Kailee Riches
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Birth Photography FAQ

Q: What is birth photography? 
A: Birth photography artistically tells the entire birth story of your baby. My goal is to quietly capture the small details that may otherwise be overlooked. I love documenting the support you receive through labor, the written affirmations, the hand holds and hip squeezes, baby's first breath and your first embrace. I'll stay to capture the golden hour of holding your baby skin to skin, first feeding, weight and measurements. Both parents can be in the moment and fully focus on what's most important, meeting their new baby. 
I started documenting births in 2013 and have the equipment, technical skills, and experience to capture beautiful images in situation.   

Q: When should I hire you to photograph my baby's birth story?
A:  Most couples book in their late 1st/ early 2nd trimester. I am currently booking for 2018 and plan on taking on significantly fewer births next year so I can give each family 100%.  My calendar fills up quickly, so please contact me as soon as possible.

Q: Will you take video at my birth too?
A: Yes! I offer a video collection and would love to make your family a birth film.

Q: How do I know you'll be available when I go into labor?
A: I am on call two weeks before until two weeks after your due date. I take a very limited number of birth clients and work hard to book expecting mothers so their deliveries do not overlap. Birth is unpredictable though, and I work closely with a trusted back up photographer. During the month of your birth, I'm ready when you are! You keep me updated on how you're doing and I'll be at the hospital, birthing center, or home around the time you are 6cm dilated.

Q: How did you get started as a birth photographer?
A: I've always had a special place in my heart for photography. In 6th grade my mom bought our girl scout troop disposable cameras and taught us the basics. She may not even know how vividly I remember that day, but it sparked my passion and I have albums and albums full of childhood memories to prove it. In high school, some of my favorite days were photo adventuring and developing my own film in the second floor dark room. I went on to college to study elementary education, graduated, and started teaching kindergarten. 
In 2012 I started wedding planning and was immersed back into the world of beautiful, emotional photography. I bought a camera and started photographing families at school. One day Katie, an incredible (and incredibly pregnant) third grade teacher asked if I'd photograph her birth. I honestly had no idea what she meant, but she showed me examples of professional birth photography and I immediately agreed. I had also been booked to photograph my first wedding about a week after her due date. I told her about my commitment and she said no worries... her first baby was two weeks early. Katie reached her due date. We watched the days go by and the night before the wedding she called me on her way to the hospital. I raced to meet her and soon realized she was only 1cm dilated. At midnight, after some rock star laboring, the nurses checked her again and she was at 2cm. At 1am I sat in the wood rocking chair while Katie took a bath, I was trying to decide at what point to go home and sleep so I could function for the wedding. I closed my eyes and prayed, "I feel like I'm supposed to be here, this truly feels like my calling. Give me a sign, I don't know what to do." Boom. Katie shouted from the tub that her water broke. She got back in bed and delivered her baby girl in 30 minutes. I was in awe of the whole experience. I slept three hours, photographed a beautiful wedding, then got home so hopped up on adrenaline I started editing the birth. That's right, my first birth and first wedding both happened on August 24th, 2013. I fell in love with the quiet observation of birth photography. 

Q: Is it uncomfortable to have a photographer in the delivery room?
A: My goal is to be a fly on the wall. This is your story and I am documenting it in a way that is non-intrusive. I received my bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and I am described as patient, observant, and calm. I'll excuse myself when appropriate to give you space and time alone. My goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. 

Q: Can you come to the hospital to take photos after the baby is born instead?
A: Yes, I offer Fresh 48 session where I'll meet you at the hospital in the first two days after the birth of your baby. This session allows for mom and dad to get a little rest and is a great time for siblings and family to meet the new baby. This hour long session takes place during daylight hour. Top 5 Reasons to Schedule a First 48 Session

Q: I am seriously considering birth story photography, but have a few more questions I'd like to ask you. Can we meet in person?
A: Of course! I'd love to meet with any expecting mother in person to answer questions and discuss her birth plan. Contact me and we'll plan a time to get together :)