BOUDOIR SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 12TH 2016
BOUDOIR SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 12TH 2016
we are currently revamping our site and structure. Please bare with us until these changes are made.
I will be taking Jan off to recoup from holidays and to spend much needed time with my family. I will still be taking emails, answering questions and such. However no sessions will be scheduled at this time until further notice. Please email if you’d like to be placed on our mailing list to receive updates and promos.
Have a wonderful day!
**This blog post explains perfectly why you’re paying what you’re paying for a birth photographer. Please note that I did NOT write this but a fellow photographer did in Texas. For the sake of location purposes I have changed the city. Original posting listed at the bottom.**
“Birth photography has been around forever but it has only become more mainstream here in the Sacramento area in 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??
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, he 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 wont 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 image
s 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 documenting birth photos at an affordable price. My prices have gone up over time and will continue to go up in the future. Am I the least expensive photographer in town? Heck no. To that, I say you get what you pay for. But I can’t offer deals or even apologies for charging a fraction of what folks would be willing to pay for a wedding photographer and expecting much much more in return. 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!”
I hope everyone had wonderful holiday’s with lots of loves and laughs.
I have been SUPER crazy busy with life and photography but I finally have about 3 minutes to breathe and update everything! This weekend will be our first boudoir marathon!!! I am super excited for this and a lot of work is going into this, it officially has become my 3rd baby. 🙂 Speaking of boudoir….. I will be separating my boudoir photography from my usual photography. What does this mean???? I will be creating a whole separate page and blog strictly for boudoir and glamor session! WOOT! This new section will be called “Forever Boudoir | By Forever Moments Photography” So yay for that! I will be emailing everyone once that it totally up and running.
2014 was a year of learning and growing and I had an amazing year, meeting new clients, continuing relationships with return clients and all the in between. I sincerely love all my clients! (Thank you everyone!) However with growing, comes change! So a few things will be changing with packages/pricing for the 2015 year. Ultimately I will be switching to print only, but not just yet! So in transition I am adjusting some things. There will be one set price for all but 2 session collections (birth and newborn) and one set amount of images returned. Pricing will be going up a little. (sorry!) For return clients (not new clients), pricing will remain at 2014’s $200 per session for the 2015 year. If you already have a session booked with me your package will remain the same as it was at the time of booking. Again, once I have everything totally updated I will email everyone with new guides.
Thank you for growing with me!!!
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