BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY FAQ
Your baby’s first cry. What was that like for you? Do you remember your first seconds together? Imagine all of that preserved forever in a beautiful photograph. Your entire birth story can be relived any time with the power of Photography.
You might have noticed that Birth Photography has become more and more popular over the last few years. Considering that it is a relatively new genre of Photography, many people ask what is Birth Photography? When I tell people that I photograph births as part of my Baby Photography Plan, they either think it’s very cool or very strange. Which is fair enough. Indeed, Birth Photography is one of the newest Photography genres. However, it has skyrocketed in popularity for good reason.
WHAT IS BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY?
Basically, birth photography is photography during your baby’s birth.
There is so much going on during birth that many women find that the details are blurry. When you are in an intense emotional state memories become distorted. Photography is a powerful tool for recalling your experience and seeing your own strength.
Overall, I am on call for you from 38 weeks until your delivery. Once you are in active labour, I come to you and photograph your birth as it happens. In the end, you will have your entire birth experience professionally and artistically documented.
WHY BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY?
There are many reasons, but in short it’s because giving birth is a huge accomplishment.
If you have given birth, you know that it gets blurry. What I mean is that while a woman is in the throes of contractions and exhaustion, she is not thinking about documenting the situation.
Only once the baby is delivered and life returns to normal does she have time to reflect on what just happened. Many times, women explain that they do not remember giving birth clearly and that it is a foggy experience. It is really common to have cloudy memories of emotional experiences such as giving birth.
A woman might not realize her own raw strength until seeing her birth photos. What might have felt like your lowest moment, when you did not think you could do it, translates as ability, energy, and resilience on the outside.
Birth photography documents your awesome ability to bring life into this world. It is for you to relive one of your greatest accomplishments and to see your strongest self.
☆☆☆☆☆ — “Birth photography is a necessity. If you are expecting, please get birth photos. They are magic, priceless and they will make your soul smile like never before.”April Hards, C-Section Birth in Calgary AB
WHO IS IT FOR?
Birth photography is for all types of birth: vaginal, hospital, in-home, c-section, induced… birth is birth.
The Birth Photography community is inclusive of all types of birth. We all have admiration for every single one. If you do not see yourself represented here it is simply because I have not had the opportunity. I am an ally for all people and all types of birth, please reach out.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
As your birth photographer, I am on call for you from 38-42 weeks, or until your delivery, whichever comes first.
Since birth is so unpredictable, there is no specific photography time limit included for birth photography. What this means is that I guarantee a minimum of two hours of me documenting your birth story. However, many births take way longer than that. If we work together, I typically arrive when you are confirmed to be in active labour and then I am there to document your birth story until your baby arrives, no matter how long it takes.
If you are at all interested in birth photography, I recommend getting in touch right away. Obviously, there are lots of details and logistics to figure out so it’s best to start planning as soon as possible.
Birth photography is available on its own, or as part of my Baby Photography Plan. Head over here to read more about that.
WHAT IF I MISS YOUR BIRTH?
Unfortunately, birth photography just has so many variables that sometimes this happens.
Firstly, know that we will do lots of preparation together to try and minimize this from happening. Communication between you, your team, and myself will be key.
Worst case scenario, if I do miss your birth there are two options. We can still continue to photograph the moments afterward and do Fresh 48 / Hospital portraits. These are still some amazing first moments together that are beautiful to photograph. Alternatively, instead of birth photography we can put the amount you paid toward The Baby Photography Plan and do any of those sessions instead. You can read more about that here.
Know that I am your team mate and will do everything in my power to make sure I am there or to find a solution you are happy with.
HOW MUCH DOES BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY COST?
The session fee for birth photography is $950, which is returned to you as a credit toward the digital/printed images that are sold separately.
What this means is that the session fee is required for booking your birth photographer. Then once we create your photos you will have the opportunity to pick out if you want a digital package, printed artwork, or both.
The reason behind the digital/printed photos sold separately is so that you can create a custom package that is perfect for you. Some families want the entire gallery digitally, some want just a handful of images, and others create a beautiful birth story album. There are so many different options and I leave it open so that you can pick out only what you love.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hi, I’m Jena.
When I learned that birth photography was a thing, I immediately knew it was for me. How lucky am I to be there to create artwork of such a monumental moment in your life? There is no better job than that!
As your birth photographer, I take a documentary and unobtrusive approach to your story. I do my best to be as respectful and educated about your story as possible. My motivation is to create birth photography for you that documents your story in an artistic and professional way.
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