The unpredictable nature of birth presents many questions when trying to decide to capture the biggest, life changing moment. we answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Have another question? Please send them through, we’d love to answer them for you!
When do we call you? I give you access to my direct mobile number via an app we’ve created to simply things. We ask clients to give as much time as possible, so we can also prepare our family. We ask you to give us a call as contractions commence, and keep me in the loop as contractions become more regular. This can sometimes take a while.
Labour is a complete journey, and a beautiful story to document. Most women barely remember the moments of their labour at all and this reflection is incredibly powerful. It is for this reason that I’m with you from the moment you would like to start capturing through to the baby arriving and remaining with you for an hour or two after. In the unpredictable nature of babies, sometimes this is quick, others are 16 hours. I’m there for you however long it takes.
In most cases, we arrive to you when contractions are established at 5 minutes apart regularly.
Do you need permission from hospital staff to photograph them? Due to the nature of shift work, in most cases it’s unknown who will be there to assist you. I check in with the midwife when I meet them to ask if they mind and in all honesty, I’ve never had a single midwife ask me not to photograph her. Everyone I’ve met is incredibly supportive and interested in how I capture births. This is my role to check, you can focus entirely on your labour.
How do you go about lighting if it was to be night and I had the room very dimly lit? Majority of births we’ve captured have occurred at night and with just one or two dimmed lights. It’s important for labour to progress in an uninhibited way, dimmed light helps. When the baby is beginning to crown is usually when your obstetrician puts on the brighter spotlight. We need this to be able to capture your birth in a sharply focused way. I need some light to ensure your images are of beautiful quality.
Are there limitations for photographing a water birth? We LOVE a water birth! There aren’t any different requirements for me to photograph a water birth than a dry birth. We do require a little more ambient lighting as the water can appear quite dark due to the colour of the pool. We still like to keep things as natural as possible for you without using flash in any circumstance.
How much room do you need and what equipment do you bring? In shooting a birth, I just bring my camera and myself, no other equipment is required and space is usually tight in some delivery suites.
If it was day time do you stay and take photos of siblings meeting if it’s within a short time after birth? If you did give birth during the day, I can stay if siblings can get to the hospital within an hour of delivery. I usually stay for 1-2 hours following delivery to capture those first moments.
If I had to have a c section is there any way you’d be allowed to still photograph the birth? In a planned c-section I’ve been authorised to be in the theatre to capture the birth. This is something that is discussed and arranged prior to your delivery. In an emergency, it happens incredibly quickly and in most cases, only your support person can come with you (unless you choose me to capture over your support person, hehehe). In this case, I set the camera up to shoot for your support person, give a quick lesson and hand it over. This has occurred a few times, and can happen in more cases where epidural has been used.