“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”


Capturing the beginning of your baby's legacy only happens once in a lifetime. Once they are out we want to keep them that way. With my experience and expert eye, I can capture those moments and turn them into treasured keepsakes to last a lifetime.


Includes - a planning meeting to discuss your desires for your photos, session time - up to 60 minutes after birth (starting the moment you call me in), up to 50 images in a private gallery, and 5 FREE digital images with the options to purchase more.



Includes - a planning meeting to discuss your desires for your photos, session time - up to 90 minutes after birth (starting the moment you call me in), up to 100 images in a private gallery, and 25 FREE digital images with the options to purchase more.



Includes - a planning meeting to discuss your desires for your photos, session time - up to 120 minutes after birth (starting the moment you call me in), up to 150 images in a private gallery, print release included to print on your own.


Print Packages

Show Package

(6) 4x6 print
(3) 5x7 print
(2) 8x10 print
(1) 11x14 print

$30 (save $16)

Share Package

(10) 4x6 print
(5) 5x7 print
(5) 8x10 print
(2) 11x14 print

$60 (save $30)


Professionally designed and printed
8x8 Custom Photo Cover Album filled with up to 40 images of your choice.


A La Carte


  • 4x6 - $2
  • 5x7 - $4
  • 8x10 - $6
  • 11x14 - $10


  • 8X10 - $86
  • 11X14 - $107
  • 16x20 - $147

Metal PrintS

  • 8x10 - $42
  • 11x14 - $70
  • 16x20 - $122


  • Baby cards (25 pack) - $52
  • Seasonal Cards (25 pack) - $52

Optional Addons

Justborn session

Add-on a 60 minute JustBorn Session and save $25.



Add-on a 60 minute Fresh48 Session and save $25.


SiblingVisit SESSION

Add-on a 60 minute SiblingVisit Session and save $25.


Lifestyle Newborn SESSION

Add-on a 60 minute Lifestyle Newborn Session and save $25.


1stBirthday session

Add-on a 60 minute 1stBirthday Session and save $25.


Pick2 Addon sessions

Add-on 2 - 60 minute sessions of your choice: JustBorn, Fresh48, SiblingVisit, LifeStyle Newborn or 1stBirthday Session and save $50.

$100 ($50 EACH SESSION)

Extra Privacy

If you would like to keep your gallery private, so that only those you share the link with can access the gallery, adding this package to your Birth Photography Package will do just that.


Print Release

If you would like to print your images at anytime, through the printer of your choice, adding this will allow you to do just that. I will send you a print release as a pdf that you can easily show to a printer if they question your right to print the images and you will be able to download high resolution files perfect for printing with no watermarks.



Why should I hire a birth photographer?

Birth is a whirlwind: a wonderful and intense whirlwind. Many parents find that after giving birth, they only have a few concrete memories of the experience. Birth photography allows families to see and remember all the big and small moments of their journey. The tenderness of your partner, the intensity in your face, the beauty in the struggle to hold on when everything inside of you wants to give up. And, of course, those first miraculous moments when you finally meet your baby.

Many of my clients cry when they view their images for the first time. There is something so powerful about reliving your birth experience. Like a wedding, a birth is a day you'll remember for the rest of your life. Having professional birth photographs can help give those memories more shape and power.

How do you photograph births?

I love being by your side to help you before your due date. I'll send you a guide to help you know what to expect and even plan ahead for your most important moments and it's really exciting for me to receive photos of that inspire you. I also really appreciate ALL updates leading up to your baby's big DAY! I promise you can not update me too much, if there is a change I would love to know. When the day arrives, all I want to capture is the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that make your baby's birth unique.

Where are you based and do you travel?

I'm Sioux City based in IA and yes I love to travel! If you want me to photograph your story, it will require a travel fee, depending on where it takes place. But no worries, it's a flat $75 rate no matter how many times I drive to your home or birth locations. I won't charge you per trip. I want to be there to tell the stories of those who want them most.

When will we get our photos?

With your permission I will post 3-5 of my favorite images as a sneak peek within 48 hours of your baby's birth. You will receive ALL your images (the amount will depend on the package you purchase, although I tend to under promise and over deliver a bit.) an online gallery link within maximum 4 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I photograph your story). You can share all the photos from the gallery, choose your favorites to download, and also order prints or extra downloads for printing however you would like. I can send a print package brochure on request so you can plan ahead.

What about nudity, will uncle Joe see every picture in my gallery?

First, no full nudity, it is not my style. You may see a thigh or bra, but I prefer to keep my site pretty modest. Second, I respect your privacy. You will be the First to see your gallery and it will not go public until you have marked images private that you don't want uncle Joe to see, with the exception of your sneak peek, but I PROMISE those moments will not include nudity, it's not my style. Third, the images I choose for your gallery are there if they tell your story, I will choose the best and more significant photos to tell your story, that means if there are two images that tell the same story, but one is less modest I will choose the one that tells the story and you can be PROUD to show uncle Joe.
Also, you can choose to purchase a locked gallery that will only appear as a cover image with a title and date on my work page, but be password protected and therefore ONLY visible to those with the password.
Note: if you want images that will include nudity, like crowning shots or skin to skin moments, please let me know ahead of time. I want to capture ALL your most important moments, so it is important for me to know them in advance. Unfortunately, I can not go back in time and capture images I didn't know were important.

Does any birth space NOT allow birth photography?

I photograph births throughout Siouxland and I've never had an issue photographing at any hospital, or homebirth practice. Most hospitals in the Sioux City area have no policy about no photography during c-sections, but I have not had the opportunity to photograph one in the area.

What happens if you miss the birth?

Birth can be unpredictable! I make every effort to arrive with enough time to capture your full story (and I have a stellar track record of making even the fastest of births). But in the unlikely event I do miss your birth, I still aim to tell your story. I'll stay as long as we need to get the same amount of images you would have received if you had, had a longer labor (and I’ll even come back the next day if we need more images).

Do you share every birth on social media?

I LOVE sharing birth stories. However, I absolutely respect families that wish to keep their birth images private. I offer several opportunities to keep images you choose private, through conversations, your model release, and again when you proof your images. I will always honor your requests for privacy.

How many births do you take each month?

I book up to 3 births a month. I have found at this time 3 is my limit to continue to produce the quality of images I expect of myself.

REady for more Info?

If you are interested in Birth Photography and want to set up an interview or you have enough information please use this contact form to get in touch.

If you have more questions please feel free to browse the FAQ section below while you are here. I will get back to you as soon as I can, but birth being unpredictable I may not be able to reply right away. If you haven't heard back from me within 48 hours please reach out by email to michellec.photog@gmail.com.

With my calendar limited to 3 clients a month I will need to be sure I have an opening for your due date before I send you booking documents.