It is a gift to yourself and your child to feel calm, well informed and to have memories of this day; a day that only happens once. Having photos allows you to process the birth in the way you need: to honor, to revisit, to grieve, to celebrate. Photos of your birthing day also means your child can grow up and see the strength, love and joy that was waiting for them when they entered the world.
A supportive and memorable birthing experience is an investment. It is one worth making. This will be one of your most life-changing experiences. I believe it involves all of the same preparation we make for other important achievements and celebrations: anniversaries, graduations, engagements, weddings. It’s not just another day.
Birth is unpredictable. Your investment means having constant access to a birth professional; practice labor, middle of the night wake up calls or simple reassurance that your body is working exactly as it should. More questions about the process? See my FAQ's
*Option to add a very basic "labor snapshot" photo option to your package for a small fee. Contact me for details.
Two prenatal education meetings
Unlimited text and phone during normal hours
On-call full time for you at 38 weeks
Partner encouragement and assistance
Emotional, informational and physical support throughout labor-up to 2 hours postpartum
The complete package. Have knowledge and support throughout your experience and professional documentation of your entire day. See your whole story. The tenderness on your partners face, your determination and strength, the times you thought you couldn't keep going and you did, your emotions when you meet your child, your babys first moments in your arms
All of the listed doula services+professional documentation of your labor and birth
Zoom or in person planning session
Up to 2 hours postpartum coverage
2-3 announcement images with 24 hours
All images from labor and birth delivered via digital gallery
Print ready and hand edited
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Maybe you are an experienced birther, maybe you already have a doula, maybe you need more space, this option is for you
Zoom or in person planning session
On call full time for you 38 weeks
Full coverage of active labor + the birth
1-2 hours of postpartum coverage
2-3 announcement images within 24 hrs
All your images delivered via digital gallery
Print ready and hand edited
*I require a booking fee at contract signing. The remaining balance is not due until I go on call at 37 weeks
Inviting someone into your birthing space is no casual thing. I am truly humbled when I am trusted to support parents during these vulnerable and intimate moments. It is not lost on me what it means to be in the room when a new person, a new parent and a new family is born. It is an honor I never take for granted.
Contact me for a no-obligations interview to see if we are a good match.
Curious about how this works?
You take photos of what?!
Birth photography, in reality should be labeled as BIRTHING DAY photography. What I do is less about the anatomy and more about capturing the emotions of the day. Sometimes the sensations and hormones of birth can get ahead of us, leaving the brain rushing to catch up to speed. Having photos can help you remember and process your experience; allowing you to sort through the haziness and recall the details of one of your most important days. No matter how your birth unfolds, it is beautiful and worth celebrating.
How can you do both?
Taking photos will not replace any of the support I provide as a doula. As a professional with years of experience, I am very familiar with the birthing space and timeline. I have seen enough labors to understand the ebbs and flows. As your doula, it’s my job to know when to lean in and when to give you some space and support you in a different way.
I am not always actively using my hands. I use my voice, my eyes, my words to provide comfort, suggestions, encouragement, and to keep the environment calm and peaceful. I have a good sense of when it is an appropriate time to pick up and put down the camera.
How much nudity is involved?
It is entirely possible to tell a beautiful birth story without showing lots of skin. This preference is up to you and your wishes for the intimacy of the photos. We will meet to discuss what kinds of moments you are most interested in documenting. I am able to use angles and framing in order to get the kind of images that make you most comfortable and you feel happy sharing with friends and family.
Will you post my photos?
It's up to you. If I have your permission, I love to share. I believe it’s so important to see realistic and joyful stories. For many years, the experience was kept very secret. The only examples we have seen in the media, or heard through the grapevine are often dramatic and fear-based. This has not done us any favors as a culture. Ask anyone who has never given birth and they likely have a lot of anxiety around the topic.
The only way we move past this is to make birth more visible and positive. We owe it to the rising generation to help them remove unnecessary fear and give birth with confidence. They need to know they can speak up, they can ask questions, they can have options and wishes for their experience. They need to see that birth is a safe and normal part of life and not a scary medical emergency. For most people, it happens without major complications.
I have invested to learn from the best professionals and to purchase equipment suited for this unique job. Many professional photographers would shy away from the limitations of birth. Unlike a studio artist, I am not able to control the environment or rely on natural light. Most labors include dark spaces, harsh and unflattering fluorescent and surgical spotlights. I do my work while being mindful of important medical professionals in the room. There is lots of movement and the stakes are very high. There are no do-overs.
From a technical standpoint, it is very challenging.
Another consideration is the time commitment I make to you. I limit the clients I accept to ensure I am available. Whether your birth happens at 37 weeks, 41 weeks or at 3 in the morning. Unlike a wedding photographer (whom we pay thousands) I can’t put the event on my calendar. I don't know when or for how long I may be working. It’s not uncommon for me to spend 12+ hours in labor and many more for post production. I miss holidays, important events and nights of sleep. As someone who is self-employed, I am responsible for all the costs of doing business: taxes, fees, insurance.
There's many challenges involved in the schedule and the mechanics of the job. But I choose it because I love it and I believe those memories are priceless.
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