frequently asked questions
How far do you travel for births?
I keep a radius of 2 hours for birth stories from Cardiff covering South Wales, Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Taunton etc. Get in touch to see if I cover your area.
I'm planning a home birth. Will you be able to capture this too?
Absolutely! Whether you're having a hospital birth, midwifery led, consultant led, home birth, I can capture it all. If you're having a planned c-section, it will be your responsibility to gain written permission from your consultant and theatre staff but I can help you with this! I am also happy to answer any questions they may have too. It's not very common photographers are allowed into theatre so if this is the case and I'm not permitted, I'll capture your story before and for a couple of hours after.
Can we discuss what you'll capture?
Birth is an incredibly intimate experience and having someone who was once a stranger present can feel very daunting. At our consultation, we will discuss your levels of comfort, what you would like captured and what you feel less comfortable with. You are able to change your mind at ANY time and I will always respect your wishes. Birth photography isn't always about the crowning shot; if this isn't something that sits right with you but you'd love the story captured nonetheless, then this is what I'll capture.
On the other hand, if you're comfortable for me to capture everything, that is absolutely welcome too. Labour and birth fascinate me, so there's no need to feel anxious on my part.
How can I help my partner come around to the idea of having the birth captured?
The best thing to do to ease any concerns is for us all to meet and chat about your birth plans and I can alleviate and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
It’s vital that everyone is comfortable and on board with having someone else in the room - you're a wonderful team bringing new life that you created together into the world.
Having a birth photographer there allows your birth partner to be with you and give you their undivided attention and support rather than concentrating on taking images themselves. Another thing to consider is, would you like to see these images in years to come, or will you regret not having them?
Will you get in the way or disturb the birth space?
The answer is NO! I will absolutely not disrupt or interfere with you, the birth space or get in the way of the medical staff or your birth parter. This time is about YOU and I'm there to capture your story. I am confident and know my way around a birth space and will ensure I don't get in the way at all. All my clients have stated they didn't remember I was there or barely noticed me at all, and that's the way I intend it to be for all my birth clients.
Will my images be on the internet?
Not unless you are happy for them to be. Each contract comes with model release and we will talk in our consultations specifically about what you're happy with being shown. The point of birth photography is to have these images for YOU and they'll only be shown if you're happy for them to be.
Do you offer payment plans?
YES! Think of your birth photography as an investment and compare it to the price/reasoning of hiring a wedding photographer.
Would you want to have seen the moment you were born? Your children might also like to see their birth too; their first cuddles, what they looked like, how you felt.
I would absolutely hate (and I hate hearing it from parents) for you to regret not having your story captured - our babies grow up so quickly, so freezing those moments to relive forever is unquestionably priceless.
If you're unsure whether to have maternity, newborn or birth but can't afford them all, pick birth. The birth story will allow you to relive the raw, vulnerable and beautiful emotions of the day you became parents. It's pretty much guaranteed you'll take thousands of photographs on your phone of your bump and newborn, and this is because you can! In the birth space, you're a little preoccupied to say the least which is why having these images are so important.
I also offer very flexible payment plans and a gift registry to help with the cost. Payment plans are more spread out the earlier you book and anyone can contribute to the cost of your birth story using the gift registry option.
I believe everyone deserves to have the opportunity to have memories captured to relive forever, and cost shouldn’t be the reason you don’t get to have them.
What's included in my birth story package?
- Consultation in person or over video chat - as many times as you need
- Complimentary maternity session - great for us to get to know each other a bit more!
- I'll be on call 24/7 from your 38 week mark until baby is born
- Complete coverage of labour, birth and an hour or two postpartum
- Sneak previews within the first 48 hours for family and friends
- A password protected online gallery with hand edited images from your birth story
- Collection of fine art prints in a keepsake box
- Option for video coverage for an additional £350
We love the idea of the first moments but would like to be alone for the birth. Can you come after?
Absolutely. Postpartum sessions are some of my favourite. I'll be on-call from your 38 week mark so call me once baby has been born and I'll be with you within the first 24 hours. Some people prefer me to come straight away but also feel free to have a nap if you want to before I arrive. Completely up to you.
Postpartum packages start from £450.