How much does birth photography cost and why is it so "expensive"?



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Client: How much does birth photography cost?

Me: My packages for birth photography start at $1250. Would you like to learn more?

Client: $1250!? Starting price!?! That's crazy! Me: ....is it though? **Cue the cheesy movie dream sequence**


Envision it...

You're planning your wedding and you're dreaming of the special moments you'll experience. The beautiful decor. The smiles of your friends and family. The emotion when you see your Love. The dress. The ring. The horse drawn carriage. The beautiful venue. The flowers. You're planning it all. Dreaming of it all. And you want to remember every little bit of it. You know the day will be like a blur and you want to capture those moments of you and your bridesmaids getting ready together, laughing, sipping champagne, and smiling. You never want to forget any of it. So you hire a photographer. A good one. One who specializes in wedding photography. One who knows exactly how the day will proceed, which shots to get, and maybe even who can help you in a wedding day crisis. You buy the package that includes 8 hours of photographic coverage, two photographers, all of your digital images, and an album. You willingly write a check for $3,000.... probably more. You have no choice. Do you? Why would you have this beautiful celebration and NOT capture it all!? Yeah. It's a lot of money. But of course it's worth it. Why wouldn't it be? ..................................cut scene.


New mother gazes into the eyes of her newborn baby right after being born in a fast labor in South New Jersey

Now we're back to today. You're reveling in the joy of your new pregnancy. You've been waiting for this for years. YEARS. Finally. You're finally becoming a mother. Welcoming a tiny little baby into your life. You're dreaming. And planning. And researching. And planning. And dreaming. What color hair will she have? How much will he weigh? Will he have my nose? Will she have his eyes? What will it feel like when I finally see my baby? What will it be like to hold my baby? Will my husband cry? Pass out? Will I do it drug free? At home? Or in the hospital? The OR? Will I find strength and power? I'm a little nervous... What if it doesn't go the way I dream. Could it still be beautiful?

I know I'm strong. I know it will be beautiful. And just like my wedding day it will be a blur. I need a birth photographer. ....but it's expensive.