I witnessed my first birth when I was just 15 years old. It was hospital career days and a few of us decided it sounded more fun than going to school, so we hopped on that bus and away we went. My friend and I ended up in the OBGYN ward when a gal went into labor with her fifth child. Not only were we present for the birth of a 10lb boy, but the Dr. invited us to stand right next to him. Since then, I've been privileged to be present at six more births (not including my three sons), and I've loved every one of them. Now I have a passion to catch this most miraculous birthing process for other mommas.
The birth of your child is one of the most important days of your life, ever. By having a birth photographer present, your partner or other support persons are able to give you their undivided attention and not have to worry about grabbing quick snapshots with a cellphone or point and shoot camera.
Birth photography is not a typical portrait session; lighting, atmosphere, hospital, home, even people present are oftentimes unpredictable. My job is to shoot glimpses of your labor and birth in a natural, journalistic-style while being sensitive, quiet and unobtrusive to you and those in the room with you, including your medical staff.
If you are interested in having Pickrel Photography capture your birth experience, please send us a message via the CONTACT US form. We will respond quickly at which point we can set up a time to meet for coffee, discuss more details, pricing, contracts, questions, etc. While a face-to-face connection is preferable, if this is not possible, we can set up a phone date.
A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
- When do you arrive for the birth and how long will you stay?
I like to be notified as soon as the labor process starts, and typically arrive when you are between 6cm-8cm. I stay up to 2 hours afterward.
- Will photographs from my birth be posted on your website?
I understand birth photography is incredibly personal. I do post a few modest images from the birth on my website and Facebook page per the contract. However, I will give you the option on which images you prefer in the event the ones I choose feel too personal. I only use first names, and in some instances only the baby's first initial.
- What if you don’t end up making it to my birth?
Once you become my client, you become my priority. If I have to miss your birth due to my error (ie:illness, unforeseen emergency, etc), my back-up photographer will attend your birth. If my back-up photographer cannot attend, you will receive a complete refund. If I miss your birth because it was too fast or you did not call me in time, you will receive a Fresh 48 session instead.
- How long will it take to receive the images?
Typically I have images ready to view within two weeks, but I allow myself up to four weeks.
- How graphic are the images?
During our connecting beforehand, we will discuss very specifically what types of photos you want. We can be as up-close-and-personal as you want. Again though, this is about you, your desires when it comes to specific images.
- What if I have a C-Section? Can I still have a birth photographer present?
Every doctor / facility is different when it comes to C-Sections and a photographer being present. This will need to be planned beforehand with your personal physician. If your cesarean is unplanned, you may still ask, but the probability is unlikely. However, there are still plenty of beautiful moments to capture after the birth! I will stay at the hospital to document those first few moments in the postpartum room, as well as photographing those sweet bonding times with your newborn.