Bringing new life into the world changes you forever, in so many incredible ways. Your child’s birth is monumental for you and all of your loved ones. In my eyes, every moment of labor is filled with beauty and love. Mothers exhibit incredible strength, while their spouses participate fully by offering complete support. Let the documenting of this moment become an heirloom, and take its place as part of your family history.
Never forget this day. Make sure your baby’s first photo session is incredible
The essence of my photography is to capture raw emotions and moments so that anyone who views my work senses both its intimacy and its timelessness. I record the story of your birth through powerful, fleeting moments that, because of the fog of labor and emotion, people forget: a meaningful gaze, a gentle embrace between parents, or the tears of joy shed after your baby is born.
Due to the on-call nature of birthing, I can only reserve 1-3 birth photography sessions each month. Because of my limited availability, please book me as early in your pregnancy as you can.
The Birth Date
I will arrive at your birthing location to photograph you during the entire labor process and 1-2 hours postpartum. The session will be photojournalistic in nature–no posing, no props, and no flash, except when I have your permission. Because of low-light conditions, images may be more raw in nature, with some motion blur.
My photography packages always include a beautifully curated, archival quality photo album for you to treasure forever. I will present you with a layout proof, which you can make adjustments to before it is printed into your personalized album. I will also personally deliver a thumb drive with JPEG files of all of your photographs. Please see my Album Descriptions page to learn more about my photography packages.
From witnessing many births, I have seen that this is the time when both spouses need more support than they have ever needed in their entire lives. It is an exhausting, exhilarating, and highly emotional experience. Asking your spouse to also be the photographer, and perform two jobs, will detract from either, or both. Likewise with asking your doula to photograph the events. A doula’s primary role is to support you during your birth. While your doula may also be a wonderful photographer, it is practically impossible to engage simultaneously as a labor and delivery support system and as a professional photographer.I have trained for years to capture beautiful photographs in all settings, and will be able to focus completely on documenting your unique birth experience. If you want to ensure that all of your important moments are captured in a professional, flattering, artful, tasteful manner, then you want to engage a birth photographer.
I always insist on meeting my clients before they engage me. There are always many questions surrounding birth photography, and I find that an in-person meeting is the best way to answer them, allay any misgivings about birth photography, and get to know each other. For clients opting for home birth experiences, I prefer meeting at their home. However, I want my clients to feel comfortable at all times, and can meet anywhere.Once we hold an initial meeting, I remain in constant communication. I like to stay updated on the baby’s progress, of complications (if any), and of course, of the beginning of labor. Just as importantly, I like to get to know my clients. It is important to me to learn their story—how they met, how they interact, what they do for fun. In some ways, our relationship is comparable to a relationship with a doula or midwife.
In the event of a planned C-section delivery, I require that my clients contact their providers about my anticipated presence in the operating room. Because hospital policies vary, I sometimes may not be permitted to be in the room. Additionally, I require that my clients verify with their anesthesiologist whether I may photograph in the operating room, and coordinate with her or him to schedule a delivery date.In the event of an unplanned, emergency C-section delivery, I will photograph in the operating room if I am authorized to enter. If I am not authorized, I will give my camera to the mother’s accompanying person so that she or he may photograph the events. As soon as my clients leave the operating room, I will resume photographing.
This is a critical aspect of my photography, and the relationship I have with my clients. Whenever a client engages me, we review in detail what the client is comfortable having captured on camera. If a client expresses certain wishes, I do my absolute best to honor them. Similarly, if a client expresses a wish for specific shots during the birth, I strive to honor that request. For clients who plan on birthing garmentless, we can make arrangements to tastefully photograph the event in a way that will be pleasing to everyone. I like to get to know my clients as well as I can before the birth, so that when the time comes, I am not merely a stranger.During our session, I do my best to be as unobtrusive as possible. However, if at any moment my presence causes any discomfort or distress, I can step out of the room.
After my clients’ photographs are processed, I sometimes will share them online, or add them to my portfolio, keeping in mind that only modest images will be added. However, my clients have complete authority regarding which photos may be shared or not.
As a photojournalistic photographer, I try to stay in the background, as quiet as possible, so that I can document what is happening around me. However, in appropriate circumstances, we may find ourselves interacting. For instance, if there is a quiet moment, and someone is thirsty, I can hand her a glass of water, or hold something if needed.Before the birth, my clients and I develop our expectations and plans for our session, so that we can at a level that everyone is comfortable with.
While it is deeply upsetting to think about the possibility of complications during birth, this is a possibility my clients and I discuss when they engage me. Some clients ask that I continue capturing events regardless of what happens, while others prefer that I stop photographing. Everyone has different wishes, and planning for this contingency before our session allows me to honor them in the event of an emergency. If the hospital staff ever requests that I stop photographing, if I am hindering anyone with my presence, or if I am needed to assist in any way, I will cease photographing.In the event that I photograph difficult images, I will segregate them into their own folder in the client’s gallery.
Because of the circumstances unique to each birth, I take a different number of photographs each time. However, my clients can generally expect to receive 75-200 black and white images from their session. In the event of a short labor, or if I miss the birth, I remain for several hours after my arrival to document as much as possible. There are several circumstances where I could take fewer photographs, for instance, if the room is very dark, or if I must leave the room. However, if this happens, I will remain longer after the birth to photograph the new family as much as needed to complete a gallery.