Why Hire a doula?

Why hire a birth photographer?


Birth is intense in many ways. A birth doula can provide a calm and encouraging presence which can help eliminate fear and even decrease pain. A doula provides emotional, physical and informational support. She can reinforce your partner and encourage self-advocacy during your labor and birth.

You deserve to be able to revisit your birth story and the expressions on your and your partner's face when you held your 1st, or 5th baby for the very first time.

Each birth is equally important and beautiful. Your partner deserves to be completely in this moment with you and your baby.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why hire a professional birth photographer?

It's go time! You grab your hospital bag, emotions are running high, your spouse is doing everything to keep you comfortable. Cameras and photos are usually the last thing on your mind.

The truth is labors can be unpredictable, details get forgotten, hands get shaky, and rooms can have some funky lights. I've got you covered! I have professional equipment in my hands that can handle all of those challenges.

I know my place in the birth space, I respect your professional medical team, I will work my hardest to forever preserve this special day.

2. What if I go into labor at 2am?

I'm there. 24/7 on-call from 38 weeks until your baby decides to meet you. I welcome your call/text at anytime. I stay in town, have my sitters on stand-by, and am prepared to go as soon as you need me. 

3. Isn't this graphic stuff? What exactly are you going to take photos of? 

Your birth story will be your own. These are not crowning shots of your baby but rather emotional, storytelling and beautiful images of your baby entering this new world. (Now if you want those crowning shots, I can certainly comply as long as your birth facility allows.) I will take a photojournalistic approach to your story.

You get to decide what images (if any) can be shared on social media. These will always be your choices. This is your birth story and I'll respect your wishes. 

4. Will my hospital allow birth photography or a doula?

This will vary from hospital to hospital. You'll need to talk to your provider and confirm that you'll be allowed a birth photographer on your big day. I've been graciously invited to several RGV Hospitals and each have their own guidelines which I happily follow. Always talk to your provider first about having a photographer or doula present at your birth, if they'd like to meet with me for details, I'd love to chat with them. I believe in keeping a professional & respectful relationship with your birth team and welcome any questions they may have. 

5. I'm not sure I want to have an extra person in the room with me... 

Birth is intimate. I've attended multiple births and have experienced 4 births myself as well. My role as your photographer is to be as un-intrusive as possible. I will do my best to read the emotions in the room, give you space when you need it, and capture details that will make up your story without interfering in any way. My role as your doula will be to assist you and your partner with information, emotional and physical support.

6. Will you be using flash?

I do use an external flash which is bounced off ceilings and walls (never pointed at your or medical professionals.) I alternate between flash and no flash while capturing birth stories. You and I will discuss this on the day we meet and I will show you samples of what my work looks like with and without flash. Most of my clients have not noticed the bounced flash since I try to use it as little as possible. If you are bothered by flash, I can turn it off and work with available light. 

7. We are ready to hire you! How do we get started? 

Birth Services are booked on a first come first serve basis and are limited. You'll find a contact form below. We can set up an appointment to meet so we can learn whether I’m the right support person for your birth team. Once you are ready, you’ll fill out a client questionnaire which will be followed by a contract and invoice. Your payment plan can be established at this point! It's never too early (and sometimes never too late)  to book your birth services.  

8. Do you accept payments?

Absolutely! We can always arrange payment plans specifically tailored to your family’s needs. Please reach out to me if you would like to further discuss this. I accept cash and all major credit cards via Square or Paypal.

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