Let’s meet! I really want to get to know you, since I am potentially entering your birthing space. Contact me HERE to set up an obligatory-free in-person consultation.
What is birth photography and how does it work? It is the art of documenting your birthing experience. No matter where or how your baby is born, you will want to have those moments captured. I love getting to know people before entering their space, so I would like to meet with you to discuss your birth plan and answer any additional questions you may have. We will talk about how to keep me up to date in the weeks surrounding your due date and when to contact me during labor. We will also take this time to look at a full birth photographed by me so that you may know what to expect in a completed gallery.
What if you miss the birth? If I miss your birth in the event of a precipitous birth, I still come to the birthing place to capture those moments. While I am there, we will set up a time for me to come back for a Fresh 48, or an in-home Newborn photography session at a later date. If I am unable to attend your birth due to an emergency, I will call a back-up photographer to document your birth story in my place. I will still edit your images with my creative style in mind.
What if I have a c-section? If you have a c-section, it will be up to the hospital staff as to whether I am allowed in the operating room with you or not. Even though I may not be allowed back, I still document your labor and as much as I can through after your baby is born. Your c-section is still the birth of your baby. This may be all the more reason to have your birth story documented.
Do you offer Fresh 48 or newborn photography? Absolutely, yes. I love photographing fresh baby details and the glow radiating from your little family as you soak up the newness. Fresh 48 photography sessions are $575 and take place within 48 hours of baby’s birth at the birthing location or your home. I will spend about 1 hour documenting all of the little details of your baby, and you snuggling as a family. Afterwards, I’ll send a quick sneak peek within 24 hours of returning home after our session. I also offer in-home newborn documentary photography. To learn more about my newborns sessions, Click Here.
Do you offer maternity photography? Yes! I love preserving pregnancy for my clients. If you are interested in adding maternity photography to your purchase, or are interested in learning more about those sessions, Click Here.
How is hiring you different than using a friend with a great camera? Babies are typically born in less than ideal lighting situations. You could be planning to birth at home, with only tea lights lit nearby, or in a hospital with a bright spot-light overhead, or at a birth center in a birthing tub! Not only that, but the lighting can rapidly change in less than a moment’s notice. Sometimes I may even need to bounce a flash over my shoulder to be able to get a wonderfully detailed image of your baby during delivery. The truth is, you need a professional who knows how to quickly adjust their camera settings to accommodate for the ever-changing dynamics during labor and birth.
Will you share my images publicly on the internet? That is completely up to you. Of course, I see the beauty in every birth image I take and want to share them with this world, but I absolutely respect and understand your desire for privacy. Once they receive their online gallery, my clients and I extensively go over which images can and cannot be shared publicly. From those, I create a gallery on my desktop of the images for specific sharing purposes only. I never, ever share an image publicly without your written permission.
How did you come to start photographing births? In January 2015, I began studying photography after having purchased my very first professional-grade camera. After 6 months of practicing and studying photography, basically doing what I felt like I’d done in a past-life, I upgraded my gear and began offering birth photography. My first birth to photograph was in a hospital setting. One of the images in my portfolio is actually from that very birth. It was an experience I’ll never forget. A few months after that, I found myself photographing a home birth! It was exhilarating to witness. I knew from those moments that I had a love of bearing witness and capturing babies beautifully be born. I knew I didn’t want to do anything else in life.
Where can I have my birth photographed and how far do you travel? I am located in Brownsburg, about 20 minutes miles West of Downtown Indianapolis. I travel up to a 2-3 hour radius from my town. If you’re not comfortable with me being so far away, but still want to hire me as your birth photographer, we can talk about making travel arrangements in order to make the distance work. This also applies to out of state/country families.
I have photographed in several birthing facilities and homes across the state of Indiana without encountering many restrictions. Here is a quick reference list of hospitals, birth centers, and midwives I have previously worked with and I know would be happy for you to have a birth photographer: