Why should I hire a birth photographer?
Welcoming a child into our world is a life-altering experience. Birth can be intense and, while most parents will forever remember their child's birth story, many details may be left unclear. Many parents find that after giving birth, they only have a few concrete memories of their experience. Birth photography helps preserve these moments and allows parents to vividly relive the birth in perfect detail. Many clients cry when they view their images for the first time. There is something so powerful about reliving your birth experience.
I use professional equipment and hand-edit all final images. Birth story images are delivered in hi-resolution files.
What types of births do you attend?
I believe birth matters and that all births are filled with moments that are worth remembering. I proudly serve families throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area, hospital, birth center or home.
How will I know when to call you and when do you come to the birth?
As we get closer to your due date, I'll be in touch more often. I may send you a little text asking how you're doing if I haven't heard from you just to touch base. I ask that you send me any kind of updates that are labor related even if you aren't sure. Even if it's just a "I'm feeling a little crampy today" or "I had a lot of contractions last night but I'm not sure if this is it". Even if you don't think you are in active labor, sometimes little clues can help me prepare the day/week so that I am able to get to you faster when the time comes that you are ready for me. After labor begins, I keep regular communication with my clients. I typically join clients once active labor has begun. If your care provider is doing cervical checks - I usually like to be with you from 6 centimeters onward. If you are not being checked, I come when you have an active pattern of contractions. I will be in communication before and during your labor to ensure that I come at just the right time. But ultimately: the call is yours to make. If you want me there, I'll come! We discuss how to tell when this stage is reached in our consultation session.
What if my birth is very long or I am transferred from home/birth center to a hospital? Do you stay and/or go to the hospital with us?
Yes! Some births are very quick and I may be done within 4 hours. Some are long as 40+ hours. If your birth slows for a while and is close to my home, I may discuss giving you some privacy and coming back when you are ready. I will discuss the best plan for you and do what you'd like me to do. That may be staying or it may be just going home for a short rest while you rest (so you don't feel like a watched pot), and then keeping in touch with you and coming back as soon as you are ready. It is very, very rare that I leave births (like ever), but I have left for a little while when things are very slow and mama was planning to rest for a few hours and I lived close enough to do that. If your labor is progressing, but is just longer than you expected, I still stay until your baby is born unless there was some kind of emergency that prevented whoever was there from staying in which case I would come and switch places to continue documenting your birth. It is important to me that your birth story is complete and that you are always aware of my plans, so I will always discuss things if there were any kind of special circumstances. If I can follow you to the hospital during a transfer, I will and I will stay with you until your baby is born.
What if I need a c-section?
Many hospitals will allow me to accompany you to the OR. It is important that you advocate for yourself if you'd like for me to go in with you, I cannot do that. If I'm not allowed back, I will try to stay until after the c-section and you are in recovery. I will sometimes send your partner back with one of our back up cameras with some quick pointers and they can try to get as much as they can for me to use. There are rare instances where they will not allow me to go back to recovery or tell me that I won't be able to see you or baby for many hours. If that happens (or your baby is in the NICU and I can't go in), I will often talk to you about coming back either later that day or the next day to complete your birth story with some images of the baby. Unless we're asked to leave by a hospital (never happened), I won't leave your birth without discussing it with you and/or your partner.
How long do you stay after the birth?
Approximately 2 hours. I want to capture those precious first moments which often include lots of baby snuggles, the newborn exam, and family introductions.
What if my birth progresses too quickly for you to make it?
That does happen sometimes but is not common. Usually when that happens, I am are already on my way but the baby decides to come quicker than I can get there. I will still come and document as much as I can. Most of the time when this scenario happens, I walk in moments after the baby has arrived so I'm able to still get some of the sweet first moments such as first bath/herbal bath, newborn exam, family/friends meeting baby. His/Her story is that she/he was in a hurry, so that is what I document. I certainly don't turn around and go home if I think I won't make it. I still come and will often stay a little longer to get a little extra since I didn't get labor images (if you want me to). Bottom line is, that you hire me to document your story and sometimes that story is a quick one and that is what your images will reflect. I am still able to deliver plenty of images (often very close to the same as a longer birth) to tell your story however it unfolds.
How many birth clients do you take on a month?
I take a limited number of birth clients a month. In order to guarantee my availability, clients are encouraged to reserve their estimated due dates as soon as they are ready to commit to my services.
Do you use flash?
I utilize whatever light sources are needed to obtain quality images. With your permission, I may open curtains or adjust available lights. If I do utilize flash it is very discreet, most laboring moms don't even notice it.