What to Expect/FAQ’s
What is included in my birth story?
— A consultation, preferably around 34-36 weeks, to 1) get acquainted so I’m not a stranger showing up during one of the more intimate moments in your life, and 2) discuss what to expect, what moments you wish captured, special requests, etc.
— I will be on-call 24/7 in the weeks leading up to and beyond your estimated due date
— I will arrive at your birth place (home, hospital, etc.) when you are in active labor and stay for up to 2 hours after the birth
— A “sneak peak” email of a few of my favorites for you to enjoy while I prepare the rest
— Final edited images on a DVD (with a “low resolution” folder of watermarked images, for easy online sharing/emailing)
— A custom slideshow of images set to music
– A beautiful keepsake DVD case
— The above will be available to you within 3 weeks
What does something like this generally cost?
Current pricing is $1025 to cover my time and talent, and includes all of the above.
How many births do you attend per month?
Right now I can’t accept more than 2-3.
When is it best to book our birth photography “session?”
As soon as possible. It’s best to book your spot as soon as you know you want me there. My husband (a.k.a. primary childcare provider during births) has to travel fairly often and generally has his schedule planned months in advance. I want to make sure you’re on “the schedule” if you want to be!
What does “being on-call” actually mean?
I officially go on-call from 38 weeks until baby is born. This means that I will have no other scheduled appointments, I will always be relatively close to home, my phone will ALWAYS be on me, I can’t go places where I won’t have service (no movies, no dinosaur or train exhibit at the Children’s Museum), no “late night partying” (haha — no more than like 1 glass of wine). Also, my camera bag is nearly 100% packed and ready to go, which means I can’t really take pictures of my own kids with the “good” cameras.
Where do you typically stand? I have some modesty concerns.
It is entirely up to mom. Well, and the constraints of the room. I can stay up by mom’s head and shoulders the whole time, or try to maneuver around the room to capture everything. I’m very modest myself, so I’m naturally inclined to only photograph what I would be comfortable showing of myself. But I am also comfortable capturing whatever else mom wants me to try to get, as well.
What if I have to have a C-section?
It doesn’t matter HOW your baby is born, you still deserve to have those memories preserved. I’ve been lucky enough to have been allowed into several local Operating Rooms, and those birth stories are just as beautiful as any other. It does help to talk to your care provider beforehand, so that they are aware that you have hired a professional photographer, and that these pictures are important to you. I’m very respectful of the staff and hospital policies, and the one time I wasn’t allowed in, I passed my back-up camera off to dad. I was able to capture pictures of everyone before the surgery, family in the waiting room during surgery, and everything afterward.
How can I convince my husband that this is something we need do?
Refer him to the Testimonials section! 😉
I also have additional slideshows I have permission to share upon request.
You are a stay-at-home mom. What can we do to make this easier for you?
It may not always be possible, but give me as much advance notice as possible if you think you might be in labor so that I can make childcare arrangements and plans to be there. I’d rather get a false alarm at 2am than miss the event! And keep me updated as much as possible! It’s very likely that if I have to drop my kids off somewhere, it could take up to 1.5-2 hours to join you.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Absolutely! Be sure that this is something the mom-to-be definitely wants though… having someone there to photograph a birth is a very personal decision. This could be a great baby shower gift!
How much photographic experience do you have?
I took my first photography class in 2000 as a junior in high school. I had always loved playing with my dad’s point and shoot, especially while documenting our family vacations (earning myself the nickname “Flash Junior”), and this class taught me so much. I used part of my savings for an SLR film camera and some used darkroom equipment, and spent all my free time working magic under the safelights.
I had always been the creative/artistic type, thanks to my dad. I couldn’t draw, paint, or come up with creative concepts as easily as he could, but I had a good eye. I won a few awards, and I wanted to get better. After high school, I decided to take my photography a step further and enrolled at Herron School of Art as a Fine Art Photography major. I learned a lot, especially to see past what is represented visually, to get an idea of emotions or concepts behind a photograph… to seek a deeper meaning. It really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking.
After a few years, I quit my job at the “cookie-cutter” portrait studio (2002-2005), and began working at a custom portrait studio. The freedom to be creative with multiple lights and props was much more up my alley, and I enjoyed it for years before becoming a mom.
Do you offer photography sessions for families/kids/seniors, etc?
Not at this time. My #1 priority is being a mom to my kids. I’m only choosing to photograph births right now because I love it so much, and it means so much to me to capture those moments for other people. Which also means my schedule is very flexible if you go into labor; I don’t have other “photo shoots” lined up, or a studio to run.
Why should we hire you?
No doubt about it, there are a lot of talented photographers in and around Indianapolis. We each have our own unique vision and personality. As far as I know, I am the only local photographer who specializes ONLY in birth photography. I don’t have a studio to run while doing births “on the side,” or other photo shoots to have to reschedule if a mom goes into labor. I can concentrate solely on YOU. Which is also why I only take a limited number each month. I put a lot of time and thought into every decision I make regarding the images themselves, all the way to the slideshow music. In 3+ years and almost 30 births, I’ve experienced hospital births, cesarean births, home births, water births, quick labors, long labors, first babies, fifth babies… births where everything went according to plan, and births where absolutely nothing seemed to. In the case of the latter, clients have shared with me the power my photographs have had in the healing process, which is amazing and humbling. It’s an absolute honor each time I’m asked to photograph such an intimate time in a family’s life.