WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE?
I try and get to my clients when you are in active labor. If your midwife or OB is doing cervical checks then I come in from when you are about 5-6cm onwards. If you are not being checked, we come when you have an active pattern of contractions that you can’t talk or walk through. Your care provider will be able to give you a good idea of when to call me if you are unsure.
HOW LONG DO YOU STAY AFTER MY BABY IS BORN?
I stay between 1 and 2 hours. This allows most clients photos with family, siblings, weight and the first feed.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING?
That is totally up to you, I'm not scared of capturing your baby crowning and think it is a beautiful, amazing thing. I have attended births where the mother wants everything documented and others prefer me to stand by the head of the bed. When we meet to go over any questions or concerns you have we will go over all of your preferences during the birth.
WHAT IF THE ROOM IS REALLY DARK? DO YOU USE FLASH?
I prefer not to ever use a flash during a birth, it can be a distraction for mom and I will never use a flash once your baby has been born. However, if there is simply not enough adequate light I may turn on a small lamp or open a shade slightly. This should not be a problem unless you are labouring in complete darkness, my camera is very capable in low light situations.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I END UP WITH AN EMERGENCY CESAREAN?
That’s fine! I will still be there to document your story. Most of the time we are not allowed into operating room, especially in the event of an emergency caesarean. I will be there documenting everything up until your caesarean and after your baby is out of recovery.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL YOU?
Call me as soon as you think something is happening. I understand false alarms happen and that is part of the birth and you should never feel silly about not knowing for sure. Call me at the onset of labour and call or text to keep me posted. A good rule is that anytime you call your doctor or midwife to see what they think you should also call me.
WHAT IF YOU MISS THE BIRTH?
I have never missed a birth, but I always try and secure a backup photographer in the event that I have a personal emergency. If I miss the birth and my backup photographer is unable to make it I will refund you everything that you have paid. If you would like a fresh 48 session, I will keep the retainer and refund everything else.
If I miss the birth due to severe weather, not being notified at the onset of labour, you progress very quickly, emergencies at the birth or you or your partner not keeping me updated, I will keep the funds and come for a fresh 48 session.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO I RECEIVE?
For most sessions, I typically deliver between 20-25 images for fresh 48 and 50-250 for a birth. It all depends on how long I am with you, there is no limit to the amount of images you will receive.
WHAT PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT, AND IS THERE A RETAINER?
There is a 25% retainer due at the time of booking to secure your session. I accept cash, e-transfers and PayPal.
IF I CANCEL CAN I HAVE MY RETAINER BACK?
If you cancel your session your retainer will not be refunded. If you
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES?
Meals, parking etc are included in the price.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DISCOUNTS?
Throughout the year I offer discounts on Instagram. If you are booking two sessions together you will receive 50% off of the session with the lower price.
WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE WITH THE DIGITAL IMAGES?
You will receive print release for all of your photos. This gives you the right to reproduce the images for personal use, so you can use them for prints, social media (a tag is always appreciated), making prints etc. Contests and commercial use is not allowed if not previous written permission has been given.
DO YOU POSE ME FOR MY PHOTOS?
Due to the nature of birth I do not do any posing. For fresh 48 sessions I do not pose you. I may recommend positions or move the baby during solo shots.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
A sneak peek will be posted on social media within 72 hours of your session (if desired). For a fresh 48 your final edited images will be delivered via an online password protected gallery for you to download within 14 days. For a birth your final edited images will be delivered via an online password protected gallery for you to download and on a custom USB within 28 days.
DO YOU OFFER ANY PRODUCTS?
I offer professional prints and enlargements, photo books, canvas enlargements, custom USB’s and photo albums. If you are ordering products there is a minimum product order of $75.
DO YOU SELL GIFT CERTIFICATES?
I do! I offer gift vouchers to use towards any session. Please contact me for more information.
WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?
I shoot with a Nikon D7500 and use a D7000 as my backup. I commonly use my 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, Tamrom 90mm 2.8 and Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. I carry a flash with me but as a natural light photographer, I try and avoid it, especially during labour as I do not want to distract you and I will never use flash after your baby has been born due to their sensitive eyes.