Utah Birth Photographer FAQs

What is birth photography?

First of all-it’s beautiful!  Birth photography captures all the details of your baby’s birthday! It tells the story of the day, the birth, and after the birth.  It’s amazing to be able to look back and remember how you felt when your baby first entered the world and all the details surrounding that special event!

Why hire a birth photographer?

There are so many reasons!  Where to begin?  I think the biggest reasons are #1 Mom probably won’t remember a lot of the details of the day because she is so focused on getting the baby here!  #2  The partner can be in the photos, and holding your hand instead of trying to take pictures.  You can just enjoy meeting your new baby for the first time with out any distractions.  There are so many other reasons!  Birth photos are priceless.

How far do you travel?

I will typically go anywhere in Salt Lake or Utah counties, but will travel further for a small fee. Please contact me with questions.

Do you need approval from the hospital and doctors?

Yes. Please talk to your doctor and the hospital and make sure it’s ok if I’m there. All physicians and hospitals are different. It’s your responsibility to make sure it’s ok for me to be there. Let me know if there are any restrictions (such as no photography at certain stages of labor or in the operating room).

When should I book you?

I take only 1-2 births per month, so book ASAP!

How many images will I receive?

Every birth is different, so it’s hard to say, but usually at least 100.

When I go into labor, when should I call you?

ASAP. I love a heads up, even if I don’t come right away, to start making arrangements for my kids and getting everything ready to come capture these precious memories. If it turns out to be false labor, that’s OK, I don’t mind.  I love you to keep me informed throughout the labor until I arrive.

When do you arrive, and how long do you stay?

I’ll usually come when you’re in active labor (about 6-7 cm), but we’ll meet and chat about a plan for when I will arrive. I’ll stay 1-2 hours after the birth of the baby.

Will photographs of me be posted on your website?

It’s up to you. I love to share the pictures, but if you aren’t comfortable with it, I won’t. You will see the images first, and can let me know which ones you are comfortable with me sharing and which ones you aren’t.

What if you don’t make it to my birth?

If I miss your birth because you didn’t notify me soon enough, I will still come and take pictures of you and the baby while you are in the hospital. If I’m not able to come or send a back up for some reason (because I’m sick or an emergency etc), I will offer a full refund.

What if I have my baby early?

I will be on call for you 24/7 from 38-42 weeks. If you give birth before that, still let me know. There is a good chance I’ll still be able to come! If you have history of preterm labor, let me know in advance so I’ll be aware. You can also text me after doctors appointments so I’ll know all the details.

How long will it take to receive the images?

Typically, I’m so excited I just can’t wait to get the pictures ready for you and it only takes a couple days. However, it can take up to 2 weeks.

What type of pictures do you take?

We will discuss what type of pictures you would like before you go into labor. You can tell me the most important thing you would like to see, and any photos you don’t want. I can use creative angles to crop out things you don’t want in the pictures. Some women  want to see the baby crowning, some don’t.  Some people love breastfeeding pictures, some don’t. I’m happy to respect your wishes. Your comfort is my top priority.  This is documentary type photography, so I generally don’t do any posing.

Will it be awkward having you in the room since I don’t know you?

Hopefully not! I am very discreet, and try my best to be as unobtrusive as possible. With nurses and doctors around you may not even notice me, especially during labor and delivery. We will meet beforehand, if possible, which should make you feel more comfortable. I’m happy to leave the room during any moments that you need privacy.

Can you photograph other kids with the new baby?

I am happy to include them, as long as they come during the time I’m there.

Will you use a flash?

I do use flash quite a bit to get the best photos.  A lot of births happen at night, or the blinds are closed.  The lighting situation at births is not ideal, so flash can help a lot!  With that being said, most moms will say they didn’t even realize I was using flash!  I bounce it off a wall or ceiling so it’s not right in your face.  Also, if you prefer that I don’t use it, that’s totally fine to.  The photos may be a bit grainy if there isn’t much light, and you don’t want me to use flash.  I want to be as unobtrusive as possible, and I want you to have the best photos possible. This is something we can talk about at the pre-consult or before you are in labor.  I’ll definitely respect your wishes for your birth story photos.

What if I have a C-Section?

I may or may not be able to come into the OR depending on the hospital/doctor and the situation. I will be happy to come take pictures if I’m allowed in. If not, I will still take pictures before and after.

What if I don’t want the actual birth documented, but still want to get photos of the new baby?

I would love to come after your baby is born and take pictures. This is called a “First Glimpse” session. You can see some sample photos in my gallery.  This session captures you, your new baby, and other family members (it’s great for siblings meeting the new baby for the first time). If you would like to schedule a first glimpse photos session of your new baby, please contact me!

How do the payments work?

I ask for 50% retainer to put you on my calendar. Then the other 50% is due at 38 weeks when I go on call for you. You also get a discount if you pay the full amount in advance.

If you have other questions please contact me!

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