FAQ

BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY FAQ

Why should we hire you to photograph our child’s birth?

This is one of the most important days of your life, so having photographs from your labour and delivery is a heartfelt reminder of that momentous occasion.  Having me handle this component of that day allows you and your partner or support person to be available to you without having to worry that something is being “missed”.  I’ll be there, in the background, capturing snapshots while they can be where they belong, right by your side. That way, you and your partner, support person and/or loved ones can go about living through that experience in a reduced stress environment, knowing that your “story” will live on timelessly beyond your memories and recollections.

How much do you charge?

My price for birth photography is $2,450.  Please check out my birth story pricing page to see what’s included.

If you’d like more information on pricing, please contact me at atfirstsightbirthphotography@gmail.com.

My partner isn’t too sure about hiring a birth photographer.  Is there any advice you can offer?

I completely understand that birth can be very private and intense and some partners aren’t comfortable with the idea of someone else there in the room with them. This is completely normal and in such cases, I feel it’s especially important we meet and get to know each other a little to help make your partner feel more comfortable. Your birth experience is very personal but also one you will both want to be fully immersed in and one neither of you will want to forget.

I am a member of a wonderful birth photography group that consists of members all across the world. This slideshow was put together by this group specifically for partners and fathers to help show them the beauty of holding your hand, and not the camera!

What do we do at our client consultation meeting?

Our consultation meeting is a time for us to get to know each other a little so you can feel more at ease when I arrive for your birth. It’s also a time for us to go over our contract and discuss your birth plan and photograph wishes.  It’s very important that I understand your birth plan and this meeting gives you an opportunity to assess whether you would feel comfortable having me at your birth. This is also the time when I would take a few belly shots for you.

When is it best to book our birth session with you?

The earlier the better!  Once you decide you’d like me to be your birth photographer, it’s best to book with me so I can make the necessary arrangements for my availability surrounding your due date.  Only a certain number of births are scheduled within a month so that I am completely available to my clients when they deliver.

When should we call you and when do you arrive at the birth?

I ask that you contact me at the onset of labour (e.g., water breaking, feeling of any contractions, etc.) no matter what time that may be, so that I can start getting organized and making childcare arrangements.  Even if it’s a false alarm, I would prefer to get woken up and make all my arrangements than miss the birth.  I am a mother of three and I’m used to sleepless nights and surprise wake-up calls! We can keep in contact during the early stages of labour to determine the best time for me to leave. Birth can be very unpredictable and it’s always better to err on the side of caution so that you (and I!) don’t get disappointed and not have me there. I will ideally arrive when you are in active labour (around 5cm dilated) and I will stay for up to two hours after your baby is born to capture all those special moments and “first” interactions between you and your loved ones with your new bundle of joy.

When can we see our images?

Within 24 hours of the birth, I will provide you with 3-5 edited web version images. With your permission, I will post them as sneak peeks on Facebook.  These images are perfect for sharing with friends and family and will not include anything of a sensitive nature.  The remainder of your images and slideshow will be edited and delivered to you within 6 weeks of the birth.

How many images will we receive?

Depending on how your labour progresses, I usually provide between 100-200+ fully edited images, in colour.  However, in the case of short labours and extenuating circumstances these numbers can vary so I don’t guarantee an exact amount. I generally edit most of my birth images in colour, however I do provide some black & white edits.

Will you post any of my private parts on your blog or portfolio?

Absolutely not. I respect people’s modesty so I only post tasteful images that don’t show any private parts.  To get an idea of the kind of images I post it’s best to view my blog or portfolio. That said, if you are a very open person and want me to shoot everything and post everything, I will.  I always follow my client’s wishes.

What if I don’t want any of my images posted to your blog or website?

I completely understand if you don’t want your images posted.  I do, however, charge an additional $200 to your package because I won’t be able to use the images for portfolio or advertising purposes.

Will all my photos be in black & white?

No.  I used to provide my clients mostly black & white images because I found those edits can oftentimes better highlight emotions and also take away some of the “clutter” from the background of birth spaces. More recently I have started to provide the images in colour only and offer the black & white versions of only the images I feel look good with that edit.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a birth photography session?

The most important thing you should do is check with your doctor or midwife to make sure that birth photography is allowed in their facility and if there are any rules regarding my presence.  It’s always a good idea to let them know (and your Doula, if you have one) that I will be there and make sure they are okay with it. I have yet to hear of a time when it is not allowed, however sometimes (especially during hospital births) there are rules at certain times during the process when they ask no photos be taken.  I always respect the attending medical staff and follow their requirements.

What if my birth ends in a C-section?

Whether it’s a planned or unplanned C-section, it will be all the more worthwhile for you to hire me.  You more than likely won’t be able to see the birth of your baby and you will want someone there to document it.  You (and I!) can certainly advocate for me to be in the operating room with you (and your partner), however, it’s up to your midwife/doctor or the anesthesiologist.  If I’m not able to be in the operating room, I will certainly document the journey before your surgery and then I’ll meet up with you as soon as I’m allowed to capture the first couple of hours with your baby.  We can also discuss the possibility of other special arrangements at that time.

Do you charge a retainer?

Upon signing our agreement, I require a 50% non-refundable retainer fee to hold the spot for you in my calendar.  The remainder of the package fee is due a month before your estimated due date. I am also open to monthly payment plans if you book early enough to allow for this.

What if I go into labour early?

Call me, call me, call me!  Chances are I’ll still be able to attend the birth, however, I only guarantee being able to make it from when you’re 38 weeks and beyond, until you deliver.

What if you miss the birth?

If, for some reason, I miss the birth because of my own fault I will refund any payment(s) made and will still join you and do a Just Born Session at the hospital, birth center or your home within 48 hours of the baby’s birth. Your child’s birth is of top priority and unless there are unforeseen circumstances, I will be there! If I miss the birth because you didn’t call me or fail to give me enough notice (or your baby decides to join you very quickly), your deposit or payment will not be refunded.  I will, however, do a Just Born Session with you and your family at your place of delivery within 48 hours of the baby’s birth.

How far will you travel to photograph a birth?

I mainly attend births in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), however I am willing to travel further distances for an additional travel fee.

Do you offer newborn posed photography?

I don’t, but I can recommend excellent newborn photographers if you’re looking for someone. I do however offer ‘Just Born’ sessions which are unposed and amazing if you prefer a more candid style. Here is a link to my portfolio for ‘Just Born’ sessions.