Commonly Asked Birth Photography Questions | St Catharines Birth Photographer

September 25th, 2018

Birth photography has been growing in acceptance over the last 10 or so years, however it is not so well known by many still. If you are someone who is interested but still unsure of whether birth photography is right for you check out the list of commonly asked questions below.

Home Birth Family  |  Elora Williams Photography

When should I book with you?

As soon as you decide that you would like to have your birth story photographed! I take two birth clients per month on a first come first serve basis. A retainer holds your place on my calendar.

Can I meet with you to get to know you before hiring you?

Absolutely! I would love to take you out for coffee or tea and answer any more questions you have in person. This would also be a great time to get to know each other as it is important to me that you feel comfortable with me since labor and delivery is so intimate. Fill out this form, and we'll find a time to meet!

When should I inform my doctor about you?

I encourage you to discuss your plans to have a birth photographer present during labor and delivery as early as possible with your doctor so there are no surprises on the day of. Policies differ between doctors and hospitals, and it is important to talk with them about your desire to have a photographer in the room during your labor. When you are admitted to the hospital, please tell your nurses on staff that there will be a photographer in the room and ask them if they feel comfortable being photographed. If they or any of the other staff do not want their faces shown in photos, I can certainly work around that. If they have any other concerns about my being present, I will be happy to speak with them and answer any questions they may have.

Home Birth Exam  |  Elora Williams Photography

How long are you on call?

I go on call when you are 38 weeks pregnant and remain on call until your baby is born. Once I am on call for you my phone is on 24/7. I will never be more than 1 hour away from your planned place of birth and I will not be participating in activities that could prevent me from attending your birth.

When I go into labor, when should I get in contact with you?

I would prefer to be contacted right away when you think labor is beginning. We will remain in contact throughout the early stages of your labor.

What if I go into labor before you are officially on call?

Please, get in contact with me still and I will do my best to make it to your delivery. I can't promise that I will make it but I will do everything in my power to join you and capture your birth story!

Hospital Birth Bonding  |  Elora Williams Photography


What if I go into labor in the middle of the night?

Once you are booked in with me and I am on call, my only goal is to photograph your baby’s birth story. I will have my phone with me at all times and expect to be contacted day or night, no matter what time it is! It is not a bother and is what I am here for.

What happens if you miss the birth?

I will make every effort to arrive with enough time to capture your labor, birth and first hours together. In the event that I miss the birth because of a quick labor I will still join you at the hospital to capture the remainder of your birth story.

When do you arrive?

I like to arrive when my clients are in active labor. I usually like to join you when you are at 6 centimetres, if your care provider is doing cervical checks. If you are not being checked, I arrive when you have an active pattern of contractions that you can't talk or walk through.

Grandmother meeting baby, Birth Photography  |  Elora Williams Photography

How many births do you take each month?

I book 2 births a month. I often book out 3-4 months in advance so don't hesitate to contact me to reserve your spot on the calendar. If you're contacting me near the end of your pregnancy, please know that last-minute spots do occasionally open up.

How long do you stay after baby arrives?

I stay between 1-2 hours postpartum. I like to take pictures of the newborn exam as well as your first experiences breastfeeding. If you are interested in capturing the arrival of siblings or grandparents you will have to arrange for that to take place within the 1-2 hours postpartum.

If the birth occurs in the middle of the night and older siblings or other close family members are not able to be there at that time, I am happy to try to coordinate to come back the next day to capture those special moments!

How graphic will the photos be?

I often get asked "will you take pictures of EVERYTHING??".  I am here to tell your story and I will only take pictures of whatever you want me to capture! Each of my clients is different and each comes to me with their own preferences. I often find creative ways to show what is happening without any nudity. However, if you are interested in having everything captured, I will capture everything (as long as your place of birth allows). If you desire to be more modest, we will discuss your comfort level at our consult and I will respect your wishes. Nothing graphic is ever shared on social media and you have full rights to decide what images are included in your slideshow/film and what is shared publicly.

Birth Measurements  |  Elora Williams Photography


Do you share every birth on social media?

Birth is a beautiful event and I love sharing images of them. However, I absolutely respect families that wish to keep their birth images private. During our consultation, we'll discuss exactly what you do or don't want shared. I will always honour your requests for privacy.

Do you offer gift certificates or payment plans?

For sure! Please contact me for more information.

We are ready to hire you!  How do we get started?

The first step is to get in contact with me so that we can set up a consultation. If you are still on the fence, this is a no-pressure consultation and you are not required to book with me if we meet!