Here's a sneak peak into the daily life of Temecula Birth Photographer, Heather J Keys of Blossom and Bloom Photography.
I Get The Call ...
I get a call from my birth client or her birthing team (significant other, doula, birthing coach, etc). Typically it's quick and to the point call, we are in labor! From there I ask how far a long the laboring mom is, if she's been checked for dilation and how far apart her contractions are.
I Typically Wait ...
I don't rush right out the moment I am called, unless mom is at least 3cm dilated and/or is located a long distance away from me. I go over those details with each client, because each birth is totally different and requires that each birth client receive special planning.
How I Prep For Delivery ...
I pack my Nikon D810 camera along with my 24-70, 50 and 35mm lenses plus several batteries and my battery charger. Besides my camera it's essential that I have my comfortable yoga pants, a tank top and a long sleeve shirt as it does get cold in the delivery room. I even often pack a hoodie and blanket as well. I never know how long I'll be at a birth, I don't leave once I arrive at the birth location. I pack comfortable shoes, my converse tend to be the first shoes I grab. Plus my Chapstick, that's another MUST! I'll also pack my "overnight birth bag" with a reusable water bottle, snacks, cellphone charger, iPad and another change of clothes just in case I'm working 10+ hours plus.
Arrival At The Birth Location ...
Once I arrive at the birth location, regardless if it's a hospital, birthing center or my clients home I always arrive as swiftly as possible and take a moment to introduce myself to any of the birth team members I have not already met prior to the birth. I go over where we are in the birthing process, to include going over any medical situations I need to be aware of. Mom and I chat about how she's personally doing and I asset the birth location.
Settling In And Get Ready To Photograph And Video The Birth Story ...
As I settle in for the birth story, I gather my equipment and "post up". I provide my clients with both still images and video clips of their birth story. I take the time to make sure I organically photograph each moment as the birth story unfolds before me.
Baby Arrives ...
Once the baby arrives, I give the parents time to recover and settle into parenthood. I capture quiet moments while the new parents bond with baby. I move quietly so that I do not disturb the organic moments happening before me.
I Go Home ...
After I am dismissed from the birth, I go home and hug my own child! I love on her and remember her very special birth story! After I get some rest, I upload all the beautiful images I captured from the birth! It's an amazing moment for me, I get so excited and can't wait to share the images with my clients!
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Heather J. Keys
Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar Photographer specializing in YOUR story.