The birth experience

A SPECIAL EVENT THAT CAN HARDLY BE DESCRIBED BY WORDS IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED OR WITNESSED IT

Allow me to doccument this beautiful event in your life

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The Birth Experience

Giving birth is surely one of the most intense and overwhelming things that can happen in someone’s life. A moment so powerful and significant, full of so many different feelings. A special event that can hardly be described by words if you have never experienced or witnessed it. 

The role of a birth photographer is to document this wonderful, beautiful event in your life. Did you know you can have a second birth partner with you at the hospital, birth centre, in theatre and of course more at home? This person could be your birth photographer! Imagine showing your little one pictures of their birth!  Additionally for you as a parent, you might forget certain details, which you will always remember with photographs.

Recently I’ve had the honour of capturing and witnessing my first ever birth.

The experience has given me the drive and inspiration to continue working and specialising in photographing this special chapter in someone´s life. 

I’m looking for couples and/or parents (to be) who would like to have their child’s birth story documented. Since I’m still building up my portfolio.

What's Included:

£600

          (£300 for portfolio reasons,            please get in touch for more information on this)

 

*Each session includes a complimentary meet & greet before you book!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I like to arrive when you are in active labour. However, if you have a preference for me to be there earlier on, or if you have a planned caesarean birth, this can be discussed. I will photograph your labour, birth and stay around for the first two hours or so after the baby arrives to capture many of the first moments. This means that I will be there for as long as you want me to be there! We all know how unpredictable birth can be, it can be 10 hours, or 36. For as long as you want me there, I will be there. 

This is completely up to you! This is one of the many reasons why it’s important for us to meet up and have a chat before your booking.

It is your birth, you decide what you would like me to document and where you would like me to be in the room. The comfort of the parent is priority number 1! 

In the UK, typically only one person is permitted into the operation theatre with the parent. If you are having a planned caesarean birth you will need to speak to your midwife, anaesthetist (they often call the shots) and explain how important it is for you to have the caesarean birth of your baby photographed. Sometimes they will make an exception and let a photographer in with you.

If your caesarean birth is not planned I will try and speak to the medical staff but I cannot give you any guarantees. But don’t worry, I will be there waiting for you to come out with baby in your arms!

YES! I will be on call for you, meaning that no matter what time the birth starts: call me! Since there is most likely some travel time before I can be with you, please get in touch when you are having early signs and keep me updated with any progress. 

Light is needed for clear and sharp photos. The darker it is: the more difficult it will become to have clear and sharp photos. I use professional camera equipement with prime lenses that can deal with low light situations without having to use flash. But image quality does suffer when it’s too dark. Your photographs will be shot with a very high ISO. Your images will have a bit of grain in them. This cannot be avoided but will add character to your photographs.

However, some soft lighting can already really help with this! Think fairy lights and candles! 

No, not without your permission. I love birth photography and enjoy sharing powerful images of birth, but your privacy and wishes are more important.

So, only with your consent (and a signed model release) will I be able to share your birth photographs. Some clients would like all images to be kept private and that is okay. I encourage clients to consider sharing their birth stories and images to help empower and educate others. But your wishes and privacy are my priority.

Yes! I like to call these sessions the Fresh 48! This session will take place in the hospital or at home ( if you have a homebirth) within 48 hours of your baby being born. I will try and be there at the first reasonable hour in the day. These sessions give you the opportunity to have a shower, freshen up and maybe even have some pictures of siblings and/or family first meeting the baby.

Interested? Please get in touch! 

Kind words

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''I had the pleasure of working alongside Marieke during her
first birth photography experience.
In the weeks leading up to the birth,
Marieke asked to meet with me to ask various questions about birth
and being invited to a birthing space,
taking the time and care to prepare and feel ready for when the
phone ringed telling her that the woman we were
on call for was in labour and wished Marieke to join us.
This showed such a deep sensitivity and respect for this event in someone's life....''>
- Part 1
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''During the birth,
Marieke was very respectful of the space and of the woman's own timing and needs,
whilst unobstrusively capturing beautiful moments,
details and memories to keep.
She was also very intuitive and aware of everyone else's needs and space,
helping whenever she could.
I would no hesitate to recommend Marieke as your birth photographer,
and I really do hope I get to attend a birth again with her!''
- Part 2
- Sara, Doula for Nurturing Mothers
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