What is birth photography?
Capturing those tender moments while your partner supports you through contractions, the giggles and smiles in between, the delivery of your baby and meeting for the first time, and meeting other family members, tells the story of your baby's birthday. Birth photography is a photojournalistic approach documenting your entire journey. Feel those emotions come back as you reminisce over your photos and share these moments with your children for years to come.
I'm unsure about having someone photograph me. Can we meet?
It is important you and your partner feel comfortable with me. Giving birth is a very private and intimate time and I'm always honored when clients allow me in their life on such a special day. We can get to know each other during our in-person consultation. During this meeting we will discuss what is involved, your expectations and vision, what you want/don't want photographed and any other questions you might have.
Do all hospitals allow you to photograph the birth?
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital allows photography in the labor room and O.R with a few guidelines, however I strongly encourage all my clients discuss photography with their healthcare provider.
How long will you be at my birth?
There is no set of hours, as every birth is different. I begin photographing your birth when it is determined that you’re in active labor and stay up until 1-2 hours after delivery.
What if I have a C-section?
Every birth is beautiful and deserves to be captured. The benefit of having me there is I will be able to capture the moments you won't get to see during surgery and while in recovery. Many hospitals and doctors are becoming more open to photography during surgery, but you’ll need to discuss this with your healthcare provider. If I am not allowed in the O.R., I stay behind shooting details and follow your partner and baby to the nursery.
Do you travel outside of Santa Barbara for births?
Due to all births being different and some moving quicker than others, I like to stay within 1 hour of home, but if you are further and think we are good fit, don’t hesitate to contact me.
What happens if labor starts in the middle of the night?
No problem! I am on call 24/7 from the time you are 38 weeks. Since we will be in contact leading up to this point, I'll be prepared and ready to go, even at 3am.
Would all of the pictures from my birth be shared publicly?
Privacy is very important to me and all images remain unshared until you have personally approved them for public use. I love when clients give me permission to share their birth stories, as it encourages other families, but I understand that sharing such an intimate event is not for everyone.
How and when do I book?
Book your birth as soon as you know you'd like me to be there. Payment of half your collection is required to book your birth and the remaining balance is due by 36 weeks.
What is included with your birth photography session?
Your session includes an in-person consulation to get to know one another and discuss the birth plan, on call time 24/7 from 38 weeks, unlimited birth coverage from active labor until 1-2 hours postpartum, an in-person reveal session of your images 4-6 weeks after birth, and depending on what collection you choose, tangible fine art products such as 4x6 proof prints and heirloom linen albums. I'm also available to meet you more times if needed and can meet with your healthcare provider to ensure I won't be in the way. The safety and health of you and your baby always come first.
We are having a surrogate birth. How would that work?
Surrogacy is such a beautiful gift for the parents-to-be and every birth is deserving of being photographed. Photographing the birth wouldn’t be any different, but an additional agreement between the surrogate and parents is needed.
Birth photography isn’t for me, but I still want to document my baby's birthday. What else do you offer?
If birth photography isn’t what you are looking for, a Fresh 48 may be it! A Fresh 48 is a one hour session occuring 24-48 hours after birth at the birth place, allowing mom to rest, freshen up and look her best for her first family photos. These sessions are perfect for those first meetings among siblings and family members, and those interested in capturing a more private experience on their baby's birthday.
These sessions are semi on-call, as they need to be scheduled shortly after birth and take place during normal business hours.
What is a Newborn Lifestyle session?
Newborn Lifestyle sessions take place in the comfort of your own home 7-10 days after birth, offering you and your family time to settle in. You'll experience a relaxed, stress-free session full of candid moments; moments that perfectly capture you and your family.
What other Lifestyle sessions do you offer?
I offer Maternity and Family Lifestyle sessions. Taking place in your home or somewhere that represents you, I photograph your family doing something you love. Whether that's making pancakes in the morning, cuddling and reading a book, or walking on the beach. Doing something you love will encourage natural and organic emotions, and these are those simple precious moments you don't want to forget.
We are adopting our child, do you photograph these moments as well?
Yes! An adoption is just as important as the physical birth of a child. Welcoming your child for the first time is the day you become parents. A new addition to the family, no matter how, should always be documented and remembered.