Occasionally I have the fun opportunity to be a backup for other photographers in the area in the event of illness or emergency. Its important we work as a community to hold space for birthing families. This was from last year, finally getting a moment to go through and share some of my favorites ❤
Some are censored due to fb being scares of nipplesRead More
This birth story gives me all the feels, the strength and power of our bodies is a never-ending magical journey. Several days of prodromal labor lead to exhaustion and high emotions, part of my role as a doula is to hold space for all emotions. With feelings of unknown, defeat and just negative energy we set out for Target, we roamed the dollar section, looked at baby clothes and just let the Target oxytocin vibes flow. Each aisle brought a contraction a little stronger and closer together, no I am totally not kidding! haha!
We headed back to their home where we watched Coco and just let the evening take us in. Surges continued and I decided to head home and sort out my childcare for the next day as I knew we were headed in the right direction. Shortly I received a text that contractions had increased and continued to grow in strength so I headed back over.
It was go time.
Into the evening contractions continued and closer they surged through her body. We connected with her midwife and the team headed over. We filled her tub, warmed it with boiling pots of water. Tiffany made her way to the tub and felt at ease as she stepped in. Often it can feel as if labor slows upon entering water, she was able to completely relax between contractions as Adam and I swapped washcloths and hand squeezing duties. Tiffany progressed beautifully and truly found her rhythm.
Within a few hours of her birth teams arrival she felt a bit pushy, with each breathe her body brought baby down. The natural ejection reflex took over and with each contraction she came closer to meeting her new little love.
Avery joined us around 4:45am, she was just absolutely beautiful- ready to eat and snuggle with her family.
I met this mom at a local network conference where we stayed overnight, she got to spend her evening away from her 8 other kiddos with just some one on one time with her newest little love. There was a total dream clawfoot bathtub in a natural lit bathroom that I was dying to do a session in. She was up for the experience and together we created some magic.
Tonight I posed a question to my peers on social media, it sparked a great discussion. My question:
"How much do you expect to pay for a single PROFESSIONAL Photographer (A licensed AND insured business) to photograph your wedding for 8 hours of coverage (in 2018)" the options were "Under $1500" or "Over $1500"
Within 30 minutes I received a fairly overwhelming response, Over 70 individuals responded "Over 1500" with many comments included with the price they paid for their wedding several years ago. There was very little response to "Under $1500" approximately 3, but Im wondering if they read my post in entirety ;-)
According to womangettingmarried.com "You can generally expect wedding photography prices to range from $2,500-$10,000 depending on the photographers experience and/or offerings." This is based off of Photographers offerings across the United States.
Now I would like to pose another question, "How much would you expect to pay for a single photographer (licensed AND insured) to photograph your event, on an unknown date for an unknown amount of time in unknown conditions (it could be a few hours, it could be 40 hours) with a 2 hour window to drop what you are doing, drop your kiddos off with childcare and be at their location?"
Wow, that changes some things right? Realistically how many of these unknown date events could you book per month vs. planned events?
I will tell you some things I know I would plan on needing rather quickly on top of all of the other regular photography business needs:
-Oncall Childcare: to arrange for an unknown amount of time for an unknown date
-Block out 4 weeks around that event date and you are unable to leave town or book many other unknown events without several backups.
-A reliable form of transportation
-Professional equipment and a backup in case of malfunction, just bring everything you never know what you'll need ;-)
-A backup Photographer at the ready in case of flu or emergency for that unknown event
-Overnight bag packed
-Snacks, anything else I might be forgetting last minute ;-)
-An investment into birth education (EVERY BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD HAVE THIS)Read More
Oh myyyyy! In celebration of my very first International publication and to ring in the New Year with new babies ❤ I'm giving away a $1,000 Birth Story Voucher for any of my three photography or film packages.
(Doula package or regular sessions outside of birth are not eligible)
To enter follow the link and fill out the form
Bonus points for all the love follow @jessiephotodoula on IG (www.instagram.com/jessiephotodoula)
"Like" this fb page to see our winner announced February 1st, 2018. Entries must be received by January 31st. www.facebook.com/jessiephotodoula
Fine print: must be redeemed within 2018, remaining amount due after voucher is due upon booking. Must be 30 miles from zip code 97030.
I craved to do something out of the norm and put it out there to friends that I'm up for any type of session at sunrise this morning. A friend of mine responded and asked if we could celebrate her daughters menarche. I was so down and I'm so excited she has these to honor her journey to womanhood.