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Birth Sessions – The Most Amazing Session of Your Life


Why do it?  So you can relax and focus on what you need to do through your delivery.  I will be there to capture the story of your birth, including the support people you have on this journey with you. We will discuss ahead of time the moments you wish to be captured. Your support team can relax and be there 100% for you and not worry about taking photos of their own.

BIRTH SESSION PACKAGE INFORMATION

Packages start at $1200 and include:

  • Complimentary interview/prenatal meeting in Durham. We will discuss what to expect, what moments you wish captured, etc.  We can also get to know each other during this visit so that I am not a stranger at your birth. If you are not local enough to travel to Durham, we can have the interview over the phone. I often shoot births in the Durham area as well as Markham, Scarborough and Toronto. On-call 24/7 for 2 weeks before and after your due date (until the birth)
  • Coverage of labor (starting in active labor) and birth up to 2 hours afterward
  • Min 200 high-resolution digital images provided on USB
  • Professionally custom edited images in a mix of black & white and color
  • All Web-sized watermarked images you may share online
  • Custom slideshow of images put to music
  • Extra prints and products may be ordered through me as well. Price list upon request.
  • Gift Certificates are the perfect baby shower gift!

Session already booked?  Click here to download my Prep Guide for Newborn Sessions.

I’M INTERESTED IN HIRING YOU – WHAT DO I DO?

First, contact me to make sure I am available for your due date. I book several months in advance, and only take a few clients a year.  After you hear back from me, I will hold your spot for 10 days (of course you can take longer to decide but I can’t guarantee a spot!). To secure my services, I will send you a contract for you to sign and a deposit of $400 is required. I will also send you a link to a questionnaire that will help me to know what kind of experience you are looking for.

We will meet up for coffee in Durham to discuss details, get your remaining questions answered, and get to know each other. If you do not live within driving distance, we can have this meeting over the phone.  The remainder of your fee is due by your 36th week of pregnancy.

Click here to view my collection of Pinterest images for ideas on what to wear to your newborn session.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH SESSIONS
What parts of Ontario do you serve?

I am available to photograph births within a 2 hour radius of Whitby, Ontario.  A .55/km fee (past 100 km away from Whitby) will be added to those living outside that area..

When do you arrive for the birth and how long will you stay?

I come to your birth during active labor (around 5-6 cm) and will stay up to 2 hours afterward.

Will photos from my birth be posted on your website?

Yes, I do post images from the births on my website and Facebook page. However, you will be able to view your images before any of them are shared and let me know if there are any that you deem unsuitable for me to share.  Only the first names of the baby will be shared on the website.

What if you don't end up making it to my birth?

I only take on one birth a month to allow me to have the greatest chance of attending each birth.  If I miss your birth due to my error (i.e. illness, attending another birth, unforeseen emergency), my back-up photographer will attend your birth.  If my back-up photographer cannot attend, you will receive a complete refund.

If I miss your birth because it was too fast or you did not call me in time, there is no refund and you will receive a Fresh 48 session instead.

How long will it take to receive the images?

You may expect your images in approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on my schedule.

I am concerned about "private shots"; I don't want a lot of graphic pictures!

Not to worry!  During our interview, or through email/phone calls, we will discuss what you would like photographed and what you do not.

Some women want pictures of the baby coming out, others do not.  Your comfort is my top priority!  I will photograph as much or as little as you desire.

What if I have a C-section? Can I still have a birth photographer?

If you are having a planned Cesarean birth, you will want to ask your doctor beforehand if they will allow a photographer in the operating room with you along with any other support persons you have.  Many doctors do allow this!

If your Cesarean is unplanned, you may still ask, but it may be unlikely a photographer can go in with you.  However, there are still plenty of beautiful moments to capture after the birth!  I am more than happy to stay at the hospital to document those first few moments in the postpartum room, or I can come back later to photograph the sweet bonding times with your newborn.

What if I don't want the actual labor and birth documented, but I do want pictures of those special first hours?

Introducing Fresh 48!  1-2 hour lifestyle session at your birth location (hospital, home, or birth center) within 48 hours after the birth.

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