I often find that people don’t think they’d want their birth captured, only to realise afterwards that having these photographs would have been priceless. You literally spend months, if not years preparing yourself for the day you give birth, and then usually, in less than 24hrs, one of your most life changing moments is over.
Before you know it, this precious moment is now quickly turning into a distant, fading memory.
I can help you hold onto all the precious details of this moment for the rest of your life.
I know that you may be worried about someone else being in your birth space, seeing you naked, or worse, what if you poo?
Birth photographers however, just like any other birth worker, are not judging you and we totally get how vulnerable you may be feeling.
You can feel at ease knowing that we have seen plenty of naked women, crowning vaginas, pubes, blood, poo and buttholes before. Your naked body is nothing new to us, and nothing to be embarrassed about. It is all a part of birth and if we weren’t comfortable with it, we wouldn’t be in this line of photography or work.
And at the end of the day, no one else needs to see these images but you.
Having an experienced birth photographer present in your birth space is about so much more than just capturing crowning vagina's too. We're there to document this day for your partner and ensure that instead of being the one taking the photo's, that they are present and remembered in this story as well.
We also know birth. So we know how to read a room and stay calm. Having us there can be the extra support you, your partner or family never knew you needed in your birth space.
birth Photography: $1900
Included in your package:
- An in person catch up to discuss your birth vision
- On-call 24/7 from 37 weeks gestation
- Documentation of your birth from active labour until 2hrs postpartum
- 5 sneak peak images delivered within 24hrs of your birth which you can use to announce the arrival of your little one.
- All digital images (expect around 50+) delivered via an online gallery within 3 weeks of our time together.
- Complimentary Newborn or 6 month sitter session + coming home documentation in the case of emergency Caesarean's.
- Discount for home birth pools through Waikato home birth association.
- Complimentary 'Your Birth Project' online Hypnobirthing course.
- $50 print credit & $250 album credit to use for a beautiful heirloom quality album &/or print from Queensberry.
- 30% discount on Maternity and Newborn portrait packages
Don't let funds hold you back.
Your $500 booking fee and signed contract is all we need to lock it all in.
From there, the remaining amount of your package isn't due until you're 37 weeks when I 'officially' go on call for you. If this cannot be paid by this date I'm happy to occasionally grant extensions, but will not be able to deliver the full gallery (you'll still get your 5 sneak peeks) until the package has been paid in full.
Payments can be made via bank transfer, Laybuy, Humm, or Credit Card.
1 - BOOKING IN
To book, all you need to do is contact me to view my available dates as I only take on 2 birthing clients per month. If i'm available, we'll book a meeting so you can meet the gal you're inviting into your birth space, chat about your birth plan and go over any questions you have. There is no obligation to pay anything before this meeting. After the meeting, if you decide you'd like to go ahead, you pay the $500 booking fee and sign the contract and we're locked in!
2 - Your birth
I'll be on call 24/7 for you from 37 weeks. When you go into labour, you give me a call and I'll be there. My whole schedule has been designed to keep you a priority. So no matter the time, no matter how long it takes. I'm there. After your beautiful baby has arrived, I'll stay for up to 2 hours to capture those first holds and feeds, or even the arrival of older siblings!
3 - RECEIVING YOUR IMAGES
You'll receive a sneak peak of 5 beautiful images via a private online gallery within 24-48 hours of your birth which you can use to eagerly announce the arrival of your little one. You'll then receive your full gallery of a mixture of colour and black and white images, 2-3 weeks later. These will be high resolution images perfect for printing or sharing online.
Extra add-ons available:
Labour - $300
The perfect add-on If you would like me to come earlier or to capture your labour at home prior to heading to the hospital or birth centre. (I will usually come to you once you are in established 'active labour' or around 5-7cm dilated)
Coming home - $300
It's so special being able to document your older babies meeting their newest sibling. This add-on can be perfect to capture this as sometimes due to birth complications or just the time your baby decided to arrive when this isn't possible to capture in the first two hours after delivery.
PRINTS & ALBUMS
If you would like to look at purchasing additional prints and albums, let me know and I will provide you with a full print menu. All printing is done through Queensberry.
How soon should I book in?
ASAP. As I'll only take on two births a month and these spots fill up fast. Booking in early also give you plenty of time to pay off your packages. In fact, I'm often one of the first people to find out about some babies 😍If you're worried about miscarriage etc, please know that you will definitely be entitled to a full refund x
Do you only do water births?
Definitely not! I photograph and support ALL births. I'm even keen to photograph more caesareans! The hospitals very rarely allow this, but the more we keep asking for it the closer we might get to making this happen. So still contact me anyway and we can chat!
What if my birth plan changes and I have to go to hospital?
I will be there and adapt with you. So if we start at a birth centre then move to the hospital then I'll follow you there. There are however more restrictions in a hospital environment which we will discuss in our one on one catch up.
Do you photograph everything?
I photograph as much as I can, but only if that's what you want. We will discuss in further detail when we meet what your wishes are. However, no one has to see your birth gallery! These images will 100% stay private if that is your wish.
What if I end up needing an emergency c-section?
Unfortunately, at this stage, I can't photograph c-sections. We will still try! But the chances are VERY slim. So if you get transferred for one I'll book you in for a newborn session to complete your birth story. We can however look at options where your husband or midwife take my camera into theatre and I still edit the footage for you. We'll discuss all of this when we catch up in person.
What if I have baby early or you can't be there due to a medical emergency?
I'll still try make it if I can! I've attended a baby born at 34 weeks before! We'll definitely discuss this in further detail at our in person catch up though.
What if I poo?
Then we can celebrate! Cause this means baby is CLOSE 😍😍 hahahaha. No seriously though. This is NOT something you have to worry about. A little bit of poo is totally normal as baby lowers down into your pelvis. Your midwives will generally be very good at getting rid of any before anyone notices and if not, I do know how to use photoshop. Although, I also know how to get good angles to avoid anything like that if needed. This is why you hire the professional right?