Birth Stories

{ Why choose Birth Photography? }

The more accurate question would be – Why wouldn’t you hire a birth photographer?

Your baby’s birth is one of the most emotional & momentous occasions in your life! 
They say that the memories of these first few moments fade so quickly. And, sadly it is true. Adrenaline, medication and excitement clouds your memory. Birth Photography helps capture & preserve these precious memories for you.
Allowing a photographer to handle this important task will not only free up Dad or your other support person to be more available to you during your labor and delivery, but it will also ensure that his or her participation is captured in this beautiful story.

It is expensive you say?
If you were getting married wouldn’t you hire a photographer?
Think of it as an investment. I have clients that tell me all the time that they spent so much money on their wedding photos and they never look at them, but they watch their baby’s birth story all the time!

I am there to capture that special once in a life time moment, when you meet your little miracle for the first time. When you hear their first cry, when you finally get to hold them in your arms after months of anticipation.

Although I do appreciate that it isn’t to everyone’s taste, it is so much more than the ‘blood and gore’ that some think it to be. It’s about capturing the emotions, the support from your partner, the calm moments, the intensity of each contraction, the look of pure unconditional love as you hold your baby in your arms for the very first time.

{ What is a birth story? }

A birth story is a slide show with your images and short video clips with beautiful licensed music. You may request your own songs at an additional cost or you can provide me with your own song if you have the license to use it. You can watch an example of a birth story here.

{ What exactly do you photograph? }

A birth is a very sacred, special and private event. I understand that and will honour my clients’s requests concerning privacy and nudity. During our pre-birth meeting we will discuss your expectations and what exactly you would like me to photograph. Some clients prefer no nudity (where possible) and above the waist images where others want full vaginal images etc.

What ever you would like me to capture, please take comfort in the fact that I have seen it all and will handle it in a professional manner. This is your special day and I want you to be comfortable and focus on the birth rather than on me.

If you have any concerns about anything, you are welcome to let me know. I am there for you every step of the way.

{ I am concerned about my privacy. What do you share online? }

I completely understand your concern regarding privacy and as your birth photographer I need you to trust me and feel comfortable with what is shared.

My website, social media sites and advertising channels do NOT use photos without client consent. The only exception to this is a completely unidentifiable images such (examples) as hands holding, a heart rate monitor, baby’s feet and c-section images of baby exiting the tummy as babies look very different in this moment than after being cleaned up, etc.  Otherwise, every single image shared of your birth or any other session is done so with your permission.

If you give consent to share images, I also will not post online any images of your personal details or health history without blurring it out. (ie: hospital arm badges, medical charts, etc) or any explicit nudity.

My images are always tasteful and I always have my client’s best interest at heart as well as my reputation as a birth photographer to uphold.

I do however appreciate it when my client allow me to share images as this helps me gain more clients and really supports a small business. Thank you!

{ My husband does not like photo shoots… }

Lucky for him, birth photography is nothing like any other photo session. It is more a documentation than a photo session and he will not have to “smile” for the camera.

I work around my clients and the dads can take comfort in the fact that I will not order him around or “pose”him for the photos. I am there to capture the “real” moments of love and affection and will disturb him as little as possible.

I also have a pre-birth consultation meeting with all my birth clients to have a friendly chat over some coffee. This helps us all get to know each other better and dad can ask me any questions to help put his mind at ease.

Most dads are nervous about birth photography, but every single one of them thanked me after receiving their images, saying that it is so special and that they are so happy that they decided to hire a birth photographer.

{ Are you a registered birth photographer? }

Absolutely! I am professionally registered and licensed with the South African Birth Photographers Association (SABPA).

I take pride in being a registered birth photographer and follow a special SABPA Oath of Conduct to ensure that we follow hospital protocol and know what we may or may not do during a birth.

It is very important to hire a SABPA registered birth photographer as more and more hospitals and doctors will only allow SAPBA birth photographers to be present at a birth. This is due to non-registered birth photographers not following orders and causing problems during births.

{ How do I make a booking? }

1) Head on over to the “contact me” section on this site or click HERE.

2) Fill in your details and requirements in the enquiry form and submit.

3) Wait for our response email with my packages, permission forms and my contract.

4) Carefully read through the permission forms and my contract, have it signed by everyone involved and send it back to me.

5) After receiving the invoice please pay the 40% reservation fee.

6) You are now booked and on my calendar! Relax and let’s be excited together to welcome your little one into the world.

{ How early can I book you? }

You can book me as soon as you discussed it with your healthcare professional. You doctor/midwife and hospital need to approve my presence at the birth before you can complete and confirm the booking. If you are interested in booking a birth photography package I will send you the permission forms that need to be completed by your healthcare professional and hospital.

Please note that no all healthcare providers and hospitals approve of having birth photographers present. State hospitals do not allow it at all.

{ Do you provide payment plans for birth packages? }

Yes I do! After receiving the invoice, 40% of the total amount is payable to reserve the date. Thereafter you may pay off the remaining amount until 4 weeks before your due date.

{ What can I do to ensure beautiful photographs for my baby’s birth? }

Be yourself! I am there to document your baby’s birth story. This is the one photo session where you don’t need to say “cheese”and can completely forget that I am present in the room. Just live the moment and welcome your little one into the world. I will take care of the rest.

{ What is a birth session with you like? }

Calm and uninterrupted, captured in a non-intrusive photo journalistic way. I try my best to work like a ninja in and around your birth space to interrupt as little as possible.

Being a mother myself, I understand that it is important to hold the birth space for a mother and her partner in a manner that shows empathy, understanding and respect for both the healthcare and humanity aspects of birth with a particular focus on what it means for the parents.

{ What should we wear for the Fresh 48 photo session? }

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in! A lovely night gown works really well. It is great when mom and dad wear complementing colours and try stay away from shirts with text or bold print on. You are welcome to wrap baby up in pretty wraps or blankets and add beanies and bows. Please do keep in mind that we want to photograph those little hands and feet, therefore dress baby in baby grows or pants with open feet.

Mom, you are still in hospital, don’t stress too much about what you look like. These are beautiful raw first moments of your baby’s life. You might feel differently in the moment, but in years to come you will treasure these special photographs together.

{ Can I bring props for the Fresh 48? }

Yes! You are welcome too and it helps tell your baby’s story even better, as long as you keep it simple and not too over the top. A lovely wrap for baby and a special little teddy bear is always nice to photograph. I also have a message board that I can bring with on request.

{ What is the best day and time for a Fresh 48? }

Fresh 48 sessions are generally held within the first 48 hours from when baby is born. I find that the next day works best since mom had a rest and baby is bathed. We can discuss when would work best for you both.

Best time all depends on when baby is bathed and fed. It is best to feed baby right before the session and make sure his/her tummy is nice and full.

{ Can I have your RAW files with the edited ones? }

No, sorry! I don’t give out any unprocessed images. Asking a photographer to give out their unprocessed images is the same as asking an author to give out his unpublished manuscript.  To understand why, please click here. You will however receive a USB with your beautifully edited photographs which you can use for your personal printing and admiring.  

{ When will I receive my images? }

You will receive your high resolution, hand edited images between 2 – 4 weeks of your baby’s birth. I do, however, try my best to get your special moments to you as soon as possible, because as a mom myself, I know how special and excitingit is.

But! You will receive 1 or 2 edited, preview images within 24 hours of your baby’s birth via WhatsApp to share with your family & friends. Yay!

{ Are travel, accommodation and postage worked into my packages or are they calculated separately? }

They are calculated separately and are not included in the package fee.
The first 20km from Buh-Rein Estate, Northern Suburbs, is included in every photo package and the additional travel costs are charged at R4.50 per km for 2019/2020.

Postage is charged at cost.

If the location is over an hour and a half’s drive from Buh-Rein Estate, and the photo session is expected to start quite early, or end quite late, then reasonable overnight accommodation will be charged at cost.

{ I have another question not covered here… }

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!