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Childbirth Photos FAQs

You are about to be a mom again or for the first time and I am sure you have questions 

What should we expect from you as our birth photographer?
I am a professional childbirth photographer who believes in capturing only the best for my clients in their birth stories. I deliver respectful work to each and everyone of my clients and I believe that building a relationship with you from day one is how I learn who you are and how I want to record this amazing time for you and your growing family. My number one responsibility is to capture your birth experience for you in a way that you will always look at your photographs and video with joy.

How soon should I book my birth photographer?
I always suggest booking as early as possible, most of my clients contact me after their first trimester. There is so much going on when you are expecting your baby and I think it is best to have your photographer booked and organized before it gets too late in the pregnancy.

How many birth clients do you take in a month?
I book two to three clients in a calendar month. Due to the unpredictable nature of birth I want to make sure I give my clients my best service and this is the number I find that works the best for me.

How long have you been photographing births?
I have been specializing in birth photography since July 2016. I studied photography full time in 2010 at VEGA and have been exposed to many different markets until I found my passion within the birth industry. I have photographed over 35 births to count so far in my career and each and everyone of them are so close to my heart.

Are you a SABPA registered birth photographer?
Yes I am a fully registered SABPA photographer, which provides the hospitals with trust and confidence and allows for an easier access process to your birthing hospital.

Have you photographed a variety births?
I have photographed a wide variety of births both c-section and natural and I cannot say any two births have been the same. Every birth is so different even for moms with more than one child and have been through delivering their previous babies. Birth is an extremely unpredictable adventure. I prepare for any delivery as every birth has its own story, and this is what I love to capture.

When will you come to the birth and how long afterwards do you stay?
My ideal arrival at a birth is about two hours before delivery time, this of course changes per laboring mom but I do keep in regular contact with moms from the time they start feeling anything to the time they stop contacting me. This is when I know the contractions have stepped up a notch and I will then most likely be in touch with the dad, or birthing partner at this stage and make my way through to the hospital.

I stay roughly two hours after delivery depending on how the parents are feeling and if I am happy that I have captured all the moments I want to get for you. I then leave you to enjoy some bonding time together and some much-needed rest.

What happens if you miss the birth?
If for any reason I miss the birth I will assess what I have missed and fill in where I need to, adding in another shoot or staying longer at the hospital for capturing what I can when I do get there is something I also discuss with my clients once things have settled down. I never want my clients to feel they missed out so I do make sure I capture as much as I would have.

Do you use a backup photographer?
As a SABPA registered and a responsible birth photographer I will always have a backup for my clients as life happens no matter how much we wish it didn’t at certain times. I have used my backup photographer once when I was terribly ill and I couldn’t make it due to this. The client was still happy as I still do all the editing and follow up shoots ect.

What is your average turn around time on receiving my images?
Three to six weeks from your last shoot with me of your chosen package. I also provide 3-5 edited images for you on the SAME day as your birth for you to share as you wish.

Do you have a payment plan?
Yes, I do offer all my clients the option to pay their package off in three or four payments depending on what works for them as I do truly believe that birth photography is an investment and is often missed only after the occasion has come and gone. The first payment is due to book your date in the diary. Due to the nature of the limited spaces it is always suggested to get this done quickly. Following that the remainder of your payment is due before your due date or shortly after.

To hear more from my past clients please have a look at the testimonial page by clicking here.

Kristen

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