Session information for birth, newborn & maternity
Whether you're commissioning me to document the birth of your child, the first hours or weeks with your newborn, or that wild ride of growing a human, it's essential to me that your experience is relaxing and streamlined from start to finish. In your journey of motherhood, the last thing you need to worry about are the photos. Here's how it all works.
Documentary Birth Photography
I provide photography coverage during your labor, delivery and postpartum - no matter how long your labor (I pack a toothbrush, deodorant, and snacks). Yes, even in the middle of the night (I have my gear all set and am ready to roll at a moment’s notice).
Before your birth
We meet for coffee or other pregnancy-friendly beverage. I learn about you, your family and your pregnancy to date. We chat about your birth plan (if you have one), any previous births, and your goals for photography. We also discuss the logistics of having a photographer present during this intimate 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. 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 details.
During your birth
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 recognize that it is an honor to be in your birth space and I'm deliberate about working around all healthcare professionals and support people, in order not to interrupt events as they unfold.
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, and 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. 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 may want to display them in your home. In the end, you have pieces of beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a visual record of one of the most important moments in your life.
Newborn & maternity
Pregnancy and those first weeks with a newborn can be such an exciting and special time. But let’s face it: They can be full of the unexpected (oh, what is that dark line?), the uncomfortable (think watermelon sitting on bladder), and the absolutely exhausting (sleeping in three-hour stretches). Not to mention the H-word. Hormones. Worrying about maternity or newborn photos is not something you need on your plate. Which is why once you commission me, you essentially don’t have to do anything else but BE.
Before Your Session
We meet for coffee. I learn about you and your family. We talk about the personalities of family members, what you love (and don’t love) about pregnancy or the newborn stage. 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
Newborn sessions can happen at your birthing location within one or two days of birth to capture those first hours. Or you can document your baby at home around three weeks of age when those beautiful eyes are open and that sweet head is lifted. These sessions typically last about two hours, but I’m well aware that babies do not follow the clock. If I need to stay longer to make certain I have enough images to tell your story, then so be it. Maternity sessions can document time hanging out at home, a last date before you become a family of three (or more), or even a trip to the baby section of your favorite store. Whether maternity or newborn, 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. This is my favorite part: watching YOU see your real life reflected, and noticing that your baby has already changed so much - or that you were truly a goddess when you were building that child. 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 may want to display them in your home. In the end, you have pieces that serve as beautiful art, lasting heirlooms, and a family chronicle.