Birth Photography Costs | Pensacola, FL + Mobile, AL

So you want to hire a birth photographer! Excellent choice. You've done your research, know who's work you love and why you want a birth photographer. You know the things to ask before hiring a birth photographer...but how much is it all going to cost?

Brace yourself. 

A reputable and experienced birth photographer isn't cheap. The average cost of birth photography runs from $1500-$3500 depending on the level of services offered. In general, you should expect to pay as much as you would for a reputable and experienced wedding photographer in your area. Did your eyes just pop out of your head? How could it possibly cost THAT MUCH to come and snap a few pictures for an hour or so? Stick with me and let's unpack that

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BIRTH IS UNPREDICTABLE

It is impossible to time arrival so that your photographer is only there for the moment of delivery or just after. I, like most birth photographers, aim to arrive in your birth space near the transition phase of labor (approximately 6-7cm dilated). This gives us the most assurance that we will not miss the delivery, but that you are still far enough along in your labor that birth that we aren't hanging around thru periods of little activity or when you are trying to rest. Still, once your birth photographer arrives, there is no way for her to know if she is going to be there for 4 hours or 24 hours.

In general, labor progresses at a rate of about 1 cm per hour, but this isn't a hard, fast rule. Every woman is different, every baby is different and every labor is different. I've had mamas fly thru and go from 5cm to here's-your-baby in an hour. I've also had mamas push for 3 hours. Your birth photographer has to charge enough to account for the possibility that she may be working for 24 hours straight.

Pricing is usually fixed so that you don’t have to worry about additional costs if your labor stalls or takes much longer than expected.

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THE WORK ISN’T DONE WHEN WE LEAVE THE BIRTH

The time we spend capturing your birth is only a small part of the process it takes to make your images great. Hospital lighting is pretty awful, and it takes quite a bit of time editing your images to turn them into the magical memories we deliver. We have fancy cameras capable of recording much better pictures than smart phones and the average camera marketed to consumers, but the real work is still done in post processing.

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RUNNING A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS COSTS MONEY

Equipment maintenance, backup equipment, licensing fees, taxes...these are expenses that every small business incurs. Not to mention the expenses that come along with always being on-call: backup photographers, on-call childcare providers, etc. We have to make sure we are taking in enough to run a sustainable business, meet our commitments to clients, AND make a living.

Why should that matter to you? Because the last thing you want at 38 weeks pregnant is to get a refund and a ‘no-longer-in-business’ email from the person you were expecting to capture your birth, have your photographer fall ill or their only camera fail or break in the middle of your birth (with no backups), or (worse) to call when you go into labor and receive no answer at all.

It is important to protect your investment by hiring a photographer who is running a legal and sustainable business.

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WE HAVE FAMILIES TOO

Yes, we birth photographers LOVE what we do so much that it rarely feels like work. Still, it's a job that requires sacrifice, mostly from the people who love us. We plan family time and vacations around the 3-4 weeks that we are on-call for our clients, miss holidays and other important events to attend births, and generally put you before our own families. Yes, we absolutely feel privileged to do the work we do, but ultimately this is our JOB. We do it to help support our families financially and we have to make an adequate wage to continue to offer the services we do.

The key thing to take away from this is that the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ always rings true. Photographers who do not charge within that average range are likely not earning enough to account for their business costs and personal salary. They will eventually find themselves in situations where they are unable (or unmotivated) to keep the commitments they have made to clients and ultimately, go out of business altogether. I’ve seen it more times than I can count. You don’t want to be the client who’s ball gets dropped.

Keep reading for some tips on how to get the birth photographer of your dreams…

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HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FINANCIALLY

If you desire birth photography, we really want to do everything we can to make sure you have it. Here are a few things you can do or ask about that can help soften the blow to your bank account.

1. Start saving BEFORE you are pregnant. If you know you'll want it, start putting funds aside for it NOW. It really doesn't take long to accumulate enough savings to make the expense so much more palatable when the time comes. 

2. Reach out to your favorite photographer early. I promise, we won't think you're crazy for emailing us to say "I'm not actually pregnant yet but...". We'll happily send over all of our information, friend you on social media, and be waiting for the moment we get to celebrate with you over the pregnancy announcement. 

3. Ask for a gift registry listing. You have friends a family out there that are going to want to shower you with gifts. Let them know how much birth photography means to you. I’m more than happy to set up a page where friends and family can directly contribute any amount they choose toward your birth photography package. Share it on social media, you never know who might feel inclined to bless you with a little something. Dollars add up!

4. Ask for a payment plan. Most birth photographers are moms too. We know how expensive preparing for a baby can be. We also know how much having pictures from your birth will mean to you when all is said and done. It is our greatest joy to be able to give a mama back the memories of the moments she missed or has forgotten about. We don’t want money to be the reason you miss this opportunity to begin building a history for your family and a legacy of love for your tiny little human. 

5. Opt for a Fresh 48 instead. This birth space session is a truly fantastic alternative to actual birth coverage. It is a shorter session, (scheduled during business hours) within 48 hours of delivery. The investment for a Fresh 48 is significantly less than birth photography, but the resulting images can still feel very similar as we are able to capture many of the same moments and details of the birth space. In fact, all of the images in this post are from a Fresh 48.

 

Logan & Mason | Pensacola Newborn Photography

Y'all!

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 This story deserves a one contraction opening. Because Elyane is seriously incredible. (Contraction. See what I did there. Ha!)

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With one of her twins vertex and the other breech, she knew she might not be able to deliver both babies naturally. But instead of just electing for a scheduled c-section, she took a gamble that they would be able to turn the second baby after the first was out. Unfortunately, she lost. And after delivering baby number one as desired, she had to be put under to deliver baby number two by c-section. Can you even imagine having to do both? I might have asked to stay in the hospital for the rest of the month.

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But not Ellie. She rallied and called me in for a Fresh 48 before she was even able to get out of bed. And to top it all off, just hours after battle, she looked just as chic and lovely as ever. She should probably get a medal.

AND! Big brother Noah and big sister Victoria are also twins! I am so thankful to have been asked to capture the sheer awe and wonder of the moment Noah and Victoria met their brothers, Logan and Mason. All at the Naval Hospital where the rooms have such ample and beautiful light. It was truly a dream come true.

Biggest sister Tara was also able to visit. She was so sweet and wonderful with all of her siblings and a huge help, to be certain. And dad Troy...well he was just, like, a total pro. Like juggling two infants, two pre-schoolers, and shielding his post-operative wife from an onslaught of excited children was just no trouble at all.

You were all just amazing. Thank you so much for having me there. I hope that you enjoy. Click play.

Don't forget to leave a comment below to help Ellie and Troy earn a FREE 8X10 mounted print from their session (a $40.00 value).

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Natalie Zepp Photography, Pensacola Birth Photographer, Pensacola Family Photographer, Pensacola boudoir Photographer, Pensacola maternity photographer, pensacola newborn photographer

Natalie is a lifestyle family photographer serving Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas. With a passion for capturing candid family moments, she specializes in birth and newborn lifestyle photography. Natalie lives in Pensacola with her husband and two (very difficult to photograph) children. Besides photography, she has a passion for modern sewing projects and graphic design. 

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Natalie Fresh 48 | Pensacola Birth Photographers

Baby Natalie was the last of my three 7/7 babies. She was supposed to be delivered by c-section later in the month. So, given I'd already had 2 babies born that day, I was floored to get Maria's e-mail telling me that she had apparently been in labor all day and was heading in for an emergency surgery! Pensacola Birth Photographers Natalie was not pleased that mom and dad invited the paparazzi. The poor thing screamed nearly the entire session, reaching a new level of distress every time my camera clicked in her sweet little face. Lucky for me, screaming baby shots are my favorite. They are heartbreaking and ridiculously adorable all at the same time. How does all of that fierceness fit into such a soft and tiny pink package?

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I like to think that one day, Maria and Dominic will look thru these with her and laugh about what a spitfire she was, right from the start. But right now, YOU can click play to check out the highlights from their session.

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And doesn't Maria just look like a Disney Princess ensconced in her bed? How do I know so may people that look so amazing after delivering a baby?

Help Maria and Dominic toward a FREE 8x10 mounted print (a $40 value) by commenting on this post. They need 50 people to comment to win! And to see my other two 7/7 sweeties, click here, here, and here!

Brand New Baby Logan | Birth Photographer Pensacola FL

I was lucky enough to get to capture Logan's first couple of hours on earth, with the sun setting thru the wall of windows in Jodi's room at the Naval Hospital Pensacola. It was my first time shooting in this hospital and WOW! I love it. The rooms are huge and full of light! If I ever have another baby I might have to join the Navy so I can deliver here. Birth Photographer Pensacola FL The Navy needs photographers...right?

Anyway, back to the baby stuff.

Prepare yourself.

You are about to be bombarded with some serious sweetness. Some of you might just melt a little when you see the utter adoration that Ryleigh and Dylan have for their new baby brother Logan. And some of you might turn a little green over how gorgeous Jodi is...just an hour after labor.

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I heard Ryleigh's sweet little voice and turned around to see her hug mommy and whip back around to run and see her new baby...I'm pretty sure she's claiming Logan as her own.

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I made her stop for a picture of her shirt.

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Big brother Dylan was so excited to see Logan that he had to Facetime on his way to the hospital. It looks like Logan was pretty excited too.

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Seriously! She's killing me with all that cuteness. I didn't think she was ever going to let him go...

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But when Dylan arrived, Ryleigh was thrilled to share Logan with him. It was just a total sibling love fest!

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And then this happened.

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They couldn't have been more perfect it they'd tried. Welcome to your family Logan. You got a good one!

If 50 people comment below, Jodi and Rod will receive an 8x10 mounted print of an image from this session (a $40 value). Help them out and leave a quick note.

Finley's Fresh 48 | Infant Photographer Pensacola FL

When I walked into Caroline and Ryan's hospital room, I had a moment of panic.  Infant Photographer Pensacola FL Caroline had informed me that baby Finley was stuck in the nursery getting a little TLC. The plan was to go and visit for a few shots. So when I walked in and saw a new daddy holding a baby, I thought I had walk into the wrong room! But no. The thoughtful staff at West Florida brought Finley to the room, IV and all, for her photoshoot. What service!

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Having decided not to find out if they were expecting a boy or a girl, everyone wrote down their guesses...Daddy was the only one that guessed it! Take a look at how specific Finley's uncle J got with his guess on the length. Twenty-one and three quarters. Ha! I love it.

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This lucky little lady has the sweetest, most natural, and relaxed parents that I have ever seen. Ryan is already completely wrapped around her little finger (as all daddies with daughters should be), and Caroline was energetic and absolutely radiant.

I'm so grateful to have gotten to capture Finley within her first 24 hours on earth. It will be a thrill to see how much she's changed at her newborn lifestyle session later today!

If 50 people comment on this post, Caroline & Ryan will receive an 8x10 mounted print from their session (a $40 value). Help them out and leave some sweet words about their sweet girl. 

Jonathan Fresh 48 | Pensacola Birth Photographer

The plan was for me to capture John's grand entrance. Pensacola Birth Photographer That was the plan.

I was all ready to go, just waiting for Cassie to tell me she getting close to push time. And the next thing I know I'm hearing "Baby's here! He came so fast we didn't have time to call." As bummed as I am to have missed it, I am absolutely thrilled with the lovely, adorable, and FUN Fresh 48 session we had the next morning.

John was so sweet and calm. Big brother James was bouncing off the walls and running his trains all around the room. Cassie was completely serene as she expertly, and simultaneously, handled a newborn and wrangled a toddler. And proud daddy Peter was fun and playful with both boys. Everyone was rested and joyful. And big brother James was craking. Me. UP!

It made for one heck of an enjoyable morning.

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Aren't they beautiful? Don't they look so happy and relaxed? It's like they spent the night at a spa instead of bringing a human into the world...unmedicated!

Congratulations friends! Thank you for inviting me to capture your sweet, expanded family.

If 50 people comment on this post, I will give Cassie and Peter a FREE mounted 8×10 print (a $40 value). Please take just a moment to leave a little love note and win them a print of their choice!