The Doula Photographer Experience
On the journey into parenthood, you will face both miraculous and unexpected moments. The influx of new information at every turn can seem overwhelming! With a Doula Photographer (a birth photographer who is also a doula) by your side, you have the comfort of knowing that not only will your birth be lovingly documented, you will also have one expert you can always rely on for unbiased support and reassurance.
While capturing the moment of birth is certainly a part of what I do as a doula photographer, so much of what I do happens before and after that pinnacle time. I provide families with informational, physical, and emotional support each step of the way.
Throughout your pregnancy.
From the moment of hire, whether it is week six or 36, I will be available for you 24/7 via phone, email, or text to answer your pregnancy related questions and put your mind at ease.
We will meet (virtually or socially distanced) at least twice during your pregnancy to discover your birth preferences, practice movements to encourage optimal fetal positioning, and plan for your transition into the postpartum period. Part of my work with you during this precious time involves helping you identify ways to naturally raise your oxytocin levels and savor the last weeks of pregnancy. This is the perfect time for a Maternity Session, either at your home or at a favorite outdoor location. I help you reveal the essence of this time in your life by carving out a space for you to simply be together with your growing baby. In this space, I see and capture raw emotion and authentic connection to preserve the feeling of this moment in time.
By the time your due date approaches, you will feel empowered with knowledge and prepared to welcome your baby with loving confidence.
Starting at 37 weeks gestation I will be prepared to come to your place of birth within an hour of receiving your call. I can come to be with you in labor when you feel like my presence would be reassuring to you and your partner, even if that means coming to your home before you make the decision to go to your place of birth.
During labor, I move fluidly from an emotional and physical support role to photographer. I foster a safe, respectful space for you and your partner to work together and offer unbiased information for any interventions that may arise so that you can make decisions with confidence. I support both you and your partner to have the best possible experience, while artistically documenting emotions and moments of connection that comprise your Birth Story.
She melted into the background, letting us naturally be in the moment, enjoying the birth of our daughter but still managed to capture the most amazing moments on camera that we never would have seen. Her photography froze in time the most precious moments of our lives, moments that we now get to relive again and again.Sarah
At the moment of birth.
As you meet your baby for the first time, I capture all the big and little details of the moment: your and your partner’s reactions, first eye contact with baby, first feeding, weighing and measurements, and all those sweet wrinkly baby parts. You and your partner get enjoy this time together, knowing that not a detail will be missed!
If you are introducing your family to baby soon after birth, I am there to capture their reactions. As a Lactation Consultant, I’m also happy to utilize my extensive experience working with new families to provide hands on support with the first feedings.
During my labor she was so quiet and respectful of our space. However, as things intensified at the end, knowing she was a doula/labor nurse, and she had also experienced unmedicated births, her presence was comforting.Analisa
In the days that follow.
As you settle into life with your sweet baby, I will continue to be available via phone, text, and email to answer all your recovery and newborn questions for six weeks.
Additionally, I will see you at least twice at your home to help ease your transition into parenthood in whatever way is most helpful you you. I may support you through your first night at home with your baby, assist with breastfeeding, do a load of laundry and prepare a nutritious meal, or help connect you to other resources to nurture your family during your fourth trimester.
Within the first few weeks, I can also photograph your newborn and family with a Newborn Session in the comfort of your home to preserve the fleeting moments of those first weeks.
Your Unique Story, Artfully Rendered
The images I capture along your journey convey emotion and the connection of your family in a very sacred and intense time. I consider it an honor to support you and will forever be thankful for walking beside you on your journey. At the end of our time together, I will present you with a custom-designed, heirloom quality album containing all your favorite maternity, birth, and newborn memories to help you revisit and retell your story for years to come.
Classes and Community
I am proud to be a member of Brave Birth Doula Care, a Portland doula collective. As my doula photography client, you will receive perks such as reduced rates on Brave Birth childbirth and infant feeding classes, complimentary attendance at New Parent Group, and the reassurance that comes with knowing you have a team of professional doulas and lactation specialists supporting you every step of the way.
Doula Photography Packages
- Two prenatal visits (virtual or in-person distanced)
- 24/7 phone/text/email support from time of hire
- Continuous labor support
- Two postpartum visits with infant feeding support
- Birth photo documentation, including all edited digital images (100+) with print release
- Brave Birth Doula Care class discounts and free weekly New Parent Group
Everything included in Novella
- a maternity and newborn portrait session (at home or outdoor) and 15 hand edited digital images from each session with a print release
- a custom keepsake album with all your favorite images from your maternity, birth, and newborn sessions.
All of this is only secondary to the experienced care and grounding presence I bring to guiding you and documenting your journey as it unfolds.
How to Book
- Complete the contact form below to schedule a complimentary phone or video consultation so you can get to know me and ask any questions you may have.
- If you decide that I am a good fit for you and your birth team, a signed contract and deposit book a spot on my calendar in your ‘due month.’
- We will have our first prenatal session together around your 32nd week of pregnancy, but I’m available anytime after booking to answer your pregnancy and birth related questions.