MY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Having given birth to six babies and through my work as a Doula, I acknowledge birth is a very intimate experience and I completely respect the sacredness of your birth experience. I understand the careful decision that is made when inviting someone your the birth space, and I want you to feel safe with my energy and presence. It is an incredible honor to be trusted to document your birth story.
I am a professional, certified Birth Photographer through Birth Becomes Her, a graduate of The Birth Film Workshop from Everyday Films and a proud member of Canadian Birth Photographers and International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. I have been attending births as Doula for over 20 years and photographing birth stories for over 7 years.
I have worked seamlessly to establish positive relationships with local Midwives, Physicians, and Obstetricians where I'm welcomed into the birth space to document their patient's birth story. I have experience with photographing births in a variety of settings and circumstances including home birth, hospital birth, cesarean sections, water birth, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), natural birth, medicated birth, hypno-births, surrogate/intended parent births, multiples birth, high-risk birth, and inductions. Every one was miraculous!
I pour my heart into my work and the families who choose to invite me to document their Birth Story. In order to give my clients the kind of exceptional care, availability, support and loving attention they deserve, I only accept a limited amount of births per calendar month. Please contact me as early as possible if you are interested in having your story documented.
The birth of your baby comes but once and is a day like no other.
There is nothing I love more than sharing in your excitement.
I can't wait to get to know you.
Birth Photography in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC
CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING THESE LIFE CHANGING MOMENTS PRESERVED TO RE-LIVE AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT?
Birth Photography. Offered in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC Canada
DETAILS OF YOUR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE
LET'S MEET FOR COFFEE (OR TEA) - The first step is scheduling a time to meet for coffee or tea to get to know one another, discuss my Birth Photography services, go over any initial questions you may have, and see if working together feels like the right fit. Choosing the members of your birth team is an important decision and I want you to be comfortable with my energy and presence in your birth space.
BOOK YOUR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION - Once you have decided to book your Birth Photography Package, I will email you a contract to review and sign, as well as a Model Release and Client Intake Form to fill out. The next step is to pay a $500 retainer fee which will be applied to your total Birth Photography investment. Once the signed contract and retainer fee have been received, your spot is secured.
PRENATAL MEETING - Approximately 4 weeks before your due date, we will schedule an in-person prenatal meeting to catch up, discuss your upcoming birth, answer any current questions you may have, and go over what aspects of your birth you would (or would not) like photographed. Your comfortability and privacy are very important to me. We will also discuss how to keep me updated in the weeks leading up to your birth and the proper time to call me when you're in labor. Your remaining balance is due by this visit.
ON-CALL AVAILABILITY- I go on call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks until the birth of your baby. This means my camera bags are packed, my batteries are charged, my phone is on, I don't go far from home and I am ready to join you and capture your birth story day or night. Yes, even at 2 am!
YOUR BIRTH DAY - We will be in touch a lot during early labor. Once it has been confirmed you are in active labor, I will get ready and join you at your place of birth to capture your story. I start taking photos the moment I arrive and finish approximately 2 hours after the birth of your baby. With my extensive Doula training and experience, I completely understand childbirth and respect the sacredness of your birth space. I work seamlessly with your entire birth team to ensure my role as your birth photographer compliments your birth wishes. I will work quietly and unobtrusively in the background, working with what is happening during your labor to authentically capture and document your entire birth story.
GALLERY/PRINTS + POSTPARTUM VISIT - Approximately 4-6 weeks after the birth of your baby, we will arrange a time to meet for a postpartum visit so I can hand-deliver a gifted keepsake photo box containing printed images from your birth and a custom flash drive with the digital files of your entire gallery. I will also bring coffee (or tea) and some yummy goodies to enjoy while we catch up, discuss your birth experience and view your images. If you wish to order custom made products such as albums or wall prints, we can begin that process during this visit as well.
Document your Birth Story. Offered in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC
WORDS OF LOVE FROM PREVIOUS CLIENTS
"Jen is an extremely talented birth photographer, capturing the best (and emotional) moments during labor and after birth, while being unobtrusive and letting my husband and I enjoy those moments as a couple - we feel so grateful to have those moments captured, images we will cherish for years and will someday show our son as we tell him his story."
"Jen captured the most stunning birth photos I have ever seen! All of the euphoric emotions we had in those immediate moments after the birth are forever captured in a series of amazing photos."
"The pictures turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined and I feel like Jen truly captured my birth story in those images. I am so grateful to have them."
"The photos are incredible! Truly a reflection of what we went through, something that we will always treasure and cherish. We are so grateful that Jen was able to document these moments to photography and then share them with us."
FROM WOMB TO WORLD - BIRTH STORY COLLECTION
- Complimentary consultation
- An in-person, prenatal meeting at 36 weeks
- On-call 24/7 from 37 weeks until your baby arrives
- Birth Photography coverage throughout your active labor, birth and first 2 hrs postpartum
- Unlimited amount of documentary style, hand-edited, black and white and/or color digital images (The exact number of images depends on the unique length and unfolding of your story)
- Digital files of all images from your gallery with printing rights
I strongly believe that preserving your birth story in a tangible way is so important in this digital age. Because of this, your birth story package comes with a gifted wooden keepsake photo box filled with printed, 4x6 images from your entire gallery. This beautiful, high-quality keepsake will stand the test of time and can eventually be passed on generations to come.
Investment - 1650
Documentary Birth Photography and Doula Support
Serving families in the beautiful Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland including Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley BC, and surrounding areas. This is a safe space for all types of births and for all birthing families.
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Emotive Birth Photography. Offered by The Birth Year in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC Canada
The connection and emotion shared between you and your partner throughout labor.
The lovingly way you are supported and cared for by your birth team.
The way you surrender to the sensations or roar with strength and power through the waves.
The rush of emotions as you feel your baby pressed up against you, hearts beating together.
The life-altering instant your baby takes its first breath and you hear the first cry.
The heart-expanding first feed and skin to skin bonding time together.
Your baby's wet, wispy hair, wrinkly toes and squishy cheeks that quickly fade away.
The love soaked first moments together as a new family.
Documentary Birth Photography offered in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC
BUILD YOUR PERFECT BIRTH STORY COLLECTION
Choose from the additional products and services to build your perfect Birth Photography package
+ Birth Doula Support | 350
+ Newborn Family Photography Session | 350
+ Placenta Encapsulation | 175
+ Video clip - photograph fusion video to bring your birth story to life | 500
+ Slideshow of your images set to licensed music to re-live the magic of your birth story |300
+ Custom designed Storybook Album, prints and products | starting at 100
Professional Birth Photography is and should be considered an investment. I offer flexible payment options and custom payment plans to clients who book in advance. Please ask me about the details.
Looking to document those first moments with your newborn baby without birth coverage? A Newborn Family Photography Session might be the perfect fit.
THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE
The birth of your child might possibly be one of the most important, most beautiful, most sacred, and most transformative experiences you will have in life. The day your baby is born can never be recreated. The memories are ones that will be forever cherished. You will want to tell your story over and over again.
WHY RISK FORGETTING ONE SINGLE MOMENT?
The unfolding of your unique birth story. Your strength and determination. The love shared between you and your partner. The rush of emotions as you feel, hear, see, and feed your baby for the first time. Skin to skin togetherness, the newborn exam, and the tiny, perfect fingers and toes. These moments are worth remembering forever. Allow yourself and your partner to be completely present and connected to the experience as it unfolds. Leave all the details to me.
I WILL ENSURE EVERY PIECE OF YOUR BIRTH STORY IS TOLD
Capture your very own Birth Story with Birth Photography offered throughout the Fraser Valley including in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC
Emotive Birth Photography offered throughout the Fraser Valley including in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC areas
LET ME HELP YOU RE-LIVE EVERY ONE OF THESE MOMENTS
Capture your Birth Story with Birth Photography in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC
ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT YOUR BABY'S BIRTH DAY?
Have you been imaging the moment you finally get to hold the tiny human you created from scratch, grew with love and birthed with strength? Have you been playing out in your mind what this incredible, once in a lifetime experience will look and feel like?
Are you concerned that you might forget some of the details from your baby's epic birth story? Are you a little worried that some of the precious memories from your birth experience will become hazy and only a faint recollection with passing time?
Do you want to feel empowered by your fierce strength, in awe of your body and inspired by the transformative experience of bringing your baby earthside? Do you want to remember every feeling, every moment, every sensation and every precious detail from your birth story to re-live over and over again?
LET ME TELL YOUR BIRTH STORY