Frequently Asked Questions
q: When should I book a photographer?
A: I get inquiries anywhere from very early pregnancy, all the way until almost due. However, I only accept up to 3 births per month, so to ensure you have a spot saved, I recommend contacting me at around 3 months along.
q: What does it mean to be On-Call?
A: I become officially on call when mama reaches 38 weeks. I remain on-call until baby is born. This means I will make choices to ensure that if I get your call or text, that I can be ready to arrive at your birth within an hour. For example, I don't leave town. If we have plans, I take a separate car from my husband, I always have charged batteries, change of clothes, snacks, water and ALL my equipment in my "go bag", I set expecting families in my phone to "emergency bypass" so my phone rings no matter what, I have childcare lined up so that upon short notice, I can head your way! The On-Call life isn't for everyone, but it's easier when it's your calling.
q: What if you can't make it to my birth?
A: If I think that there is a chance I'll miss a birth such as I'm ill, have a family emergency, accident, or somehow two birthing moms go into labor at the same time, I ALWAYS have more than one back-up photographer/videographer at the ready. I have only ever had to use a back-up one time, and I purposely build relationships with back-ups that have similar style and quality of skills, so that my clients are taken care of.
q: What packages do you offer?
A: I offer 3 packages. you can read the details on my Packages + Pricing page. I happily offer a range of options to fit every budget. I provide photography and Videography options. I love making birth films and feel this is the most complete way to document your birth story, but photos hold so much power in preserving memories as well. In two of my packages I include a memory book. I feel there is a special connection to the memories when you can hold them in your hands. Plus, new moms are busy focusing on baby, so I'm happy to put this together for you and hopefully it becomes a family heirloom that is loved for generations. All packages include some amount of edited digital images, I always deliver the full size images via a password protected e-gallery for privacy. From the e-gallery you can download the full size images.
q: What if I'm nervous about privacy?
A: This is understandable about inviting another person into your sacred birth space. I pride myself in knowing what that experience feels like (I've had 4 babies myself and had 3 of them photographed). I strive to be completely unobtrusive, and most mamas say they didn't even notice when I started capturing their story. I always make an effort to get to know my client's wishes too. We can sit down at a coffee shop and chat about your birth dreams! I make sure that by the big day, I know what you are most interested in capturing. Some mamas want super real and raw or sharable and modest (and everywhere inbetween) and that's all good with me. This is your birth space and I follow your wishes. I've witnessed so many births now that I can say I have never had a mama tell me afterwards that she felt self-concious of the camera