What is birth photography?

Birth photography is an exciting new genre of documentary styled photography that is gaining in popularity all over the country. It is my favourite form of photography.
 The value of having a birth photographer at your birth is best described by the parents that have experienced it.

Zoe writes ~  the birth of a child is a very important life event, so to not have it photographed seems like a stupid idea. We all happily pay a ton of money to have our wedding day photographed, so why wouldn’t you do the same for a birth? Both days are just as special and important after all. Having those photos to look back on over the years is going to mean so much. And now, when Aria asks me what her birth was like, instead of trying to remember as much as possible I can show her. She can see the love and emotion that surrounded her birth, and for a child to have that opportunity is a huge thing.


But for me, as the photographer birth photography is……….

is storytelling in the purest form, it is raw. It is sometimes confronting. It’s powerful.  It is full of strength, love, tears and relief.

 It’s a roller coaster of emotions and I am privileged enough to capture that story


Here are some Frequently asked questions.

How much is it?

Birth coverage for a private coverage is $995 but I offer a discounted rate if I can use a small pg rated slideshow for promotion.  I also offer maternity, birth and newborn packages that start at  $1895 for all three sessions

What do I get?

Pre-birth meeting so we can talk about what you want to be covered and when you want coverage to start.

Me on call from 38 weeks until you deliver.

a beautiful album of your birth and a slideshow set to music. Yes you can purchase your digital Jpegs on a usb as well please enqurie

How experienced are you?

I have completed a birth photography workshop and have attended  16 births. Check out my selection of slideshow.

Will you post the photos on Facebook or online?

I offer two options –  A completely private package where it is strictly for you.

 My second option is a thank you credit  that you can put towards your birth photography or another session If I can share a short slide show of your birth. I still get you to approve the images in the slideshow.

Will we meet before the birth?

I prefer to, but I am also happy enough to catch up over the phone video chat.  There is some paperwork that we need to go over sometimes that is best done in person.  And who doesn’t like to catch up at a cafe and enjoy a bit of cake!

 What if I change my mind?

If you decide in labour you don’t want me there I will leave quickly and quietly.  But most people forget I am there

How long will you stay?  What if I have a long labour?

I will stay for as long as it takes and up to two hours after the birth to get those little detail shots and bonding time.

What if I have a c-section?

Births sometimes don’t go to plan, usually, in this case, I will not be allowed into the room but I can take photos of bonding time.

When should I book you?

If its something you are interested in getting in-touch and have a chat with me. I can only take on one or two births a month due to the on-call nature of this work.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes definitely.  Like all my session I offer a layby and split payment options

How long will it take to get my photographs?

You can expect your images and products delivered to you within 3-4 weeks of the birth.

What if you miss it?

I won’t lie, this does happen.  If it due to me not being available I am happy to swap the session for hospital bonding/at home lifestyle session or newborn session.

Some gorgeous slideshows


Childs Journey Photography is owned by Megan Holmes, and services beautiful families in and around the Manawatu, Wanganui, Rangitikei and South Taranaki regions including but not limited to Levin, Palmerston North, Feilding, Bulls, Sanson, Marton, Hunterville, Waverly, Hawera, Opunake and all the place in between.  We offer competitively priced session without compromising on service or style.
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