading up to this point and because I am on call 24/7 and babies don't operate on a 9-5 schedule, I will ensure my bag is packed and ready to go, even at 2am!

What if I have a C-section?
If I am able to join you in the operating room, I will do so! If not, I will send my camera with the person who is joining you, and resume shooting once you are out of the OR!

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How far in advance should I book my birth photographer?
Because I only take a limited amount of births each month, I recommend booking as early as possible. If you're on the fence, please send me a note, I would love to talk with you more.

Do you shoot in color or black and white?
My preference for birth is a combination of both. If you have a preference, please let me know!

Should I talk to me doctor/midwife/doula or other health care providers to see if they will allow a photographer? 
Yes! It is always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider or any other birth professional attending your birth. If you are delivering in a hospital, some may have restrictions on the number of people allowed in the room, some do not allow photographs and some healthcare providers have preferences on whether or not they will be photographed. Once you have talked to your healthcare provider, we will discuss in-depth what they will allow! Please note: your healthcare provider's job is to first and foremost care for you and your baby. As a photographer, my job comes last during labor and delivery and if at any point I am asked to leave the room, I will wait with other family members until the medical staff allows me to return. 


Maternity & Newborn FAQs


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When should I book my photographer?
I always recommend booking your photographer as soon as you find the one you love! However, most people tend to book during their second trimester to allow time to get their baby's due date on their photographers' schedule and set a date for maternity pictures.

How old should my baby be for newborn/maternity pictures?
I recommend 32-35 weeks for maternity photos. You don't want to be too far along that we risk missing the opportunity or you being uncomfortable, but definitely far enough along to show off your beautiful bump. For newborns 7-10 days is best, that way baby is still pretty sleepy! 

Should I bring along my partner and/or other children?
Absolutely! This is really your preference, but including your family and partner make for some beautiful memories, and we can always do some of you and your bump by yourself!

How long does a session take?
Maternity sessions are usually an hour to an hour and a half. Newborns can take a bit longer because they like to eat, usually about two or two and a half hours!

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Do I get the digital files?
YES! I deliver all images through an online gallery. This gallery can be password protected and can be shared with you, or you may use this gallery to share, download, print, and favorite the images from your session. I typically share sneak peeks within a day or two after your session, and the full gallery takes 3-4 weeks for completion. 

Where will my session take place?
For a newborn session, it will take place in your home! For a maternity session, we usually brainstorm a location together that fits your personal style, or we can do it in your home as well!

Do I need any props? 
This is entirely up to you! Some people like to keep it simple and not use any, and some might have some things from their childhood, or even something a grandparent made that they would like to include. 

Do you shoot in color or black and white?
My preference is a combination of both! If you have a preference, please let me know.