The life changing moment you hear that first cry, the look of wonder in your eyes as you finally meet this little soul that has been growing inside of you for months… These are moments that only happen once, & that you never want to forget.
Besides your wedding day, the birth of your child is one of the most important days of your Life. Investing in a birth photographer allows your partner to be your support & allows them to live each moment with you instead of behind a camera. It ensures that everything is carefully & professionally documented so that it can be relived later & you get those memorable moments captured with your partner in them. Without a birth photographer, you may be left with just a few camera phone pictures of the baby after delivery. I will help you to capture the amazing labor process & the incredible birth miracle! The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful things you will experience in life & I am honored to document every moment of it.
Birth & labor are very unpredictable. These are not typical portrait sessions; the lighting is usually dim & it’s difficult to plan what’s going to happen. I will shoot glimpses of your labor & birth unfolding naturally in a photo-journal style. Being trained as an LVN, I will be sensitive to your needs as a laboring woman; I understand my role to document quietly & unobtrusively. Being on both sides of the birth process, I also understand which special moments you may want.
During the booking stages I will get to know you a little better & help answer any questions you may have. You’re not alone, I’ll guide you through it all.
Once we've locked in your date, I will send you a proposal that will include your tentative payment plan and contract agreement. Non-refundable retainers are $250 & are due with your signed agreement to secure your date. The remaining balance is due by 37 weeks gestation. We also use this time to meet up or schedule a Zoom meeting to chat all about your birth plan & details!
After the birth of your baby, you can expect your gallery to be delivered 4 weeks following. Your private password protected digital gallery will be sent for immediate download. There is also a store feature where you may order prints directly from your gallery and shipped right to your doorstep!
Photographer on-call 24/7 for 7 days prior to and 7 days past your EDD
Coverage time starts during active labor (around 5-7cm) through up to 2 hours after birth
Mobile gallery app
10% off a Newborn or Baby session scheduled within 3 months of your birth
All-inclusive digital galleries
Mobile gallery app
Ownership & unlimited printing rights to your high-resolution, edited images
Video coverage with a 2-5 minute video set to music
TO HELP MAKE BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY FIT IN YOUR BUDGET I OFFER EXTENDED PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS. PAYMENT PLANS REQUIRE $250 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT DUE AT BOOKING & THE REMAINING BALANCE MAY BE SPLIT LEADING UP TO YOUR EDD.
As soon as possible! I take a limited number of births per year/month. Contact me as soon as you know you're expecting!
Yes! I always love meeting my clients to ensure you know who is coming to your birth & are comfortable. If you do not want to meet in person we can schedule a Zoom call or FaceTime. We will chat about all the details & go over your birth plan.
YES! I love to travel! Depending on how far away your birth location is we can see if it is a good fit.
I will arrive to begin coverage when you are in active labor. Typically this is around 5-7cm. Birth is unpredictable & things can change at the drop of a hat. I like to stay in communication throughout the day to ensure your birth won't be missed!
This can happen unfortunately. Make sure you are in communication with me about your progress or delegate this task to someone to do it for you. If I miss your birth because baby came too quickly, I try to document as much afterwards as I can. If too many moments are missed I offer a newborn or fresh 48 session in replace.
Cesareans are part of your birth story! Dependent on the hospitals rules, I will follow you into the operating room. If the hospital does not allow Photographers in the OR, we can still document your story & all of the emotion before and after!
After your birth I will send you a few highlights of the day while you wait for your full gallery. In my contract it specifies that I may take up to 4 weeks to return photos, however I do my best to provide them to clients as fast as I can. This is just a cushion & safe guesstimate in case life gets in the way. Running a house of 3 boys is not for the faint of heart!
You will receive your images in an private, password protective digital gallery. All images are high- res, hand edited & available for immediate download to your device.
I accept payments through my online booking site. Payments are processed through STRIPE with payment plan options available.
I only share images with permission from my clients. Birth photos are so powerfully beautiful & leaves me in awe of the miracle that is the women's body. I hope your story empowers and inspires other women out there as well!
Carissa has been involved on some level with photographing multiple life events for us by now, namely our wedding and most recently the birth of our son (okay it was almost a year ago, but it feels like half a minute), but our experience with Carissa during the birth of our son stands out the most in my memory, not only because of how wonderful Carissa's photos are (they are ALWAYS wonderful, regardless of the event), but more because of who Carissa is at the center of her being.
Our birth started out quite normally, we were at a birthing center and Carissa was with us, but at a certain point things got far too intense and we no longer felt safe, so we transferred to the hospital with the knowledge we were likely headed for a c-section. While I would have expected Carissa to leave since we were moving locations and things were not progressing as planned, she calmly and happily joined us. What wonderful photos we have of all of the staff I am forever grateful for, of my husband, and of course, the shining star (our little troublemaker) - my son! Those first moments are priceless, and I credit my memories of those to her.
Ultimately, while I was focused on the terrorizing pain I felt and the fear of the situation, Carissa remained focused on preserving beautiful memories for me to look back on and cherish. Carissa stayed with us like a loyal friend and even followed us into recovery to capture the first moments I was able to hold my son - what a committed soul. Since my son's birth, I have often looked back on our photos and felt a sense of comfort and of grounding in being able to now enjoy all of the loving details of that day. There are honestly no words strong enough to capture the immense gratitude I have for what Carissa did for our family and for who she is, but I hope this speaks to what a wonderful photographer and person she is. We feel so lucky to have shared these moments with her - we are certainly better for it."
Normally, you want your photographer to interact with you quite a bit during a session but during a birth session it's important they quietly capture the moments of birth without interacting much. Carissa is excellent at attending a birth and creating lasting memories. Both times I greatly anticipated receiving my photos back and when she sent them I was awestruck at how she was able to capture such a messy, busy, forgettable moment in my life and give me back MAGIC. Through her photos she told my birth story with details I didn't remember. She captured daddy's first look, how relaxed my birth provider and doula make me during birth, and those first measurements of baby among many others. Not only did she capture these memories but she was able to show the beginning of a new chapter in my life with a new baby. I truly appreciate and cherish my birth photos. They are a timeless memory of my body's ability to do anything."
The labor and birth photos we received from her blew us away. She captured all the emotions; devastation that my birth plan went out the window, exhaustion from a long labor, pure joy from meeting our children. The photos were beyond our expectations, as was her professionalism and support. She was so much more than a photographer, and her positivity and encouragement was exactly what we needed. Her presence is calming and she is incredibly supportive. The births of our children were captured in the most beautiful way. There is no one else that we would want to photograph the birth of our children, and we will be hiring Carissa for all future births."