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About the Photographer/Melane Canupp

I’m a Photographer.  I know, right?  Who’da thunk it? I’m a Sagittarius and I am addicted to coffee.  I just can’t get enough!  Beware if you come early for your session, you might just catch me in the middle of my morning cup (or fourth)!  I’m the proud mother of three very sweet children, who I occasionally call “spoiled rotten” and who never like to have their portraits taken (Gee, wonder why? :D )  I can’t wait to meet you and your family, so we can sit and sip some coffee together! :o

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Birth Story Photography

What is birth photography?

Simply put, documenting the story of your child’s birth through portraits.

Are hospitals and doctors ok with you being in the room?
Policies are always changing, but usually it is mostly up to your doctor. While I haven’t heard of anyone having a problem with birth photography, it is crucial you discuss it with your provider and secure permission ahead of time.

Do you take pictures of the entire labor, as well as the birth?
Ummm… not quite? Typically I prefer to arrive when the shows starts getting good, when you’re about 5-6cm dilated. Some labors are very long, while others are very short, but usually this stage is a pretty good indication that you’re in the home stretch. After your little one arrives, I’ll document those precious first moments. You’ll have me for about another hour so I can make sure to capture the first introduction to friends and family eagerly waiting in the hospital!

Will you post my images on the internet?
This is a very personal choice that varies from family to family. We will discuss it and post (or not post) accordingly

Do you need to meet with us before the birth?
I would like to! But I understand that sometimes that’s not possible. In that case, we will schedule a phone consultation so we can get to know each other better.

When should we call you?
Call me as soon as you think you’re in labor and keep me posted!! Even if it’s a false alarm, it doesn’t matter. I’d rather have too much notice than not enough! By letting me know early, I have time to wrap up what I’m doing or call to reschedule any sessions I might have booked. Also, since I have three kids, I’ll need to get childcare to my house. I’ll give you a few different phone numbers to reach me once you sign your contract.

How long will you stay? What if I have a long labor?
This is one of those tough questions. I’m going to compare this to a wedding. I always tell my wedding clients, be prepared, make lots of plans and expect SOMETHING will go wrong on the big day. There will be traffic, the dj’s equipment will blow up (this actually happed once) something will not go as planned. Births are very similar. You can be uber prepared and your little one can decide to change every single plan. I will provide approximately 2-4 hours of coverage, but I will be fluid with you. If things gets stalled, we’ll discuss it and change the plan. That may mean I’ll leave and come back when things get moving again. Or maybe you’ll choose to have me come back after your little one arrives. Or maybe we’ll decide something else!

What if i have a cesarean? What if I have a short labor? What if you miss the actual birth? Will I get a refund?
Having a cesarean doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be photographed. If you are having a scheduled c-section, discuss your desire for birth portraits with your doctor. Ultimately I am bound by the doctor and the facility’s decisions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still get wonderful portraits immediately following your baby’s birth. Even in the event of an emergency c-section, I will be there waiting for you once you’re in recovery! However, quick labors and emergencies do arise (my own first was almost born in the ambulance). Once you notify me that you’re in labor, you can expect me to join you in 1-2 hours. If I am notified once you start labor and am updated throughout early labor and I do not make it at no fault of yours, you will receive a full refund of any monies paid to that date. However, I am on call for you for several weeks around your due date and cannot book any other births or weddings during this time. For this reason, if you do not notify me that your labor has started and do not call until it is too late for me to arrive in time to capture the birth, the birth session fee is non-refundable. I will still come as soon as possible and begin photographing those first moments after baby has arrived and stay for an extended post-delivery session or you may choose to have an in home newborn session instead and a partial credit will be applied to your account for future sessions or bebe plans.

How long are you on call?
I will be on call 3 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your due date. During this time, I will not book any other births, weddings or other events to avoid a possible conflict. What is the chance that will happen? Well, I was in a mommies group when i was pregnant with my last. One mom was due two weeks after me and had a scheduled induction a couple days before her due date. Another mom was due a month after me and went into labor early. I went into labor 11 days after my due date. We all had our babies within 45 minutes of each other. SHEW! The chances are not very likely, but I can’t be in two places at once, and since it can happen, I’d rather be safe than sorry! Even if that means turning away other bookings.

So when should I book you?
As soon as you decide you want birth photography! Since I can only accept a limited number of birth clients for the reasons described above, you will want to contact me as soon as possible to check availability.

How soon will I get my images?
Due to the raw and emotional nature of birth, I do not retouch the images as to provide you with the most natural images of your birth. I will provide you with a mixture of black and white and color images. Your proofs and slideshow are often ready within just a few days.

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So, how much do you charge and what is included?

Birth Photography includes
-the experience, knowledge, time and talent of the photographer, using two cameras and lenses of the highest quality to provide you with the best images in low light conditions without flash
-on-call status for a total of five weeks
-consultation prior to birth so we can get to know each other
-DVD slideshow set to music
-CD of digital images with license to print up to 5×7
-8×8 album
-watermarked lo-res files for use on social media platforms
-complimentary in studio maternity mini session and 8×10 print, if you wish

$595 ($200 due at booking, balance due at least 2 weeks prior to your due date – payment plans available,ask for details)
10% discount for payment in full upon booking

Additional Questions? Ready to book? Call or email (336) 944-6123 info@macphotographyonline.com


2 Responses to “Birth Story Photography”

  1. Austin Beck says:

    I wanted to check in on your availability for birth photography. My wife is due December 27 and we are trying to see what our options are. Thanks for any info you can provide!

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