Birth Story in the OR – Bountiful Utah – Birth Photography

I am over the moon for this little man! I feel a huge honor when someone invites me to document the birth of their child. The birth of a child is such a beautiful thing; to witness such an experience always has me bubbling with excitement.

Things don’t always go the way you plan; probably more often than not. This babe was supposed to come VBAC after an induction on Monday. I got the call that mom’s water had broke but that she wasn’t having contractions Saturday night. Sunday afternoon the call was made that he would be born via cesarean section. The incredible privilege was mine to get to go into the OR and document this baby boys first moments in this world.

Welcome to the world, baby Beckett.


My passion for birth stories came from my own experience. I had my fourth little love three years ago January and had a photograph capture everything. I am soo thankful she was there. My epidural didn’t work and I am ended up going natural. It wasn’t so bad looking back on it, but at the time I closed my eyes and missed everything! If she hadn’t been there I would have nothing from my experience except my beautiful boy. Birth story photography is something you will never regret having done, but you may regret passing up the opportunity to document this amazing experience.

I am one of a kind and have probably photographed more newborns in the state of Utah than any other photographer. I am up over 2,500 now! Not all of those were birth stories but many many of them were in the hospitals all along the Wasatch front. I am lucky enough to call many nurses, techs, doctors, and employees there my friends. It’s wonderful!
I only take a very limited number (1 or 2) of birth story clients per month. If you have questions or want to know my availability please email me at

Birth Story Photography – Ogden Regional – Cortney Jones

After meeting these sweet parents, I knew this birth story was going to be one of my all time favorites. I always say I am so honored to be apart of these moments with people and I really really am. I genuinely feel like I am so lucky and without words to describe how amazing it is to get to do what I love and document another persons new little love taking their first breath, feeling the air for the first time, seeing their mother with their fuzzy vision, and watching that recognition that babies have when they hear their mother’s voice. The moments that I capture are without compare.

Thank you so much for inviting me be apart of this amazing time in your life.


Birth Story Photography FAQ – Northern Utah Birth Photography

Unlike a lot of other photographers I am very familiar with all the hospitals along the Wasatch front. I have been doing in-hospital photography sessions for more than 3 years at every hospital from Timpanogos to Logan. I visit many weekly and I am contracted with Lake View Hospital in Bountiful to take care of all the babies born there.
Don’t just tell your child how their story began, show them! Here are some of the questions I get about Birth Story Photography.
Why should we hire a birth photographer? This is an amazing experience that is well worth documenting. With me there you can relax. I won’t miss a thing. Having me at your birth will allow your husband or other friends and family members to spend their time supporting you during this momentous occasion, instead of worrying about trying to capture all of the very important shots of the day. They will be able to enjoy the experience and participate much more if they are not just watching it unfold from behind the viewfinder of your camera.
When is it best to book our birth photography “session”? Since I only attend a certain number of births per month it is best to reserve your spot as soon as you know you would like me to be there. I am often fully booked at least two months in advance, however, that might not always be the case, so if you are interested in having me at your birth and it is coming up soon please contact me as soon as possible because I may still have an opening!
I’m (or more than likely your husband, partner, or labor coach) is nervous about having someone they don’t know in the room with us. How can I convince them you won’t be intrusive? I would love to grab and herbal tea or hot chocolate with both you and your husband to discuss your wishes and concerns. I do understand that not everyone wants a photographer to be present at this intimate and private experience. Let’s sit down and talk, let’s see if we are a good fit for each other. In many cases this is a great way for you to see I am a really laid back person (although super excited for you.) Honestly, I am happy to sit quietly while you labor and click your direction when needed 🙂 And you probably won’t even see or hear me when it’s time.


How many births do you photograph per month? I limit myself to two, that is why it is so important to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

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  When do you arrive at the hospital/home/birth center? Every labor and delivery is different and so deciding on when I should arrive is something we will discuss in our consultation. I like to arrive when you are a 5 or 6, but it all depends on a few things. We will talk about if this is your first baby, how other deliveries went, how you feel, what you want, and much more. I have been there from the time mama arrives for a few 🙂

Are hospitals and Doctors ok with you in the hospital room? It is important to ask the Dr. and facility what their policy is on a photographer being present. I have never had a problem with any hospital staff member not being ok with me being there. I am very aware of how things work at the hospitals and know how to stay out of the way 😉bb-1
What if you don’t get there in time? I will be there as long as you keep me informed about what is going on. Sometimes labors happen quickly, VERY quickly. My clients have to do a great job at informing me when their contractions start (even if they are days before the real thing) and what is going on throughout the process and because of this I have yet to miss a birth. I am a worrier so I always err on the safe side so that you won’t be sorry. I like to be on location hours before your baby is born. If you have a precipitous labor and rapid birth, I will still come to capture the story. Hospital photographs of the first hours of your baby’s life are priceless. I have never not been there in time 🙂
What if I end up having an emergency C-section? Every hospital and Dr. have their own policies about letting photographers into the operating room. If this is a big concern for you, talk to your doctor and the hospital about your wishes. The actual birth of your child is a small part of the entire story, and even stories where I am not allowed into the operating room are beautiful, amazing and emotional. It is all portions of your child’s story, and it is a wonderful story. You can see an example of such a case HERE.
What if I end up having to have a scheduled C-section? You are more likely you will be able to get approval for a photographer to be present in the operating room as you will know the facility, Dr., and anesthesiologist working at the time. More importantly, just because you are having a scheduled C-section doesn’t mean there is no longer a story to be told.
 What happens if I go into labor at 2am? Call me! My phone is on and on me all day and all night. Call me, that is what you have hired me for.
How long do you stay after the birth? I am usually there for another 2-3 hours after. There are many first moments that are all part of the story. I will be there to capture them for you.
What is included in my collection? Are albums, prints and other products, aside from what is included with my collection, available for purchase? Your collection includes a digital slideshow set to music, all digital images on a CD/DVD, and an 8×10 print.*

Yes. After your images are viewed by you and delivered you have up to the length of your online gallery to purchase additional products. Grandparents, friends, and other family members are welcome to purchase from the online gallery as well with your permission.

 *Additionally if you schedule a newborn session you receive 4×6 prints for all images from your birth story and 10% toward images from your newborn session.
*As of Decemeber 2012 I have also decided to start offering a set of 30 low resolution, watermarked digital images for use on Facebook, blogs, web…
When will I receive the images and the products in my collection? Digital images and the included slideshow are delivered 1-2 weeks following the birth of your child. If you decide to add an albums 3-4 weeks after proofs are approved. They are custom designed and custom bound so perfection take a bit of time.

Do you offer gift certificates? Yes, I do. Contact me to get information on purchasing one.

 If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to email me or comment below, I’m happy to answer any you might have!


12 days of Holiday Fun! On the eighth day…

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12 days of Holiday Fun! On the sixth day…

It just keeps getting better and better! I have had several people call me every day ha ha.

*if scheduled ASAP for the first person to call me with a baby being born Dec.20-24 or Dec.26-Jan.2

Most people don’t know I do birth stories. There is a very good reason for that. I do very few of them a year. With three children of my own, a very busy business, and a husband that works full time and runs his own business, I just can’t take on more than that 🙂 But here’s the good news for one very lucky mama. My husband has off work for the holidays. Just giving away one!

Baby B – Birth Story Photography by Cortney Jones

Welcome to the world little man! I got the call in the morning and arrived at the hospital where things were steady and easy going. A little while later mama got her epidural and was feeling good. Everything happened pretty fast after that. Mama went from a 6 to a 10 in no time at all and then it was show time. Mama works in the Women Services unit so everyone there knew her and cares for her. It made for an extra special birth. That tear that runs down her face after baby boy is placed on her chest makes me chock-up every time. He was quite literally perfect as her scored a 10 on his evaluations, go baby go!

Every birth story I have been apart of has been amazing.

Welcome to the world Baby J – Birth Photography by Cortney Jones

I had the very special honor of being apart of a new person joining the world. Mom’s biggest worry…

What happens if I go into labor at 2am?

My phone is on and on me all day and all night. Call me, that is what I am here for.

Welcome little prince! It’s was so nice to meet you.

What if I end up having to have a scheduled C-section?
She did. And it was a beautiful part of the story. Just because your having a C-section doesn’t mean there is no longer a story to be told.