How much does it cost?
Birth coverage begins at $800. Keepsake image boxes, birth storybooks, slideshows, digital files, portrait sessions, and prints can be added on to create a custom package for you. Most clients spent between $1400 and $1800.
Do you offer any payment plans?
Yes! Just let me know what would work best for you, and I’ll do my best to accommodate! Some clients like to divide their balance and make monthly payments until their due date. I also offer gift cards, or can set you up with a registry page!
What is the deposit?
A $500 retainer fee is required to save your spot, and goes toward your order.
How far in advance should I book?
As soon as you know you would like a birth photographer! Some months are full 5 or more months in advance.
How many births do you accept per month?
Depending on how open my schedule is during a given month, I generally accept up to 3 births.
What’s the difference between the slideshow and birth film?
The slideshow includes all of the images from your birth (generally 150-175), and a couple of short film clips timed to licensed music. A birth film documents your birth in short film clips that are pieced together and set to licensed music to tell your birth story. Only a few still digital images are taken when filming your birth.
Do all area hospitals allow photography during the birth?
I strongly encourage all of my clients to discuss photography with their healthcare provider. Some area hospitals actually have a policy of no photography during the birth, but I’ve photographed several births at these locations. If your doctor is on board with having a photographer in the room, that generally trumps hospital policy! I do my best to stay out of the way of the medical team while still getting the moments that are important to you.
I want to book now to reserve my spot, but I don’t have a doctor’s appointment for another month to ask about having a photographer at the birth. What happens if I book, and then find out that birth photography isn’t allowed?
If clearly communicating your desires to your doctor meets resistance, I recommend finding out their concerns so that they can be addressed. If there is no budging on your doctor’s decision, you would have the option to transfer the retainer fee to a session. A in-hospital newborn session is a great way to get those baby bonding moments and details before heading home, but after you’ve had a chance to rest! Transferring to an in-home session is also an option!
Do you travel outside of the New Orleans area for births?
It just depends on how far, and how full a month is with bookings! Because labor can suddenly move very quickly, I am generally uncomfortable traveling more than 1 hour from my home for a birth. A travel fee may be added for births outside of the New Orleans area.
When would you begin photographing my labor?
I plan to begin photographing your birth story when it is determined that you’re in active labor. For first time moms, I generally wait until they are at the birth place and labor is progressing nicely. Some moms plan to labor for a while at home first. In this case, I plan to head to the birth place when they do! Knowing the duration of contractions and distance between them helps me know when it’s time to meet you.
Do you ever leave and come back during labor?
If your labor is progressing slowly, or if you’re taking time to rest, I may leave the hospital (while staying close by) for a little bit after discussing it with you.
How long do you stay after the baby is born?
I stay and document the mommy/baby bonding, baby’s first exam, and introductions to family and friends who are at the birth place. This is generally 1-2 hours, after delivery. If family members won’t be arriving to see the baby until after that time, I can return later, or stay longer for an additional fee.
So what happens if labor starts during the middle of the night?
I’m on call for my clients 24/7 from the time they are 38 weeks until the birth. Day or night, I plan for my life during those final weeks of your pregnancy to be flexible enough to drop everything and head to the birth place when needed.
What if my baby is born early? Will you be there?
If it looks like baby may be coming early for any reason, let me know! If I’m in town, I’ll make every effort to be there, even if I’m not on call yet.
What happens if you have two clients in labor at the same time?
While I keep my bookings low in order to increase the odds of them not overlapping, it has happened once. In the event of two clients in labor at the same time, I head to (or stay with) the client who booked first. A backup photographer would be sent to cover the second birth until I could arrive, or the client would have the option to forgo the birth coverage and transfer their credit toward a hospital or in-home newborn session.
Would all of the images be in black and white?
The majority of your images would be in black and white, but some will be in color. Images in black and white highlight the emotion of the moment and help remove distractions from the subject. Births that have nice natural light, or are well lit will tend to have many more images in color!
Would all of the pictures from my birth be online for everyone to see? I’m a private person!
I love it when clients give me permission to share their birth stories! But, I understand that sharing such an intimate event is not for everyone. Your privacy is important to me! All images remain private until you have personally approved them for public use.
Can we meet?
Yes! I want to meet with you and find out what you would and would not like photographed during the birth of your baby. If you’re planning a home birth, I’d like to see the space in your home sometime during the third trimester.
What equipment do you use?
My primary equipment includes a Canon 5D mark iii and Sigma Art series prime lenses.