Birth: the incredible paradox.
In the separation of two beings who have been together for nine months, there is both joy and relief in the cleaving.
Birth can be beautiful, but photographing only the beautiful moments wouldn’t be a fair representation of what women tell each other when they swap birth stories.
Birth is so much more than the act of birthing or going through labour. It is the rollercoaster of emotions women go through and the way they experience it is never the same as another. It is about documenting and celebrating women’s bodies. It is the making of a family and the redefining of an existing one.
You’ll undoubtedly forget the surrounding moments that led up to making you that family. But if you want to process your birth journey when you aren’t in the thick of it, photos will help you see your strength, triumphs, and show the support and love, no matter the outcome.
Birth is undoubtedly transformative and fear and worry is par for the course. Doctor or midwife, hospital or home, epidural or drug-free, vaginal or cesarean - the choices are many. In birth, awareness of what is (or not) within our control and how we have been supported through the process, will be stepping stones to finding self- acceptance for these big changes.
"Felicia folded seamlessly into the fabric of our family, never intrusive, AS IF SHE WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE THERE."
Megan & Johan, birth clients
how to prepare
besides having me on speed dial
We’ll start with a phone call to discuss your birth plan (and undoubtedly swap some stories). A month or two before your due date, we’ll meet in person to discuss call procedure details, unexpected outcomes, and to get to know each other.
As your due date approaches, you’ll keep me updated on anything I need to know from your midwife/doctor appointments.
Two weeks before (or after) your due date, I’ll be on call for you, camera bag packed and ready. When your contractions begin, you’ll let me know and we’ll determine when I should arrive.
What I Do
I’m available for you at 38+ weeks.
I’ll come to you when you are 7–8 cm dilated (but may come sooner if you’ve had previous precipitous deliveries).
I’ll stay up to 2 hours post-birth to capture the first moments with your new baby and any visitors that come by within that time.
I will document your baby’s birth day as honestly as possible, and without judgment. I aim to match the energy of your birth space and to be as supportive as I can of your choices and journey, whatever they may be and however they may change.
Note: All births deserve to be celebrated in photographs. However, if you know this is what you want, share it with your birth caregivers. Birth photography is not yet commonplace, and you need to advocate for your right to photography in some hospitals, particularly in the operating room for caesarian births.
what you’ll receive
besides photos of your new love
Within the first few days after your baby arrives, I’ll send you a small selection of watermarked images to use for announcements.
Within 6-8 weeks, I will send you a gallery so that you can select exactly what you want to memorialize this epic day.
The session fee of $1500 includes one in-person consult, on-call time, and two hours of post-birth coverage.
If you have a night birth and want older siblings or other visitors to meet the baby during the day, I offer an add-on of one hour of coverage to capture those first meetings. The fee for the additional coverage is $500 and includes 10 images.
Session fee includes a birth announcement e-card, 3 low-resolution photos to share (delivered within 48 hrs) and a short slideshow to keep
Collections start at $1200
3 different collections of digital photos and print products
Fusion Film - $750
a combination of video and stills for an unforgettable film
Albums start at $400
a memory keeper right in your hands or a gift for grandparents
Prints start at $75
archival-quality mats and prints
how to book
when you are ready (with questions or to inquire), simply contact me!
I know how busy life can get. Sometimes, a phone call is easier than the back and forth of email, so let me know a time that is convenient for you and I can reach out. It's always so nice to put a voice to a name.