Birth photography is documentary in nature. I will not be posing anyone, but rather being a wallflower and capturing the moments of labour and birth as they unfold naturally. Because of the sometimes fast-paced nature of labour and birth, as well as the fact that I often have little control over which angles I am able to shoot from, I cannot guarantee any specific shots or video clips. I do not photograph or film medical procedures while they are being done in respect to the care provider (this includes: membranes being ruptured, epidurals being placed, etc). My main focus is you, your partner, your baby, and the emotions of labour and birth. As birth can be so unpredictable, so can the lighting situation. I will do my best to work with the lighting provided, however, if lighting is dim and I notice photos and/or video clip quality is being affected, I may subtly adjust lighting. If I think the lighting situation warrants it, and that it may improve photographic quality, I may bounce flash for photos. Bouncing flash means that a 1/128 of a second burst of light will be emitted from my speedlight atop my camera body, which will be aimed at the ceiling or wall (not aimed at you). This briefly illuminates the room with a neutralized light. I do try to shoot conservatively (rather than snapping away), so as to minimize any distraction. This will be discussed beforehand as well, but if at any time you would like me to stop bouncing flash, just ask. For birthing attire, I highly recommend Gracefully Birthed garments. I have 3 two-piece water birthing outfits available for my client’s use at no extra charge (one set each in magenta, navy, and black). Comfortable bralettes are also a good option, and of course, a hospital provided gown is another common option. After the baby is born, I generally stay for two hours. I try to document the newborn exam/first weight and measurement, baby’s first breastfeed, and leave once you and your family are settled and ready for quiet time. I understand that birth is an intimate event, and for this reason, I only share photos/videos on social media/my website that have been approved by you.
For cesarean births, I will arrive at the hospital before you go in the OR to document preparation and the “before baby” part of your story. If able, I will accompany you to the OR and document the birth, however, local hospital policy only allows one support person in the OR. If I cannot accompany you into the OR, I will still remain at the hospital. I will then document you and your family for the first few hours after baby is born.