The answer to this question has two parts.

Part One: I've always had a hate-hate relationship with my body: my body was always a failure in my mind...until I gave birth. That was the meeting of my body and my soul, the moment I experienced my body as strong, capable, beautiful. I felt like giving up...until I didn't. I see that same power in every birth and I love being able to give that gift to other moms. Every photo is me saying: "See that! That is you...your strength. Your determination. Your power."

Part Two: Ever since I witnessed my first birth when I was 16 years old, I have been utterly and completely fascinated with birth. While the power of the birthing mama is my absolute favorite thing about birth, I am also totally jazzed about placentas and umbilical cords and the hormone flow of labor. I totally geek out on all things birth.

why do you love birth so much?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

I am inspired by and in awe of the power of a birthing mom. There really isn't another "life moment" this profound and world-shaking except, perhaps, death. The birth room is filled to the brim with a potency, a vibrancy, and it grabs me by the throat every. single. time. I enter into the emotions of the birthing mom and her support team, and no birth I have photographed has left me unchanged. I often cry during a birth and even more often I cry on my drive home - tears of awe and inspiration. I become a part of your birth team, I become your friend and your cheerleader, and I can't think of any place I'd rather be.

What gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

On a practical level, I was the first birth photographer in the DC/Northern Virginia area to specialize in births and I carry that experience with me into every birth. I am also one of only a very few local birth photographers to offer video alongside photography.

On a more philosophical level, I enter into your birth story and experience it as if it were my own. Sometimes I even find myself involuntarily bearing down when a mom is pushing, or breathing those deep breaths that your body needs when you're moving your baby down. I am a fly on the wall if you need me to be, and up close and personal if that's your preference. I am not a doula, but I am a birth lover. I am intuitive and encouraging and when you need someone on your birth team to say "You've got this," I'm your person.

What makes you different than other birth photographers?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

When you hire me as your birth photographer, I go "on call" for you the same way a doctor or a midwife does. From 38 weeks until you deliver, I don't leave town and my phone is always by my side with a VERY loud ringtone guaranteed to wake the dead. I love it when clients keep in touch with me through their final few weeks of pregnancy, letting me know how their prenatal appointments are going and informing me of everything that might mean an impending labor. When labor does occur, we keep in touch frequently until it is time for me to hit the road. Knowing when to come is a careful mix of communication, gut instinct, and my knowledge about the birth process.

In the rare event that I'm extremely ill or at another birth, I am blessed with a wonderful network of incredible birth photographers in this area, and will send a backup in my place. (This has actually only ever happened once for me, but a good birth photographer has a plan A, B, and C!) 

how do I know you'll be at my birth?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

I have never had a problem photographing a birth at any of our area hospitals. A couple of hospitals have a "no photos during crowning/delivery" policy which I respect. Getting into the OR for a cesarean birth is highly dependent on the provider and anesthesiologist present at the birth. I do have experience photographing in the OR and can lobby for it on your behalf if it comes to that, but often the most powerful advocate for a photographer in the OR is the birthing mom. Birth photographers are becoming more and more common and hospital staff are generally very welcoming. 

I have photographed births at GW Hospital, Sibley, Virginia Hospital Center, Fairfax Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital, Ft. Belvoir Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Shady Grove Hospital, as well as with many of the area's birth centers and home birth midwives.

do hospital policies ever prevent you from being 
in the delivery room?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

Within 24 hours of your delivery I send over about 5 "sneak peek" images for you to share with friends and family as you announce the birth of your baby. These are optimized for emailing and sharing on social media.

Within 4-6 weeks I deliver your full gallery of photos - typically 100+ - via an online gallery from which you can download the high-resolution files. All photos are full edited and I deliver a color and a black and white copy of each photo. If you've booked a film package, I also deliver your 5-10 minute storytelling film at this point.

Albums and other products are available for purchase after the fact via your online gallery.

what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

I absolutely love to make a personal connection with my clients before their births! I want you to be comfortable with me being in the room for this intimate and emotional event. I love to meet with clients in person before booking, I love to video chat if that's easier!  I have found that a lot of times clients want to make sure they lock in their spot on my calendar and so they book online prior to meeting, but if this is the case I always, always, always schedule a pre-birth meeting so we can get to know each other and talk through all the logistics of your big day!

do we meet before my birth?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

I believe that dad deserves to be as emotionally present for the birth of his child as mom does, not to be distracted by a camera. Additionally, the instinctive desire for a dark environment while giving birth means that dad is going to have a hard time capturing an image that is not too dark or blurry. As a professional photographer experienced with the birth environment, I have the equipment and the technical skills to be able to shoot confidently in a dimly lit room while remaining unobtrusive.

can't my husband take the photos?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

There is a common misconception that having a birth photographer means having a camera all up in your business while your baby is crowning and being delivered. The answer to this question is, "Yes, if you want me to." I take photos of the amazing emergence of a baby into this world if that's what the mom wants. I am also skilled at capturing this moment extremely discreetly without "showing anything" (typically standing up near mom's shoulder), but still telling the emotional story of this moment. It is always and completely up to the birthing mom, and we go over these preferences in detail prior to your birth. Additionally, no graphic photos will be shared publicly without your express consent.

do you take pictures of *that*?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how do I know you'll really be at my birth?

* why do you love birth so much?

* what gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth?

* what makes you different than other birth photographers?

* do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

* what products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

* do we meet before my birth?

* can't my husband take the photos?

* do you take pictures of THAT?

To book, a signed contract and retainer are required. You can pay your retainer directly from the pricing page that I will send you when you inquire, and I will send you a contract to sign and an invoice for the remainder of your collection cost.

If you book multiple sessions, a 10% discount will be applied to the total price and this will be reflected on your final invoice.

I *HAVE* to have you as my birth photographer.
how do I book?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

All of my sessions are all-inclusive of time and the final, high-resolution digital files and the final film. RAW files and uncut footage are not included.

Albums and other products are available after your session via your online gallery,

what is included in the price?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

All images are fully edited in both color and black and white. I edit for color and contrast consistency and according to the style that best fits my artistic vision.

how do you edit your images?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

Birth stories are delivered within 4-6 weeks after delivery, and all other sessions are delivered within 4 weeks. 

how soon do I get to see my images?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

Your images will be uploaded to an online gallery from which you can download both high-resolution and web-sized files. Your film will be viewable on this same gallery and you can download the film directly from Vimeo.

how do you deliver images and films?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

As a mom I understand how expensive it can be to have babies. When money is tight we cut costs wherever we can, and birth photography seems like a luxury. As the same time many of us walk around with a luxury item such as an iPhone in our pockets all the time. Cribs at upscale boutiques can cost nearly as much as birth photography and in a few years you will be selling them on Craigslist. Be frugal with things, not with memories.

In addition, there are many unseen costs to birth photography. Being on-call for 4-5 weeks, hours editing and processing and running the business, maintaining $20k of professional photography equipment, taxes, business insurance, a computer that can handle the massive photo and video editing programs...the list is endless. It is actually very difficult to earn an income as a birth photographer, even for those of us charging sustainable prices.

why is birth photography so pricey?

Frequently Asked Questions

* how soon do I get to see my images?

* I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

* what is included in the price?

* how do you edit your images?

* how do you deliver images and films?

* why is birth photography so pricey?

A first48 session is a documentary session that happens within 48 hours of delivery, typically at the hospital, but can also occur at home if you have an out-of-hospital birth or want to tell the story of your baby's homecoming. It is the same as a documentary newborn session except that it occurs within 48 hours after birth. 

This session is perfect for anyone who isn't comfortable with having photography during their actual delivery, but still wants to capture all of the "first" moments - first snuggles, first bath, first sibling meeting. It is unposed and unscripted, and it's very much just about those emotional first few hours and days with your baby.

What is a first48 session?

A documentary newborn session is very similar to a first48 session in that it is unposed and unscripted. It takes place at your home anytime in the first month after delivery, so it is less about all of the "firsts" and more about really telling the story of this baby joining your family - what it looks like AND what it feels like. 

what is a documentary newborn session?

You should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! For first48 sessions I absolutely love the delivery robes from PinkBlush Maternity. They are soft, feminine, full of beautiful colors, AND comfortable. They photograph beautifully. 

For documentary sessions in your home, again - it's all about comfort and real life. If that's pajamas, wear pajamas! If it's yoga pants and a cute T, that's cool too. This isn't about dressing up for a photoshoot. It's about the beauty of your everyday.

what should we wear?

No. Let me say it again: this is about the beauty of your everyday. Yes, even the mess! If you want a classic portrait, a studio newborn session may be more your jam. But for documentary sessions, no cleaning up and no dressing up required. I may move aside some clutter if it's distracting from the story, but more than likely we'll just find a spot near a window - oftentimes it's your bed - and just spend some time there snuggling the baby.

do I have to clean my house?

Studio newborn sessions take place at my residential studio within 14 days after birth. They last for approximately 1.5-2 hours and are all about the timeless and classic newborn portrait. I do a series of baby-only shots on a simple white or cream background while baby is sleeping, gently wrapped or curled up. The remainder of the images are baby-in-arms of her parents, focused on the connection and the relationship. 


what is a studio newborn session?

A studio session is more "scripted" than a documentary session but still very natural and authentic to who you are. I lightly direct you, and I follow baby-led posing, keeping baby comfortable and happy at all times.

what is the difference between a studio session
and a documentary session?

I recommend neutral colors - whites, creams, grays, light pastels - because I feel like a light and neutral aesthetic keeps the focus on the baby and especially that sweet, delicious newborn skin. During our conversations prior to your session, I will often send links of ideas for you and your family members. I also maintain a small studio wardrobe of dresses and tops for mom, and some children's clothes. I have plenty of wraps and tie-backs for baby - all you really need for baby is a simple white onesie.

what should we wear?

If you fall in love with an image on Pinterest (or anywhere else), I highly recommend finding a photographer who already shoots in that style. I do not shoot babies dangling from trees or propping their head up on their hands. In fact I don't do a lot of "posing" in general. I won't curl your baby into a baseball glove or put them in a sports jersey. There are lots of photographers who do those things much better than I do and I am happy to refer you to a more traditional, posed photographer if that is your preference.

Will you replicate these poses I found on pinterest?

I typically shoot maternity sessions about 34-36 weeks of pregnancy, sometimes earlier for moms who've already had a baby and are showing earlier. This is a time for you to go all out. Maybe that means getting your hair and make-up professionally done. Maybe it means getting a mani/pedi. It means doing whatever it takes for you to feel beautiful and capture that beauty in images you will cherish for the rest of your life.

If you're like me, you don't necessarily feel beautiful when you're pregnant. You might feel swollen, or huge, or uncomfortable. You might get excema all over your face (like I did!) Pregnancy can be HARD physically, and what I really love about maternity photos are reminding mom that despite all that, she is still beautiful. This creating-a-human thing is hard AND beautiful. I am very selective about lighting, wardrobe, and angles to make sure you don't appear swollen and uncomfortable in your photos.

how do your maternity sessions work?

I shoot full sessions in a field near my home, near sunset with the golden light of the sun setting. These sessions take about 1-2 hours and result in 50+ beautiful images.

A petite session takes place in my residential studio, lasts about 30 minutes and results in 10-15 images.

If you want to incorporate other children into the session, I recommend a full session. Petite sessions are perfect for a mom who just wants a few beautiful images of herself and possibly a few with her partner.

what is the difference between a full session
and a petite session?

I love neutral colors and soft, flowing fabric that is flattering to you and your baby bump. As we discuss what you're looking for in your session and I get a sense of your style, I'll send you some links for recommendations or look at photos of things you already have in your wardrobe. I also maintain a small studio wardrobe of beautiful maternity gowns and robes.

what should I wear?

The answer to this question has two parts. 

Part One: I've always had a hate-hate relationship with my body: my body was always a failure in my mind...until I gave birth. That was the meeting of my body and my soul, the moment I experienced my body as strong, capable, beautiful. I felt like giving up...until I didn't. I see that same power in every birth and I love being able to give that gift to other moms. Every photo is me saying: "See that! That is you...your strength. Your determination. Your power."

Part Two: Ever since I witnessed my first birth when I was 16 years old, I have been utterly and completely fascinated with birth. While the power of the birthing mama is my absolute favorite thing about birth, I am also totally jazzed about placentas and umbilical cords and the hormone flow of labor. I totally geek out on all things birth.

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I am inspired by and in awe of the power of a birthing mom. There really isn't another "life moment" this profound and world-shaking except, perhaps, death. The birth room is filled to the brim with a potency, a vibrancy, and it grabs me by the throat every. single. time. I enter into the emotions of the birthing mom and her support team, and no birth I have photographed has left me unchanged. I often cry during a birth and even more often I cry on my drive home - tears of awe and inspiration. I become a part of your birth team, I become your friend and your cheerleader, and I can't think of any place I'd rather be.

What gets you up at 2 am to go photograph a birth? 

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On a practical level, I was the first birth photographer in the DC/Northern Virginia area to specialize in births and I carry that experience with me into every birth. I am also one of only a very few local birth photographers to offer video alongside photography.

On a more philosophical level, I enter into your birth story and experience it as if it were my own. Sometimes I even find myself involuntarily bearing down when a mom is pushing, or breathing those deep breaths that your body needs when you're moving your baby down. I am a fly on the wall if you need me to be, and up close and personal if that's your preference. I am not a doula, but I am a birth lover. I am intuitive and encouraging and when you need someone on your birth team to say "You've got this," I'm your person.

What makes you different than other birth photographers?

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When you hire me as your birth photographer, I go "on call" for you the same way a doctor or a midwife does. From 38 weeks until you deliver, I don't leave town and my phone is always by my side with a VERY loud ringtone guaranteed to wake the dead. I love it when clients keep in touch with me through their final few weeks of pregnancy, letting me know how their prenatal appointments are going and informing me of everything that might mean an impending labor. When labor does occur, we keep in touch frequently until it is time for me to hit the road. Knowing when to come is a careful mix of communication, gut instinct, and my knowledge about the birth process.

In the rare event that I'm extremely ill or at another birth, I am blessed with a wonderful network of incredible birth photographers in this area, and will send a backup in my place. (This has actually only ever happened once for me, but a good birth photographer has a plan A, B, and C!) 

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at my birth?

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I have never had a problem photographing a birth at any of our area hospitals. A couple of hospitals have a "no photos during crowning/delivery" policy which I respect. Getting into the OR for a cesarean birth is highly dependent on the provider and anesthesiologist present at the birth. I do have experience photographing in the OR and can lobby for it on your behalf if it comes to that, but often the most powerful advocate for a photographer in the OR is the birthing mom. Birth photographers are becoming more and more common and hospital staff are generally very welcoming. 

I have photographed births at GW Hospital, Sibley, Virginia Hospital Center, Fairfax Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital, Ft. Belvoir Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Shady Grove Hospital, as well as with many of the area's birth centers and home birth midwives.

Do hospital policies ever prevent you from being in the delivery room?

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Within 24 hours of your delivery I send over about 5 "sneak peek" images for you to share with friends and family as you announce the birth of your baby. These are optimized for emailing and sharing on social media.

Within 4-6 weeks I deliver your full gallery of photos - typically 100+ - via an online gallery from which you can download the high-resolution files. All photos are full edited and I deliver a color and a black and white copy of each photo. If you've booked a film package, I also deliver your 5-10 minute storytelling film at this point.

Albums and products are available for purchase after the fact via your online gallery.

What products or images do you deliver with my birth story?

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I absolutely love to make a personal connection with my clients before their births! I want you to be comfortable with me being in the room for this intimate and emotional event. I love to meet with clients in person before booking, I love to video chat if that's easier! I have found that a lot of times clients want to make sure they lock in their spot on my calendar and so they book online prior to meeting, but if this is the case I always always, always, schedule a pre-birth meeting so we can get to know each other and talk through all the logistics of your big day!

Do we meet before my birth?

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I believe that dad deserves to be as emotionally present for the birth of his child as mom does, not to be distracted by a camera. Additionally, the instinctive desire for a dark environment while giving birth means that dad is going to have a hard time capturing an image that is not too dark or blurry. As a professional photographer experienced with the birth environment, I have the equipment and the technical skills to be able to shoot confidently in a dimly lit room while remaining unobtrusive.

Can't my husband take the photos?

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There is a common misconception that having a birth photographer means having a camera all up in your business while your baby is crowning and being delivered. The answer to this question is, "Yes, if you want me to." I take photos of the amazing emergence of a baby into this world if that's what the mom wants. I am also skilled at capturing this moment extremely discreetly without "showing anything" (typically standing up near mom's shoulder), but still telling the emotional story of this moment. It is always and completely up to the birthing mom, and we go over these preferences in detail prior to your birth. Additionally, no graphic photos will be shared publicly without your express consent.

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A first48 session is a documentary session that happens within 48 hours of delivery, typically at the hospital, but can also occur at home if you have an out-of-hospital birth or want to tell the story of your baby's homecoming. It is the same as a documentary newborn session except that it occurs within 48 hours after birth. 

This session is perfect for anyone who isn't comfortable with having photography during their actual delivery, but still wants to capture all of the "first" moments - first snuggles, first bath, first sibling meeting. It is unposed and unscripted, and it's very much just about those emotional first few hours and days with your baby.

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A documentary newborn session is very similar to a first48 session in that it is unposed and unscripted. It takes place at your home anytime in the first month after delivery, so it is less about all of the "firsts" and more about really telling the story of this baby joining your family - what it looks like AND what it feels like. 

What is a documentary newborn session?

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You should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! For first48 sessions I absolutely love the delivery robes from PinkBlush Maternity. They are soft, feminine, full of beautiful colors, AND comfortable. They photograph beautifully. 

For documentary sessions in your home, again - it's all about comfort and real life. If that's pajamas, wear pajamas! If it's yoga pants and a cute T, that's cool too. This isn't about dressing up for a photoshoot. It's about the beauty of your everyday.

What should we wear?

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No. Let me say it again: this is about the beauty of your everyday. Yes, even the mess! If you want a classic portrait, a studio newborn session may be more your jam. But for documentary sessions, no cleaning up and no dressing up required. I may move aside some clutter if it's distracting from the story, but more than likely we'll just find a spot near a window - oftentimes it's your bed - and just spend some time there snuggling the baby.

Do I have to clean my house?

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Studio newborn sessions take place at my residential studio within 14 days after birth. They last for approximately 1.5-2 hours and are all about the timeless and classic newborn portrait. I do a series of baby-only shots on a simple white or cream background while baby is sleeping, gently wrapped or curled up. The remainder of the images are baby-in-arms of her parents, focused on the connection and the relationship. 

What is a studio newborn session?

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A studio session is more "scripted" than a documentary session but still very natural and authentic to who you are. I lightly direct you, and I follow baby-led posing, keeping baby comfortable and happy at all times.

What is the difference between a studio session and a documentary session?

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I recommend neutral colors - whites, creams, grays, light pastels - because I feel like a light and neutral aesthetic keeps the focus on the baby and especially that sweet, delicious newborn skin. During our conversations prior to your session, I will often send links of ideas for you and your family members. I also maintain a small studio wardrobe of dresses and tops for mom, and some children's clothes. I have plenty of wraps and tie-backs for baby - all you really need for baby is a simple white onesie

What should we wear?

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If you fall in love with an image on Pinterest (or anywhere else), I highly recommend finding a photographer who already shoots in that style. I do not shoot babies dangling from trees or propping their head up on their hands. In fact I don't do a lot of "posing" in general. I won't curl your baby into a baseball glove or put them in a sports jersey. There are lots of photographers who do those things much better than I do and I am happy to refer you to a more traditional, posed photographer if that is your preference.

Will you replicate these poses I found on Pinterest?

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I typically shoot maternity sessions about 34-36 weeks of pregnancy, sometimes earlier for moms who've already had a baby and are showing earlier. This is a time for you to go all out. Maybe that means getting your hair and make-up professionally done. Maybe it means getting a mani/pedi. It means doing whatever it takes for you to feel beautiful and capture that beauty in images you will cherish for the rest of your life.

If you're like me, you don't necessarily feel beautiful when you're pregnant. You might feel swollen, or huge, or uncomfortable. You might get excema all over your face (like I did!) Pregnancy can be HARD physically, and what I really love about maternity photos are reminding mom that despite all that, she is still beautiful. This creating-a-human thing is hard AND beautiful. I am very selective about lighting, wardrobe, and angles to make sure you don't appear swollen and uncomfortable in your photos.

How do your maternity sessions work?

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I shoot full sessions in a field near my home, near sunset with the golden light of the sun setting. These sessions take about 1-2 hours and result in 50+ beautiful images.

A petite session takes place in my residential studio, lasts about 30 minutes and results in 10-15 images.

If you want to incorporate other children into the session, I recommend a full session. Petite sessions are perfect for a mom who just wants a few beautiful images of herself and possibly a few with her partner.

What is the difference between a full session and a petite session?

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I love neutral colors and soft, flowing fabric that is flattering to you and your baby bump. As we discuss what you're looking for in your session and I get a sense of your style, I'll send you some links for recommendations or look at photos of things you already have in your wardrobe. I also maintain a small studio wardrobe of beautiful maternity gowns and robes.

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To book, a signed contract and retainer are required. You can pay your retainer directly from the pricing page that I will send you when you inquire, and I will send you a contract to sign and an invoice for the remainder of your collection cost.

If you book multiple sessions, a 10% discount will be applied to the total price and this will be reflected on your final invoice.

I HAVE to have you as my birth photographer. How do I book?

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All of my sessions are all-inclusive of time and the final, high-resolution digital files and the final film. RAW files and uncut footage are not included.

Albums and other products are available after your session via your online gallery.

What is included in the price?

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All images are fully edited in both color and black and white. I edit for color and contrast consistency and according to the style that best fits my artistic vision.

How do you edit your images?

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Birth stories are delivered within 4-6 weeks after delivery, and all other sessions are delivered within 4 weeks. 

How soon do I get to see my images?

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Your images will be uploaded to an online gallery from which you can download both high-resolution and web-sized files. Your film will be viewable on this same gallery and you can download the film directly from Vimeo.

How do you deliver images and films?

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As a mom I understand how expensive it can be to have babies. When money is tight we cut costs wherever we can, and birth photography seems like a luxury. As the same time many of us walk around with a luxury item such as an iPhone in our pockets all the time. Cribs at upscale boutiques can cost nearly as much as birth photography and in a few years you will be selling them on Craigslist. Be frugal with things, not with memories.

In addition, there are many unseen costs to birth photography. Being on-call for 4-5 weeks, hours editing and processing and running the business, maintaining $20k of professional photography equipment, taxes, business insurance, a computer that can handle the massive photo and video editing programs...the list is endless. It is actually very difficult to earn an income as a birth photographer, even for those of us charging sustainable prices.

Why is birth photography so pricey?

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