Q1: Personal Details
Mom & Dad’s Names:
Ro & Andrew
Postal Address (including zip code):
5511 Bridgegate Dr, Spring TX 77373
How did you hear about me?:
I dont remember =/
Q2: For Birth Photography and Hospital Bonding Session Bookings (please only answer relevant questions)
Do you plan on having your children present at the birth?
Dont have any others
Do you know the gender of your baby?
What is the address / location where you plan to birth?
West Houston Birth Center, 11321 Richmond Avenue, Suite M101, Houston, TX 77082
Who will be your attending birth?
Boyfriend, mom and sister
Have you advised the hospital/birth center/staff that a professional photographer will be attending your birth?
Q3: For Birth Photography Bookings: Please nominate the particular elements of the labor and birth you would specifically like me to capture?
Bonding moments with specific family members
Q4: For Birth Photography Bookings: I am particularly sensitive to when it’s appropriate to be in the birthing space and when to step away. Would you like me to leave the room during particular situations or procedures?
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Q5: For Birth Photography Bookings: Considerations
There are often times when I provide support to the laboring mother and others attending the labor – provide ice, positive affirmations, engage with children, physical support… Although my objective is to provide you with outstanding photography, I will always stop to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the mother and baby as needed. Are you happy for me to do these things as required?
Sure, but im sure you wont have too
Lighting during birth is generally low and this affects the quality and clarity of images, such that they can appear grainy and sometimes very soft. There are certain times where it may be preferable to bounce a flash to throw sufficient light into the shot to make the picture look less grainy and increase sharpness. These instances are reserved for times when it is unlikely to affect the birthing mother, and generally as the baby is being born. Are you happy for flash to be used in these situations?
Im not sure, until the moment happens I guess
If I am unable to attend your labor you are entitled to a Bonding Session where I photograph you & your baby within 48hrs of the birth. Are you happy for me to call you / your partner during this time to arrange our session and help coordinate any specific family members you would like in attendance?
Q6: For ALL photography sessions: Social Media, Internet & MarketingI use social media almost daily for my business and I regularly update my website galleries along with posting session previews on my blog. Please let me know your degree of acceptance in allowing me to utilize images from your session for marketing purposes. For any particularly graphic images, specific approvals are always sort from clients before use. It’s important to note that some birth images can and have gone viral through social media avenues, generally for positive and empowering reasons. But be aware that the photographer is not liable for where images can end up or how you might feel in these situations.Please indicate your sharing preferences for different avenues as follows:
Yes, but only with my specific approval.
Yes, but only with my specific approval.
Q7: Please give an indication of what products and services you anticipate requiring at this point in time. Your response here is in no way binding and is purely to assist in scheduling sessions and provide me with the best opportunity to assist you during our contact.The items below correspond with the products and services listed in your birth photography promo book. Combine any products you like and make the most of your opportunity to record your family’s journey.
Birth Documentation ($450)
Q8: Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this form. I am honored you have chosen me to support and photograph the birth of your child and I can’t wait to document you and your child’s beautiful journey. Please add any other comments you wish to make here!
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Birth Photography FAQ
I am truly excited that you are considering birth photography! It is genuinely the most amazing thing that I’ve done, and I would love to have the opportunity to capture your birth story for you and your little one. As the most experienced birth photographer in Iowa, I’ve been asked a thousand questions about birth photography and I’m happy to answer them all! If these FAQs don’t answer your questions, don’t hesitate to call or email.
When should I book you for my birth?
I would suggest booking me as soon as you have a due date! That is the best way to ensure that I can accept you as a birth client, before my schedule fills with other births or events that cannot be rescheduled. Of course, it is never too late to inquire about my availability.
What do your packages include?
All birth packages include at least 2 weeks of being on-call 24/7 for you, an unlimited amount of time photographing your labor and delivery, 1 to 2 hours of photography as you bond with your precious new baby, and some of your favorite high-resolution photos on cd and labeled for reprinting. The OHbaby! package starts at only $895, less than a lot of photographers charge for just a regular newborn session! See more details in the Packages & Pricing section, including info about the FRESHbaby! session.
Do the local hospitals allow a birth photographer in the room?
There are no policies against having a birth photographer at any of the hospitals in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. I am very intentional about having a professional, respectful demeanor toward all staff and others in the room, and have been treated with professional courtesy in return.
Do you shoot homebirths?
Absolutely! I will shoot any homebirth that is attended by a certified midwife.
My husband is hesitant (okay, maybe I am too) to have someone else in the delivery room. What should I tell him?
Sometimes it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. I suggest getting him to view a couple of my slideshows of birth stories. Most people who actually see what professional birth photography is all about — that it is beautiful and tasteful and discrete — have a hard time making an argument against it for their own baby.
Why can’t I just have my husband/nurse/doula/mother/sister/BFF take pictures?
Training. Equipment. Experience. Dedication.
I have a degree in fine arts, and have been trained in photography. I teach photography. I know photography. I have professional equipment that, coupled with the training and experience I have, can produce superior images, even in low-light situations and without a harsh flash. I have experience in shooting both in hospital rooms and homes. I have used photographs to tell the birth story of over a twenty little miracles! And I am dedicated to capturing your birth story in photos. I don’t have another job to do. Your support persons should be hands-on supporting you, actually experiencing the moment, not watching your labor from behind the camera.
Are you on-call ALL the time?
When you inquire about booking my services, I will notify you of any events I have scheduled near your due date that cannot be changed (i.e. shooting a wedding, family vacation, etc.). Once I receive your deposit, I do not schedule anything that can’t be postponed for the week before and the week after your due date, and am on-call 24/7 during that time. Of course, babies don’t always cooperate with our scheduling, so even outside of that time period, I would do anything I could to attend your birth.
When do we call you?
I ask for as much “heads up” as possible if you think you might be in labor, and then stay in contact to make sure I get to the birth at the appropriate time (usually when you are about 4-6 cm dilated). Ideally, I arrive at the hospital/home during active labor to document the labor, the delivery, and the first hour or so after the birth.
While you’re shooting a birth, do you talk and interact or are you quiet?
That very much depends on the situation and the client’s preferences. I am naturally a pretty social person, but feel like I have good intuition and can read each situation well. If the parents are asking me questions, starting conversation, and talking with me, then yes, I talk. If not, I don’t.
How graphic are your pictures?
I try to provide the most meaningful, yet tasteful, photos I can get. We will talk beforehand about what types of photos you do or do not want so that we are both on the same page. As far as what is taken, unless directed otherwise by the client, I take all the pictures I can. Some moms appreciate “crowning” pictures, others don’t. I can always go back and delete pictures later, with sensitivity toward modesty, but I can never go back and retake a picture I missed in the moment.
Do you use a flash?
I don’t typically use a flash. I do make sure you know in advance that if you prefer a very dark room while you are laboring, that may interfere with my ability to get the best pictures and increases the possibility that I may have to use flash. We can discuss this before your birth to make sure I understand your preferences.
What if my labor is really long? Do you have a time limit?
No! Some labors are fast, some are slow. I am hired to photograph your birth, long or short. Ideally, I would like to be there for about 2 hours before the delivery, but the more births I photograph, the more I realize how truly unpredictable they are! If the labor is long, I often step out of the room and give you time to labor privately. Sometimes I will leave the hospital for a break, but am never more than a phone call and a few minutes away.
What if I have to have a Cesarean?
Whether scheduled or unscheduled, having a C-section can make photographing your birth even more important. I can capture the story of your little one’s arrival that you, as the mom on the operating table, may not actually get to see for yourself! Whether or not I get in to the operating room to photograph your cesarean is usually up to the anesthesiologist and/or the OB to decide, but you and I can let them know how important it is to you that I be there. Even if I am unable to be in the room, there is a lot I CAN document that you will be thrilled to have captured.
How do we go about hiring you?
First, inquire about my availability surrounding your due date. Then I will ask you for a deposit to reserve your EDD, and provide you with a birth information form that gives me all the details of your birth.
Can we meet beforehand?
I highly recommend a pre-birth consultation so that we have a chance to meet, sign the contract, and to make sure we understand each others’ expectations before I arrive in the delivery room. Although meeting in-person is best, it can be done via phone if necessary.
What if you can’t make it to the birth?
In the very unlikely event that I am unable to make it to your birth, due to sickness, emergencies, or previously-discussed unavailable dates, etc., I will do my best to secure a back-up photographer to cover your birth. If my back-up is not available, your deposit will be returned in full. If I do not attend your birth through no fault of my own (I was not called and informed of the birth, the birth goes too quickly, etc.) your deposit will not be refunded, as I can still be there to capture those precious moments while your newborn is truly newborn! In some circumstances your deposit may be transferred to cover a newborn session within two weeks of your delivery.
Will my pictures be posted on the internet?
Most clients are anxious to get a beautiful sneak peek of their birth story on Facebook following their big day, but the bottom line is that I respect your privacy. If you do not want any photos posted, let me know before your birth and I will accommodate your request. However, there are advantages to allowing your photos to be posted. You are allowed to tag and share any photo I post of your birth. You may use it on Facebook as your profile picture or to announce the arrival of your new little blessing on FB. Also, if you sign the model release on an OHbaby package or above, I will create a second, “G-rated” version for you to share with friends and family. Please know that I am very sensitive to both privacy and modesty issues!
Do you offer gift registry or gift certificates?
Yes! I have found that many moms-to-be feel that having friends and family purchase gift certificates to be used toward birth or newborn photos is one of the most practical and desired gifts for a baby shower. You can register with me, and let everyone know that you are registered at New Creation Photography & Design, and I would be happy to help them get a gift certificate that will help fund your precious birth photos.
How much does it cost?
Birth coverage begins at $800. Keepsake image boxes, birth storybooks, slideshows, digital files, portrait sessions, and prints can be added on to create a custom package for you. Most clients spent between $1400 and $1800.
Do you offer any payment plans?
Yes! Just let me know what would work best for you, and I’ll do my best to accommodate! Some clients like to divide their balance and make monthly payments until their due date. I also offer gift cards, or can set you up with a registry page!
What is the deposit?
A $500 retainer fee is required to save your spot, and goes toward your order.
How far in advance should I book?
As soon as you know you would like a birth photographer! Some months are full 5 or more months in advance.
How many births do you accept per month?
Depending on how open my schedule is during a given month, I generally accept up to 3 births.
What’s the difference between the slideshow and birth film?
The slideshow includes all of the images from your birth (generally 150-175), and a couple of short film clips timed to licensed music. A birth film documents your birth in short film clips that are pieced together and set to licensed music to tell your birth story. Only a few still digital images are taken when filming your birth.
Do all area hospitals allow photography during the birth?
I strongly encourage all of my clients to discuss photography with their healthcare provider. Some area hospitals actually have a policy of no photography during the birth, but I’ve photographed several births at these locations. If your doctor is on board with having a photographer in the room, that generally trumps hospital policy! I do my best to stay out of the way of the medical team while still getting the moments that are important to you.
I want to book now to reserve my spot, but I don’t have a doctor’s appointment for another month to ask about having a photographer at the birth. What happens if I book, and then find out that birth photography isn’t allowed?
If clearly communicating your desires to your doctor meets resistance, I recommend finding out their concerns so that they can be addressed. If there is no budging on your doctor’s decision, you would have the option to transfer the retainer fee to a session. A in-hospital newborn session is a great way to get those baby bonding moments and details before heading home, but after you’ve had a chance to rest! Transferring to an in-home session is also an option!
Do you travel outside of the New Orleans area for births?
It just depends on how far, and how full a month is with bookings! Because labor can suddenly move very quickly, I am generally uncomfortable traveling more than 1 hour from my home for a birth. A travel fee may be added for births outside of the New Orleans area.
When would you begin photographing my labor?
I plan to begin photographing your birth story when it is determined that you’re in active labor. For first time moms, I generally wait until they are at the birth place and labor is progressing nicely. Some moms plan to labor for a while at home first. In this case, I plan to head to the birth place when they do! Knowing the duration of contractions and distance between them helps me know when it’s time to meet you.
Do you ever leave and come back during labor?
If your labor is progressing slowly, or if you’re taking time to rest, I may leave the hospital (while staying close by) for a little bit after discussing it with you.
How long do you stay after the baby is born?
I stay and document the mommy/baby bonding, baby’s first exam, and introductions to family and friends who are at the birth place. This is generally 1-2 hours, after delivery. If family members won’t be arriving to see the baby until after that time, I can return later, or stay longer for an additional fee.
So what happens if labor starts during the middle of the night?
I’m on call for my clients 24/7 from the time they are 38 weeks until the birth. Day or night, I plan for my life during those final weeks of your pregnancy to be flexible enough to drop everything and head to the birth place when needed.
What if my baby is born early? Will you be there?
If it looks like baby may be coming early for any reason, let me know! If I’m in town, I’ll make every effort to be there, even if I’m not on call yet.
What happens if you have two clients in labor at the same time?
While I keep my bookings low in order to increase the odds of them not overlapping, it has happened once. In the event of two clients in labor at the same time, I head to (or stay with) the client who booked first. A backup photographer would be sent to cover the second birth until I could arrive, or the client would have the option to forgo the birth coverage and transfer their credit toward a hospital or in-home newborn session.
Would all of the images be in black and white?
The majority of your images would be in black and white, but some will be in color. Images in black and white highlight the emotion of the moment and help remove distractions from the subject. Births that have nice natural light, or are well lit will tend to have many more images in color!
Would all of the pictures from my birth be online for everyone to see? I’m a private person!
I love it when clients give me permission to share their birth stories! But, I understand that sharing such an intimate event is not for everyone. Your privacy is important to me! All images remain private until you have personally approved them for public use.
Can we meet?
Yes! I want to meet with you and find out what you would and would not like photographed during the birth of your baby. If you’re planning a home birth, I’d like to see the space in your home sometime during the third trimester.
What equipment do you use?
My primary equipment includes a Canon 5D mark iii and Sigma Art series prime lenses.