I have always believed that in the chapters of life the birth of our children is the most incredible! I believe birth is the most life changing and emotionally charged moment we experience this side of heaven, and that is where my passion for documenting them comes from.
I have a deep passion for documenting life's most intimate and important moments for families, the birth of their children. This passion for birth is what drove me into the field of labor and delivery where I practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for 19 years (2000-2019).
When Little Loo Photography was born in 2011, it was no surprise that I was drawn to documenting new families, after all, it is still what brings me to tears and touches that deep and tender part of my mama heart. I am reminded often of what a blessing it is to be a part of such an intimate part of family's lives.
My role as your birth photographer and filmmaker is from a purely documentary standpoint. My goal is to exist in your birth space as unobtrusively as possible, in fact most people say they became unaware I was even there at certain points of their labor and birth.
My goal is to document your birth story by capturing the moments that you will want to look back on for years to come; the touch and support your receive from your support team, the tender whispers of encouragement, the strength that you aren't even aware you have, the emotions of seeing your baby for the first time.
In-person or FaceTime meeting to discuss your wishes and hopes in capturing your birth story, and to get to know each other a bit better before your big day.
I will be on call for you 24/7 from 38-42 weeks gestation, for this reason I only take a select number of clients a month, booking early is recommended.
Birth coverage typically begins when you are in active labor (usually 5-6cms) through 1-2 hours postpartum.
$400 deposit required with the remainder of your balance is due by 38 weeks when my on-call period for your birth begins.
Payment plans available.
I believe there is no greater storytelling medium than video. Capturing those first moments with your baby in video is what has truly captured my heart. Having those first cries, those tender words of encouragement, and those first moments captured forever in video is priceless.
Your birth story captured in both still images and video footage.
75+ hand edited images for
printing and sharing on
Birth story video creatively edited to music (4-6 min in length).
*includes a Fresh 48 session
Your birth story captured in both still images and video footage.
Feature film including video from your birth combined with footage from your newborn or Fresh 48 session.
10x10 album of your favorite images from all sessions (30 pages).
Your birth story beautifully captured in still images.
100+ hand edited images for printing and sharing on USB.
*includes Fresh 48 session.
Each of these sessions includes:
-35-40 hand edited images and
-an 8x8 album of your favorite images
1-2 hours either an outdoor location or your own home.
$700-FRESH 48 SESSIONS
Either in your hospital space or in-home within 24 to 48 hours of your birth.
$700-IN-HOME NEWBORN SESSIONS
Takes place in your home.
*discounted options available for
WHY HIRE A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?
There are moments in our lives that are monumental and life-changing. I think we all consider wedding photographers for this exact reason. In my opinion giving birth to your child is right there at the top of life's MOST incredible and yet intimate moments. Ask any mother or father, and they will tell you so!
By hiring a photographer to document your birth, your husband or significant other is able to step back and live in that birth space with you, without worrying about finding the camera, or documenting those first moments instead of being IN them.
Working in the field of labor and delivery for 19 years, I am able to anticipate the moments coming that you will want to remember and will focus on capturing those for you forever in beautiful and tasteful images and video footage. I have spent years perfecting my craft and know how to use light in all types of situations.
WHEN WILL YOU ARRIVE AT MY BIRTH SPACE, AND HOW LONG WILL YOU STAY?
Typically, I will arrive when you are in active labor (usually 5-6cms). I am prepared to arrive in your birth space when your birth is progressing no matter what time of day or night. If you have a history of fast labors, or have had previous deliveries, I will be arriving on the earlier end.
I will stay through your delivery and then 1-2 hours after to document first moments such as feedings, baths, weights, first time holding your baby, etc. If I am not able to capture those first moments following birth because of your baby being transferred to the NICU or newborn nursery, I will come back to document those moments when you are ready for me.
HOW MANY BIRTHS DO YOU SCHEDULE A MONTH?
I only schedule two to three birth stories a month. When I book a birth, I am 'on call' for you from your 38th through your 42nd week gestation and that means that I am available for you 24/7 and am always within an hour of you. It is a huge commitment, but one I am happy to make for you!
I also utilize a back-up photographer in the case there is something out of my control that prevents me from attending your birth.
WHAT IF I HAVE A CESAREAN SECTION?
Most hospitals only allow one person in the operating room with you and often times do not allow photographers into the OR at all. On rare occasions exceptions can be made by the anesthesiologist and/or doctor. I will do my best to be able to be allowed back with you and your support person, but in the case I am not allowed in, I will be waiting in your recovery room as soon as you arrive back from surgery, and there are still so many beautiful moments that we can capture.
WILL I HAVE IMAGES THAT I AM ABLE TO SHARE WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
By positioning myself in the most pleasing and modest angles during your delivery, I am able to capture images that are tasteful and beautiful, while still capturing those first emotions. Your birth gallery will include the option for you to mark any of your images as private before sharing with friends or family, so that you have full control over what others see.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE, AND DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
I require a $400 deposit for both photography only and photography + video sessions. This is deducted from your balance with the remainder of your balance due by your 38th week, or when I begin call for you. I do offer payment plans and we can talk about what options work best for you during your consultation.
WILL I RECEIVE ALL THE IMAGES AND FOOTAGE FROM MY BIRTH?
You will receive all edited images from your birth (typically 100 for photography packages and 75+ for video+ photography packages). All images are selected by me and RAW files are not available for viewing. I take great care and time in selecting the best images from your birth. Video footage is assembled in a beautiful birth film with an average of 3 - 7 minutes for your final film.
SHOULD I DISCUSS HIRING A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER WITH MY DOCTOR AND DELIVERY STAFF?
I do suggest discussing your choice of hiring a birth photographer with your doctor, and make sure your facility allows them. Some doctors and staff do not allow video footage of your actual delivery, by discussing options with your team ahead of time often times resolves any issues before they come up. I am able to capture beautiful images while being respectful of the staff and delivery team. Often times by merely having the conversation staff is appreciative and more welcoming of me. Giving your nurses a heads up that I will be coming is also very helpful. I also provide you with handouts for your doctor and nursing staff.
WILL YOU BE POSTING ANY OF MY IMAGES ON THE INTERNET?
Most of my clients do find me through my website and social media sites, and showing beautiful images of what birth photography looks like helps families find and trust me in documenting their births in a beautiful way. I do ask my clients to sign model releases to allow me to do this. All images that I post are always approved by you first, and I would never post an image that you are not comfortable showing. If you are not comfortable with this, please discuss it with me and we will come up with a plan. Your concerns and privacy are always important to me.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY IMAGES AND VIDEO?
Photography only sessions are delivered in 3-4 weeks, video footage in 4-6 weeks.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T MAKE MY DELIVERY?
Birth is very unpredictable and sometimes circumstances occur on your end such as delivery that goes faster than I can arrive or an unexpected emergency causing you to deliver before your 38th week. I will always do my very best to be there when you need me. If for some rare circumstance I am unable to attend your delivery, I will give you the option of a Fresh 48 or lifestyle newborn session and will adjust your pricing accordingly. I do have a back up photographer that I have never had to use, but trust completely as another option.
DO I HAVE A CHOICE OVER WHICH IMAGES ARE INCLUDED IN MY ALBUM?
I want your album to be full of images that you love and want to look at and enjoy for years to come. Your client private and password protected gallery gives you the option of sharing your favorite images with me. These are the images I will use to fill your album.
Please feel free to contact me
I am so glad to have these pictures to look back on. I can't thank Lisa enough for being there, having so much patience, and capturing these moments. She is the best at what she does, and the best photographer I have worked with. I am so glad to have her as my birth photographer and as a friend!
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