• What is Birth Photography?  Birth photography is the most purest and raw of any photography.  Birth photography captures you in your most powerful state, giving birth to a living soul.  Many moms have a hard time recalling every detail of their births.  That is why I am there.  I will document your labor, delivery, and first glimpses of your baby.  I pay attention to tiny details, some things that you may not have noticed. 
  • Why should I hire a Birth Photographer?   Did you hire someone to document your wedding?  Would you ask your mother-n-law, husband, or sister to capture pictures at your wedding?  Of course not!  My being there gives you professional images and details that others won't see.  I strongly believe that your husband, doula, and family need to be actively supporting you, not distracted by camera settings and low light conditions.  The moments when you need your support team are some of the most important images I take.  The bond between husband and wife during this time is a beautiful part of the process, and definitely images you will treasure for the rest of your lives.  This is one of the most, if not THE most important day of your lives.  This tiny being that you have created is about to enter earthside.  These are moments that will never happen again.  I'm here to make sure you don't forget a single precious moment. 
  • How much does Birth Photography costs?  I charge $400 for my services, this includes labor, the birth, and 1 - 2 hours after the delivery. 
  • Do you offer discounts and payment plans?  I require a $100 deposit to book your session at the time of your contract signing.  The remainder is due 2 weeks before your due date.  You can pay by cash, check, money order, or Paypal.
  • Do you have any doulas you recommend? I do!  I have teamed up with a few local doulas.  Once we have our first consult I will be better able to determine which doula's personalities and beliefs mesh best with you.  Feel free to check out their websites and do your research also!
  • Do you offer gift certificates?  I offer registry cards that can be displayed at your baby shower.  This way family and friends can contribute to your birth session or even a newborn lifestyle session.  They will contact me directly and it will be added to your registry to help offset costs of the session.
  • Do you post pictures on the internet? I am a very modest person, and I also am a very modest photographer.  I would not post anything graphic that I would not want posted of myself.  If I get images of your baby crowning or other body parts, you might not want showing, I will email them to you for approval first.  You will get these images on your disc, but I will not post anything too graphic on my website or facebook page.
  • Will we meet before birth?  Yes.  Once you contact me, we will have a phone interview first.  If you feel comfortable with me we will arrange a meet at a public park where we can go over the contract and get to know one another better.
  • When should I call you when I go into labor?  When you are in active labor and about to head to the hospital call me.  If you are laboring at home and feel it is "the day" please call me.  When you feel it is time to call your midwife, please also call me.  If you forget or do not call there will not be a refund, as I have already invested time and set me month aside for your birth.  
  • Are you there for labor and birth?  After birth?
  • When do you show up?  As soon as you call me, I will make sitter arrangements and get ready, then head to the hospital/your home.  I need at least 30-60 minutes to get everything in order to leave, plus travel time.  I'm located in north Pensacola.
  • What if you get sick or can't make it to the birth for some reason?  Though this is very rare, I do have a back up photographer I can call, who takes amazing birth photos.
  • What if I need a cesarean? You will need to talk with your doctor to see if I'm allowed.  This varies hospital to hospital, doctor to doctor.  If you strongly advocate for your photographer it has been know to happen.  Otherwise, I will capture you before surgery, and then after as soon as you move back into your room.  If there is a nurse available to take my camera, I will adjust the settings and hand it off. 
  • How graphic are your images? *see, do you post pictures on the internet.
  • Do you use a flash?  I currently do not use a flash.  I plan on experimenting with one in the future.  The flash will never be directed in anyone's eyes, but bounced off walls and ceilings.  If you are uncomfortable with a flash I will not use one, but understand if you are delivering in the dark I will need an ambient light of some sort.  Also, pictures in darkness will tend to not be as crisp and have a good amount of grain.  I do have lenses that are great in low light, so no worries!
  • How many photographs do I get?  It depends on the session you choose.  It can vary immensely.  I will have all your images edited and on a cd for you to print where you choose.
  • How long does it take to get my photographs?  Birth sessions take about 30 days, all other sessions around 2 weeks.  I will have sneak peeks for you as I edit, as quickly as 48 hours to a week.