Why have a birth Photographer?
Birth is one of the most beautiful stories in the world. Each birth is completely unique. Each life brought into this world by their mother is unlike any other life that has been or will be. Each new life will impact the world, each baby will usher in a story never told, each birth brings new hopes, dreams, disappointments, but most of all love. If there is ever a moment to document and celebrate, it is this. The beginning of a story never told, and will never be repeated again. I want to tell this new story of love, as it unfolds, as it begins.
How does it work?
I will be on call 24/7 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. During this time I will not schedule any plans that are unable to be canceled and I will be ready with a go bag of all my equipment so when the time comes I am ready. I only do one birth a month so when that month is booked it is booked. If there are any exceptions to this we will discuss it at the time of booking.
For best chances of me showing up at the appropriate time, I request texts or calls at three different points. First, an early heads up to let me know you feel labor coming on. This lets me arrange child care and prepare to come your way. It is better to give me a false alarm at 2am then for me to miss your birth. So, if you think you are showing any signs, let me know. Second, you will notify me when you are heading to the hospital/birth center. Third and finally you will notify me when you are in active labor (i.e. 4-7 cm dilated, unable to speak though contractions).
I will be there to capture the active labor, the moments of you giving birth, and the fun stuff post birth (Holding the baby for the first time, getting footprints and measurements, any early visitors you may have). I will be there about 1-2 hours after birth depending on how post birth unfolds. (If you would like shots further out than that we should discuss booking a fresh-48 birth session.
You can expect me to be like a fly on the wall recording the beautiful moments of your birth as it unfolds. My hope is to meet with you in person before you give birth so the first time we meet you are not in labor. Before you give birth, we will discuss any specific shots you would like or not like me to get. My goal is to as non-obtrusive as possible so I will not be using a flash (unless otherwise discussed) or props or asking for any posed shots.
Since the nature of labor is very spontaneous and unpredictable, I cannot absolutely guarantee I will make it to your birth in time to document it. Depending on the situation your money paid will go to other photo sessions or be refunded to you. No matter what, I will help you tell the story of your little one beginning his or her adventure in this world.
This is your story. I will photograph your birth according to your needs and desires. I am so honored to tell the story of your little one coming into the world.
What to expect from a birth session:
- An on call photographer 24/7 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date
- Labor and delivery coverage and up to 2 hours post birth
- A disc of 300+ edited high-resolution images from your birth and first moments of the baby's life
- A blog post of approved images and stories from your birth that you can share with friends and family
- 10% off of a Fresh 48 Session, Newborn Session, or Family Session
Birth Sessions are $800. If you are having an out-of-hospital birth or hiring a doula, I offer a discounted rate.
Still have questions?
Check out my FAQs page or Fell free to email me at Hefferiltphotography@gmail.com