After having my own baby Sonny and seeing my sister's first boy Niko born, I became really excited by the idea of photographing more births. In the galleries below you can see some of the first births and images of newborns I've photographed, that parents have generously allowed me to share.
My approach to birth photography is to shoot with minimal interaction with parents unless they want to talk to me. I'm a very quiet and calm presence in the room and only talk or help parents when asked. Otherwise it's very much fly on the wall photography, documenting the amazing process of birth. I like to use available light as much as possible so that births are recorded as they are. If it's ok with parents I might use a small flash here and there by bouncing it of the wall. I tend not to shoot lots so that I'm not too disruptive and I have my camera set as quietly as possible. So far parents have enjoyed having me there and haven't really noticed me as they're so much in the zone. I like to get a good mix of wide and close up shots of the whole process.
If you would like to chat about the possibility of me documenting your baby's birth, very early moments after birth or family photography, please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org My introductory rates are at the end of this page.
Warning - some of the shoots below show all the details - blood, sweat and tears!
BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY - $1500
On call for your birth for 1 month
Coverage of mid-late labour stage, birth and the first hour after birth
Downloadable gallery of approximately 80 finished high resolution images in both colour and black and white
NEWBORNS & FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY - $550
Photography session at home or at a favourite location, documenting you and your family.
Downloadable gallery of approximately 60 finished high resolution images in both colour and black and white
To discuss birth and family photography please contact me via email: email@example.com
STEPHANIE FRANCIS: We are so glad that we had Hilary capture Raffe’s birth. She has such a lovely down to earth, warm and caring nature (with a great sense of humour to boot!) so we felt completely comfortable with her in the birthing suite. And the photos! Hilary captured our birth in her natural and beautiful style that we love. We will truly cherish the photos forever.
CARLA HACKETT: We feel incredibly lucky to have had Hilary photograph the birth of our first son. After feeling a little unsure about having photos taken of such an intimate moment, we are so glad she captured the labouring and those magical first moments meeting him. Hilary was very respectful of our birthing space, I didn’t even notice she was there until after he was born. Using the natural lighting (he was born in low lighting, no mean feat!) the photos are just beautiful. She even got a picture of the placenta! I’m so glad Hilary was there to share in our birth.