Des Moines, IA - sunset maternity session

Not one, but TWO amazing mama’s expecting boy/girl TWINS in a couple of weeks!! It was wonderful getting to know them and I can’t wait to see them again with their new little ones!

Des Moines, IA - Birth Photography Commonly Asked Questions


What is a birth session and what does it cover?
My birth sessions cover your entire birthing experience, from active labor, through the first 1-2 hours of your new baby's life in a beautiful and real documentary style. I capture your journey through labor, your baby's first breath and first cry, cutting the cord, your first expression when you see his/her face, and everything about that brand new bundle of joy and each of his/her first precious and incredible moments of life. Having a scheduled cesarean section? No problem! I would be more than happy to capture those exciting moments as well!

Why should I hire a birth photographer?
Birth photography is perhaps one of the most important types of photography out there! It is one of the most defining and most treasured and memorable life events that you will ever experience. There are certain moments of life that deserve to be professionally documented through photography....your wedding day, the birth of your babies and your children's milestones. Often people do not think to reserve a birth photographer because birth can be such a private event, however, afterwards many regret not having better photos to remember such a momentous life occasion by. Often, families leave the job of taking photos up to the Dad, nurses, doulas, or midwives, but then find that the other members of their birth team get quite busy with their own designated jobs and photos become more of an afterthought. Birth photographers sole role is to focus on capturing every precious moment so your team can focus on what they were meant to focus on. The memory and experience of the birth can often be blurry for a mother because she becomes so focused on the work she is doing to birth her child. Looking back remembering the birth journey and experience through a different lens can help the mother value and embrace her journey even more. And that brand new baby freshly born....such a fleeting moment and one that fades so quickly, but so very worth being professionally preserved through beautiful photography!

Why should I hire YOU to be my birth photographer?
It is important to hire a birth photographer who has experience around birthing mothers and knowledge of the birth process. Those experienced with the birthing process know the demeanor to have in the birth space, how to respect and work with care providers, and how to sensitively document the story of birth. Aside from being a photographer, I am also a part time registered nurse on a very busy labor and delivery unit. Because I work very closely with laboring women in my role as an L&D nurse, I have vast knowledge of the many scenarios that arise during labor and birth. I have such a great respect for birthing mothers and the birth process itself. I also understand the incredible amount of focus, privacy, energy, and commitment the laboring mother must have. I am experienced in the use of natural lighting, so as to not disturb the mother with flashing camera lights or lots of equipment and I make every effort to do nothing to interfere with the natural birthing process and rhythm that the mother is in. It is very important to me that I ensure your images are technically beautiful no matter the environment.

I want excellent birth photography, but price is an issue for me. Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! I am more than happy to help determine a payment plan that works with your budget. Another way to help you pay for a birth session, is to add birth photography to your baby registry so that friends and family can contribute to your birth photography fund as a baby shower gift for you and your baby. Awesome, right?! I know I would put that as #1 on my registry! Simply contact me and we will talk about what your needs are and how to make birth photography possible for your family.

Why is birth photography so expensive?
Birth photographers commit weeks of time to living on call. No leaving town, phone on day and night, and often even miss important family events, including birthdays and holidays, all for the passion and love of helping you welcome your baby. Birth photographers are some of the most skilled in the industry as they have knowledge on how to produce excellent quality images in the very difficult and often dark lighting situations that mothers typically birth in. Your birth photographer should have top of the line equipment to produce excellent results. Think of the standard price range of wedding photography. Birth photography comes at a similar price range, and often even more, as weddings don't usually occur in the middle of the night on a surprise date that you cannot plan for an unknown number of hours or even days! 

How long does it take to get my photos?
Because of the large number of photos that a birth session yields, photos can take up to 4-6 weeks to be delivered depending on my schedule. Do not fret...I provide a fully edited announcement photo on the day of delivery for friends and family and social media and post my favorites for you as I go.

How much does it cost?
I offer two different packages to best meet your needs. Fill out a contact form for full pricing.