Capturing a birth in photos is just as important, if not more than, your wedding day! Being able to look back on those intimate moments is absolutely priceless!
I am not JUST a photographer, I am a story teller. My goal as your birth photographer is to tell your story by artistically photographing the birth of your child and create the beginning of your legacy together as a family. Having me at your birth will allow your spouse or family members to be present with you, and support you rather than trying to remember to take photos. They will be able to enjoy the experience with you and participate fully, and they will be in the photos as part of the memories too! You are not just investing money in some photos, you are investing in a lifetime and a legacy, and your story that deserves to be shared with your family for generations to come.
When do you arrive at the birth and how long will you stay?
Typically the best time for me to arrive is during active labor, and I will stay until a little while after the baby is born. It is up to you to keep me informed on how you are progressing. The best thing to do is to give me as much advanced notice at possible when labor starts. (I have to make childcare arrangements for my kiddos, so as much in advance as you can give me is much appreciated, and will allow me to make sure I can get there faster!)
What if I have a C-Section?
Depending on your doctor and which hospital you are at, they may or may not allow me into the room during the procedure. But I can still be there to get photos before, and after when you are snuggling with your sweet babe!
What happens if you miss the birth?
As long as you give me ample advanced notice I will be there. (Unless I have a personal family emergency, if I am actively sick, if the weather conditions are dangerous, if I get in an accident, or in the case of conflicting photographic jobs etc.. that would prevent me) However, sometimes precipitous labors do happen and I don't arrive until after the baby is born, we can do three things... I can still photograph postpartum as I normally would, and you would still owe the full amount. OR you can text me and tell me not to come, and I will refund you all except the retainer fee. OR you can choose to do a family session a week or two after your baby is born and you would only owe half of the birth session fee. If I am unable to attend your birth due to no fault of my own (i.e. I was not given proper advance notice or was not called in time, the hospital refused me admittance, etc) your birth fee is non-refundable but can be used towards a family session up to two weeks after the birth. So it is important that we are in good communication through all of labor, even from the very first twinges of contractions! One other option is, I can call a back up birth photographer, someone who I would trust with my life and with my own children's birth, and they could possibly come in my place. That would be up to you.
When will I get my photos?
I know you can't wait to see your images, so I try my absolute best to get them to you about 7-10 days after the birth. On occasion it may take me closer to two weeks depending on if I have other births or photo sessions in that time. The best way for you to get your images is via online download, but I can deliver them to you on a USB drive as well.
Are all the images in Black and White?
Birth photography is typically shot in black and white. This portrays a more emotionally true experience and minimizes distracting elements such as blood, shiny or harsh medical equipment, etc. It softens the image and allows the central focus to be on the new family. I do include some color photos in your final proofs, at my discretion. These would typically be images of your newborn.
Do you offer Maternity and Newborn photography also?
I do offer Maternity sessions and they are one of my specialties! I don't typically do newborn sessions, (I can give you several great referrals for those) but I DO offer family sessions that include the immediate family together with the new baby.
Do you share my birth photos on the Internet?
Only discrete images are shared, with permission, on Facebook and on the blog. Beautiful birth images are often what inspire my clients to contact me so I encourage all clients to share what they are comfortable with so others can be equally inspired by your journey! I will never use images of a sensitive nature without your express permission. And even with your express permission, it is in my business best interest that my marketing and advertising efforts remain PG-rated! If you absolutely do not want your images displayed online in any way, I do offer a privacy option. Please inquire for further details.
When I went into labor and got all checked in to my birthing center, things were progressing really quickly, and to be honest, the thought of having a photographer in the room seemed like something I may not be interested in at that moment. But, she was a calming presence, very discreet, and not once did I think “GET OUT OF MY ROOM WITH YOUR CAMERA, LADY!!!” She stayed through her exhaustion, through the slow moments, through my piercing labor cries. And she captured my most cherished photos of my lifetime. The photos from Max’s delivery mean EVERYTHING to me. I look at them all the time, more than my wedding photos.
Tiffany was our birth photographer for both of our daughters, first in 2015 and again in 2017. Tiffany was incredible! Her communication with us prior to labor was clear and professional. When I went into labor, Tiffany met us at the hospital, just as we had discussed. She stayed present during labor, and the moments she captured, I will treasure forever. She captured real, raw moments, and moments that weren’t so glamorous, she made look beautiful. Tiffany remained calm in the hospital room, and helped encourage me. I am incredibly grateful for Tiffany, and her ability to capture the rawness, realness, and beauty of the labor, birth and postpartum process.
I have known Tiffany for many years, and she has always been one of the most joyful, positive, and compassionate people I know. Tiffany was like a fly on the wall, and through the haze of labor I recall hearing her laughter and seeing her smile, and that gave me great confidence. Three hours later he was born and I couldn’t be happier about having it documented. Tiffany is respectful and talented and the photos came out not only raw of emotion, but modest and calm, and most importantly, full of love. Thank you for being such and amazing friend and talented photographer, it’s obvious you love what you do.
Tiffany did my birth pictures, and I'm so in love with them! After she left, my husband told me that she had shown him a few, and that he thought I would love them. I was really pleased by the ones I saw in our sneak peek, but I wasn't prepared for the full pictures set. She captured so much of that day that I forgot, or didn't see. I cried all over again when I saw them. I still get super emotional looking at them.
I am an introvert who loves spending time with other people. Weird, I know! I believe that what matters most in this life is the intentional time we spend with those we care about the most. The memories that we take away from those times are the moments I want to capture for you, so they will not be forgotten. Those photos will be a reminder of your love and commitment to each other and will give you strength when life gets tough.
I would love to spend some intentional time with you.
I'm originally from Maryland, but really, I can't lie, I'm a Texas girl! There is a wide variety of creatives in my family from painters to musicians to carpentry, so naturally and luckily I inherited a bit of that! I've always loved many types of art forms but my passion developed into creating imagery through photography while in college. I love photographing people as they are naturally. Even if the kids aren't smiling or not everyone is looking at the camera, that's ok because that's real life. I love to capture real life. We only get one, so why not capture it the way it's supposed to be!