Will we meet beforehand? When should I book?
Of course! Meet and greets are very important to me as the photographer, as well as you to be able to get to know me and feel comfortable. In fact, I often meet with moms and their partners twice, once before signing the contract and once after to finalize our plan. Once you've contacted me, we'll set up an initial meeting by phone or in person to talk about which services you're interested in. Your $350 retainer reserves the two weeks before and one week after your due date. We suggest you contact us early in your pregnancy, but it's never too early or too late to get in touch! I do only take 3-4 births per month, so that I can be fully present for your big day. Once your contract and deposit are received, you are officially booked and your due date is on my calendar.
How does the process work?
Once you decide you would like me to photograph your birth, please contact me and let me know the package that best fits your needs. When you are ready to book, I will send over a contract stipulating our agreement. Once that is received along with your deposit, I will be on call from 38 weeks until the birth of your baby. Once services are complete and full payment received, the editing process begins. Within 24-72 hours after the birth, you will receive your first "sneak peek" images. The rest of the images will be delivered within 2-4 weeks, video 3-8. For video you will be able to submit editing requests one time before a final copy is created.
Can’t my husband/doula/nurse just take pictures?
We want you, your partner, and your family to be fully present for your birth. Having a professional photographer will ensure you have high-quality images even in the trickiest lighting situations and that your partner and family will be in front of the camera with you and your baby instead of behind it. We believe your birth deserves to be captured artfully and professionally so these moments are well-preserved. Also, this way your partner (s) can also be part of the story!
What areas do you service? Will you travel out-of-state?
I am located in Charlotte and primarily service Mecklenberg, Union, Gaston, Stanly, and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina. I am available for local travel beyond 45 minutes, as well as for out-of-state for scheduled inductions - I am happy to come to you, please contact for travel fee information.
When do you start shooting? When do you leave?
Unless you have purchased additional time (some families choose to have me arrive during early labor), I typically arrive during active labor (5cm dilated) or when contractions have been steadily 5-8 minutes apart for an hour. and end 1-2 hours after the birth. When I arrive will also depend on your birth plan and my travel time. Previous pregnancies, birth history, and pregnancy complications can change my arrival time. The goal is to have a plan, but understand that birth calls for flexibility more often than not! All of the possible options will be discussed during our meet and greet. It’s important to get in touch with me as soon as you think you may be in labor and again when a doctor or midwife confirms active labor to allow me enough time to get to you.
what about cesarean Sections, scheduled or unplanned?
All birth is beautiful, in any form. I am happy to document your cesarean, and ask you to contact your provider & hospital to discuss your request. Generally speaking it is becoming more common to photograph birth even in the OR, however some hospitals/Doctors/ Charge nurses/Anesthesiologists have a blanket policy which does not allow photography. No one can advocate for my presence in the OR better than you and your partner. The hospital rules are normally set by the anesthesiologist or charge nurse, and often we do not know who it will be until the day of birth. If I am not allowed in, I can send your partner or willing nurse with a camera set on auto. We can discuss contingency plans at our meet and greet, there are usually creative solutions to almost everything. Whether you are having a planned c-section or not, I always advise creating a birth plan and going over it with your provider in detail so they are aware of your wishes.
What IF my labor is long?
This is a common concern, but please know that once labor has started I am in it for the long haul! This is part of being a birth worker, and part of documenting your story. Any breaks are taken at appropriate times, or if the need arises to give mothers/parents/partners some alone time.
what if I go into labor early?
I will be on call for the two weeks before and one week after your due date, but if labor starts earlier I will most likely still be able to make it! Give me a call as soon as you know you are in labor. I do work with a back-up photographer in case of emergencies, though I am extremely careful about scheduling overlap.
when do we call you?
Call us as soon as contractions begin or your water breaks, so we have advanced notice. Call us again when you are 3-5cm dilated, or when active labor has begun. If you are getting an induction, provide me with the date and time in advance. It's always a good idea to let someone other than your partner know to contact us in case they forget to get in touch with us in the happy chaos of early labor!
What happens if it’s a false labor?
Get in touch with us as soon as you think you may be in labor, and I will then wait for a second call when active labor has been confirmed by a doctor or midwife.
Do you pose photos?
For birth photography I do not pose photos - I want to document your birth experience rather than direct it. For maternity and newborn sessions will take a lifestyle approach, directing you in some aspects but with the intention of creating a natural feel and look.
How much do you "show" of the birth?
This is completely dependent on your wishes, and we will discuss your vision for the image results at your meet and greet. Part of being a professional is being tricky with camera shots...I'm usually able to retain modesty while getting the essential moments! As far as website, social media, and promotional materials, any images shared that might seem "immodest" have been shared with full consent of the parents.
Do you interact with us?
I follow your lead! Happy to be a fly on the wall, or chat as much (or as little) as you prefer. I respect the birth space and choose my actions wisely so as not to disturb the process.
Do you shoot in color or black & white?
Due to the nature of birth photography being "documentary" style art, most birth images will be delivered in black & white with select images in color. This format allows for a timeless, natural feel and allows me to capture important moments while still preserving modesty and privacy. Other sessions will include a mix of both color and black & white. We can discuss your preferences during the meet and greet - everything is flexible :-)
What equipment do you use? Will you use flash during the birth?
I primarily use Canon Mark III 5d's, along with an assortment of professional Canon lenses. We prefer to use available light because we like the feel of it and don't want to disturb a laboring mother during the birth. Flash may be used in poorly-lit circumstances with the permission of the mother and hospital or birthing center staff.
How many images can I expect? How do we receive them?
For a standard birth photography package I will deliver a minimum of 60-100 professionally edited images, delivered via a beautiful and private, password protected online gallery.
What happens if something goes wrong that we wouldn’t want photographed?
Births are unpredictable, and it's important to us that we respect your wishes. We will work together with you before the birth to lay out a plan for all of the what-ifs (NICU, complications, hospital rules, etc). Having a plan, and a back-up plan, does wonders to relieve pre-birth nerves.