birth photography blends the artistry of photography, the care of birth work and the unpredictability of a life lived on-call.
While it can be A significant financial investment, I do OFFER PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS so that my services are attainable for everyone.
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F . A . Q
Do you photograph the entire process?
I arrive while you are in active labor and stay during the entire birth and for 2 hours afterward during your postpartum period. As far as the details photographed during birth, that is your call. I photograph that with which you are comfortable, and we go over it all during our in person meeting.
What if my labor starts before 38 weeks? What if it lasts a long time?
My 24/7 on call times start at 38 weeks gestation - my on call entails limiting my travel to within a 1 hour radius of your birth location and carrying my gear with me whereever I go. That doesn't mean that you're out a birth photographer if you go into labor prior to that point, it just means that extra time is allotted to make arrangements and/or I may need to send my back-up photographer. If you're a Mama already and you know you have early deliveries, I adjust my on-call time to be within that timeframe.
In the event that your labor runs into the 24 hour + zone without ceasing, I do have a back-up photographer to lean on if absolutely necessary. This is something I've never had to utilize, but keep in my back pocket just in case. My longest labor to date is 32 hours,and my shortest is 3. I attended the entire process for both.
What if I have a C-Section?
In the event of a cesearan, it is sometimes still an option for me to photograph in the operating room! I encourage you to chat over this possibility with your medical care provider. If it isn't an option, I come to the hospital with you during check-in and prep, and photograph up until you head back into the OR. I can hand over my camera to your support person, and wait in recovery for you to capture the sweet moments that occur there. Births, however they occur, are equally beautiful, incredible stories of new life.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO CONTACT AND/OR BOOK A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER?
IT VARIES FOR EVERY BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER. I RECOMMEND REACHING OUT TO ME AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU ARE EXPECTING AND HAVE DECIDED THAT HIRING A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU.
WHAT DOES THE BOOKING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
WE START WITH A 15 MINUTE PHONE CALL BEFORE WE DIVE INTO THE BOOKING PROCESS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME THAT WE'RE A GREAT FIT FOR EACH OTHER. FROM THERE, WE DIVE INTO THE LOGISTICS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THAT, REACH OUT TO ME DIRECTLY!
I DON'T WANT TO SHARE MY BIRTH IMAGES PUBLICLY-ARE WE STILL A GOOD FIT?
ABSOLUTELY! MANY OF MY CLIENTS CHOOSE TO KEEP THEIR BIRTH STORIES PRIVATE. YOU HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OVER THE IMAGES YOU "OKAY" FOR SHARING, WHETHER THAT IS ALL, NONE, OR SOME.
How do you handle dark birth spaces?
I am educated and fully prepared to photograph spaces that are not well-lit. IF YOU ARE GIVING BIRTH IN A SPACE THAT IS completely DARK, I MAKE SURE I AM ABLE TO CREATE THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS I CAN FOR YOU. I'll UTILIZE FLASH ONLY WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AND IN AN UNOBTRUSIVE MANNER.
WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?
I use a professional level DSLR, and a wide-angle lens to capture all the goodness in your birth story. For Photographers wanting the technical details: I EXCLUSIVELY USE A NIKON D750 AND NIKKOR 24MM 1.8. I BRING A SB-700 FLASH, AS WELL.
HOW DO I KNOW IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT?
THERE ARE SEVERAL FACTORS THAT GO INTO DECIDING IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT FOR EACH OTHER. SOME OF THOSE ARE HOW WE VIEW BIRTH, IF YOU RESONATE WITH MY STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, IF YOU'RE ON BOARD FOR AN ADDITIONAL PERSON IN YOUR BIRTH SPACE, AND IF OUR PERSONALITIES MESH WELL. YOUR BIRTH SPACE MATTERS MORE TO ME THAN YOU HIRING ME, AND FOR THAT REASON, BEING A GOOD FIT IS IMPORTANT.
DO YOU SERVICE MY HOSPITAL?
MOST LIKELY! HERE IS MY CURRENT LIST OF SERVICEABLE LOCATIONS:
RIVERSIDE METHODIST HOSPITAL / OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER / MOUNT CARMEL EAST, WEST, AND ST. ANN'S / DUBLIN METHODIST HOSPITAL / GRANT MEDICAL CENTER / MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL - FAMILY BEGINNINGS
ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOMEBIRTH MIDWIVES?
YES! IN COLUMBUS I LOVE RACHEL MCCLOSKEY AT NATURAL BIRTH COLUMBUS AND LORA HART AT OHIO HOME BIRTH. AMY KNISLEY AT WELLROUNDED MIDWIFERY IS GREAT IN GRANVILLE, AND ERICA ANDREWS AT LAUGHING MOON MIDWIFERY IN ATHENS IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL.
I'M A NEW BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER - HAVE ANY TIPS?
WELCOME TO THIS AWESOME CAREER! MY TOP PIECE OF INFO IS TO BECOME EDUCATED ABOUT THE BIRTH PROCESS. TAKE A DOULA COURSE OR BIRTH EDUCATION CLASS. REALLY INVEST TIME INTO UNDERSTANDING THE TYPE OF SPACE YOU'LL BE PHOTOGRAPHING IN -AND SECOND- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE USING YOUR CAMERA IN LOW LIGHT. YOU'RE A BIRTH WORKER FIRST, THEN A PHOTOGRAPHER. RESPECT THAT, FRIEND.
DO YOU OFFER MENTORSHIPS?
NOT AT THIS TIME, BUT STAY TUNED. I'M WORKING ON IT!