The Birth Photography Experience

Welcoming your child into the world can be a wonderful experience. Surrounded by mystery, emotion, love, eagerness and bliss; afterwards it can be difficult to remember the details. I am honored to be welcomed onto your birth team and hope to capture this beautiful time for you to remember forever! Read on to select the perfect support for your growing family, collections include photography, doula support and fusion videos!

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Thank you so much for capturing one of the most important events of our lives. The photos you took are absolutely stunning and looking through them and watching the video literally brings tears to our eyes. You managed to get so much emotion, intimacy and love and you memorialized moments that we cherish.
— G Family
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Birth Photography:

The birth of your baby is such a special day and I am honored to be welcomed onto your birth team! Your birth space is a special place and my goal is to respect your labor process and capture pictures discreetly. Birth photography includes: 

1. An in-person consult so we get to know one another before I enter your birth space and discuss any questions you may have regarding the process.

2. I am on call for your birth during the month of your expected delivery. I will join your family in active labor to capture the hard work of mom and her labor team, baby's first breath and the golden hour. I am happy to capture photos of your birth at home, OSF St Joseph Hospital, Advocate BroMenn or the Bloomington-Normal Birth Center.

3. Online gallery with digital downloads of all photos included with print release.

4. Digital birth announcement ready within 24 hours of delivery to share the news of baby's arrival with friends and family.

The care and knowledge that Jessica brought to our birth helped ease the fear for everyone involved! She was there every step of the process for guidance, reference, and as a great leaning post when decisions became very crucial for the continuance of labor. In addition to the top notch support, the pictures that Jessica took only moments after our son’s birth are so amazing and completely irreplaceable. For anyone looking to add a great member to your birthing team, we would highly recommend Jessica!
— Chris L.
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Birth Films:

What better experience to document then the birth of your child?! The waves of labor can take all of your focus and the flurry of activity when baby is born can become a blur. Combining photos with video of you baby's beginning will become a sacred heirloom. Just think about hearing that first cry again or the words Grandmas prays over your new arrival. The details will never fade away when you can watch them over and over again. 

1. An in-person consult so we get to know one another before I enter your birth space and discuss any questions you may have regarding the process.

2. I am on call for your birth during the month of your expected delivery. I will join your family in active labor to capture the hard work of mom and her labor team, baby's first breath and the golden hour.

3. A 5-7 minute film of your birth story as well as 20 hand edited images for you to print.

4. Digital birth announcement ready within 24 hours of delivery to share the news of baby's arrival with friends and family.

 
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Birth Photography + Doula Support:

Looking for extra support as you navigate your birth? As a DONA-trained doula I have 4 years experience providing emotional support, educating couples on the labor process and providing comfort measures to manage the waves of labor.  Your partner and I will work together as a team to support your hard work as you bring baby into the world. Our prenatal visits will focus on giving your partner the tools to help comfort you and advocate for your birth experience as a couple, which means I will be able to photograph the experience as well.  The basic doula package includes photos of the newborn exam and you have the option to add on photo coverage of your entire birth story as well. 

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Jessica is very easy going, intelligent, and caring. She was very helpful during my pregnancy and provided an abundance of information and support. When it came time to deliver my son, she worked with my husband to make sure our birth plan was fulfilled by the nurses and staff at the hospital. As a result, I was able to focus on staying calm and working with my baby. Jessica helped me try different positions to make me more comfortable and gave me the emotional support I needed to stay confident and strong. The birth of my son was exactly what I had hoped for. I was able to deliver with no pain medications or intervention. The love and support that I received from my husband and Jessica that day were instrumental in me being able achieve this goal. I would recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a doula to help guide them through pregnancy and delivery. She is amazing and we will definitely be calling her again if and when I am pregnant again!
— Dana W.
 
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Fresh 48 Sessions: 

Fresh 48 photo sessions are perfect for those who want a more private birth and still want to remember every precious detail of their newborns arrival. These documentary style sessions are booked during your pregnancy and scheduled after baby arrives.  I will meet you at the hospital or your home and take natural photos of your newborn. Mom and dad are the only props we need and your birthing suite or home make the perfect backdrop! These newborn sessions include: 

1. A phone or email consult to go over the documentary process and tell Jessica the details you wish to capture.

2. I am on call during the month of your expected delivery. I will meet you at your birth space within the first 48 hours of baby's life after you call to announce baby's arrival and set up a time.  

3. Online gallery for digital download of all photos.

 
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Fresh 48 Fusion Video:

This session takes place with 48 hours of your birth to document your brand new baby! I can meet you at the hospital after you've had some time to rest and freshen up. This is a great opportunity to capture visiting hours when siblings, grandparents and friends meet your newest love! 

1. Sessions are usually 90 minutes and scheduled once baby arrives

2, Online gallery with digital download of all images.

3. A custom fusion video with footage of you and your new baby!