Birth Sessions

Why hire a birth photographer?

Having an experienced birth photographer there will ensure the *story* of your baby’s birth as told through photos. It will give you the details that you might miss from your hospital bed. It allows your family and friends to support you and not to worry about missing a moment. It ensures the little details are captured that a friend might not think to photograph. It allows your husband to hold your hand and be in the photos. The hours of labor and delivery will pass just as quickly as the hours of your wedding day but your birth photographer will make sure you have the details of the day captured to relive for years to come.

Why does birth photography cost so much?

Lexia Frank, a Portland birth & wedding photographer made the analogy that shooting a birth is like getting an inquiry from a bride saying that she wants you to come photograph her wedding, but isn’t going to set a date. She’ll just call you whenever. And when you ask her how many hours of coverage she would like, she says she’s not sure, probably around 24, but maybe only 2. And you ask her when she’d like for you to start coverage and she says she wont know, but maybe around 2am. And, she’s going to want the images right away to send out announcements. Being on call isn’t just stressful for the birth photographer but for her entire family. We often rely on our partners to provide care for our children that may interrupt their own careers with no notice at all. We expect them to carry the weight and our children to be understanding if we have to dash out of a family event or outing early or not attend at all due to an impending birth. We have to drive separately wherever we go, taking our equipment with us, and we can’t ever be unavailable. We have to keep our bags packed at all times. We can’t indulge in the occasional glass of wine while we are on call. We miss holidays, birthdays, recitals and milestones very important to us. Not only is there the cost of professional equipment, transportation and babysitting for my own children, but I am virtually on call for 3 weeks prior and 1 week after your due date. No family vacations for us! Also, due to the unpredictable nature of birth, I am often called up at 3 AM and spend anywhere from 6 to 16 hours at my client’s birth! I charge what my time and dedication are worth. And trust me, the moments that I capture will be worth it.

Details

• Now capture that amazing moment! In room anticipation photos prior to the birth while you await your miracle, birth photos & after photos in your room while you have your first moments with baby.

• These photos will be predominantly in black and white- this is for effect (emotional moments are always seen better in B&W) & to reduce the harsh coloring and fluorescence of hospital lighting.

•Includes: Digitals Images, print release and a same day digital announcement (next day if birth takes place at night)

• $1500 Flat Fee, No discounts can be applied to this type of session.

• No maximum amount of photos, as the amount of time at every birth session differs.

 

Fresh 48 Sessions

When to choose a Fresh 48 rather than a birth?

There is nothing like a birth session to capture the bond between a couple, the strength and determination of a mother, the pride of a father, the quiet moments when time stood still, even the fear and apprehension and, my person favorite, the look on the parents’ face when they first lay eyes on their precious child! These are moments you cannot truly appreciate until you see them captured beautifully in photographs. These are the moments only captured in a birth session. However, as passionate as I am about birth photography, I do understand that it isn’t for everyone. Whether it’s finances, medical concerns or the very concept of a photographic depiction of your birth that puts you off, you won’t want to skip the Fresh 48! With the option to clean up a bit, rest, eat a good meal and get dressed after birth, the {Fresh} 48 will appeal to those who want a more controlled photography experience. While I won’t be on call 24/7 as I would with a Birth package, I do pre-book {Fresh} 48 sessions so that I am available within the first two days after birth, during daytime hours.

How is a Fresh 48 different from a newborn session or hospital-offered packages?

A {Fresh} 48 session is very VERY different. Hospital photography is likely not going to include you, siblings or family members. It will likely be posed, lasting just a few minutes, and won’t capture your baby’s true fresh self or the bliss and joy you all feel that will be so evident in photos. Newborn photography* also takes place shortly after birth but rarely within the first day or two. Your {Fresh48} session will happen right after birth when those emotions are still high and everything is brand new. There will be no props, studio lighting or baby posing! A {Fresh} 48 Session is not meant to take the place of a newborn session. These are two unique experiences offering two wonderful keepsakes from two different times in your family’s life. While possibly only days apart, your baby will barely even look the same by the time your newborn photographer arrives. Don’t miss the opportunity to make time stand still with a {Fresh} 48 session!

Details

• The {Fresh} 48 Session takes place when you call, during daylight hours, within the first 48 hours of birth. The sooner the better!

• It can take place at the hospital, birth center or at home (wherever the child was born) and will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

• Lifestyle photography similar in style to my birth photography – unposed, natural or available light. A mix of black and white and soft color images.

• Includes same-day (or next day if your session is late in the day) Facebook sneak peek for you to share with friends and family.