YOUR BABY'S BIRTH STORY

Birth is transformational. It is my goal to document your baby's birth story as it unfolds. Images of your birth experience will tell the true story of your incredible strength and beauty as you bring your baby into the world. It is an honor to enter the birth space - and I take the privilege of being part of your birth team very seriously. I would love to get to know you and answer any questions you might have about the process and value of birth photography.

...you feel the emotion again, experience the day in a new way, and never have to forget the day that changed your life in the best way imaginable.
— Brittany, birth photography and doula client

WHY HIRE A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER?

Your baby's birth day is a life-changing event - for you, your loved ones, and your baby! Many women have shared with me that the details of that incredible day are often a blur. I experienced this myself and am so grateful for my birth images. I will capture your hard work, your emotions, and your incredible strength as you give birth to your precious child.

Many women labor with their eyes closed. Birth photos give you a different perspective on your story - you will look back on these images and be able to process your baby's birth story in a new way.

Midwife pictured is Yolanda Visser of  Birth Song Midwifery .

Midwife pictured is Yolanda Visser of Birth Song Midwifery.

The Professional Birth Photographer difference

Some have told me it would be easier to have their partner, parent, or another photographer/friend take birth photographs. There are a couple reasons why this may not be ideal.

  • Learning what to expect during birth and being comfortable in the birth space without interfering takes time and experience. Many photographers, even great photographers, are easily overwhelmed by the process and unknowns of birth. With a professional birth photographer at your birth, you can be assured that a calm, quiet presence will not distract you or your loved ones from your birth process.

  • Professional birth photographers actually show up. I am on-call for the weeks surrounding your birth, and come at any time of day or night. I also work with trusted back-up birth photographers in the event that I have an emergency or simultaneous birth.

  • My professional full-frame camera is capable of handing extremely low-light and horrible lighting situations (ahem ahem, all hospitals), without a flash that may disturb your labor.

  • The best part is that your partner, supporters, and caregivers will be in your photographs (not taking them). What a wonderful gift, because they too are part of your story. 

This image was taken in the middle of the night in a nearly pitch-black bathroom.

This image was taken in the middle of the night in a nearly pitch-black bathroom.

being ON-CALL

Birth photography is an investment, much like wedding photography. Part of the reason it is more expensive than a newborn studio session or maternity portrait session is that I will be on-call for your birth.

I will go on-call starting two weeks before your estimated date of delivery and will remain on call for you until your baby is born. This means that for up to a month, I will have my phone on me at all times (even during the night!), and will be within an hour or two of the place you plan to give birth. You and your partner will keep me informed as you notice changes in your body leading up to your baby's birth day. Once I get "the call" that you are in active labor, I will drop everything (Christmas dinner included) to come and document your labor, birth, and the first couple hours with your new little one.

LABOR SUPPORT

Unless you have hired another birth doula, I provide labor support along with photographing your story. I am an experienced, certified birth doula and have been photographing births and supporting laboring women simultaneously since 2017. There is a natural flow to the way this unfolds at each birth, adjusting to the needs and desires of each client. Just trust me I’ve figured out how to do both well, it works every time. :)

At most births, during the actual moment of birth, your partner and providers are physically close to you and I am able to step aside and photograph the moment you meet your baby.

Midwife pictured is Kim Porter of  Advanced OB-GYN  and  Michigan Born & Raised .

Midwife pictured is Kim Porter of Advanced OB-GYN and Michigan Born & Raised.

Midwives pictured are Jennifer Holshoe, Jenn DeWaard, and Teresa Cramer of  West Michigan Midwifery  and  River Birch Midwifery .

Midwives pictured are Jennifer Holshoe, Jenn DeWaard, and Teresa Cramer of West Michigan Midwifery and River Birch Midwifery.

Get to know your birth photographer

Let’s meet in person to get to know each other before you decide to have me document and support your birth. Schedule your free consultation if you'd like to meet and discuss your interest in birth photography so that I can answer any questions you might have.

 
 

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birth story testimonial

We decided to have a gentle birth with our second son in a wonderful birthing home with amazing and supportive midwives. And so it was important for us to document the whole experience, to be able to look back at that special moment which shows the incredible strength and bravery that all birthing women possess. We have Annica to thank for being part of our birth team and for poignantly capturing our gentle birth experience.
Annica’s photos of our birth have deeply made an impact not just with my husband and I but with family and friends as well. The photos empower us, show and teach us all to embrace birth, to do away with the stigma and fear that come with birth for as long as women can remember. The photos serve as a voice of birthing women all around the world which indeed tell us what we’ve known all along—that women are amazing and that women have profound strength and bravery within themselves. All women after all, are warriors. It takes a village to raise a child, so the proverb goes. But I also believe it takes a village to birth a child into this world, to be surrounded and supported by wonderful and encouraging women and people so that all mothers get the dignified birth they all deserve.
Thank you, Annica, for being part of our village!

- Silay