Being a Birth Photographer comes with amazing experiences plus some pretty interesting questions. I’ve compiled a list of the most fun and interesting questions I get as a Birth Photographer. Check out the whole list, or just jump to your favorites….Your choice!
What if I don’t want pics of my Who-ha?
How does it work when I go into labor?
What does ‘on call’ mean?
What happens if you miss the birth?
What’s included in a Birth Package?
How long after delivery do you stay?
When do you come to the hospital?
What happens if there’s a medical emergency?
How many photos do I get?
Why does it cost so much?
Do I need to tell my Doctor I have a Birth Photographer?
What if I do not want crowning shots?
The moment of Birth: Pictures or Video?
What if I’m not a fan of nudity in my pics/video?
Do you do payment plans?
How far in advance do I need to book?
What about C-Sections?
What about Home Births?
Discounts for Military Families?
How long do I have to wait for Photos?
If I want Maternity/Birth/Newborn packages, do I get a discount?
1. What if I don’t want pics of my Who-ha?
When I begin consults with people who ask this question, I am more than excited to debunk the constant myth that birth photography is all about getting picks of ‘down there’. Guess what?! I can get great pictures of your birth without shooting straight at center stage. I won’t even see anything down there! What I will most likely do is position myself at the head of your bed/ birthing area and capture the amazing moment from a very similar position to what you see. I can capture the Doctor, Dad, visitors, nurses and their amazing reactions to your incredible accomplishment. I also can sidestep and get incredible ‘ I did it’ pictures of you and your beautiful baby! To maintain your privacy I will also step out during any internal exams or personal situations. So if you don’t want pics of your lady luck, don’t worry….You can still have amazing Birth photography and videography! :)
2. How does it work when I go into labor?
During our first consultation you will select a person to be the “notifier”. This person is very important. They are responsible to contact me and to communicate with me how your labor is going. I will add them as a favorite to my phone for those mid-night phone calls so that no matter what time, I will get your call. Also during our consult, I’ll gather all your previous labor history to be sure I don’t miss a thing. When you start your labor, the notifier should call me (no texts! I take my job seriously) :)
Over the course of the next hour or so I need the notifier to stay in touch with me and let me know how you are progressing, especially if you’re leaving for the hospital. I usually plan on getting to the hospital if you are progressing to a 6 or 7 dilation.
3. What does ‘on call’ mean?
Being in the business of babies means I run on their time table. So I try to make every precaution possible. My definition of ‘on call’ means I stop whatever I’m doing and get to the hospital. Because I’m a mom myself, this includes a ‘on call’ babysitter, not planning major events for my family, I have a backup photographer in case of an emergency and I will NEVER leave town. I am ‘on call’ 3 weeks before your due date for extra precautions.
4. What happens if you miss the birth?
I haven’t missed a birth yet (knock on wood) [not counting covid]. If this was possibly to occur, I would still be there for the “golden hour” (that 1 hour right after birth) and I’ll always credit you a newborn session or fresh48 package to compensate.
5. What’s included in a Birth Package?
At least 1 (most likely 2) in-person consultations. On call from 37 weeks to birth, unlimited time at labor and delivery (dilated from 6 or more), up to 1 hour after delivery (golden hour), all photographer approved photos without a limit in an online gallery for your use and sharing, and a possible birth video add on for additional goodies.
6. How long after delivery do you stay?
I usually stay up to 1 hour. I want to capture the 1st latch, bonding, weights, etc. I am usually the last person to leave :)
7. When do you come to the hospital?
This really depends on your pre-consultation and past birth history. If I know you have quick labors I’ll get there as quickly as I’m notified. Communication is key here! If I don’t know where you’re at in your labor I don’t know how to respond. I’ve heard nightmare stories of some photographers never getting notified by the family. Just keep talking and everything will go the way we hope. My general rule is when you’re at the hospital dilated to a 6 I’ll come to start capturing memories.
8. What happens if there’s a medical emergency?
In the event of a medical emergency, I will stop taking pictures. I want to be respectful of the situation at hand and stay out of the way for medical professionals to complete their jobs. Also, I know that you only want pictures of the moments that bring you joy and happiness, if this occurs I will give credit to do additional sessions (fresh 48, newborn) after things have calmed down. I want to support the environment of focusing on the needs of the parents and the baby.
9. How many photos do I get?
After I am done with your birth I will edit and upload all the photos and video that I took. I will then sort these photos to make sure that all the photos I present to you in your gallery have the “tia stout photography” stamp of approval. All the photos that pass my “standard” will be available for you on your online gallery. Over the last year the average photos available to my clients has been over 100….just to give you an idea :)
10. Why does it cost so much?
The majority of why birth photography in general costs so much is that photographers are on call for 3 weeks. The other addition to the pricing is that I have invested time and effort in being the best birth photographer I can and developing my expertise and products to be exactly what my clients want. I want to give an amazing service and help you have an amazing experience. I try to over deliver on the value of the investment that you give. If you don’t think I do that, I’d love your feedback :)
11. Do I need to tell my Doctor I have a Birth Photographer?
It’s always a good idea to inform your Doctor that you are planning on having a photographer at your birth. But, no one can say you do or do not get to have a photographer or videographer present. This is a common misconception. If a Doctor doesn’t feel comfortable being in your photo or video just let me know and I’ll keep them out of the pictures. You are informing them of your choice, not asking permission :)
12. What if I do not want crowning shots?
This follows pretty closely with question #1, but as a recap. We will go over in detail what you want as part of your birth photography experience. I will manuever and adjust to make sure you get what you want. But it is important that you tell me with as much detail as possible so that nothing is missed when the big day arrives.
**extra note: do not let feelings of privacy deter you from choosing crowning shots if that’s what you want. In your online gallery you can mark any picture as private so that only you are able to see it and still be able to share your gallery with any other family and friends without worrying about those special captures that are reserved just for you. The bonus to these private photos is that other users won’t even know they exist. Remember, these photos aren’t for me, they’re for you. So make sure you get exactly what you want. :)
13. The moment of Birth: Pictures or Video?
Obviously this only applies to parents who choose the “video add on”. I personally think getting video during thost amazing 6 seconds of actual birth is the most valuable. It’s not just a snapshot, it’s the whole thing! But of course, this is all personal preference.
14. What if I’m not a fan of nudity in my pics/video?
This is something I’m actually really good at working around. I use my photo angles to accommodate what makes you feel most comfortable. That being said, this will depend largely on you. If your laboring with no clothes and you don’t want excessive skin in your photos….that’s obviously gonna be an issue. Majority of the time, I use my expertise as a birth photographer to make sure you are completely happy with the result of the pictures.
15. Do you do payment plans?
Yes, because I understand that having a Birth PHotographer is another “baby expense” and by creating options for families, I provide a way for that cost to be more affordable. I do have a rule though...the total has to be paid by your Due Date to avoid extra work for everyone after the baby is here. So, want a tip? The earlier you book, the cheaper it is per month. :)
16. How far in advance do I need to book?
I would recommend as early as possible. If you know you want to have a birth photographer before you get pregnant, congrats on being extra decisive. If you waited til last minute, no worries….I’ve done that too. The important thing here is to understand that I can usually only book a limited number of births per month. So, in that sense, sooner definitely is better. :)
17. What about C-Sections?
Ooooo! This is a tricky one for sure! Due to hospital posily I have to wait until your out of operation to do post birth photos, but this hasn’t stopped me from still giving my c-section girls some great pictures. I will usually meet you before you go in and capture the pre birth excitement that’s always on everyone’s faces! Then, I wait until you’re out to capture all the post birth moments with you and your baby :)
18. What about Home Births?
I actually really love home births. They’re awesome! There a lot more freedom, and so many unique things to capture in these sessions. But, consider yourself warned that you will have to accept your ‘home state’ just the way it is because that’s where I’ll be taking pictures. But I love to think of it more like I’m capturing your current life, the way things are when your baby’s birth day arrived. I will usually head over when labor is in full swing because I now most home-birth Mommas don’t prefer to be ‘checked’.
19. Discounts for Military Families?
I love giving discounts to military families! I want to support our Armed Forces and I know that many families don’t always have optimal situations that can be planned for :)
20. How long do I have to wait for Photos?
I usually ask for 30 business days from the birth because let’s be honest, I have other clients, and I’m an active Mom myself. But, I try to aim closer to 2 weeks if life allows.
21. If I want Maternity/Birth/Newborn packages, do I get a discount?
Absolutely! Depending on what you want to do I will give you discounts or create a custom package to fit your needs. Just tell me you’re interested in this and I’ll make it happen.