Whether you're commissioning me to document the birth of your child, your every day life with littles, or your parents' 60th anniversary dinner, it's essential to me that you relish this experience from start to finish. Revealing your world to a person with a camera takes a bit of guts and a whole lot of trust. There's no way around it: I people watch your life and I break into your personal bubble. But I do it without judgment or expectation. This isn't an exposé. You quickly lose sight of the camera and all feels pretty dang normal. Here's how it all works.
Family Documentary Sessions & Small Events
Before your session
We meet for coffee. I learn about you and your family. How your preschooler saunters around the house with a bowl on her head ordering her little brother to inspect every can of Play Doh for mixed colors. Or how your partner has built and dismantled the baby swing three times and still ended up with extra pieces. We engage about your goals for your session. These conversations provide the foundation to tell your story authentically. And you get to know me, so we can avoid those awkward meeting-for-the-first-time moments on the day of your session.
During your session
I integrate into your family like a friend who just happens to have a camera. Sometimes I put down the camera. Sometimes I step back from the activity. I don't tell you where to stand, when to smile, or how act. There is no pressure to be anything other than who you are. And while it feels like we're all just hanging out, I'm observing your family dynamic, assessing the lighting, and designing compositions.
After your session
Once your gallery is completed I come to your home for your ordering appointment. We first view your photos in a slideshow where you relive your story and your connections through my lens. (And, MAN, do I get verklempt watching you have your real life reflected back to you this way!) Then together we select your favorite images and create a true piece of art. This may be an album, a fine art print, or a gallery wall of mounted prints. I'm present to help you choose which images work best as wall art and where you might want to display them in your home. In the end, you are left with pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a family chronicle.
Reach out to make your own art history.
Documentary Birth Photography
Before your birth
We meet for coffee. Or other pregnancy-friendly beverage. I learn about you and your pregnancy thus far. We chat about your birth plan (if you have one), your previous births (if you have had them), and your goals for the photography aspect of your birth. We also discuss the logistics of having a photographer present during this special time. You learn about me, which helps avoid any awkward moments when I arrive in your birth space as you're in the throes of labor. If you've chosen labor and delivery coverage, we meet again during your third trimester, either in-person or via video-conferencing. We'll review the coordination of having me at your birth and discuss any last minute questions you might have.
During your birth
For labor and delivery packages, I am on-call for your birth at 38 weeks. You (or your partner or support person) keeps in touch with me starting at the first signs of labor. I am present from active labor, through your delivery, and up to one and a half hours postpartum. I'm deliberate about working around all healthcare professionals and support people as to not interrupt events as they unfold. If you've chosen to have the first hours after your birth documented, you keep in touch with me when you go into labor, and contact me once your baby has arrived. We then schedule a time for me to come to the hospital, birthing center, or your home to document you and your new little one.
After your birth
Once your gallery is completed I come to your home for your ordering appointment. We first view your photos in a slideshow. You relive your story and your birth through my lens. For most mothers, much of the labor and birth journey feels surreal. To view that experience from a different perspective is priceless. Don't worry, I'll have tissues on hand. If we've documented the first hours after your birth, you'll be amazed at how much your baby has changed in such a short amount of time and grateful that you've preserved those first moments. Then together we select your favorite images and create a true piece of art. This may be an album, a fine art print, or a gallery wall of mounted prints. I'm present to help you choose which images may work best as wall art and where you might want to display them in your home. In the end, you are left with pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a visual record of one of the most important moments in your life.