Birth Photography FAQ’s
Birth Photography FAQ’s
Why hire a Birth Photographer?
Birth is one of the most important, most beautiful and most transformative experiences you will experience in life. The day your baby is born can never be recreated and the memories are ones that will be cherished forever. Birth Photography is the very first gift you will give your baby and one that will only increase in value with time. Additionally, Birth Photography is also a gift that can be shared with siblings, grandparents and extended family too.
Is Birth Photography for us?
Yes it is. It really is for everyone. I document all births whether they are planned for home, birth centre or hospital. All birth stories are so incredibly beautiful. Let me tell the story of your baby’s birth by using my art and creating beautiful professional images.
Catherine recently attended the birth of our third child as doula and birth photographer. I was a bit hesitant about having birth photography but she was so respectful of my wishes and requests. This is our third child, and the only one I have birth photography of and professional pictures immediately after. I will treasure the pictures forever, they really are amazing. It is also so great to have pictures of my husband, instead of him having to be the one behind the camera immediately after birth. Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your gift of photography during such an intimate and special moment!
Can you tell me a bit more about what makes you a professional?
I attend your birth with only one purpose and one agenda. I use my skills, creativity and experience to capture and create beautiful and professional images that tell the story of one of the most important days of your lives. I am completely committed to you and I guarantee that I will show up to your birth whether it be day or night. In the rare event that something prevents me from attending your birth I have an equally professional backup photographer already arranged. It has taken me years of learning, growing, practice, research, workshops and of course dedication and passion to be ready to launch my business offering Birth Photography professionally. I am comfortable with all birth whether it is hospital, home or birth centre. I am passionate and dedicated to my work and I pour my heart into documenting this day for you. I carry professional equipment including 2 professional camera bodies and numerous lenses. I am also a registered business and carry insurance.
When do you go call on and what exactly does this mean?
I go on call when you are 37 weeks pregnant and stay on call right until it is baby time. Once I am on call for you my phone is on 24/7. I am not more than 1 hour away from your planned place of birth and I am not participating in activities that could prevent me from attending your birth.
When do you arrive?
I aim to arrive when you are in established active labour. We will keep in touch in early labour and mutually determine when it’s the right time for me to make my way over to you.
How long do you stay?
I stay for approximately 1-2 hours post birth. I will be there to capture all those first fresh moments as well as the newborn exam.
How many images do you deliver and when do I receive them?
Every birth and birth story is unique but generally I deliver between 75-125 personally hand edited digital images. I send over a few sneak peek within 48 hours of birth. Your finally gallery will be ready by the time baby is 1 month.
Will you share the images on social media?
I love to share beautiful images of birth but if you prefer to keep some or all images private I will always respect your wishes. Every single image you have seen of my work has been pre-approved for sharing. You may have noticed that I am not sharing images or blogging births for weeks after baby has arrived. This is because enjoying your new baby and settling into your new groove is so much more important than reviewing images. When you’re feeling ready just let me know. I do always send over a few sneak peeks within 48 hours of birth so you can use these images to announce your new addition online and share with family and friends as you wish. If you permit me to share some of these great I would of course love to.
Do you offer a Gift Registry?
Yes I do. You can find out more and sign up here.
When should I book?
As soon as you’re ready! I take 2-3 clients per month on a first come first serve basis. A retainer holds your place on my calendar.
Can I meet you first?
Absolutely! Please fill out the form below and lets set up a date soon to meet.