People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to describing the birth of your child you may find yourself at a loss for words. I want to be there to help capture your baby’s story. You may want to share your child’s birth story with your family and friends, or maybe you want to share it with your child when they get older. Maybe you just want to remember every detail for yourself; your strength and you brought your child into the world, your baby’s first cry, their time fingers and toes or maybe the expression when you first meet the child you have loved without knowing for the past nine months.
FULL BIRTH STORY $800
I will be on call 24/7, two weeks prior to your estimated due date until you deliver. Once you are in active labour I will join you at the place of your child’s birth to capture your strength and emotion as you bring your baby into the world. Once your baby is born I will stay up to two hours after to capture you and your family as your bond with your newest addition.
- Depending on the length of the birth you will receive between 50 – 300 retouched digital images on a custom USB and an online gallery.
FRESH 48 $280
Your baby will be changing so fast – hour to hour, day to day. Capture those first milestones: herbal bath, breastfeeding, meeting siblings or family members, Dad’s first diaper change, baby birthday party, meeting the grandparents, going home from the hospital or simply just gazing at each other! Once your baby has been born I will join you at their birth place with 48 hours to capture all of the fresh and tiny details.
- 20 retouched digital images will be added to an online gallery.
- A $50 non-refundable retainer due at the time of booking to secure your session.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY?
I currently only accept one or two births a month. Taking on a limited number of births each month allows me to be there for my family, as well as yours. For birth story availability please contact me.
WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY?
Birth Stories are an investment of $800 and they include me being on call for two weeks prior to your estimated due date until you deliver, unlimited time spend at your delivery and editing of your images. To secure your birth window (the two weeks before your estimated due date until you deliver) a $200 non-refundable retainer is due at the time of booking. I understand how costly having a baby can be so I offer a no interest payment plan up until your birth window when the balance is due. I also offer a complimentary birth story registry, this allows you to accept donations towards your birth story and this makes an excellent baby shower gift. If you deliver prior to your birth window and final payment has not yet been received, no images will be processed until the final payment has been made. I currently accept cash, credit cards via the square reader, PayPal and e-transfers as payment methods.
WHAT ABOUT MY PRIVACY?
Birth is a very intimate and personal time and I respect that to the fullest. Only discreet images are shared online and only after you have approved.
ARE THE IMAGES GRAPHIC?
Whether the images are graphic is 100% up to you! Some women want a to see as their child enters the world and others want an over their shoulder angle during the birth. During our prenatal meeting we will go over your preferences and comfort levels.
DO I NEED PERMISSION?
I strongly advise that you let your caregiver as much notice as possible that I will be joining you during the birth. Most doctors and midwives are very accommodating to a birth photographer but some may restrict when and what I am able to photograph.
WHAT IS THE PRENATAL APPOINTMENT?
The prenatal appointment is a time for us to get to know each other a little bit so you feel more at ease when I arrive at the birth (although you may not even notice me arrive when the time comes). It will ideally take place when you booking me as your photographer or before you are 34 weeks along. It is a time for us to go over your birth plan, expectations and wishes.
WHEN DO WE CALL YOU?
During the day I ask that you call me at the onset of labour so I can arrange child care if needed. Even if it’s a false alarm I would rather be prepared to go than miss the birth. If it is after 10 PM I ask that you text me and call me as soon as your contractions become regular. During labour I ask that you or your partner send me text updates so I know when to leave. I will ideally join you when you are between 5-6 cm dilated.
WHAT IF I NEED A C-SECTION?
In the event of a c-section I will unlikely be able to join you in the operating room. I will capture the moments leading up to and stay until two hours after your c-section to capture you bonding with your baby. If I have been given permission to join you, I will document everything the same as I would with any other birth. In the event of a cesarean no discounts or refunds will be given.
WHAT ID YOU MISS THE BIRTH?
I can not stress how important it is to have somebody call be at the onset of labour and text me updates on a frequent basis so I can arrange child care and prepare to join you.
I always suggest packing your own camera in case an event outside of my control prevents me from making it on time (rapid labour and delivery, weather, emergency c-sections, traffic accidents, not notified or not kept up to date with your progress etc.).
If I miss the birth due to circumstances outside of my control I will arrive as soon as I can to document the rest of your birth story and no refunds will be given. If I am unable to attend due to a personal emergency I will attempt to secure my back up photographer. If I am unable to secure a back up photographer your payment will be refunded in full.
DO YOU USE FLASH?
I always try to get quality images without using a flash. I understand that a flash can be a distraction to a labouring mother. If there is simply not enough light I will turn on an ambient light source if there is one available. If there is simply not enough light I will bounce a flash off of the wall or ceiling. A direct flash will never be used and a flash will only be used after the baby is born if absolutely necessary.
WHAT IF I GO INTO LABOUR EARLY?
Call me! I will most likely be able to attend. If I am unable to attend I will attempt to secure my back up photographer. If she is not available your retainer will be put towards a Fresh 48 session. If you tend to deliver before 38 weeks or have short labours please notify me during our prenatal visit.
WHEN DO WE GET THE FINAL IMAGES?
Within 48 hours of the birth I will post a preview on my Facebook page for you to share with your family and friends. In most cases the final images will be fully retouched and put into an online gallery within four weeks.
DO YOU OFFER ANY PRODUCTS?
Yes, I offer a selection of professional made, high quality products. To view the products I have available please click here.