Most clients book me at some point in the first or second trimester, but I have been hired as late as three days past the mom’s estimated delivery date! I’m happy to meet with you as part of the process of choosing a birth photographer. A retainer is due immediately to reserve your spot on my calendar and the balance is due by 37 weeks. Payment plans are available, but the final payment cannot be later than 37 weeks, so the earlier you book, the more that helps.
I do not attend births unless arrangements have been made ahead of time and your balance is paid. If your baby comes early and you haven’t had a chance to pay your balance, I can take credit card payment when I arrive at your birth.
Around 35-37 weeks, we will meet together to review your birth plan, the package you’ve chosen and the coverage included in that package. I’ll go over how to reach me, when to call, etc. If you’ll be wanting photos in your home, I will want to meet with you there to ensure I can find it easily when you need me.
When to Call:
Please let me know as soon as you are in labor. Yes, sometimes it will be warmup labor and it won’t be the time for me to come yet, but I am very used to that! The more lead time I have the quicker I am able to come to your birth when it is time, so I would rather have a false alarm than be called too late. A simple text or phone call is the best way to reach me in labor. Please do NOT use email or Facebook as those will not reach me during the night. Once I have the heads up, I will check in with you periodically.
When I come:
The timing of my arrival at your birth is always something we have to play by ear. Each package comes with a different amount of coverage, and I use my knowledge from 20+ years in the birth field to help me figure out when to best arrive so that the coverage you have chosen lines up with your birth story. It can be a tricky thing, but so far (knock on wood) I haven’t missed a birth!
After the Birth:
I get 2-3 images to the parents within 24 hours of leaving the birth. These sneak peeks will be web sized for sharing online and via email. They will be delivered by email, and I will send you a text to let you know to look for them.
Ordering your Birth Story Book:
If your package includes the birth story book, about a week after the birth of your baby, I will send you a link to an online form where you can confirm that the vital data in my notes is correct and that all names are correctly spelled.
Approximately 4-6 weeks after you deliver, your items will be delivered to you. Digital file only packages will be delivered as a download, while packages that include USB drives or books will be delivered in person.
There are three packages available for you to choose from. Details are below: