My husband and I eloped to Hawaii after being engaged for less than two weeks. I hired my photographer on the recommendation of our “wedding planner” (who cost us a whopping $300!) and held my breath until those images arrived. As you can imagine, the images were less than stellar. I was disappointed in myself, for not taking the time to do the due diligence and find a photographer that met my desires and also had the technical aptitude to fulfill them. (I mean, I’m a photographer! I should know better!)
It’s because of my life lesson that I want to encourage you to take the time to research and interview your birth photographer! Learn a bit about their personality and try to imagine how they might act in a birth setting. This WILL be a critical day in your life and the wrong person could make it a very bad experience! Pay attention to what past clients have said about them. Find the associations they belong to and how they participate to stay informed on birth issues. And most importantly, get a feel for how their work shines on its own.
My name is Colette, but the littles in my life call me “Coco.” I’ve been a Portland area photographer for the past 7 years. I’ve spent a lot of time learning the technical aspect of photography, so when the opportunity to photograph my first birth presented itself, I was prepared (at least on the camera end!) What I learned was that birth happens quickly, and while I may be prepared technically I need to think through what’s going to happen next, and always try to anticipate where I’ll be when it happens. Angles, lighting, and creativity go hand in hand.
But there’s nothing else like being there for the greatest miracle you could ever witness.
Call or text me at 503.662.8221 to schedule a free consultation. I’ll even buy you a decaf latte or a delicious dessert. This birth will only happen once, and I don’t want you to miss a minute.
You can check out more of my work on my website.
”Hire Colette! Seriously do it! You’ll be so happy with the entire experience from the first meeting to emails chatting throughout your pregnancy to the check-ins after you’re home with your new baby. She’s fantastic, amazing, oh and a pretty brilliant photographer as well! I’m so glad we chose her for our birth photographer!” – Anna, mom to William
“Colette does amazing work with her photography but she goes out of her way to make you feel special and cared for. The photos hold a memory I will never forget as a father delivering my son into this world. The moments she captured, I now will always have as a memory I can actually see instead of going off of memory. If you are a soon to be parent that doesn’t think that photos from a birth are worth it, the biggest take away is this is a moment in time that the world stands still that you will always look back on with great pride and accomplishment. Let the pictures help with that memory and continue to bring the joy and happiness of that moment. I personally wasn’t sure about paying the cost, but when I look back on it, it was worth it and then some. Thanks Colette!” – Mike, dad to Owen
“Colette was absolutely incredible to work with from day one. As a birth worker myself, I was feeling super picky about who could be present during our birth. She went above and beyond my expectations by spending extra time with me, just sitting and listening about my concerns, birth plans and wishes. When my birth plan took a nose dive due to complications, Colette was so comforting and compassionate. She was quiet as a mouse and almost invisible most of the time, yet showed up exactly when I needed something – be it bobby pins or a gentle reminder that I was safe and supported. Colette’s presence at my birth, WITHOUT the photos, was crucial to my experience. She took time to process things with me after, too. Oh…and the photos? Have you SEEN them? Everyone is obsessed with the work this girl did for us. Most people cry when viewing the photos, most comment that they wish they’d done this with their births (hired a birth photographer), and several have even mentioned that some of these photos need to be submitted to use in hospital fliers or magazines…we have photos that perfectly depict the love, strength, terror, uncertainty, faith, hope and sheer joy that birth brings. Such talent exists in Colette. This isn’t about snapping photos of an event. It’s about meshing with the birth team, understanding the birth process, being able to relate personally to what a mother is experiencing and providing the ultimate reflection of how beautiful birth truly is, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.” – Kathy, mom to Owen