FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE WITH YOU IN THE ROOM?
My style of photography is journalistic. That means that largely, you won’t even know I’m there. I’ll be like a fly on the wall. I will respect your space, won’t speak unless spoken to, and most definitely won’t ask you to pose for any photographs. If at any time you are uncomfortable with me being there, you are more than welcome to ask me to step out of the room.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL YOU?
It is incredibly important that you keep me up to date with how your pregnancy is progressing and when your labour begins. I would always prefer that you call me for a false start, than be worried about unnecessarily bothering me. Call me as soon as your labour begins, when you are heading to the hospital and as you progress through the early stages of labour.. All labours progress differently, some very quickly and others slow and steady. Your midwife/obstetrician will likely be able to give you a fairly good indication of when I need to come. However, trust your instincts; if you feel you want me there, I’ll be there, just give me as much notice as you can.
WHAT IF I GO INTO LABOUR EARLY OR VERY LATE AND IT FALLS OUTSIDE MY 3 WEEK ALLOCATION?
If you go into labour outside of the 3 week period allocated to you, I will do my absolute best to make it there. However it is important to understand that if this then falls within another clients allocation, then their birth will take priority. If, as your pregnancy progresses, you are given an indicated by your midwife/obsetrician that you may birth earlier or later, then we will do our best to adjust your 3 week allocation accordingly. In the very unlikely case that I miss your birth (and you have given me adequate notice of labour commencing), you will recieve a full refund and I will provide you with a complimentary ‘fresh 48’ shoot of your beautiful new baby.
DO I NEED TO SEEK PERMISSION FROM MY CARE PROVIDER?
It is your responsibility to seek permission from your care provider to have a photographer at your birth. Some hospitals require you to put your requests in writing, so be sure to discuss this with your midwife/obstetrician well before your due date. It is also important to ask what the hospital regulations are for having a photographer present at a caesarean section.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO HAVE A CAESAREAN SECTION?
In the unlikely event that you require an emergency caesarean, If your hospital allows it (and if you are comfortable with it) I will join you in the theatre. If only your partner/birth support person is allowed in, then I will be there to capture the moments immediately after, and will stick around for a little longer afterwards to ensure that I don’t miss a thing.
DO YOU USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE BIRTH SUITE?
There is no place for a flash in a birth suite, so I always shoot with available light. As a birth suite is often dimly lit, I need to adjust my camera settings accordingly, which can result in some grain or noise in your images. This is by no means a bad thing, and actually aligns well with this documentary style of photography. In order to give me the best opportunity to do your birth justice, I ask that there is a reasonable source of light in the room. This may be from the adjoining bathroom, or small lamps (I am able to bring a low watt lamp with me if I am given notice).
HOW LONG DO YOU STAY AFTER THE BIRTH?
This is my passion and I am committed to not missing a moment. If you purchase my standard package, I will stay up to 2 hours after your baby’s birth. Occasionally, your baby will not be wighed within this time, so be sure to have your phone/camera ready in the event that I have had to leave the hospital already.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
I will have 6 high resolution images to you within 24 hours so that you are able to use them for your birth announcement. You will receive the remainder of your images via an online gallery within 2 weeks of the birth. Usually, most images will be in black and white. If you would prefer your images in colour, please let me know prior to the day.
WILL YOU USE MY IMAGES FOR PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL?
With your permission, I would love to use the images from your birth on my website and social media platforms. However, I understand that birth images are sensitive, so will always seek your permission prior to sharing any and all images. If you are happy for me to share all images of your birth, I will have you sign a permission to publish waiver, or alternatively, I can seek permission based on individual images.
Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. There is no such thing as a silly question and I will do my best to keep your worries at bay. It’s going to be an incredible ride, and I am so honoured that you have chosen me to capture it all. Let’s do this!