Life sessions aren't quick, but they are meant to be extremely low key.  No matching outfits, no props, and no posing.  I'm with you and your family for a few hours just documenting your life.  You can wear your favorite pjs and bake brownies with your kids (bonus points for messy-batter faces).  You can run through sprinklers or splash in mud puddles.  You can read books, play board games, and draw pictures.  You (or they) can have tantrums, meltdowns, and timeouts.  Leave your house as it is, laundry piles and all: let's document you and your family as it really is in this moment.  


This package includes your session fee for the several hours I'm with you, and a customized 10x8 album with 20 layflat pages, and an eco friendly fabric cover in the color of your choice (A $150 value).   Additional pages available.  


This package includes your session fee for the several hours I'm with you, and a customized 10x8 album with 20 layflat pages, and your choice of an eco friendly fabric, linen, silk, vegan leather, or chrome cover.  Additional pages available.  This package also includes digitals all of the edited photos, and use of my professional print company for any prints you should want at cost.  For example, if you'd like me to order you an 8x10 through my lab it would cost $2.20 and be professional quality.  Of course you can always order prints through wherever else as well.  


The Cost of Birth Photography - Written by Nicole Noelle Photography, Texas

"Birth photography has been around forever but it has only become more mainstream the last few years as it’s gained some press coverage and attention. Sometimes that means a potential client will contact a birth photographer with pricing questions and be totally shocked at the quoted cost. Why is birth photography so expensive??

Let’s talk about that today.

When you hired a wedding photographer, you expected to pay a lot. And you probably expected a lot. This was, after all, a moment in time that you hoped would be truly once in a lifetime. You were asking someone to take professional quality photos in a wide variety of light sources in a quickly moving, often unpredictably changing environment and over the course of many hours. You may have also expected the digital files or a lovely album keepsake or DVD slideshow from your photographer to be included in the price. So you expected to pay a lot.

In these ways, birth photography and wedding photography are similar.

In many other ways, birth photography is much more labor-intensive than wedding photography. Lexia Frank, a Portland birth & wedding photographer, recently said it best when speaking at WPPI:

'Shooting a birth is like getting an inquiry from a bride saying that she wants you to come photograph her wedding, but isn’t going to set a date. She’ll just call you whenever. and when you ask her how many hours of coverage she would like, she says she’s not sure, probably around 24, but maybe only 2.  And you ask her when she’d like for you to start coverage and she says she won't know, but probably around 2am. And also, that she doesn’t want any use of flash. So when you ask her if there will be bountiful natural light she says that she’ll be getting married in a dark closet with no light whatsoever. And, she’s going to want the images right away to send out announcements. AND you’re not going to be able to use them anywhere on your website or blog because she wants to keep her privacy intact. We’d all be quoting this bride $50,000.00.'

Of course we aren’t quoting our birth clients $50,000.

But birth photographers, while increasing in popularity, are still pretty rare finds. Part of that is because a real professional birth photographer is not just a pro photographer who shoots birth: she’s a birth professional. Like your doula or midwife. Those professional photographers who jump into this specialty ill-prepared quickly realize that this is no wedding!

Along with in depth knowledge of the birth process, it takes technical photography knowledge that you can’t learn in school, at a workshop or conference. And you can’t shadow another photographer at a woman’s birth – the most sacred of environments. The learning curve here is very very steep.

And we are on call.

I was once told that the divorce rate is exceptionally high among birth professionals. Being on call isn’t just stressful for the birth photographer but for her entire family. We often rely on our partners to provide care for our children that may interrupt their own careers with no notice at all. We expect them to carry the weight and our children to be understanding if we have to dash out of a family event or outing early or not attend at all due to an impending birth. We have to drive separately wherever we go, taking our equipment with us, and we can’t ever be unavailable. We have to keep our bags packed at all times. We can’t indulge in the occasional glass of wine while we are on call. We miss holidays, birthdays, recitals and milestones very important to us. We can’t, of course, go out of town. We also can’t expect the world to plan everything a year in advance but many of my clients book me 8 months ahead of their due dates. I missed my brother’s wedding when the date conflicted with two clients I had previously committed to.  It’s no wonder families bend under the stress of the on-call birth professional!

It will never pay the bills. I shoot births because I am driven by the love of birth, the emotional exchange between a couple as they become parents, the vulnerability of an otherwise strong man as he becomes a Dad, the look for pure love on the face of a woman as she meets her long-awaited child for the first time. I love the ebb and flow of the birth process. I love the challenge of the lighting conditions and technical aspects of shooting births. I love creating art that makes families cry. I love creating art that makes ME cry!

I charge what I charge because I value my expertise, my experience and my time but also believe families deserve professionally documented birth photos at an affordable price. My prices have gone up over time and will continue to go up in the future, but I hope to draw clients to me who value what I have to offer and I’m blessed to have accomplished exactly that so far. I have some of the best, most appreciative and wonderful clients!

So whether you are an expecting parent considering birth photography or a professional photographer considering breaking into this specialty please consider these factors. I happen to think birth photography is the greatest but toughest specialty in the industry, worth every penny, and those who choose to hire a birth photographer truly never regret it!"

All birth sessions include an in-person meeting to get to know one another (and to go over your birth plan!), 2 weeks of on-call time on either side surrounding your due date, and UNLIMITED time at your birth.  I feel like it's so important to never put the pressure of a time constraint on a mom in labor!  Please contact me for all birth inquiries.  I can only offer a limited number of birth sessions per month, so these sessions fill up quickly!

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