What is birth photography?
Birth story photography memorializes the miracle of birth in once-in-a-lifetime images.
One of the most memorable days of your life is the birth of your child. I’ll document the story of your child’s birth as it unfolds. I’ll document the labor, the delivery, the first looks, the kisses, and snuggles. Every birth story is different but every single one is a testament to the strength of the mother and her love.
Why Birth Story Photography?
Birth is a transformative, intense and all-consuming experience for everyone involved. It’s powerful and chaotic and beautiful, and when it’s over the memories of what just happened can get muddled and confused and lost in the wave of exuberance and relief that comes with holding a new life in your arms.
I know from personal experience that birth is a blur. So I look at the pictures to remind me what happened. I look forward to the day that my kiddo is old enough for me to tell him about the day he was born – and show him pictures.
I’ll capture your loved ones supporting you and encouraging you. I’ll capture the hard work you did and way you concentrated on your breathing to get through the next wave of contractions, and the moment you drew the strength from inside of you to do that last push to bring your child into the world. I’ll capture the moment you and your partner laid eyes on your baby for the first time. I’ll capture the newborn snuggles and all the tiny features of your baby that you tried to imagine for months – their hands, feet, hair (or no hair!), face and so on.
How Does It Work?
I will meet you and (if applicable) your significant other to get to know you and you get to know me. Being invited to your birthing space is an honor and I take that honor seriously. We’ll talk about the value of birth photography, answer your questions, go over your comfort level of what you want to be captured, how and when you know to give me “the call.” We’ll talk about what happens after birth and how you’re getting your photos and products.
Birth Photography Packages
Birth Story Package
- Photographer on call for 24/7 starting 2 weeks before your due date (38 weeks pregnant) until you give birth
- Documenting the labor, the birth, the newborn snuggles, and up to two hours after birth at your place of birth – hospital, home, or birth center
- 100+ Edited Digital Photos
- 10 x 8 Professionally Designed Photobook
- $300 nonrefundable retainer to book your due date on the photographer’s calendar
- Remaining balance is due when you are at 37 weeks gestation
- Reveal appointment where final photos are selected for a photobook
- Payment plans available
Total Package: $1200
Special rate – 25% OFF – available for those due in June-December 2019
Fresh 48 Package
- 60 minutes daytime session
- Photographer on call for 24/7 starting 2 weeks before your due date until you give birth
- Travel up to 100 miles
- Documenting the early hours of the baby, the bonding with parents and precious moments like siblings or grandparents meeting the baby!
- 50 Edited Digital Photos
- $150 nonrefundable retainer to book your due date on the photographer’s calendar
Total Package: $300
How to Book Me as Your Birth Story Photographer
Because I am devoted to my moms-to-be, I limit my contracts to up to three per month. It’s best to reach out as soon as possible to get on my calendar to reserve your four weeks.
You can reach out by completing and sending the form below to set up our preparation appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
When your birth is on my calendar, I will be available at a moment’s notice at any hour of the day and night between the beginning of your 38th week until your baby gets born. Because I wouldn’t miss your baby’s birth for the world, I will only accept up to three births a month, and I won’t leave the area.
I serve Southwest Michigan only – Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and their nearby surrounding areas.
You could do that, if they are willing and remember, but
Also, birthing rooms often have low-lighting situations that smartphones or even consumer-level cameras just can’t handle as well as a professional photographer with professional equipment.
Doctors, midwives, and nurses are really good at ushering babies into the world, but photography? Less so. Let them do what they do well, and let me do what I do well.
I’m a strong believer that all birth is birth. Regardless if they come out vaginal, c-section or teleportation. (Teleportation sounds nice.) Every birth story is valuable. Keep in mind that some hospitals have restrictions on who can come in the operating room. So if you get permission for me to be in the room, I’ll capture when they lift the baby up and you meet your baby face-to-face. Super precious. If I do not have permission, I will still capture the laboring process, when you return from the c-section and do a Fresh 48 session.
Birth is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will never happen again for this tiny human. It’s not unlike a wedding, except they won’t remember it.
A big difference between birth photography and wedding photography is that you generally know when you’re going to get married and how long it will take. Babies are unpredictable and can arrive at any time. Even when they do decide to come, sometimes they take their sweet time. I’m there for all of it, capturing your hard work and general badassery.
So you’re not just hiring me to photograph an event that will happen at a predictable time for a predictable amount of time. You’re hiring me to be on call for four weeks, ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and go document your baby’s arrival for as long as it takes. Because of the unpredictability of birth, I only accept 2-3 births a month to make absolutely sure I can
No, you’ll get both versions of the photos – color and black-and-white.
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One more thing.
Did you like the pictures you saw on this page? Would like to see more of their birth story? Visit the blog post about that birth.