Babies Birth Story

After months of carrying your baby, feeling every kick, the turning and pushing, as well as many sleepless nights. Absolutely nothing in the world compares to those first few seconds when you and your newborn child lock eyes.

We will be there to capture the details, the expressions and the unforgettable moments before, during and after you give birth.
The day you welcome your baby into the world is the most important day of their life…. and one that will change yours forever. It's a very candid and raw moment that will only happen once in their life time.

There will be very little, if any, posing. Just images of raw emotion and real moments as they happen.
Our passion is to provide lasting memories of the first time you meet the love of your life. These are moments rarely caught and sometimes forgotten, in all the excitement. These will be images you can keep, to remember the feeling you felt the moment you got to see your baby for the first time.

WHAT TO EXPECT
During our initial meeting, we will discuss what you have in mind for your baby's debut. We will go over specific shots you want, the birth plan and any other details you want captured as well as go over limitations. Do you want crowning images? Are you planning to breastfeed? If so, are you anticipating photos of little one latching on for the first time? We will go over all these important details, during the pre-consultation.

Three weeks before your due date, we will be on-call 24-7, until baby arrives. This means that we do not travel more than 30 minutes from the city. If we do anything with our families, we drive separate in case we have to leave in the middle of our activities. We do not take any other special events during the on call time. It is completely devoted to making sure we are there for the arrival of your precious bundle of joy. We even have our camera bags all packed and ready to go so we can leave when your phone call arrives.
After that, if you could keep us up to date with the progress of your labor, we can prepare to head that way when the time is right.

We are now set for your delivery, now, it's your job to let us know as soon as you are officially in labor.
When you reach 5-6cm, We will arrive. We will be there for the duration of labor until you get to meet your new baby.
We will stay for about 2 hours after birth at your discression, to photograph your family meeting your baby, baby weight ect and getting some cuddle-time in.

WHAT IS BABIES BIRTH STORY AND WHAT DOES IT COVER?
Babies Birth story is a documentary style photography session that captures your new baby’s life entering the world in a beautiful and unposed style. Babies Birth story begins at active labor (about 6cm dialated) and continues throughout birth, to your baby's first breath, your first expression when you see your new baby, cutting of the cord, first feed, that precious cuddle and up to 2hrs after birth at your discression.

WHY IS BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY SO EXPENSIVE?
Birth photographers commit weeks of time to living on call. That means we do not leave more than 30 minutes out of town, our phone is on us all day and night, and we often even miss important family events, such as birthdays and holidays, all to ensure that we do not miss you welcoming your baby.

Birth photographers are also some of the most skilled artists in the photography industry, as they have to have extensive knowledge on producing amazing quality images in the dark lighting situations that mothers often birth in, which requires having top of the line equipment. Think of the standard price range of wedding photography. Birth photography comes at a very similar price range, and often even more as weddings don’t usually occur in the middle of the night on a surprise date that you cannot plan for, or with an unknown number of hours or even days that will be required in attendance.

WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS DO YOU TAKE AT BIRTHING SESSIONS?
We typically do documentary style photographs. In other words, there is very little, if any, posing. Just capturing those raw emotions and moments as they happen!
As for the types of photographs we take during birthing session, everyone's preferences vary and comfort levels are different for each mother. In our first consultation, we can discuss what kinds of photographs you feel comfortable with and go from there. Whether it is only focusing on the emotions, the details, of the moments of the whole story, everything will be discussed in person to make sure you are comfortable with what you want us photographing.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER?
Birth photography is perhaps one of the most important types of photography out there! I mean, birth itself is one of those most defining and treasured moments that occur in our life. Just like the other great life moments that deserve to be documented. We always love telling people about our love for birth photography, because often people do not think to reserve a birth photographer. Mainly because birth can be such a private event, but so many, including myself, afterwards regret not having better photos to remember the occasion.
Often, many families leave the job of taking photos up to the people in the room, but then find that there are none taken because people get quite busy with their own designated jobs and photos become more of an afterthought during labor. A birth photographers sole role is to focus on capturing every precious moment so your birthing team can focus on what they need to focus on.
Many times the mother has a hard time recollecting what happened during the birth of her child because she becomes so focused on the work she is doing to birth her child. Other moms can look back and remember their birth experience because such a fleeting moment fades so quickly.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU TO BE MY BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER?
It is important to hire a birth photographer who has experience with births, being on call, and has some knowledge of the birth process. Experienced birth photographers know the demeanor we need to have in a birth space to keep things as relaxing for a mother, along with how to respect and work with your care providers to ensure the safest delivery for both mama and baby, and of course, how to sensitive documenting the story of birth is.
We have such a great respect for birthing mothers along with the birth process itself. We are experienced in the use of natural lighting even in very dim lighting situations, and we do not use flash unless we absolutely have to so we do not disturb the mother with constant flashing lights. Same goes for equipment, we keep our camera bag safe and tucked away in a corner so it is not in the way or that we do not have lots of equipment hanging out in your birthing space. We work hard to make nothing to interfere with the natural process of your birth. We describe ourselves as a fly on the wall because many mothers forget we are there as we do not interfere in your journey, but simply document it.

DO YOU TAKE PICTURES OF THE WHOLE LABOR AND BIRTH?
This is up to you, we will photograph whatever you would like documented. Our biggest concern with labor is ensuring that we only capture whatever you feel comfortable with. The only other limitation would be if there are limitations of the hospital or doctor's policies.

WILL YOU POST THE PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET?
We will post photos, modestly of course, but we will not post anything you’re uncomfortable with. This is something we will discuss during our initial meeting.

I DON'T WANT NAKED PHOTOS OF MYSELF ON THE INTERNET! YOU WON'T DO THAT, WILL YOU?
No way! Birth is such a beautiful and intimate experience that we will never post anything you are not comfortable with, because there are always plenty of images we can use on the internet to display the beauty of birth without showing any nudity of any kind.
If you decide you do not want any of your images shared publicly, we will absolutely respect your wishes for privacy.
WILL WE MEET BEFORE THE BIRTH?
Absolutely! I want you to feel as comfortable with us and as confident with the process as possible. It is vital that we meet ahead of time and that you are comfortable with our presence during your birth. We do not want you to feel like you have a random person invading your space, so we try to form a bond and friendship with all of our birth clients.
WHEN I GO INTO LABOR, WHEN SHOULD I CALL YOU?

Please call as soon as you are admitted for active labor or when you call your midwife for a home birth. We like to call it the point of no return, where they will not send you home because it really is time. Once you are in active labor, have your partner, or a designated family member, keep in touch with your photographer with updates and they will come right over as soon as you are at the perfect spot in your labor for documenting.
WHEN DO YOU SHOW UP?

During active labor, preferably at approx. 6-7 cm.

WHAT IF I GO IN TO LABOR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?
No problem! We will always check in once we hit your on call time, and we ask that your photographer is given as much notice as possible of impending labor or if you are showing any signs at all. But we understand births happen when they want to and that means at all hours of the day or night. You can call your photographer at any time and they will be there as soon as possible, even if it is at 2am!

HOW LONG WILL YOU STAY? WHAT IF I HAVE A LONG LABOR?
We stay the whole time, as we know births are unpredictable and we am committed to documenting your story. This means if you are in labor for 36 hours, we are in it together for the long haul!

WHAT IF I HAVE A SHORT LABOR, WILL I GET A REFUND?

No, since there is no way to predict how long a labor will last, or how fast they might be. Regardless of the time spent at the actual labor, all of our birth stories require the same amount of expense, time and commitment on our part. Remember, even a short labor is part of your Babies Birth Story.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT IF I DECIDE I DON'T WANT YOU IN THE LABOR ROOM WITH US FOR A PERIOD OF TIME?
We will step out of the room anytime you want us to, but will remain in the waiting room until the baby has been born, or if you want us to come back in before then. If that happens, a family member will grab us when you are comfortable. If you wish to wait until the baby is born, after you are settled, your photographer will ask if they can come back in to photograph you and the baby together. There will be no refunds or credits if we are asked to leave.

WHAT ABOUT SCHEDULED C-SECTIONS?We am always open to shooting any birth, no matter the circumstance, as they are all beautiful and all empowering. This being said, this is something you would need to speak with your doctor or midwife about, as there may be limitations with your photographer being in the OR. There is a lot of activity surrounding a c-section that creates a story worth being told through photographs, so do not think that you will not have a beautiful story if you choose to schedule one.
We will come with you to the hospital and can catch all of the emotion and nerves as you prepare to enter the OR. If your photographer is unable to join you in the OR, we will send one of our cameras in with your partner (we will put the camera on auto, so you don't have to worry about anything). Then, once you are in recovery and reunited with your baby, we will continue to capture your birth story as you enjoy your first moments holding and snuggling with your precious bundle. We will process and deliver all of the images of your Babies Birth Story, including those taken by your partner.

WHAT IF I GIVE BIRTH PREMATURELY?
We will do our absolute best to be at your labor despite not being on-call. Your photographer will of course be sensitive to the situation at hand and capture as much as they possibly can. If we were to miss your birth, it is possible to use your birth photography investment as a credit towards a newborn session, or any other type of portrait session we offer.

WHAT IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE BIRTH?

We have never had this happen. *knock on wood* we have back up photographers in place if your photographer has a family emergency happen during your on call time, so we always have your birth covered. But in the unlikely situation that we were to miss your birth during the time in which we are on-call (within 3 weeks of your EDD), you can use your birth photography investment as a credit towards any other type of baby or family session we offer.

WHAT WILL YOU DO IF SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY?
We will assess the situation and make a decision in the moment. Most likely your photographer will stick around for some time either until the situation has passed or until someone is able to update them. Then, we can use our experience to judge what my next step should be.

HOW LONG DO YOU STAY AFTER MY BABY IS BORN?

Typically it's about an hour or 2 before you are all settled with the baby. We tend to wait until the height and weight are taken so you have images of the scale and that process. Maybe you just want intimate time with your new baby? we totally understand that also and can leave at your discression.

WILL I HAVE TO GET APPROVAL FROM MY HOSPITAL?
YES! Please discuss this process with your doctor or midwife. Some hospitals are more strict than others regarding photographing an actual birth in their facility.

DO YOU USE A FLASH? WHAT IF I WANT MY BIRTH DARK?
Flash is used on an ‘as needed’ basis. We only use flash in very low-light situations, as it ensures we capture all images if we feel like it is too dark for our camera's abilities. Rarely ever does this situation happen though. This is something we can discuss during your consultation. We use all professional grade equipment so we have full trust in our equipment's abilities. We do bring an external flash with us to births, but we rarely use it, but we would rather be safe than sorry. We love to capture the true atmosphere of births to help tell an accurate picture story of your experience, which we do not feel like flash does.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
Within 2-3 days, you will be emailed a few teasers. This way you can use them to share the arrival or wait until your favorites are selected for the social media slide show.
All the images will be edited in 2-3 weeks.

WHAT IF I DECIDE BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT FOR ME? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN IN HOME OR HOSPITAL NEWBORN SESSION, INSTEAD?
Birth photography is not for everyone and we completely understand that! However, we would absolutely recommend booking some sort of baby photo session to capture these fleeting moments. I decided not to and I regret it every day. A hospital session the day after your baby is born is a great substitute for birth photography, you still get those new bonding moments and little details just without the birth.
We do get asked from time to time to help potential clients choose between a hospital or at home newborn session. Both session types have their own benefits, but if we had to choose, we would pick a hospital session, hands down. Those are memories that can never be recaptured and you cannot book a hospital session on a whim after you deliver. An in-home newborn session at two weeks or two months can always be scheduled after you are released from the hospital and can be similar. However, capturing the short season of your hospital stay and those first hours of your baby's life is a priceless investment you won't regret choosing!

 

 

 

 

 

BABIES BIRTH STORY PACKAGE 1 - $999.00

Includes:
*1 professional photographer for 10-16 hours at the time of active labour.
*Minimum 40 edited images as downloadable files and on a USB
$999.00

$50.00 deposit required to book.
Balance due the day prior to the photo shoot.
Images take between 14 - 21 days to edit and go up on our client gallery page.

BABIES BIRTH STORY PACKAGE 2 - $1400.00

This package combines a maternity shoot as well as your babies birth story shoot.

Includes:
*2 hour maternity photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*Babies birth story photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*All of your edited images from the Maternity shoot & Babies birth story shoot as downloadable files and on a USB
*2 - 8 x 10 framed images from your maternity shoot.
$1400.00 (save $100.00)

$50.00 deposit required to book.
Balance due the day prior to the photo shoot.
Images take between 14 - 21 days to edit and go up on our client gallery page.

BABIES BIRTH STORY PACKAGE 3 - $1400.00

This package combines a newborn shoot as well as your babies birth story shoot.

Includes:
*Babies birth story photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*2 hour newborn photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*All of your edited images from the newborn & babies birth story shoot as downloadable files and on a USB
*2 - 8 x 10 framed images from your newborn shoot.
$1400.00 (save $100.00)

$50.00 deposit required to book.
Balance due the day prior to the photo shoot.
Images take between 14 - 21 days to edit and go up on our client gallery page.

BABIES BIRTH STORY PACKAGE 4 - $1800.00

This package combines a 2 hour maternity shoot, 2 hour Newborn shoot as well as your babies birth story shoot.

Includes:
*2 hour maternity photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*3 different maternity compositions
*Babies birth story photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*2 hour newborn photo shoot with our professional photographer.
*3 different newborn compositions.
*All of your edited images from the maternity, newborn & babies birth story shoot as downloadable files and on a USB.
*2 - 8 x 10 framed images from your maternity shoot.
*2 - 8 x 10 framed images from your newborn shoot.
$1800.00 (save $200.00)

$50.00 deposit required to book.
Balance due the day prior to the photo shoot.
Images take between 14 - 21 days to edit and go up on our client gallery page.

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