As a doula, I understand the need for privacy and minimal interruption during labor. I use a camera especially designed for low-light photography, which is equipped with a completely silent shutter and a fast lens. I will employ flash if necessary and only sparingly to avoid disrupting the mother and care providers.
If I am also serving as the doula, I will focus primarily on providing physical and emotional support, taking photos when the chance arises or having others in attendance use my camera.
If I am only photographing the birth, I will strive to maintain a healthy, positive, unobtrusive presence in the birth space and be a helpful part of your team.
The content of the photographs can range from modest to graphic, and can include laboring at home, laboring in hospital, the moment of birth, newborn exam, first feeding, introduction to siblings/other family members, birth attendants, and the folks in the waiting room.
Graphic photos may contain nudity, crowning, placenta, breastfeeding close-up shots. Modest photos focus on facial expressions, surroundings, and the newborn; no exposed breasts/genitalia. I talk with the family before labor begins to agree upon the planned content of the images.
Because birth is such a private and intimate event, I take extreme care in protecting the family’s privacy. The family is free to ask me to stop photographing at any time. The family and I are the only people who will see the images that are not chosen for public display. I delete all images I am not authorized to keep after 60 days or the final products have been ordered.
Birth is an amazing and unpredictable process. Sometimes unforeseen situations arise, such as preterm birth, cesarean section, and maternal or newborn health concerns. In these cases, I will attempt to take photos wherever hospital policy and/or family allows. In the case of c-section where I am not invited into the operating room, I allow the birth partner to bring my camera into the operating room in order to take photos (my camera is easy to operate!). In case of a birth missed for these reasons, I offer my lifestyle newborn photography in its place.
Prints and products
Clients can order heirloom-quality, color-calibrated prints directly from their private galleries. I also offer additional high-quality photo products such as canvases, leather photo albums, memory boxes, birth announcements, fine-art prints, video slideshows, and other items.
I go on call (24-7 availability and within one hour of your birth location) starting at 38 weeks according to your EDD, and remain on call until the birth. I will adjust my on call schedule depending on a pregnancy's individual needs.
To Book Your Birth
Don't delay, contact me right away! I book only one photography birth per calendar month. I would love to arrange a no-obligation meeting with you and your family in a location that works for you, to have a relaxed chat about your plans and hopes for your birth while having a look at my portfolio of work.
I am looking forward to documenting your special day!