When to book
Right now, birth stories are a completely new option, so if you're in your 3rd trimester and ready to have your story photographed, I am here for you and ready to book now, but this won't last long!
What's it like?
I will be a quiet, respectful presence. You may hear the shutter click on my camera. I will not use any flashes. You will be free to be fully immersed into your birth experience. I will stay for about a half an hour after the baby's birth, or until mom has settled in with baby and I will quietly say goodbye and exit to let you be with your new family member.
Birth Stories are normally $1,200.00, but right now you can book for $800.00. You don't need the full amount immediately to book. $400.00 reserves your spot and $400.00 before you are 38 weeks, or you can make smaller payments up until 38 weeks. That's it! I accept check, debit or credit.
I will be accepting birth stories for the Twin Ports and Duluth-y areas. Contact me and let's chat!
Why would I want my birth photographed?
Your support person would much rather be with you and watch the new baby enter the world than be fumbling with a camera and juggling responsibilities! Having a photographer at your birth can keep your support person 100% there for you and you can be confident that you'll receive clear, artful photography, not blurry cell phone pictures.
Many women have fuzzy memories of their birth stories. It is a hard, amazing time and your body is pumping out all the adrenaline it can get it's paws on! This can make some details hard to remember. Birth photography calls out these memories back into being!
Birth and labor is inspiring. Having your story heard can be therapeutic, healing and empowering.
Will you photograph nudity?
I do not consider nudity indecent or inappropriate. However, this is going to be up to you! If you don't want photos of the baby coming out, I will stay at an angle that doesn't show those details. If you're totally into what it looks like down there and want to re-visit those memories, I am more than happy to document baby coming out for you, as long as your midwife or provider is okay with it!
By a rule of thumb, I won't share any images online that are "graphic" in nature (nipples or anything below the waist) unless I have your written permission.
With birth, there is lots of side boob, side butt, thigh and skin in the first place, so some of these things have to be included in your personal gallery.
No images of the baby's genitalia will be shown online.
I can't have a birth photographer. I'm really bummed.
I totally get it. Whether lack of money, trauma or unexpected circumstances got in the way of your dream, I have a birth photo alternative for you called"Raw 48." These are like condensed sessions that feature raw, intimate moments with you and your baby as soon as soon as possible after baby enters Earth side.
What if you miss the birth?
I won't! I make it a priority to remain in communication with you and your labor support person. You will let me know once any sign of labor happens. Once I arrive, I stay as long as it takes.
If something out of the ordinary happens and delivery is completely unexpected and fast for you, we will replace your payment with a newborn or family session.
What if I'm naked?
Lots of women are naked for the birth of their babies! I totally was for both kids. For whatever reason, I got super warm and I had this primal urge to rip my clothes off during transition. This is normal! Plus, there are a ton of important benefits to immediate skin to skin contact with your baby, including stabilizing heart rate and oxygen. Don't worry, the people in the room support you and understand. The most important thing is that you and baby are healthy and comfortable.
how soon will you attend my birth?
During active labor is the short answer! This will depend on each person. If you already have had children and know you have fast labors, I will make sure to make it to your birth as soon as possible.
What if I need a c-section?
Depending on your provider and the nature of your c-section, I may or may not be allowed into the room. Your provider needs to know that you will be hiring a photographer. Tell your provider in person and write it into your birth plan. Ask them for their photographer protocol for vaginal births + C-sections and we will work out a plan!
Will you come to my home birth?
Absolutely! Photographing home births is a dream of mine! If you're giving birth at a center, hospital or home I would love to support you and help you tell your story! I had my son in the hospital and my second child was born in Duluth's very own Morning Star Birth Center. I loved the birthing center experience and if I ever have a third I'll be going back. I recommend it!