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Time:09:58 am
I am responding to my comments here because for some reason LJ won't let me respond directly... 

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Thanks!  Yes, basically I have been going to the hospital or home when the mom is in active labor and then I stay for about 1-2 hours after the birth.  At this point I have photographed as many hospital births as homebirths and next month I will have another of each.  I love attending births wherever they take place, but realize how lucky I am to have been invited to so many homebirths. I would LOVE to photograph a cesarean!  

Anyways,  what I have been giving to the families after the birth is between 40-60 4x6 prints of the delivery and a slideshow set to music.  Everyone seems happy with this.

This is so great for you, I am utterly jealous!

how do you go about the whole thing, do you just come to the hospital whenever they feel like calling and stay until the end?

I wouldnt be able to offer something like this until Gage was older and I could always be available to leave the house for a few hours, but I would LOVE to.

I photographed ONE birth, but it was a cs.
still wonderful babyness, but a real birth....wow
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Thanks A I really appreciate it!  Just let me know when you want to get together!  I'm glad to hear M seems to be doing well, that is weird though how everything happened.  Didn't they just move from their house into a different one?

I am going to write your website, name, phone # down and pass it onto some of the new moms at our church. If I can't have my newborns photographed (since. I don't have anymore and don't plan to) this will be the next best thing.

Speaking of photographs, our financial stuff has been crazy tight recently but we have tax refund coming SOON. I should set up a photo time with you. We really need new, good, individual and family photos!

I heard from MM today and she is doing good, seems happy. Her husband is looking for a job and then they'll look for a place to live (they are with family right now). 

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Thanks!

I love the card!
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Time:10:23 pm
After a few images from the last birth I photographed were shared I had over 1000 new views to my little photo site in a matter of days. Since then 3 more women have contacted me about attending their births ~ one is a homebirth in early March who said that I do have "the job", another is having a hospital birth in March and the last is not yet even pregnant, but said she is planning to contact me when she conceives later this year.

I made up new birth photography postcards to send to a few area doulas who offered to put them in their packets for me:



There are a few things I changed to the ones that are being printed, but this is the general idea. I hope everyone likes them!

Newborn pictures tomorrow...
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Subject:latest birth pictures
Time:07:49 am
A few of my favorites so far from a beautiful homebirth at 1:43 AM on Feb. 2nd... And more later on my crazy week with 3 births that should have ranged from January - March!




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Time:07:25 pm
I've been given a great opportunity by a sonographer who works with a Dr. out of Harris Southwest Hospital. After my Jan. birth photography client showed her some of my pictures she suggested that I bring a basket full of my newborn & birth pictures, sample birth announcements, business cards, etc up to keep in either the Dr.s reception area or the sonogram room. I haven't done many announcements yet, but I started working on them last night and this is what I have come up with so far...

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I am going to design as many as I can until "G" gives birth and I complete her birth and newborn sessions, then have them all printed and put in a nice little album to put in the basket. I really need to attend more hospital births to have enough of a variety to fill it up, I am sure they wouldn't appreciate seeing images of the home waterbirths I have photographed and will photograph in the upcoming months. I did recieve an email last night from a woman who is planning a scheduled cesarean in May, so I REALLY hope that works out, but it is probably too far off to wait to send my info up to the sonographers.

Does anyone have any ideas on other items I should put in this little basket or ways to make it scream "HIRE ME!"? I want it to look very nice and eye-catching. Something that will make people realize that birth photography is a good idea!
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Time:05:00 pm


I have been talking with a woman who is due late January about birth photography, but I am not sure if it is going to work out or not.  There is a bit of uncertainty about whether she wil be delivering at home or in the hospital, as well as where they will be living during her due month.   She would like to have a waterbirth if at home though and I would be happy to see another one.  Hopefully I will hear back from her soon!!
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Time:07:13 pm

The woman that only hired me weeks ago to photograph her birth delivered a big baby boy Monday evening.  She had an amazing birth and I was so incredibly impressed by her and her support team.  

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:



I really like the above picture because it shows how many people she had loving on her throughout her day-long labor, she actually had 1 other friend there, but her hands aren't pictured here...





This child was born listening to the sound of Christmas music playing on CD.







I only have one more birth photography client - in January, hopefully soon someone else will hear about me and ask me to attend their birth as well.

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Time:11:16 am

Last Monday I was hired to photograph another birth!  I haven't met the woman, but I know an acquaintance of hers as well as her doula, so she is very comfortable and excited to have me there.  Her due date is Dec. 3rd and she is planning to have a natural birth to her 1st baby, a boy.    

I am really looking forward to this!  

I also recieved another inquiry about birth photography on Friday, but after I sent her part of the slideshow from the November birth I didn't hear back.  Well, she can't say I didn't warn her that it was graphic! 

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Time:07:03 pm
from today: 



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Time:08:36 am
The other mom wrote me back this morning and does definitely want to have me take her birth pictures! She is due January 24th and will be delivering at Harris Southwest. We are going to meet for lunch on Wednesday to discuss the type of pictures she wants.

Last night I was arranging all the photos from the Friday birth so I could watch them as a slideshow and see what the "emotional impact" would be and Bert walked in, saw a few of them and told me that people would pay a fortune for the shots I got. I am not charging a fortune though because *I* couldn't afford that if I was having another baby and wanted to have pictures taken.

I also spoke to the Friday birth mom yesterday evening and she said that her neighbor - who happens to be pregnant and due in Dec. - was very intrigued by the idea of birth photography, so I am hoping that if she sees "Friday moms" slideshow she won't be able to resist hiring me as well. She is having a scheduled cesarean though, and I am not sure if cameras and an extra person are even allowed in the operating room. One can only hope.
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Time:09:39 am
This morning I found an email in my inbox asking for pricing and other info on my birth photography for a delivery in late January 07! Oh my gosh! I responded quickly but haven't heard back yet. I don't know if she will actually hire me or not, but I really, really hope she does.

I am finally making it big in the birth community here! Haha. Just kidding. It would be so awesome to have 1 birth photography session each month though. I just need Dec. 06 to be filled and then from Feb. 07 until the rest of my life.
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