Birth Story FAQs

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 7 years at every hospital from Mountain View in Payson to Logan. I visit many weekly and I am contracted with Lake View Hospital in Bountiful, Lone Peak in Draper, Timpanogos in Orem, and Mountain View in Payson to take care of all the babies born there.
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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.
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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.

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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 🙂

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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 🙂
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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How long do you stay after the birth? I am usually there for another 1-2 hours after. There are many first moments that are all part of the story. I will be there to capture them for you.
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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.
*As of Decemeber 2015 I have also decided to start offering a set of 30 low resolution, watermarked digital images for use on Facebook, blogs, web…
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When will I receive the images and the products in my collection? Digital images and the included slideshow are delivered 3-4 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!

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2 thoughts on “Birth Story FAQs

  1. Hello there, I was referred to you by Annie Parkin. I am looking to book both a newborn and birth story package and would love to know your prices. Also prices for including a disc of the photos for each session. I am due November 4th, but I usually go 2-4 weeks early so that it will be an October baby. My doctor tells me that I am on track to go early again. We are pregnant with our 3rd baby girl and are looking to getting at least a few of the 3 girls together. Let me know. Thank you!

    • You bet Megan! I can take care of all of your photography needs surrounding the birth of your 3rd daughter. I emailed you more info and look forward to hearing from you!

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