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Frequently Asked Questions - Birth

What is birth photography?

Birth photography is a story. There's a beginning, middle and end. The beginning of the story is when labor starts. When you're in the delivery room or at home and you know it's "go time." The middle of the story captures the moment when the two or three of you become one or two more. It captures the emotion and feelings that are overwhelming at times. It can be funny, happy, sad, angry, or all of these at once. The end of the story is when it all comes together and you get to hold your precious little one in your arms. This is when all of your hard work has paid off and you have your beautiful little angel in your arms.

Why should I get a birth photographer?

Because, unfortunately, you won't remember every detail of your child's birth. That is just fact. The same reason you get a photographer for your wedding or other big events. This is a HUGE event, although, it is very unique and personal it's still every bit magical. You can't see the look on your face when your contractions are less than a minute apart, or when you have that first skin-to-skin moment with your little one. These are priceless moments that will mean everything to you when you or your child(ren) looks back on them.

How does it work?

I will meet with you and your partner and discuss everything that will happen on my end. We usually do this earlier in the pregnancy. I will be on call 24/7 two weeks before and/or after your due date. It will only be myself in the room with my camera and camera bag. All pregnancies are different, so there needs to be good communication between someone and myself in order to ensure I don't miss anything.

Should I talk to my doctor/ midwife/ doula or health care provider first?

Yes! Talking with your health care provider and making sure that you are allowed to have a photographer is very important. Their job is to make sure you and the baby are safe and taken care of. Some hospitals/ doctors will only allow a certain number of people in the room, so please make sure you find out what they will and will not allow. I am very quiet when in the room and try my very best to stay out of their way, however, there are times when I am asked to leave. I will wait until I am allowed back into the room again and resume where I left off.

Frequently Asked Questions - Maternity & Family

When should I book my maternity session?

As soon as you find the right photographer for you. Most parents will book their maternity session once they're in their 2nd trimester. Maternity sessions are typically done between 33-35 weeks. Family sessions that are part of a photo package, are done within the week of babies turning 1 year old.

How long does each session take?

A maternity  or family session typically takes about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on if there are other siblings or family members involved. 

What type of maternity and family photos do you do?

I offer a wide variety of maternity sessions such as a milk bath (with real milk and flowers), outdoor, and boudoir pregnancy photos. Family sessions are done within the NOVA area but I am willing to travel, per an extra travel charge. 

What should I wear to my shoot?

Please wear something in a neutral color and with no bold prints of logos. I'd be more than happy to help find a color scheme for your shoot. Pinterest has great tips on how to dress for your session. Old Navy is also a great place to find mix-and-match outfits for the whole family!