Slice of Love Photography is about capturing those small moments. The certain glance you give your loved one when you think no one is watching, the rush of love you feel when looking at your child, the tender sweet snuggle, and of course the goofball moments of your children as they grow.
I also capture those expressions that are "so us". When you see your photos and are transported to that moment in time, when you laugh because they encapsulate you as you are, when your children giggle at the expressions they make. Those little things that make you, you.
We often wish that we could bottle up those precious moments with our families. The bedtime stories, the soft little head on our shoulder, the burrowing of tiny bodies into our big safe arms. This is what I hope to do for you and your family.
How will I feel with a camera in my birth space? I meet clients and their support persons before attending their birth. I want us to feel comfortable together before the big day. I also spend most of my time at your birth blending in. If you need a hand I will be happy to assist but if you have more than enough support, consider me a fly on the wall. I have a silent option on my equipment and pack as lightly as possible, storing my extra supplies outside of view. With my 3 years of experience I have also learned to shoot with intention. You will not notice me taking 1,000 photographs during my time with you. My camera only goes up when the moment is right. We can discuss any further wishes during our scheduled meeting.
What happens if my labor begins in the middle of the night? Call me! Many mothers will birth in the wee hours of the morning. I am on call 24/7 for you in the weeks surrounding your EDD. No matter when your baby decides the time is right, I will be there.
How much do your services cost? Being on call 24/7 is difficult. My husband and myself often have to drive in separate cars and everything we do is planned in advance with a quick get-away for myself. I also have back-up photographers in place in case of an emergency or another laboring family. My camera equipment is also all professional grade and I carry a back up camera, lens, batteries, memory cards and chargers to every birth. Births don't have second takes or reshoots and I don't want to miss a moment due to a malfunction. I have to be ready at any given moment to run out of the door. Birth Photography with me begins at $1200 and includes a sit down meeting with a welcome packet of information, a mini maternity session, a full digital gallery of your labor, birth and 2 hours postpartum with a print release PLUS a 1 minute highlight video with actual video coverage, not a slideshow. After your contract is signed and deposit paid, Friends and Family may contact me to gift a payment on your behalf and I do offer monthly payment plans.
What about lighting? I do my best to shoot with available lighting. My camera is specially designed to handle situations with low lighting and I utilize those features often! We discuss lighting in length during our pre-birth meeting. I do carry some additional lighting with me and place them around the room or manipulate your lighting to suit the situation. If anything I do bothers you, I will switch it back.
Are you allowed to photograph cesareans? Short answer, yes! However, this depends on your situation, Obstetrician and Anesthesiologist. If I am not allowed back for the cesarean, I am generally allowed to wait outside the room and either come in after baby has been born or will be allowed in to the nursery with your support person to photograph the newborn exam and measurements. I will then follow Baby back to you for his/her first feed, skin to skin and siblings meeting Baby if applicable.
Do you travel? Yes! I do my best to stay within a 2 hour radius. Each birth is case specific for a travel time of over 1 hour. My business cards are distributed between Sarasota and Naples.
How and when do I recieve my images? Each client will recieve their own password protected link containing 5 images within 24 hours after Baby's arrival. You may use these images to beautifully announce the birth of your baby! The remainder of your gallery will be added within 2 weeks. Your online gallery allows you to mark photos private so that you may share your gallery with family and friends while keeping any number of photos hidden. You have the option to download the web size and print size photos from your online gallery. I do not mail a USB containing your gallery for your own privacy and saftey.