Birth Photography F.A.Q.
When you are hiring a birth photographer, you are hiring a professional.
I’m not just a mom with a cool camera. I have been trained and mentored with the top documentary family photographer in the industry. I am an artist with a unique way that I see the world. With and without a camera I am constantly looking at light, moments, composition, and color around me. Just like a painter or any other artist uses their emotions to create their art, I infuse my images with part of me. More than anything I strive to photograph how something feels.
WHAT IS BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY?
It is the photographic documentation of you while in labor, the support you receive, and the birth of the child. It is a series of images that tell your story. It’s getting the detail shots of your husband holding your hand, you wiping away a tear the first time you see your baby, it is a photo of you sleeping because you are exhausted.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
As a documentary photographer I do not direct in any way. But I do get asked this often. So sticking with solid colors is safe, just wear what you are comfortable in or you can even take it all off. Your birth and decisions are all up to you. I will just honestly photograph it for you.
DO YOU USE FLASH?
I do my absolute best not to use flash. If for some reason I find that I cannot do my job with the light the way it is, I will talk to someone about possibly turning on a light somewhere. In order to get the most authentic images I will push my camera as far as I possibly can before introducing any sort of flash. Although, sometimes I do need to introduce flash.
WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE?
I like to be told when you go into labor, and then prefer to arrive when you are in active labor. This is something that we discuss at your consultation.
DO YOU SHARE EVERY BIRTH ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
I do require a model release to be signed before I will photograph anything. In order for me to book future clients they need to be able to see my work. If you are wanting to keep your images private I do charge more for that. But, this is something that we discuss at the consultation.
WHAT CITIES DO YOU COVER?
I am based out of Palmer, Alaska. I literally live 1 1\2 miles down the road from the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. So I cover Palmer, Wasilla, and I am also available for births in Anchorage.
WHY IS BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY SO EXPENSIVE?
I get asked this question pretty often. So, let me break it down for you a bit.
When you get married you spend anywhere from $3000-$10,000 for a good wedding photographer. Birth photography is just like wedding photography. Except for the fact that your birth photographer doesn’t have an actual date to show up. They are on call for 2 weeks, they don’t sleep well because they are afraid of missing that text, and then they get called at any moment to drive to the birthing location. Even if it is the middle of the night at 2 am. It is also an unknown number of hours anywhere from 2-20 hours.
Wedding photographers have it easy!
For some reason people dismiss family, and birth photography as not as important as your wedding photos. But I’m here to tell you that is crap. In my opinion they are more important than your wedding images. This is a process that your body goes through to bring your child into the world. You are in a haze, you don’t remember things, but then when the baby is born you are so in love! You hire a professional to photograph the moments so you can look back and see your little one being born. The photos you will have of your husband supporting you through those difficult moments will be priceless.
WHAT IF MY BIRTH IS REALLY LONG? WHAT IF MY BIRTH EXPERIENCE IS REALLY SHORT?
My fee to photograph your birth is a flat amount. I do not charge more if I am there for more hours. I also do not give a refund if I show up to your birth and you are getting ready to push the baby out. My fee is a flat amount because I don’t want mothers or fathers to worry that they are taking too long. If I miss the birth, then the payment goes over to a fresh 48 session. Sometimes births do happen before the photographer can get there.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR PAYMENT PLANS?
I do not. I do require a deposit and a contract to be signed to put you on the schedule.