"Today is the most beautiful day of your pregnancy."
There is no greater calling than to be a parent. One of the most rewarding experiences of my job is witnessing the gift of life and families having new beginnings. All of my maternity sessions include labor and birth photos and fresh-48 baby photos if you schedule early and it is cleared by your doctor or midwife. Because labor and birth happens on its own schedule, it is important we plan for it early enough that I can clear my calendar and be on call for this special time. You do not have to participate in a labor and birth photoshoot in order to have maternity session with the fresh-48 baby photos but I would encourage you to read the "Why Labor and birthday photography" section below.
Maternity sessions should be scheduled around 30-34 weeks. This session can be shot on location or at your home. There are beautiful outdoor settings that create a wonderful backdrop for capturing this milestone time in your life and the beauty of your pregnancy. The best time of day for natural light photography or outdoor locations is late afternoon/twilight hours (two hours before sunset). This minimizes squinting, shadows on the face, or stippling from shadows caused by midday sun. I know you might not feel your most beautiful at this stage of your pregnancy. But I am certain, you will look back someday and realize this time in your life, you were you most beautiful. We will collaborate on the look and feel your want to express and I will do my best to collect images that highlight this amazing passage of womanhood that flatters you and are timeless for treasured memories.
Why Labor and Birth Photos? There is so much more to labor and birth photography than the actual delivery. It's not about having someone photograph the baby crowning. It's about a storytelling, photo journalistic approach to a life event that can only be captured once. From the face of your partner during labor support or when they see their child's face for the first time, to the circle of family and friends coming and going to embrace you and sooth you through this. There are moments of tears, hand holding, details of the environment, the determination of pushing, the relief during a break in contractions, flashes of joy that cross faces who wait in anticipation, eyes that seek yours just to see if your coping okay. It's that moment when the baby is lifted out of your body and placed on your chest for the first time. It's the tears that escape you when you hear your child's cry after waiting nine months to meet them. It's tiny, ink coated feet and cries to stretch lungs. It is one of the most remarkable moments in your life and by participating in this session, you are capturing details you might not remember or might have missed because you were busy...very, very busy bringing life into this world.
From Belly to Birth Session Fee: $450.00
This session fee includes the 2 hour maternity session with one location and one outfit change, labor and birth photography (I will come to you when you are dilated about 4 cm and stay through the birth), and the fresh-48 photos of the baby the first 48 hours following birth. This session fee does not include any additional cost for labor/birth photos. All photos taken during labor, birth and fresh-48 are done without flash or additional equipment that might hinder access of staff or family in the tight space, interfere with your birth team, or disturb you or the baby. Therefore, images will have a more grainy, journalistic appearance due to compensation for low light. I am available for hospital, birthing centers, or home births. Image count for complete package will be 75-200 professionally post-processed images. A sneak peek image will be emailed to you within 24 hours following each phase (maternity shoot, labor/birth, and fresh-48). You will also receive a downloadable online gallery, print release, and flash drive of all processed images to follow in the mail. Labor/Birth galleries will remain password protected. However, I may use images in my portfolio. IMPORTANT: I allow for one week before and after your anticipated delivery date on my schedule so that I can be as available as possible. However, because of the unpredictability of childbirth, I cannot guarantee that I will be available outside of that window. I will do my very best to be as flexible as possible with an early or fashionably late baby.