Our most popular questions are always inquiries about our birth sessions. We have listed a few, if you have more, don’t hesitate to ask!
Why should I hire a photographer for my baby’s birth? My partner has a camera and they can take the pictures…
You’re right; your husband/friend/family member could take photos during the labor process. When someone you know is the person in charge of photography, they become the photographer, not the support person that you really need them to be. They miss out on living the moment with you because they are so focused on taking pictures… and they are also are never in the photographs themselves and we feel mom & dad should both be remembered in this unforgettable day. Hiring a professional photographer to document your baby’s birth ensures that you will not miss a single moment of the experience without the worry of handling the camera as well. We have the training to handle difficult lighting situations and the experience of the pressure of being in the delivery room. This way, you can give your full attention to the main event, the miracle of your baby being born.
Who shows up the day of my baby’s birth?
Abby is the only one at the time that is photographing birth sessions. Her assistant will be training on how to do so in the near future to allow us to accept more requests of families in the area interested in having their birth experience photographed.
What if I go into labor while you are shooting another session?
We have never had trouble attending a birth session, but in the case that you were to go into labor at a time nowhere near your due date and we happen to be shooting another birth session, we will come to you as soon as we finish with our previous family. We only schedule a limited amount of births a year (approximately 1 every 3/4 weeks) to allow room for this sort of thing. When we book a birth session, our schedule is blocked off around your due date. This means we won’t be taking vacation or skipping out of town a week before your due date. Depending on the circumstance, if we are not able to make it to your birth, a full refund will be issued. (Full refund is only issued if it’s our fault we couldn’t attend the birth of your baby. If you change your mind at the last minute or things don’t turn out as planned, your deposit will still be retained.)
I think I am in labor, when do I call you?
We tell all our moms to keep us on check those last few weeks of their pregnancy with updates. If your water breaks or you happen to go to the hospital, call us. We will show up once it’s been confirmed by your doctor or midwife that you are in actual labor. Even if its 2:00 AM, don’t worry. Your call is one we are anxious to receive and Abby will be happy to jump out of bed to go witness her favorite kind of session.
What if I am in labor for hours? How long will you be there?
If you are in active labor, we will be there. There is no set time limit for the amount of hours that each mom will be in labor for. On average we know that a c-section is about a three hour session. But for natural births, there’s no telling. We will be there until your baby arrives and we will stay for about an hour after to photograph your baby’s ‘first’ moments (measurements, bath, meeting the family and so forth).
What if I have a c-section?
This all depends on each hospital’s policy. Abby has been part of a c-section births at the discretion of the hospital and doctors. In the event you have an emergency c-section, and your hospital does not allow us to come in, we will still be there. Once you and your baby are in the postpartum room we will photograph all those sweet tender moments just as we would in a natural birth session.
What will you bring to our birth session?
Just the camera. Promise. Everything will be right on us and you will not have to worry of any equipment being in the way.
I want our baby’s birth to be something meaningful and private, but I still want pictures. Is it weird to have a stranger in the room?
We understand your concern. We don’t like strangers either. Abby makes it a point to meet each mom that books a session before the actual date. This is just to become familiar and discuss any questions or talk about what the plans are for the baby’s arrival. Once the day is here, Abby will be a fly on the wall. Yes, there is someone in the room taking pictures but its not intrusive and in no point of the whole labor process does she interrupt or “pose” anything at all. If you on the contrary are the kind of mom who wants to talk because you’ve gotten your epidural and you want to share stories with those in the room, Abby will be your friend supporting you the whole way. In other words, if you want total peace and quiet, we got you. And if you need a friend, Abby will be there.
I don’t know if I want my pictures shown to others… Will you post my pictures without my consent?
No. We will never post anything online or in any other form of public viewing without the approval of our clients. We will ask you for permission to showcase your story to other families so they can get a feel for what their session will be like. But as in all our sessions, your privacy concerns are important to us.
What cities are you currently scheduling birth sessions for?
We get lot of requests from out of town folks, and although we have tried in the past to schedule a session that would require travel, we no longer are accepting any bookings outside of our area. We consider one hour travel from Miami in any direction acceptable. If you would like more information about whether you are included in this 60 mile radius, email us and we will be happy to look it up for you.